First - thank you, and the other MOA members for their nice thoughts and helpful suggestions.
To answer your questions:
I took mostly US roads across Iowa - which were pretty much slab - but not multi lane divided highways - so not too bad.
My bike is currently living in a friends garage in Torrance (just outside of LA), along with most of my gear - I have returned to NYC to try to find an odd job or two that will teach me about the motorcycle industry and how to run a bar (I will be writing a more in depth blog post about this after I finish an article for the MOA mag I am writing now - and hope they will publish). Depending on how the job search goes - I will most likely ride my bike back in November or ship it. I hope I get to ride it.