APOLOGY UP FRONT
Sorry Folks, All pics taken today were from inside looking out at a very bug splattered windshield !! LOL
Before I cross the Border gotta ‘top off’ my gas tank – it was at about 1/2 and yet it cost me $170 to top it off !!
They get you every time ! I know gas is expensive everywhere and I’ve been paying between $3.74 – $3.88 a gallon the last week. This gas station was the last one on the Interstate before crossing back into Canada and the price was $4.11 a gallon for regular unleaded !!
On top of that they have taken out that thingie that holds the pump open so your hand doesn’t seize up. Well I wasn’t having any of that !! Frantically thinking of what I could use to hold the lever open, I pulled out the nail clippers that were in my pocket.
That little clip that holds the lever up has been taken out of the Canadian Gas Stations for years now. I sure do like it that it’s still at the pumps in the States.
You don’t need to worry about taking the right Exit to get to the Canadian Border – lots of signs miles back telling you. Didn’t even need to use my fancy GPS !! LOL
Approaching the Border…..
Getting closer to being back on Canadian soil….
Now WTF is it with me and crossing the Border. I’m nervous as heck each and every single time !! I can sort of understand when wanting to go into the United States – I mean after all it is their Country – one that I so desperately want to get into to get away from the damn COLD Canadian Winters – so yes, perhaps a bit nervous.
But coming back into my own Country – WHY nervous ? I was breaking out in a sweat, my heart was pounding, I racked my brains over and over and over to ensure I didn’t have anything onboard that I wasn’t supposed to like fresh fruits etc. And I knew I didn’t. Yet it’s always such a RELIEF when I get through there. The Border Guard asked very few questions and was very pleasant. I asked him if I could take his pic for the Blog but he said it was not allowed.
No sooner into Canada – and I mean right next to the Border Station – is a Toll Booth. What is with the Eastern States and now Canada with all their tolls !!??
On Canadian soil
Now remember Folks that I left Yuma, Arizona on February 27th !! Most people do this distance in less than a week – Me ? Well, It’s taken me SEVEN weeks to get just this far and I STILL have a lot of driving ahead of me.
But I’m going to rest here in Ontario for several weeks – still too bloody COLD in NL to be heading there yet.
Since I left Yuma, I’ve driven 3,550 MILES -- that’s 5,713 KMS.
I’ll post the stats on gas costs etc. when all the bills are processed on my Credit Card.
First priority was dealing with the tanks ! Yes, I could have done it earlier on the road but
(1) Pilot wanted $10.00 !! And I knew this place was just across the Border and FREE
(2) There are no hook-ups at the Campground where I’m going to stay so I wanted to start out with full/empty tanks.
Dark and dreary sky…
So now I have to get my head around KPH vs. MPH again. Miles, Feet, Fahrenheit etc. just makes more sense to me and I adapt quite easily when I go to the States. I don’t adapt quite so easily when I return to Canada.
The main (WHITE) numbers are MPH – and the teenie little RED ones under that are KPH – only problem is that they are too teenie and I can’t see them while driving.
My destination for today was going to be Walmart in Hamilton, Ontario. It was VERY windy on the Highway – I was tired – and I was hungry. So when I saw a Wally’s off the Highway in St. Catharine's that’s where I pulled in and staying for the night.
Joe says to Paddy: "Close your curtains the next time you're shagging your wife. The whole street was watching and laughing at you yesterday."
Paddy says: "Well the joke's on them stupid buggers because I wasn't even at home yesterday."