I'm planning a tour from Georgia to Oregon, along the southern tier and up the Pacific coast during January and February (I may rent a minivan and drive a portion, maybe through Texas, so I can make this trip in 50 days).
Anywho, my family members all think I am completely nuts and are advising against it.
Their concern ranges from worrying about me getting turned into a pancake on the side of the road because "lots of drivers hate cyclists", to worrying about me getting mauled by wild animals when I'm camping, to getting mugged or having all of my stuff stolen because there are "lots of crazy bad people out there".
Is there anything I can do to make them understand how relatively safe it is to do a tour across the country? From what I have read and learned from others, most solo trips go off without much trouble at all besides the occassional flat tire and such.
Thanks for any advice!