La Donna Fugata and I returned with 1400+ photos and even more fond memories to NYC Saturday from our 2 week trip to Nova Scotia, and it was AWESOME. It was our first big excursion. Months of planning, equipment testing, bike prep, off-pavement training, route planning, and we pulled it off. Not completely without a hitch, but close. We saw some beautiful scenery, rode some fabulous dirt, camped in spectacular secluded settings, met some great people, and had the trip of our lives (so far). I'm going to chip away at this ride report over the next few days in between work, etc, but I can already tell you that this report will come up short at describing how awesome a time we had. We left Sept 15th on the tail end of a storm system. The whole f'ing country was sunny, except for the part we were riding through: Day 1: 317 miles, Merritt parkway then super slab from NYC to Portland, ME in drizzle... Mr. Happy puppet was not pleased: A quick stop for lunch Then it finally started to clear, and back on the slab: The light in Portland was amazing when we arrived, and we enjoyed walking around, Found a great place for some oysters and a beer: Before having the chef's tasting menu with wine pairing at Cinque Terre, yum. Then back to the Holiday Inn to change the front sprocket on my DR650, and dry out our wet boots and clothes, and get a good night's rest for the 8am Cat ferry to Yarmouth. That was the last rain we were to have until our last day in NS, almost 2 weeks later!