I picked up my last GSA in NC a couple years ago and road it back to NYC. The high the whole ride back was 25F.
I bought heated gear and it was delivered the day before I flew. I installed it untested and road it back. It was a life safer. Also a life safer my sister and her family were visiting friends in Roanoke Va, so I crashed her friends house for the night unannounced.
I arrived home 12hrs before that 19" snow storm shut down NYC. Ah good times.
My new 2012 is only about 3 miles awaiting pick up. The riding adventure isn't there this time, it's just the lost check in the mail for 2 weeks now...
Good luck with your ride, have fun.
14 R1200 GSA (Hopefully lasts longer than 2yrs)
12 R1200 GSA ("Sandy") (Hit by DUI)
09 R1200 GSA (Totaled by SS Sandy)
06 Husky TE450, 04 R1100s BCR, 03 F650CS