On the Border

I spent a couple of days in Port Huron, Michigan, which is, well, a city. I didn’t find anything particularly notable here. Port Huron borders the Canadian city of Sarnia, Ontario. Since I’m going to be in Canada for a few weeks I thought I’d just pop over and buy a prepaid cell phone in case of emergency.

So I went across the Blue Water Bridge and bought a prepaid cell phone, including $50 air time (about 2 hours) for under $100 (CAD). On the way back I came across a Tim Horton’s. This isn’t hard to do – I’m pretty sure there’s one Tim Horton’s for every 20 Canadians. It’s such an iconic Canadian institution I had to stop.

Tim Horton's in Sarnia, Ontario
Tim Horton’s in Sarnia, Ontario
Crammed a Timbit into a strawberry vanilla and had a Priestley.
I just had to do it … crammed a Timbit into a strawberry vanilla and had a Priestley.

Steven Page: It was tragic. I mean to this day, you ask any Canadian where they were when Robin Sparkles lost it, not only can they tell you which Tim Hortons they were in – but what donut they were eating. Me? Wawa, Ontario. Blueberry fritter.
Geddy Lee: Halifax, Nova Scotia. Walnut Crunch
Luc Robitaille: Victoriaville, Quebec. Sour cream plain.
Alex Trebek: Sudbury, Ontario. Honey dip.
k.d. lang: Red Deer, Alberta. Chocolate glaze.
Jason Priestley: Squamish, British Columbia. Crammed a Timbit into a strawberry vanilla and invented the Priestley. Should have been the best day of my life.
HIMYM 8×15, P.S. I Love You

So, I had a Priestley and a cup of coffee and headed back to camp.

Not a Thing

So it turns out “just popping across the border” is not actually a thing. On the way into Canada the customs officer questioned me intensely for a good five minutes before searching the bike and letting me pass. On the way back to the USA, the line of cars stretched 3/4 of the way across the bridge and it took an hour and a half just to get up to the US customs window. They did not search the bike for the Timbits and phone I said I was bringing back.

Author: Murray Lisook

I'm the author of the Roamward Bound blog. In January 2013 I retired to travel full time in my motorhome which I've named Roamward Bound also. Before retiring I lived in Phoenix, working in information technology as VP of IT for Televerde, CTO at J.J. Croney & Assoc., and Director of IT at Del Webb Corp.

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