Has anyone ever done this route in January? I'm wondering about the feasability of doing it, with an emphasis on it being a moderately pleasant experience. 500 miles a day in June is one thing, but 500 miles if one is even borderline uncomfortable is another. I'll have an electric vest and gloves along even if I don't need them but want this to be an enjoyable smell-the-roses trip rather than getting from point A to point B and wanting to get home. At the Mississippi river I'd be following it North, and I expect that to get cold sometime, but was just wondering about this other stretch.