to mbattista: Thanks for the reply. I don't know what's more impressive, that you did 4500± mile trip on a tandem, or that you did 4500± mile trip on a tandem and you're still married. Well Done! Whenever I have come across two people riding on a long tour together they are never riding two up, there has always been 50 to 200 yds between them. Like after 15 or 30 days they are desperate to get some space. Not a option on a tandem.
to cyclesafe: California looks like it's got some tough climbs. One in particular south of Yosemite is 6000 ft in 20 miles. Like 2 continuous Monarch Passes. As the saying goes, "Whatever doesn't kill you....."
I found PeteJack's (a commenter on this forum) journal from his trip down the SC last night on CGOAB. I think we have a different approach to these trips, but he was very descriptive of the terrain and I felt it was very helpful to read. I'm feeling much more confident on what I'm in for and can plan accordingly.