I'm 8 months into a tour. I started in Seattle... rode down the coast... then east of the Southern Tier... down to Key West... then up the east coast (taking the Blue Ridge and Sky Line Drive) Now I'm on the C&O Canal... and NOW I KNOW why people have been writing about this awesome place. It's my favorite touring location so far (with the Oregon Coast as a second)
If you haven't toured on the C&O... make plans to do it!!! I'm halfway thru it, and plan on taking the Great Allegheny Passage up to Pittsburgh.