Max I grew up in NS & was born in PEI. My Dad was in the RCAF(airforce) My first trip to Nfld.was in 1977 on my Honda CB750.It rained almost the whole week there.I stayed with my Aunt & her family in a fishing hut just 50 miles north of Porte Basque on the beach for a couple of nights.Went out in a dorry jigging cod one evening.I will never forget the fog,the wind,& the chill to the bone cold at times.My last night was spent on the way to Saint Johns in the pouring rain in my tent.I woke to rain and decided to go home to Nova Scotia to my warm apartment.The week previous to the Nfld.trip I was in PEI for my first week of vacation & it also rained every friggin day. Then in 1984 I bought my first BMW 1981 R100RT. I was so excited to travel by MC I quit my job at Michelin Tire after 8 years.Went camping in PEI with some friends.Met two guys on Harleys from Nfld who wanted to travel with me to the USA.We spent a week in Maine,NH,VT,& NY states.They invited me back to thier home in Saint Johns,Nfld. I had the best time with these guys and thier friends and families in Nfld.They are the nicest people I have ever met anywhere.They love life and know how to enjoy every day to the fullest.Got "skreeched in" on Signal Hill at 5am one morning also before coming home.Met a nice nurse there who later came to NS to visit with me..she had never been off the Rock. In August 2010 I bought a new HD RGU and went home to visit my family in NS.I have lived in Maryland for 22 years now and get back to the Maritimes every couple years to visit.What you described about the Cabot Trail were my thoughts exactly in 2010 as I spent the whole day around the trail.It takes a good 8 hours to do the loop and most of it is on bad roads with construction stops and alot of trees with no scenery.Mind you,like you said ,what scenery there is...is spectacular! I would love to go back to Nfld since its been 28 years for me and try and find the two Harley guys Greg & Bill who were from Saint Johns.I have such fond memories from that time in 1984. My recommendation to anyone travelling to the Maritimes on MC's is to go either July,Aug. or Sept for the best weather.Nova Scotia has some of the nicest scenery along the coastal roads that you can find anywhere.Life stands still there..people will stop what thier doing to talk with you and help you out with any questions you might have on the area.B&B's are the best overnights.The seafood is fresh and spectacular as well.There are nice secluded sandy beaches everywhere along he coastline.The Provincial Parks are amazing as well along the Atlantic coastline. Max I have to hand it to you the way you travelled through NS & Nfld roughing it like you did brother...your like a Viking on a MC. I liked your story about Larry in North Sydney helping you out with your broken bike.That is a true testament of Maritime hospitality.Great pictures as well..you stopped to smell the roses! I hope you take your family back to the Maritimes for a holiday sometime.All the best to you and ride safely.