We made it through the first day pretty well. There are funny stories, of course and incidents, but I am going to keep this really short today for obvious reasons.
Getting through customs and over the border was a lot more than we thought it would be. Usually the Canadians are the ones that scrutinize everything because they like to slap taxes on all that you bring over. But I was surprised that it was the US customs agents that were being pretty picky.
Since the boxes were filled with mostly paperwork for the show, they classified us as ‘business trip’ and sent us to a different border crossing about 5 miles up the road. At this time, it was starting to snow and very gloomy out. We had to go to the new center where all the trucks crossed and I think in part they just wanted to show off the new facility.
Fortunately, it was like a ghost town and no one was really there save a few truck going though. We had to park and go inside and of the three agents there, we were fortunate that what seemed to be the friendliest offered to help.
Long story short, we filled out forms and he came out to inspect some boxes, but I had labeled each one to match the list and could pull any of them out to verify the contents immediately. He was nice and even offered to copy the form for us that passed us through, in case we had some stuff left to bring back over. He said we may not need it but you never know.
We are ahead of the driving schedule today, although we have been at or under the limit. We did have one meeting with the law that I will talk about later, but it was more stupid than anything. It was while we were in the town of Amhurst crossing to New Brunswick and my partner was driving.
So all is good. We should be at Jeannies by late afternoon and we will have time all evening and tomorrow to get to know the area and set up will begin Friday.
So that’s all for now. The weather is holding and fortunately non of the snow stuck. These roads in Maine were pretty steep but we are all major highway now so we should be fine.
Thanks for all the nice thoughts and I hope you have a Wonderful day!
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