I usually just hop on at point A, set the GPS to point B, and ride. I stand up when my butt hurts, stretch out my legs when they are sore, use a throttle rocker to keep the right hand from cramping, think about serious things that have been bothering me, sing in my helmet, look at cute girls in cars that pass by....before I know it, the ride is over.
Like everyone else has said, if it isn't fun for you, no need to do it. I've never done an IBA ride despite doing quite a few 1000+ mile days. Eventually I'll document one just so I can get that damn license plate bracket and so I can hang the certificate next to my college diploma.
Current bikes:2006 DL650, 2006 Ural
Past bikes: XT225, TTR125, CRF50 1974 DT125,1970 TS250,1985 v45, 1989 zx600c, 1978 GS400x, 1999 GS500E, 2001 GS500E 2005 Z750s, 1977 GS400e, 1982 GS1100ez, 1997 GSX600, 2007 VFR800, 2003 KLR650, 2003 FJR1300, 2006 DL1000, 2000 KLR650, 1999 WR360, 2008 DL650, 2005 DR650,2008 EX650r, 1996 CR500, 1982 GS450T