Guys, thanks for the positive response. I'll try to reply one by one:
MAD777, cheers! I'll have GPS maps once I get a new laptop in NY and manage to get them onto the GPS unit, so I'm a little more organised than I appear!
2ply, what a gent. Extremely possible I'll be passing through. A British friend works for Cirque du Soleil. Apparently his show is in Atlanta in December. Will try to be around there then.
Firemedic, the map above is not clear but the rough idea is to avoid 'the bumpy bit on Google terrain maps'. Is that the Appalachian range?
K0m4, my setup works for me more or less but never tried it way below freezing. Any and all feedback appreciated. Bear in mind I'm only 5ft6 so if you're much bigger you may experience it differently.
WV, in theory I'm not going through your state but things can change. As for reviews of my American brethren, I'll be fair
. I'm certainly not planning a Louis Theroux-style tour of the small but vocal nutjob element you have (we have them too).
Finally, a noıte on the plans. Looks like I'm buying a flight for tomorrow morning if I can get a box to pack the bike for the plane. Nothing arranged in NY. Warmshowers hosts not responsive. Probably sleep on a park bench until the 5-0 busts a cap in my ass. Oh yes I speak Yank.