Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: northeast GA, USA
Bikes: Trek 820 Antelope (1992)
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I would definitely plan to stick to a coastal plain route like the ACA Atlantic Coast Route and then pick up the Southern Tier Route. Stay out of the mountains. You could cut across south GA between the two routes.
You need good winter riding clothes if you are going to travel in cold weather. Insulated shoe covers, windproof tights, windproof gloves, etc.
If you are camping, winter gear would also be a good idea.
The weather is so variable in the SE. It could be in the 70s one day and 35 and raining the next. You need to be prepared for the worst of it which would be days in the 30s and nights in the teens.
Remember, too, that you are traveling in the shortest days of the years. If you wait for it to warm up in the morning you will cut your potential riding time significantly.