Goodbye, Canada

We’ve read recent stories of how travellers similar to us have been turned back at the USA border for not being able to convince the border guards they were only passing through and had no intentions of moving to the U.S.  We were about to try cross from New Brunswick to Maine so we needed to get our stories straight…  We have a lot of duplicate ID in our possession – copies of our drivers permits, passports, insurance, etc.  They aren’t good copies in fact, they are quite brutal, really.  But, apparently, this doesn’t matter.  We hope it will help deal with situations that might involve us giving up a key piece of ID to hotel staff, to would-be robbers or to potential corrupt police officials in Central or South America.  As we approached the border we envisioned being asked to open up our panniers and luggage so, in our headsets we had a detailed discussion of what we would and would not say,  and how we would explain all of the copies of our identification…

We pulled up together and the two very large guards started with our license plates – one barking them to the other in full military fashion.  Then the questioning… ‘where do you work?’ (we don’t…) ‘how long did your work with your employer?’ ‘So, you must have a lot of money saved?’  “how long will you be in the U.S?”…  All of our angst was in vain they were pro and friendly and, they let us in.  Once across, the clouds literally parted – the blue skies and extreme heat was upon us and the cold rain was a thing of the past.

We had decided to wait until we were in the US to fill our tanks – partially because Sandra’s bike was experiencing a gas leak when the tank was full and we didn’t want to chance any border issues because of that, but mainly because the price of petrol is lower in the States and the CDN dollar is currently stronger.  We were looking forward to easing up on the daily budget, so when Jordan found a bottle of wine for $2.99 at that same gas station, we decided that we absolutely had to buy it then and there.  We were very impressed with our budget constraint measures,  and more than a little concerned that we thought the $2.99 wine was actually pretty good.  It was either the bargain of the century or living proof that being in a tent for a month can really lower your standards…

We made a quick stop in at the Visitors’ Centre, which we always try to do when we roll in to a new state or province – they are great resources to find places to stay or eat, and they also provide excellent, and more importantly, free road maps.  We got our map an located our next night’s sleep – a campground a few miles down road near Robinston, ME.

Drying laundry after a swin


4 thoughts on “Goodbye, Canada

  1. I’ve finally had a chance to read the blog – great stories and well told. You have easily slipped into life on the road and I can tell you’re enjoying the adventure. Thanks for sharing your interesting tales of Canadian weather and landscapes, and I’m looking forward to the next chapters.

    • Thanks, Audrey. We’ve been so busy we haven’t had a chance to click on the link to your page recently. We are excited to read about Norway!

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