|After a wonderful day of riding the Cabot Trail we arrived in North Sydney, Nova Scotia for a 9 p.m. departure on the MV Joseph and Clara Smallwood Ferry to Argentia, Newfoundland. The ride was scheduled to be 12-14 hours in length. To our dismay not only was this trip going to be 17 hours; but it also left the port an hour and a half late. The ship has four engines (one of the engines was down and the crew was waiting on a part from Germany). Since the part did not arrive before our departure the trip time was longer. The ship itself was nice. It can carry 1200 passengers, 370 cars or 77 tractor trailers. There were about 100 bikes on our trip. Each engine is 7000 BHP (horsepower). The amenities are many (cafeteria, snack bar, video arcade, berths, cabins, gift shop, showers, dog kennels,etc.). The distance from North Sydney to Argentia is 260 nautical miles. I am so glad that my ginger continued to work (not a bit of sea sickness). The seas were relatively calm (1-2 feet). Joe and I managed to get a little sleep (but it wasn't very comfortable in our recliner seats). Since our arrival was so much later than we planned we were not able to visit St. John's so we headed on to Clarenville for our first night on "The Rock".(attached are two videos..I asked Joe to take a picture of the ferry and he mistakenly had the video on; he also took a picture? of me waiting with the bike at the ferry...this is also a mistake and is a very short video).