The Trail offers some unique challenges for a ride. First, one will have to make agonizing choices about where to stop for a sumptuous seafood feast. Second, one needs to be concerned about gas, though not from the delicious food. Gas stations are few and far between on the Cabot Trail, so don't let your bike run low. Third, the temperature is variable, even in mid-August, so staying comfortable can be a challenge. I donned or removed my wind shirt six times in one day. Finally, leave some room in your luggage for a tire repair kit, some spare fuses, cables and anything else you might need to remain roadworthy. Nova Scotia's four largest cities (Halifax, Dartmouth, Sydney and Glace Bay) have a combined population of less than 235,000, and there are fewer than 10 other towns with populations between 5000 and 10,000. So, unlike the United States, you will not find bike shops along the way. But even if your mechanical skills are not advanced, don't let the prospect of a lonely breakdown deter you from enjoying the Trail. You will meet scores of motorcyclists throughout your journey, and will have no trouble finding assistance.