Well, not to bait and switch, but this report is actually more accurately described as 2 complete rookies learn how to ride, navigate the north east, combine a family vacation, and survive the forest-fires on the Translab! Preamble So it all began sometime around the spring of 2012 when my family decided to travel to Newfoundland for a vacation to happen in the summer of 2013. Shortly after having hatched this plan we were having dinner with kdoglaw (aka Kman) and his family, and were discussing our plans to drive to the east coast after about 2 minutes of conversing they were in for the trip as well. The laws are very seasoned travellers and, our boys are best buds so we were stoked to have them join us! Fast forward a few months and I get one of these as my first bike A few months later in the summer of 2012, Kman is away travelling the Dempster highway and his amazing wife surprises him with one of these on his return. Thanks to BikerBobber for passing along a great KLR! BTW I think this is the last time the bike was clean! STOKED!! At this point the trip is purely a family vacation - 2 dads, 2 boys, and 2 wives . So we spend the next few months learning how to ride (Big thanks to ScramblerTom for our first dirt ride last fall 4 degrees and rain has never been so fun!). Here are a few shots from our local excursions... Ganaraska off-road training day. Is it bad when your helmet is filling up with muddy water? Learning the fine art of riding in the rhubarb on Hinchinbrooke Rd. Simcoe Island note the knobbies! Accomodation Rd. Long lake rd. Simpson Rd. So after a half season of learning how to ride these beasts, (and countless hours on ADVrider!), we are FULLY hooked on all things moto!! But dang the Translab is being paved! We need to ride this thing now! And so the process begins to convince our respective significant others how critical this is that we ride, and they drive! After some high level negotiations the wives are on board! The loose plan is that we will meet up at predetermined camping locations ride the NE states, spend a week a rental house north of St. Johns, a few days at Gros Morne, and then part ways for the return trip. And so it begins I hope you enjoy my post-ride recollection of my first big ride and an incredible vacation, all smashed into 3 ½ weeks of pure adventure! Full disclosure - any photo that looks half good was taken by skilled photoguy Kman...the shite ones are all mine!