I've got permission from the bosses (my family) and have now arranged to take a break from real life next year and do my dream American road trip. All I know so far is I'm taking at least a month, I'm starting in Chicago and finishing in Austin and I'm taking my guitar. My plan is to make a musical pilgrimage to all the places that the music I love comes from, following the blues trail down the Mississippi and stopping off in Nashville, Memphis and anywhere I can sit in with a band, get schooled by frighteningly good musicians and/or listen to great bands. Anyone have any suggestions about where to go, what to see, where to play and where to go listen? Help me make up an itinerary. Also - I'm taking three months off in total, so flexible as to when I can go, but is there a best time?