Planning coast to coast 2014: East Coast Leg
Hey everyone, I'm currently in the process of hammering out my basic route idea for the coast-to-coast trip I have planned for 2014. Right now I'm working on the East Coast. All I have right now is a very, very rough idea of the general direction I want to go: south and then west. Any advice is appreciate as far as good routes to take, bad routes to take, what kind of weather I should expect, and so on.
My current plans are this: fly to Portland, Maine with my bike, ride to Conneticut to meet some friends, ride through northern Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh to meet another friend, ride south somehow to Virginia, at which point I'll hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway and make my way west.
I'll be leaving in April, so I expect a lot of inclement and cold weather, especially in the higher regions. Anyone have advice for what April in ME/CT/PA is like? I'm from Chicago, so cold is alright with me.
How is riding out of/away from Portland Maine? Any advice for someone flying into there?
Anyways, I'm pretty much open to any and all commentary/advice. Thank you!