Canada Hates Us

Trip Start May 15, 2004
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Trip End Aug 09, 2004


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Flag of United States  , Washington
Monday, July 26, 2004

From Seattle we drove into the Cascades. It's a beautiful mountain range, but mostly I wanted to see the place where Jack Kerouac went to write On the Road and Dharma Bums. Desolation Peak is in the middle of the park. And it can be climbed, but it cost a lot to take a water ferry over to the base of the peak. So we just took some pictures of it and headed toward Canada.

We had a great few days planned in Toronto. We had heard nothing but good things about the city. We crossed into Canada at a small town north of the Cascades. Here's the short version of the story:

When we got to the border check we got chosen for secondary questioning. They asked for our documentation and asked us if we'd ever been arrested. I said no, Ed said yes - several times. And for the following reasons... I forget them all, but one involved a drunken fight with a roommate. Well, in the States it was a battery conviction. But in Canada, they don't have battery, they consider it assault. And assault is a violent crime. And as the Canadian border agent told Ed, "We don't let violent criminals in our country."

So we were turned away. Canada didn't want us. Also, in their very thorough search of our car they found some MiniThins. They asked whose they were. I said mine. They said that ephedrine is a controlled substance in Canada. He said it was the same as having coke. That's bad. He said he was pretty sure the fine was $100 a pill. I had 36 pills.

So the guy called the ministry of health to check. They were closed. So he told me just to leave. Canada hates us.

So we had an extra 5 days on our hands. We decided to drive to Denver. Right then.

We drove to the Idaho border and hit a bar. We drank. A lot. Then slept in our car on the side of the road. Fantastic.
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