After 2 years of no signifcant travel on my bike,unable to ride my bike across the border, and getting totally fed up with my work and everyone associated with it, I decided on a tues to go to Newfoundland and left on the Friday. I had made an attempt at NFLD about 3 years earlier,but stuck in my tiny one man tent for 3 days in pouring rain on Northern Cape Breton island, with nothing better to do than loook at weather reports for western NFLD, single digits and rain, this was a mid June trip, I packed it in and rode home. I had read reports of folks having a hard time securing a ferry bookng due to 50% capacity and when speaking to a Marine Atlantic agent, she said that even if I was able to get a booking over, I may be stuck on the island for a while trying to get off. I sat on the MA page and paitently waited for an opening. At this time, there was no penalty for changing bookings. Once one was booked, I started going through my gear to load the bike. I like to travel as light as possible but I knew that NFLD weather can be very changeable so I packed a bit more clothes than usual. I would be camping and I waffled about which tent to take....not the Redverz cause I didn't want to struggle trying to hammer tent pegs into super rocky ground. Maybe the Exped, which goes up with the inner and outer connected....excellant for rain camping....or go for weight savings and take the MSR Hubba. I went for weight savings. I also ditched my aluminum topbox for a plastic one, an instant savings of 7 lbs. I will be discussing my kit a bit more as we go along. I'm riding alone , as usual a few of my first pics are from one phone to the next, sorry...plus there is a crease line on my z flip....grrr...nope nver mind, they look to awful to post.