Achievement Unlocked: Permanent Residence received!
This Thursday, the roads finally were in a condition I deemed safe for a motorcycle rider; so I grabbed my passport and the paperwork I got from the CIC, and went to Point Roberts. Of course, with no GPS or a prior knowledge of the route, I got lost, and spent an extra 30 minutes re-navigating myself, but, finally, I’ve made it to the border in one piece and with some fuel left in the tank.
The wait time at the US side was minimal: I was the third person in the non-Nexus line. The officer made me take my helmet off and shut down the bike, while he was preparing the necessary paperwork. He gave me a yellow piece of paper, and pointed me to a customs office, where they exchanged the small yellow paper for a larger white paper with “Flag Polling” written across it. Then I proceeded to the lineup to the Canadian side. The wait time was significantly larger, and I’ve had about 10 cars ahead of me. The CBSA officer asked me to come inside, had me sign the papers and let me on my way home.
I’ve had some fun on the way back though. What started to be what I thought was an overheating issue, turned out to be a broken receptacle on the battery cord, which shut off the engine and left me hanging on the Highway 99, while waiting for the tow truck. Luckily, I’ve stopped in the area with the good coverage, and was able call BCAA to come and give me a hand with it. Hour and a half and $185 later I finally was home.