Hey George, glad to see you're still kicking around here on occasion.
We need to get together now that I'm up in your neck of the woods.
Planning on a short overnight is a pretty good call, especially for a first SaddleSore.
I actually grabbed an unplanned motel on my first SS1000 (Newport, OR to Westminster, CA). By the time I hit Buttonwillow, I was getting tired and unfocused and knew I needed to stop. Even though it meant completing the ride through L.A. morning rush hour traffic, it was the right call. Busy traffic after sleep is better than pushing on through open roads with an empty mind.
Come to think of it, I ended up getting a motel on my first 50CC ride as well. A buddy and I had left Santa Monica early in the morning, with the plan to run a BunBurner Gold (1,500 miles) in the first 24 hours. I remember being far too confused while navigating through the San Antonio freeway system. So as soon as we cleared the city and were on the eastern outskirts, I pulled into a motel and grabbed a room, at about 1,350 miles. My buddy was bummed to miss the BBG, but I could see that he was in no better shape to continue than I was. It was the right call, and after a brief but refreshing sleep we completed the ride without incident.
Knowing when you can safely push on is important when cranking out the big miles. But knowing when it's time to stop can save you from having a Very Bad Day. And a motel is always cheaper than insurance and medical deductibles . . .