I did it!!! I rode the highway today. what a feeling. My husband rode behind me in the right lane and yes, I had my gum and boy was I chomping down on it. The gum was a really great idea because it kept me from holding my mouth tight, it really helped me to relax just a bit. I want give thanks for someone suggesting that to me. I am really sorry, but I do not remember who that was. We started off getting on and off, and from there kept going further and further. Now to get the nerve up to take small trips. I live in Kentucky maybe go to Ohio. Don't know yet, I will continue to practice around town for a while first though. It just makes you want to go and not stop. I have the most patient husband. I thought about triking it out, but I don't know about that yet. Need to think long and hard before I do anything. I have a Kawasaki Vulcan 500; I thought maybe if I had a heavier bike that I would feel more comfortable. Thank You for all of the encouragement and suggestions. Love this site. I am so glad that I found you. Be safe.