It was a 51-day round trip from SE coastal FL to Rosenberg, TX about 25 mls. west of Houston. Of 39,000 miles cycling through 19 countries, it was the worst weather ever. Those $20.00 scout dome tents at Wal Mart work just fine with a good fly. The ACA mapped route of the ST is the best way to go for a variety of reasons. Hwy. 20 east and west in north Florida may be much less hilly than 90 and much shorter than 19-98, but you might have to settle for four days on junk food from convenience stores. I found no open restaurants and no food stores between Freeport and Wakulla Station. The Bolivar peninsula was nice and sunny. I got the Dauphin Island ferry going west and coming back east. I saw four other cyclists. I spent abouit 14 days in motels either dodging the arctic blasts or recuperating from them. New Orleans was by far the worst for cycling, and the dedicated bike paths in FL and LA the best.