I left Ottawa at about 7:30am. I was already on the outskirts, so I didn't really have any traffic to deal with. Made it to the town of Casselman, where I needed to put in just enough gas to get me across the border to the USA where the gas is almost 30% cheaper.
As I took the exit ramp, I noticed ahead that there was a green light for the left turn I needed to make. There was a guy in a minivan stopped at the light with his left turn signal on, but he wasn't moving. So I figured he was either broken down, or totally not paying attention. So without slowing much, I just zipped around him on the right.
But a cop coming the other way noticed my "stunt driving" as he called it. Sure enough, he pulled a u-turn and came after me. As I made my way towards the gas station entrance, I saw his lights flashing, but it was a single lane with no shoulder so I pulled into the gas station about 100 yards ahead.
This guy was all over me like I had just robbed a bank. So I let him berate me for my foolish, bonehead (his words) driving. I really didn't think I had done anything wrong. I suppose I could have pulled in behind this guy and tapped my horn, but if he was broke down then I would miss the light. Anyhow, in hindsight I agree the move was a little aggressive, but it certainly didn't warrant the attitude I was getting from this guy. Then, he says I could be charged with "stunt driving" and "failing to pull over for an emergency vehicle", and a few other charges that he didn't specify.
Then, he says that in his 19 years of being a police officer, he has noticed that everybody who pulls into a parking area for him has been driving with a suspended licence. He asked if my licence is suspended. I say no. He says "we'll see about that!" and takes all my info back to the cruiser. Comes back 5 minutes later telling me that he simply doesn't have time to write me up for all these infractions, and drives away giving me a verbal warning.
I don't blame him for stopping me, but I don't see where the attitude came from. Oh well.
Then at the NY state border, I had the nicest border guard ever. We were even joking about things and having a conversation while he checked my paperwork.
Made it to our son Alex's school in Plattsburgh, where he took me out for lunch to one of the campus dining halls. Buffet style, and a pretty good lunch.
We did some running around for the afternoon, and then in the evening went to a local pool hall and shot some balls around the table.
Tomorrow, I'm headed for Bangor, Maine...and then Friday I'll be back in Nova Scotia with Ruth and Whiskey and Sherman!