Having read, enjoyed and benefited from a great many Ride Reports over the last 5 years I thought it might be time to stick my head above the parapet and post a report about my forthcoming bimble across Canada - a gentle, slow and, hopefully, not boring for the reader, ride across the country I called home for twenty years and that I saw precious little of when I lived there. Apart from the odd foray to other provinces, I lived in Alberta for eighteen of those twenty years and. I guess, found enough there to keep me occupied for that time. And what a province. So, time to explore other parts. I'll be travelling a good deal of the TCAT but, not being an experienced gravel traveller (but expecting to be an absolute god by the end!) and having just collected the first of many (I hope) pension cheques, I do not expect to do it all - if some part of it is too wet or gnarly I hope I'll have the wisdom to turn around and find an easier way. I worked as a photographer for most of those years and expect I will be stopping a great deal to snap (or "paint with light") which makes it difficult to travel with others - frustrating from their point of view. I have no interest in blasting through this wonderful country so have allowed three months to do the journey and spend time with friends. Have just received the updated maps from Ted and if I can just figure out how to upload photos I could start the adventure. Flying into Halifax with the bike (CCM GPs 450) on the 28th June so that I can enjoy Canada Day celebrations and after that off to St. John's. This will be a great privilege for me and I would like to thank Ted and all the others for the unselfish efforts they have made over the years to allow myself and others to enjoy this country in a way not possible before. Thank you. IanB.