Friday, August 05, 2005

A half-hour of difference

North Sydney, Nova Scotia to Argentia, Newfoundland

Our ferry across the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Joseph and Clara Smallwood, operates on Newfoundland Time, which is half an hour ahead of Nova Scotia's Atlantic Time. I think this is the first time I've been in a half-hour time zone.

My loaded bike felt rather wobbly and hard to steer when I left the hotel this morning; it was a bit worrisome as we traversed the streets of North Sydney looking for lunch and doing last-minute errands.

Waiting for the ferry, we encountered Dick and Pauline (from Toronto) and Roger and Gary (completing a trans-Canada journey from Vancouver), cyclists whom Knox had met a few days ago as he made his way across Nova Scotia. We got a chance to hang out with them as we loaded the ferry (piling our bikes flat on the floor, alas, as there was no dedicated space for them) and upstairs in the lounge. Dick and Pauline had been to Newfoundland before and gave us good tips on where to go.

We were lucky enough to reserve bunk accomodations. They were very comfortable and allowed us to catch several hours of shut-eye on the crossing.

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