I took my first highway ride (September 2001) to visit friends who live outside Longview, TX. My wife promised her friend GMcD she would help her arrange the shelves in her den prior to a photographic session to feature their new house in a publication for the builder. We trailered the bike out of the city traffic to Wills Point, and I rode nearly 150 miles to Longview and back. It was great fun, and the easiest part of the riding adventure yet. The bike nearly drives itself on the highway. You must just be alert and avoid potential hazards. Learning to look 12 seconds ahead for trouble has helped my automobile driving as well.
I also learned about getting hit with rocks and bugs on the lower half of my body. Head buffeting was also introduced, particularly at speeds above 60 mph.