I've been hashing out a Summer 2014 "Big Trip" with AtlasEXP. My hope was to do Anticosti, but it appears that the erstwhile Russkie is going to be long on newborns and short on cash at that time. He and his wife Katya are expecting a child in December, and the Anticosti logistics won't work. Fortunately, Anton has a supportive family, and they may let him off for ten days or so in late August. I'd never accuse Anton of trying to shirk his fatherly duties. He's been through the child-rearing process once, and I'd say he did a great job. I've met his daughter Jessica, and she's a very strong and self-sufficient woman in her early twenties. She'll be there helping to care for the new generation. So here's the gig: We explored the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland this August, and it exceeded our expectations in every way. You can look at our ride report here (keep those calls and letters coming) here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=915172 This time, we'd go further east. I'd go back in a heartbeat, and with the knowledge gained from the first time through, I suspect it would be an even better experience. We have a few riders drooling that missed it the first time. This will be a dual-sport ride for bikes in the 650 class or well under. Our mission profile is as much gravel as possible, with as many interesting places as we can explore. We don't crap on big bikes for riders with the skills, neither do we discount the small ones. Have your act together, however. Bring these: Dirt-biased dual-sport tires, full knobbies if your inspections allow, or trials tires. Suspension capable of miles of whoops. Dry, rugged luggage, preferably not hard bags. A full tool kit, and the ability to use it. Gear suited to riding and camping in what can be extreme conditions. Full wet-weather gear, both on and off the bike. A good tent and warm sleeping bag, fleece and warm layers, cooking gear, and enough food, whether freeze-dried, canned or whatever to carry through two days without restocking. We'll send out the engraved invitations first: First ins go to the original company: Canuman AtlasEXP 8GV Applicant_255 Second ins go to the wounded: C-Stain Jackpiner57 Third ins go to to: Dresda Emmbeedee 'Cause I find them very pleasant company, and that means a lot, besides they speak good Canadian. And the fourth go to people that I've never met, but would like to: DaMurph Newfiebullet LittlePeter skibum69 jacob_ns As well as as those of you that I have met and know somewhat well: Guymanbro. When the Savage Samoan shows, everyone rides to their limit. ADVRich. To keep Guymanbro in check. An older, mellower savage. Grind. 'Cause he has the thousand-yard stare, but is very cool about it. This list is not at all comprehensive, and I've offended, please believe me. First hope is to sign on twenty to twenty-four riders by December. In my experience, twelve of that group will show for the ride. Full disclosure: Unless you live in Canada relatively close to Nova Scotia, you're in for a haul to get to the ferry. I live thirty miles from the Quebec border, and we decided to trailer to North Sydney, NS to save our butts and the tires. As of August, 2013, the gas alone cost $375 US. An additional $100 was spent on camping, coffee, meals, and other stuff. The ride was 14 hours. Parking cost $45 for a week. The ferry from North Sydney to Port Aux Basques with a bike is just around $100, and the same return. To add a cabin on the overnight, add about $40 if you share a four-berth with other riders. If you're picky and take a two-berth, double the cost. Plan for about $50-$75 on the road each day per person, eating lunch and snacks, filling the tanks and camping out. If you're into motels or cottages and sitting down for dinner, this figure could easily triple, and you'd not be with the group in spirit anyway. What's in it? Good routes; well-researched, with history and culture. Good companions. Challenging riding. Massive bonfires. Don't get no better.