Not a full hijack but a partial - sorry - but it's on topic.
I am not signing up for your tour (timing bad) but would like to see if there is interest on your part or any other people reading this post for joining me for any part or all of my modified Southern Tier tour.
This is my basic route https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=213731278210051813731.0004c3e119ef9df5c7235&msa=0
I want to do this in 29 or 30 days, self-supported, camping most nights and a motel once a week. The average daily mileage would be 92 miles to complete in 29 days. The route is 2,600 miles and I "borrowed" it from two other cyclists who did it and said the route was pretty good. I will be 55 years old and am into endurance activities. I have never cycle toured before but have bought all the right equipment and am training/experimenting right now. I will earnestly start training in October 2013 and be ready by March 2014 for my trip.
Check out my website: www.paddleacrossflorida.com and navigate to the training section where I have started to post my bicycle exploits.
I have decided to do this alone but want to consider having someone join me. The only two people I know whom I would invite cannot make it due to the time constraint (like me, they have jobs).
Let me know if any interest.