Still, it was 8:00am or so by the time we left. We had a 289 mile (465 km) drive ahead of us, plus we had to cross the border and you never know how long that will take!
Yesterday's drive, 289 miles (465 kms)
It was a little foggy when we left, but it didn't take long to burn off.
We stopped at the Walmart in Cheboygan, MI and picked up two blocks of Cabot Extra Sharp cheddar cheese. We love that cheese, and can't buy it in Canada. From there, we drove back across the Mackinac Bridge and onto the Interstate Highway to the border crossing at Sault Ste. Marie.
Boring drive on the Interstate.
Crossing the bridge into Canada.
There was quite a lineup of people going in the opposite direction. Probably all trying to escape the high prices! There were five or six vehicles in front of us when we got to the other side, but it seemed like they were processing people fairly quickly.
Soon, it was our turn. Handed him our passports, and got asked the standard "where do you live", "what is the value of goods you're bringing into Canada", "do you have any alcohol or cigarettes"?
We had only just opened a five litre box of our favorite $15 wine (that would cost $45 in Canada!) the night before. I think Ruth had had one glass out of it. So we explained that we had "an open five litre box of wine" and he never asked how full it was!
And he sent us on our way. Just like that. You have to like it when a border crossing goes that smoothly.
Odd that the colors were so much more pronounced in Canada.
Pretty tree colors.
Getting close to Blind River, Ontario.
John and Diane live in Elliot Lake, Ontario and had invited us for a visit. They've been following our travels and reading our blog for about two years now, and wanted to meet us! We love meeting our readers! So we made it here about 3:30pm and we were quickly out on the back porch having a drink and chatting. Never a shortage of things to talk about because they had lots of questions about our lifestyle.
We're going to stay here another night because they want to show us the town and go for a hike. Looks like another beautiful day!