Always schedule in at least one slop day for every 1500-2000 miles. This gives you time for really bad weather, and if you find someplace you love you can enjoy it longer.
Pack ahead of time. Remember less is more. You can always pick something up in route, and looking pretty is over rated when compared to being overloaded.
+1 on up and out, and getting breakfast on the road. The roads are quiet early, and you can cover ground while seeing more. Latter in the day when you are tired you'll be happy you got early starts.
Drive highway miles after dark if you have to use the slab. There is little to see on most highways anyway.
Be flexible, remember you left in love, you first goal should be to return in love
I quit there for now. I'll put some thought into route and post back.
PS good rain gear is a must
My mind is the most dangerous neighborhood I ever enter