I am a bike shop mechanic in OKC, OK and recently graduated college. I am taking off work for around a month and going to a motocross race in Michigan. After the race, I plan on riding from South Michigan to Knoxville, Tennessee(500 miles). I plan on staying in Knoxville for a couple of days and then riding from Knoxville back to OKC (860 miles). I estimate the first leg of the trip taking me a week and the second leg about two weeks. I will be riding my Bianchi Project 7, cyclocross bike. It has a rear rack and I am borrowing my co-workers Bob Trailer as well. This will be my first bike tour and I am very excited but also quite nervous. This is a big adventure for me and I have even questioned the possibility of a bike trip like this. Does this sound realistic? I am wondering if any of you have any suggestions for routes? I saw that the De Lorne Gazeteer is a good map book. Any pointers from experienced tourers would be helpful!