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Always smile

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Always smile, nod, wave and slow down for pedestrians walking their country road.   I realized on my ride today that everytime we, motorcyclists, connect in a positive way with non-motorcyclists, we increase our safety on the road.  The more people that think of us while driving their massive SUV’s, the better.  And a smile, is the easiest way to connect, despite driving by at highway speeds.  We should all be smiling because we are doing what we love!  Driving a motorcycle!  And YES, you can see a smile beneath a full face helmet!  Safe summer riding, my fellow adventurers!

Crowd funding adventure

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I recently encouraged my friend Erin to crowd fund a motorcycle.  Her old bike died a painful death on the operating table and replacing it before snowfall was going to be a challenge. So a month and 33 backers later, she raised enough funds for this sweet Yamaha Virago 1100. 

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As part of the crowd funding benefits she promised to put our names on her bike, proof of my money well invested.

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And soon, a video of a dramatic ride from PEI to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, will follow.

Erin is also the only hair stylist I trust with my hair cut.

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12 hrs in the Saddle

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Early morning light. Sign for a good ride.

My best riding buddy, also named Brian, and I took a rip over to Nova Scotia and back.  Probably the last big ride of this season, before snow drifts block our path.

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Packing light for the day. Snacks and water.

We took the ferry first just for the experience.  It is $40 to take the boat vs. $18 for the bridge but we save on gas and always meet interesting people.

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First in line, privelages of two wheelers.
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Ferry in the background.
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From the mess hall, good place for a greasy breakfast.

It was well worth the ride.  I am quicking discovering that Nova Scotia has the best riding in the Maritimes, if you love twisty turns and beautiful scenery.  But pack a lunch, not many places to stop along the road.

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A random wetlands park area. Even in October the mosquitos were bad.

This section of road was literally as good as the Cabot Trail.  But nowhere to stop for photo ops or places to eat.

We met a nice couple from Turro who was also named Brian and his wife Wanda.  I thought a black hole might form with that many Brians standing in the same place doing the same thing.  I have concluded that most Brians ride motorcycles and are nice guys with generous natures.  Brian Scott started a cottage business making motorcycle bags in leather.

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Brian makes custom leather bags.

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It was a great ride. Left at 8am, got home at 8pm.