The route planning for this trip is not unlike charting a route across a vast sea. Primary consideration was given to prevailing wind direction, topographical obstacles, road size and towns they pass through. For safety and legal reasons, smaller state, county and farm roads have been selected. There are even short stretches of dirt road!
The route passes through exactly 99 towns, the largest being Brownsville at the start with most towns being very small. The object is to sail through open terrain with few trees or hills, which block the wind. That is why I chose the Great Plains as the overall course and ran my route away from heavily populated, forested and mountainous areas. Thanks to Delorme for the detailed Atlases which have proved invaluable in routing.