I mainly changed my route because after all the mapping I did from Bar Harbor, Maine heading west, I really didnt know anyone until I got to Casper, Wy. It was basically going to be a sight-seeing venture. But, if I start from S Tx, which is where I am from, I have family and friends in almost every major city going north that I can see and visit. Some of whom I have not seen in YEARS. I realized that visiting friends and family would make my trip more worthwhile than visiting Niagra Falls, lights of NY and the biggest, baddest roller coasters across the country. If I head straight up north from my front door, I have friends/family in almost every major city until I get to Casper, which is where I will visit an old Troopers friend (Its a Drum and Bugle Corps that I marched with years ago) then head to Oregon, where a Blue Devils friend (whom I also marched with many years ago) lives. I haven't seen them in years! Then follow the west coast back home, which tons of my family are scattered through-out northern and southern California. I can catch Times Square in NY, "The Rocky Steps" in Pennsylvania and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Ohio another day! LOL!