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Crossing land border AB to MT experience


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Arrived at Coutts/Sweetgrass near mid day. Yes about the busiest time. 1 hr 45 mins got to the gate. Entertainment includes watching que jumpers driving down the truck lane then wanting in the non commercial line, while stopped in front of trucks wanting through to the empty POE lane ahead. 
The line of waiting vehicles was 98% AB plates.

The line jumpers were 90% BC and SK plates. I guess we dint understand how far they had to drive to get here.🤣

I roll up to the gate with the engine shut off and don’t dump the air from the parking brakes. 
Border guard says Thanks for that then usual 4 questions, scans the passport, and then:

What do you have in the garage?

My motorcycle.

What kind?

Triumph Tiger 800…

Cool! I ride a Triumph such and such. 


chit chat chit chat chit chat 

Except for the motorcycle chat the crossing would have taken 1 minute.

Report over.

 

 

 

"Are we there yet?" asked no motorcycle rider, ever. 

 

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Good report!  Right now i am shovelling my way through our first snow storm. I am looking forward to my chit chat with the border guards mid Dec.  Hope they are still in a good mood then!

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4 hours ago, orca said:

Good report!  Right now i am shovelling my way through our first snow storm. I am looking forward to my chit chat with the border guards mid Dec.  Hope they are still in a good mood then!

Considering the stampede of the first 2 days they have processed I found my interaction to be just fine. But then again I have never had a grumpy border guard in either direction ever.

The truck lane filled up as well so then there was passenger winda down visiting with drivers from both countries wanting to know about my old crate. 

As I wander south I’ve also had more than one “good to see you folks again” from local people.

"Are we there yet?" asked no motorcycle rider, ever. 

 

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We must have gotten lucky. 2:30 pm, Remembrance/Veteran's Day. 6 minutes from first stop to crossing the Medicine Line. No motorbike talk, though. That may be the difference.

I have been wrong before, I'll probably be wrong again. 

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8 minutes ago, Darryl&Rita said:

We must have gotten lucky. 2:30 pm, Remembrance/Veteran's Day. 6 minutes from first stop to crossing the Medicine Line. No motorbike talk, though. That may be the difference.

Might be the day you chose. Colin and Contessa drove right up with no waiting at all that day. Made me think of that phrase "haste makes waste". Those who hurried up to head south on the 8th waited in line while those who waited until the 11 drove right through.

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