Border trouble

Trip Start May 06, 2010
Trip End Oct 14, 2010

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Friday, August 20, 2010

I got up and went to check out of my hotel.  I wound up chatting with the hotel manager for a while.  It was late when I finally hit the road and it turned out to be later than I thought.  I had crossed a time zone and hadn't noticed yet.  It was another sunny day but there was a lot of smoke from the dozens of forest fires in British Columbia.  My XM radio was working fairly well with the clearer weather.

After driving for a while I was a little tired so I stopped at a rest stop and took a nap.  I had barely gotten to sleep when suddenly the car jerked violently and woke me up.  At first I thought I had coasted into something or I had fallen asleep driving or something.  When I woke up a little more I realized my car was turned off and in park and there was a large truck resting against my front bumper.  And when I say large, I mean large.  It was an 82-foot long tanker truck with two trailers, eight axles and over 100,000 pounds gross weight.

The driver had taken off the emergency brake and had coasted backwards on the slight incline while he did some paperwork.  I backed away from the truck and we examined the front end.  My Toyota insignia was slightly scratched and part of my grill was pushed in.  We got a screwdriver and were able to get the grill back where it belonged.  Except for the slightly scratched insignia it looked fine.

Now that I was wide awake, I hit the road again.  I drove until I got to Calgary.  Then I started looking for a hotel.  My phone doesn't work in Canada so I went into a few and asked about their rates.  All the hotels in Calgary seemed expensive so I thought I'd drive a bit further.

I eventually reached the US-Canadian border.  Unfortunately, the border is only open 7:00am-11:00pm and it was around 3:30 with the time change.  I tried re-arranging things in the car to make room to sleep in the back.  I don't know how I've overlooked it for so long but the piece that can be folded up to keep things in the back from sliding forward doesn't fold flat.  It looked like too large a lump to sleep on so I slept sitting up in the driver's seat.  I had around 17 hours and 1,000 miles left to go to get to Telluride, CO.
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Charles on

Still trying to figure out what Mexico has to do with your story?

wheresgordon on

Mexico? It doesn't have anything to do with my trip.

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