Somehow I managed to ride 7,000 miles across country and back without any stupid conversations. Sure I had people stop by at gas stations and exclaim - wow, you rode far! but that was it. Genuine curiosity and good natured conversation. There was one hotel employee who told me I looked tired upon checking in. She asked if I'd been riding long and when I replied - yeah since Colorado she did a double-take and didn'tt know what to say but sure sped up the check in process. I was in Indiana.