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Sorry, I disagree about Warmshowers.
Warmshowers.com is a great idea but it has the drawback of having to trust strangers.
... and the window rolled down and out came a hand with a cold beer for each of us!
http://bikeovernights.org is also another Adventure Cycling Association site worth checking out if you have not already.Nope, never seen that one either. Looks very cool!
If your looking for ride reports and or journals you might want to check out http://bicycletravelbloggers.org for daily inspiration and entertainment.Wow, I'd never heard of this. And the bigger surprise was to see that it is sponsored by Adventure Cycling!
We are now in our late 60`s, creaking bones and camping out in the cold and rain is becoming more of a test of endurance rather than an enjoyable experience.Another vote for warmshowers.org, we are on it and would love to host you for a night. As far as a route, the leaves start changing in the far north and then work their way south. Which means fall colors are at peak in Maine/Canada in early September and are peaking in Mass./Conn. in October some time. There are websites that track this progression every year. Regarding those creaking bones, you may want to plan more of your trip in Southern New England if you want to avoid more of the steep hills.
Subway Sandwich shops are everywhere now and their $5 footlongs are a good deal because you are only limited on how much bread, meat, and cheese you are allowed. Otherwise, they will load on an incredible amount of veggies to make it a very filling meal. (This is what saved us financially riding cross country with a teen boy. He would have them load at least a jar's worth of pickles/olives/banana peppers on his BLTs)
Dollar menus at McD, a $5 hot 'n ready pizza at little Caesars, Taco Bell's great cheap menu, lots of choices for cheap hot food. Keep your eye out for festivals and potlucks and crash them!
The reason Idaho has such a low representation is the need for a passport at the borders.That, and the fact that Idaho drivers showed us the least courtesy toward cyclists of any state we travelled through, and that the roads had the smallest shoulders and worst road conditions. At least, this was true on Hwy 200 along Lake Pend Orielle. Spectacular scenery, otherwise.