Thanks for all the advice. I think the trip is the best way to get my bike out east. It will also be my first cross country ride. I tend to avoid the interstates, I was using I10 more for a reference with regards to latitude. I am sure I will find some nice byways to ride. I have been down that way as far as Texas, but the rest of the way east will be new to me. Being new to riding in the east, I have to ask about the Blue Ridge Parkway. Is it worth a visit and how is the weather there during the winter?
In terms of heated gear, I have to admit I have never used any. I have a naked bike, M1100, and have ridden it in some pretty cold temperatures, hail and freezing rain included, on long trips. For the most part, I just wear my Firstgear Teton suit. I will let you know if after this trip I end up with a Gerbing heated vest