Thanks for all the replies and tips!
As for the wind:
I am able to relax my grip and hug my knees in after I realize how tense I am.
My little spoon of a windshield is a problem I know, I have been trying to get a good deal on a taller one for a while now, still looking.
As for letting the bike drift with the wind, I do that, until there is a car next to me. And I slow down, until there is a huge 18 wheeler behind me. I have no problem being at a 45 degree angle while going straight, its mostly the curves that get me. And I know the cars around me are oblivious to what is going on with my bike, and they cant even feel the wind, so they have no idea my bike is drifting towards them.
If there was a better alternate route we would have taken it, I am so sick of the I-17 already. But the alternate routes we could have taken would have been equally if not more windy.
Fortunately, the wind was not bad at all on the way there, only the way back, so this stretch of road was an amazing ride. I had the biggest grin on my face after climbing this mountain
(I totally out rode my boyfriend)
As for the hard start:
The bike has not been stored for any period of time. I ride it almost daily.
I wont worry too much about it for now. My bike is due for a valve check so I will mention it to the shop when I take it in soon.
And the lake pic was from Upper Lake Mary. Lower Lake Mary is looking pretty sad these days. I was told they used all the water to put out some fires last year.