Back In Canada

We had a fairly restful night at Cracker Barrel in Findlay, OH and popped in for breakfast before hitting the road this morning. Cracker Barrel has a few new items on the breakfast menu and we both opted for the multigrain and granola pancakes complete with eggs, bacon or sausage and also a bowl of sliced bananas with honey. We didn’t realize the bananas were included in the cost of the meal. There was way too much food as the pancakes were very filling. We ended up taking most of it with us for a snack later. The food was great and for $8.00 each, we thought it was excellent value for the money.

We continued our trek north on I-75 up through Toledo, OH and on into Michigan. Traffic was very light the whole way. Our new Garmin GPS Desi 560 had us looking for exit 47b off I-75 in order cross Ambassador Bridge. Well, exit 47a had a orange warning sign on it saying “Bridge to Canada” but our GPS showed exit 47b to be a more direct route to the bridge without so may twists and turns, so we passed on exit 47a. I should have known better because as we rounded the curve on I-75 to exit 47b, we saw that exit was closed off. Exit 47b didn’t even seem to be completed yet. Apparently, Ambassador Bridge which connects the USA to Canada is actually privately owned and there is currently a court battle going on concerning who, government or private ownership, is going to pay for the on ramps to Ambassador Bridge. So it is a bit of a mess figuring out which exit to use but I suppose things would have been alright if we had just followed the signs. But where’s the fun and adventure in that!

The toll to cross the bridge was $4.00 which we thought to be very reasonable. I had read about duty free gas and diesel being available before crossing the bridge but we never saw it until we exited the toll booth area. There is a huge drive through duty free zone that you drive right into as soon as you clear the toll booth. There must have been 30 diesel pumps for trucks and another car/RV island for gas that you drive right into….no turning off the road required at all. We used the truck island, see photo above, and topped up for $3.619/gallon. That is the duty free price, so one can easily see that governments are making about $0.50/gallon in taxes. We paid $4.029/gallon at the Flying J in Beaverdam, OH yesterday.

We crossed the bridge and pulled up to the Canadian border. There was almost no traffic or waiting at all. We went through the car crossing instead of the commercial crossing because we didn’t see any lanes specifically marked for RVs. I think we were number four in our lane, so our wait was very short. We were asked the usual questions, how long we were in the USA, where do we live, any alcohol or tobacco on board, the value of items we are importing, etc. Our border agent wanted to know more about the Tervis tumblers we were bringing back as gifts, so we talked more about them than anything else. We were on our way east on Hwy 401 in short order.

We arrived at Green Acre Park in Waterloo, ON by mid afternoon and are on a 50 amp pull though site until our site is finished next week some time. It has been a little cool here in recent days so the new sod hasn’t arrived yet. Hopefully within the next week or two. Southern Ontario, after basking in near 30C temperatures back in March, is now expecting to see day time temperatures below freezing and snow for the next two days. Welcome back to Canada!

One last thing about Ambassador Bridge…..we will definitely cross here again in the future. It saved us about an hour or more instead of using the Port Huron crossing. Very easy to do and the duty free fuel was an added bonus for sure.

7 Comments

  1. Mike & Gerri April 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    This weather has sure been crazy this spring. It actually went down in the low 30s in Georgia. Hopefully the sun will come out for you guys tomorrow and the temps might just warm up. :-)

  2. Mark April 24, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Pretty sure the duty free fuel is only available on the US side of Ambassador Bridge.

  3. George & Suzie April 24, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    Welcome back to Canada, keep warm, the weather will improve shortly, we hope.

    • Mark April 24, 2012 at 9:40 am #

      Thanks for dropping by. Hope you’re enjoying Rock Glen.

  4. Marsha April 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Glad you two made it back home. Enjoy the “old” homestead.

    • Mark April 24, 2012 at 9:41 am #

      It snowed last night! No real accumulation but still!

  5. Allen DuGuay April 23, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Nice to see you arrived home safely. Sure a good price for diesel and a nice looking border crossing. Have a great Monday.