Finally getting around to writing something up for this ride I took in late September of this past season. Primary goal is to make all the guys who didn't come with us jealous. I decided after a trans lab trip with a group of 5 the previous summer that I wanted to do another, longer, more off-road focused trip. The MABDR was newly posted on the BDR site, and one end of it an easy ~500 km's from home (Napanee, Ontario). I researched it a bunch and figured a week (9 days) would be ample time to complete it with contingency time, and some time to take it easy and enjoy. Only 2 of the 5 guys who we rode with last year were able to pry themselves out of their wives or kids grasp for this trip, so we would be a group of 3. First is Kale, a buddy of mine from highschool. He now lives in Ottawa, but we get out for a couple rides each season, he got into riding through his Dad and has a V-Strom 650. Here's Kale with his bike the day we left for Labrador the summer before. Second is Dave, I met Dave first through my boss at work, Dave sells me architectural block for commercial construction, Dave is a fellow crossfitter, and unbennounced to Kale, our trip was supposed to include some Crossfit stops along the way whenever we passed through a big enough town. Dave rides a R1200GSA and loads it with enough gear to support a small town. Here's Dave with firewood for the whole night somewhere on the coast of Newfoundland. Finally there's me, I'm Evan, I ride a F800GSA and spend most of my time defending my bikes adventure touring qualifications to the large group of R1200GS's I generally ride with. I'm a Structural Engineer graduate/Project Manager in the Commercial Construction industry in Eastern Ontario. Here's me looking forward to a nice day of riding through the rain. We're all working professionals, so we had to start the planning and vacation time requests somewhat early. This made it a bit of a gamble weather wise. We picked the last week of September hoping that the colours would be in full swing, I really knew nothing about the weather patterns down along this route, so it was more or less just be prepared for rain and hope it doesn't happen.