We left more than 1.5 hours later than I would have liked. In the week, I bought what I figured would be more than enough gas to get me across the border so I could fill up with “cheap” American gas. It was very close.
As I was getting to the Queenston/Lewiston bridge there were a couple of flashing signs that warned of a 30-60 minute wait at that bridge. The same sign also told me that there was no delay at the Fort Erie bridge. So we went to the Erie bridge.
There was a line. It was moving but there was still a line-up. It was longer than the bridge itself.
Just as I was about to get on the bridge the gas light came on. We said a little prayer as I think it would have been a tiny bit embarrassing to run out of gas on the bridge. The total wait was a little over 30 mins.
A short drive around to find a gas station that didn’t look like it would steal my credit card information was in order. I found a Sunoco that didn’t look like it was on the verge of going out of business. I swiped my credit card and was told to see the cashier. This is not a good sign. The cashier walks me back out to the pump like I have trouble understanding English to walk me through the process. Again I get the see cashier message. I felt a little vindicated at this point.
Needless to say we had to walk back into the station where he decides I look trustworthy enough to let me fill up without paying first. So back out to the pump I go and fill up. $50 later my car is full. In Toronto, it would have been $65-ish. Anyhoo, I walk back to the cashier to pay my bill. I swipe my card and this time he gets a please call a 1-800 number. It is at this moment that I start to think about whether or not I have activated the card. *hanging head in shame*
I paid with a different card and go on my way.
Much to the annoyance of my Aunt who lives in Maryland, I tend to take the smaller highways that take me through a lot of small towns with tiny speed limits. I like to look at more just trees and highway on my drives. Well this time it bit me as I went through 2 towns that were have festivals and traffic was a nightmare.
Traffic coupled with a bungled stop for food and a washroom break added almost 2 hours to my travel time. But we made it to my cousin’s house safely which is really all that matters.
Today my cousin & I hit the local Staples to pick up a few back to school supplies that were on sale for cheap. We also did a bit of grocery shopping. I bought some notebooks, glue and folders for my kids and some Chobani for myself.
In the late afternoon, I went to see my Aunt. When I am in MD is usually when I see my family that lives in T.O. My other Aunt who lives down the road from me was visiting. So we had a great time catching up. It was not all good news as a family friend died Monday. This was very shocking to me as I just saw her in January and she looked so good. 2 months ago she was diagnosed with liver cancer and now she’s gone. It still seems so strange and a bit hard to comprehend. I can’t imagine the sorrow her husband and children are feeling right now.