Found during recon, not on the route, but close to it.
It's pretty much guaranteed that in this modern world, there will be conflicts, and no sooner do I pick a date for this year's Detour than the schedule conflicts start popping. So, I'll try for a little democracy with a poll (see the right sidebar). Personally, I'm voting for the end of April: earlier the better to avoid hot days, it has been a ridiculously mild winter so fewer thaw issues, and, hey, it's my birthday month!
A little of a progress report: I've been getting out for a little recon of the route and have already found ways to avoid much of rte 32 on the first pass through Willimantic--it includes a trip through the cemetery! Also, to the east, a reroute that will add a rocky road climb, and it even has a hillside spring to provide a water stop for the intestinally daring.