My wife was looking at our road atlas this evening, we color in all the states we have visited (by any means of transportation, not just the bike), and we started talking about where we haven't been. I was looking at Washington DC and that area and made the comment that we probably wouldn't make it to the New England area on the bike for quite some time. We've already been there twice- flew in both times. She started calculating mileage in her head and decided to try Lake Michigan instead. So now she is planning a trip on the bike for the Circle Tour... in 2012! She did a little reading and decided it should be a fall ride, around the end of Sept. or early Oct. Is this a good time? The other option would be late spring, possibly May or so. Interested in any thoughts\ experiences on the subject.