The Arctic is getting a little old for me. In 2009 I did the Dempster and 2010 I did the Dalton - both solo rides and lots of fun. I'll be back but not for another couple of years. Now, fast forward a few years to 2014, I have a new wife and a new outlook on life and we are going on our honeymoon trip of almost 17.000km from ocean to ocean to ocean, taking almost seven weeks, two countries and visiting every province of Canada. I grew up in Nova Scotia and moved to British Columbia in 1992. This trip is all about going back to the Maritime Provinces where my parents now live, going to Goose Bay Labrador where I was born and taking the longest vacation so far of my adult life. The first half of our trip is from my home town of Quesnel in British Columbia to my parents bed and breakfast in New Brunswick via the province of Newfoundland with a pit stop to James Bay to get some remote gravel road action happening. According to Google Maps this is close to 9500km. My two teenage kids will be flying out to join us in New Brusnswick and spend time with their grandparents as well. Should prove to be the trip of a lifetime! The remaining half of the trip will be back home via the USA. Ingrid is planning this section of the trip but more or less it will look like this: As this is advrider, let's get into the two bikes we are taking. Ingrid's bike is a 2006 F650 GS Dakar and mine is a 2013 G650 GS Sertao, both upgraded to "YZ" status over this past winter. 2006 BMW F650 GS YZ/Dakar Major Specs - 2004 Yamaha YZ 450F front end conversion including: - 48mm KYB forks - tuned by STS on Vancouver Island, full 300mm suspension travel retained - Excel 1.6x21" front wheel - EBC 320mm front disc - 1 1/8" "Fat bar" conversion - Moose Racing hand protectors - Britannia Composites Mirage 1 fairing - Hasenwerk rallye skid plate and tool box - Hasenwerk rallye side stand - Hasenwerk 6L auxiliary fuel tank giving 450+ km total range - Hasenwerk Voltage regulator relocation kit - Hasenwerk peg relocation kit - Hasenwerk luggage rack - Supertrapp muffler - Total weight as pictured with fuel 187kg 2013 BMW G650 GS YZ/Sertao Major Specs - 2004 Yamaha YZ 450F front end conversion including: - 48mm KYB forks - tuned by STS on Vancouver Island, full 300mm suspension travel retained - Woody Wheel Works Excel 2.1x21" front wheel - BMW 300mm front disc with OE ABS - Barkbuster hand protectors - Touratech rallye skid plate and tool box - Hasenwerk 6L auxiliary fuel tank giving 400+ km total range - Hasenwerk Voltage regulator relocation kit - Hasenwerk peg relocation kit - Hasenwerk luggage rack - Supertrapp muffler Luggage for the trip will be Nelson Rigg's Adventure soft bags. More details of the gear we will be taking will added to this first post over the next couple of days. To be continued . . .