Although technically I only went South for a short distance and now I’ll be going East for a little while.
Despite the fact that I had almost everything done, Monday was a busy day doing the last minute things like laundry, emptying the tanks, filling the fresh water tank etc. etc. etc.
Then this morning morning I dillied and dallied and it was after 1:00PM before I even left the Park. Lots of good-byes to be said and it was kinda sad. Also it was difficult to accept that I was heading South when the weather was so gorgeous.
Picture of Tara and I. I wanted one of the three of us but Joe was in Town running errands. Ya Right !!! Pfffftttt !! Truth be told he knew I was leaving this morning and being the sookie young feller that he is he probably didn’t want me to see him CRYING ‘cause he was so sad that I was going.
Last puppy play date for Bennie and Mr. Milo.
And finally I’m heading towards the Border.
First order of business was to put TINA on BUST as I drove the gorgeous #7 Route to Mission and then on to Abbotsford to the Border Crossing.
As soon as I start the rig Bennie gets in his bed in front of the passenger seat and that’s where he stays until I stop.
Crossing the Border was a NIGHTMARE !! They really GRILLED me !! I don’t know why. I’ll have to Blog about that another time.
Strange thing is that I’ve read on several Blogs about Canadians recently crossing the Border with a breeze.
Here are the comments made on two Blogs I follow re crossing into the U.S.:
“We crossed the border on October 1st without a problem. In fact, it was so easy, we may never be able to remember it at all.”
“they were friendly asked the usual questions and we were done”
Am I flagged or something ???
Bennie moves around a little…
First stop was Harbor Freight to buy another adaptor to fill my small propane canisters. I gave the one I had to Gil (the maintenance guy at Harrison River RV Park) as he’s been so good to me for the last months.
I had already googled this location and I was literally driving right by it on my way to the I-5.
Because of my late start I got stuck in this kind of traffic using the I-405S for about two hours.
Didn’t plan my timing very well did I ? I hit this traffic around 4:00PM. DUHHHH
I hadn’t decided where I was going to stop for the day. My choices were Wally’s either in Bellingham, Mount Vernon or Bellevue. Eventually I decided on Bellevue.
I FINALLY (due to the traffic stop and go) arrived at Wally’s in Bellevue, WA just after 6:00PM only to see numerous very large signs clearly stating NO OVERNIGHT PARKING !!!
I had checked the ALLSTAYS website and it said O/N WAS allowed. It was going to get dark soon – what was I going to do ??
I called into the Store and confirmed that NOPE, I cannot stay there O/N due to the Mall rules. They suggested I try and reach someone at the Mall Office. I wasn’t going to bother seeing it was so late and didn’t figure I’d be able to reach anyone.
But I did call the number and after listening to Press 1 for this person – Press 2 for that person and on and on – one of the Options was to Press ??? to speak to the Mall Security. I talked with a nice guy and begged and pleaded with him to let me stay the night and NOT have someone coming knocking at my door at 2 o’clock in the morning. He agreed. WHEW !
More adventures tomorrow no doubt !