One year bump.
Did the same football party trip this year in a car with the fiance. Took I-5 both ways.
EDIT - This is what a car report looks like (and the reason you can still own the url "interstatedriver.com" if you want to):
The SE is under brand new black & orange plastics now, along with the original tank. She's purdy and perfect, but doesn't get ridden much any more. I did take the future Mrs. for short 25-35 mph spin around town last weekend -- her very first ride. She liked it, right up until I snapped open the throttle on an empty country road and accelerated up to 65mph in about 2 seconds then rolled it back down again. Squeezed the stuffing out of me. "Don't ever do that again!" Still -- she wants a helmet of her own now. With sparkles on it.
EDIT- This year the good guys won, 38-28!