On our upcoming E-W transamerica trip I was wondering about ways to shave a little time off of the trip if it becomes necessary. I have 8-1/2 weeks of vacation and can use 4 weeks of unpaid leave before they have to change my status at work. I am not sure of all of the impacts of a status change but want to avoid it if possible.
Anyway 12 weeks may be more than enough, but I figure that is hard to call upfront. I am not the only one going so I can't completely control the pace. I don't want the trip to become a death march by forcing a pace based purely on my time constraints. Are there places where it makes sense to shorten the route a bit? It looks like finishing in Florence would knock off a couple days or so, does that create logistical problems?
Are there other places that it would make sense to take a shortcut or take an alternate route?