I also had a great 2-up ride on Sunday: Middleburg area, some twisties new to the Strom. My wife usually follows on her Ninja 250 and my daughter is usually my pillion; it was nice to only worry about one bike this time. I also rode a variation of The Pace, about 50 mph on 35 mph country roads, rarely braking for a curve (setting entry speed early with throttle and downshifting), accelerating out with purpose, even speed on straights - extremely enjoyable ride and very satisfying. Great temperature, little to no traffic once off the main roads. Also good conversation and physical closeness. My wife also liked being a passenger instead of a rider, but I don't think it's a permanent shift.
As the temperature cools and the Summer distractions are replaced with Fall routine, I will make an effort to meet and ride with other NoVa Strommers - maybe the more experienced can expose me to some dirt??