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Old 03-07-2007
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adventures in michigan

Hey everyone,

So here's my night..

I planned on going to sault ste. marie michigan tonight to buy some gas and milk, and check out walmart. That was the plan.

It was American customs where I encountered my first problem. I figure it was a mix of me having Manitoba Plates on my ranger, and my friend that was with me had a record.

On a side note: They upgraded their boarder crossing recently and let me tell you, it's impressive. Mobile x-ray truck is a nice feature..

Anyways, I pulled into a garage bay and the door was shut, directed to turn off the engine, i did. My friend and I were led into the main building, pockets checked, sweaters checked ect.. We waited for about 10 - 15 minutes and were then given an all clear.

I was pretty pumped after that happened, I don't know how to explain it.. I'm just real happy they didn't find anything that I may have forgotten in there. I was positive they were going to hassle me about something but that doesn't have to be mentioned in this, pm me if you want to know what.

Anyways, we went to the gas station.. as i pull in I see a nice red ranger, 06 I'd guess, fx4.. The gas dude was awesome, friendly guy.

I left the gas station and headed next door to walmart.. did some drifting in the massive parking lot.. As I got close to walmart, I see a sweet single cab ranger leaving.. i seen him looking at my ranger while i was lookin at his, i think the single cab rangers are a nice pick.

Anyways, I grab milk at walmart, head back to the gas station to buy some cigars. There's the biggest selection at this gas station - i had to go back and buy a pack.

On route to the gas station, I see what I think is a older style ranger with a snowblower so i give him a big drift show, started losin it and slidin backwards so slapped it into R and cranked the wheel to spin it around again.. didnt work quite as well as the saturn, but it made some cool lookin tracks.

Pull back into the gas station and park beside the red 06'.

While we were in there that same dude was there workin'.. Started talking to me and my buddy about the cigars and whats good.. started sayin how he has to hide his from his kids lol.. shared some laughs then headed out..

On the way out, there was another ranger gassing up, it was blue ext. cab 4x4 maybe 01 or 02.. Black rims with chrome lip.. Who's driving it? A woman old enough to be my grandmother! I was pumped! So many rangers in such a short time..

Head back..

Hit canadian customs and bam, "pull your truck in".. It was an outdoor check this time, I knew they weren't going to find anything if your boys didn't. I had to stand outside in about -20ish weather in my hoody. My jacket was in the cab and they were lookin through it too. After they came up with nothing we were sent on our way again.

Over all it was a good night, quite the adventure.. I can almost feel the patriotism when i'm there, it's a good vibe.

Some people hate canadians, some people hate americans, but i have respect for most people as long as they are smart about life.

Your country really does rock.
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um ok lol... ya its really easy to get threw the border with a passport now they just like let you fly threw.. but glad you liked it...
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I have been to the exact area you are talking about. Thanks for the nice words about Michigan, and I agree with you. I like most people, as long as they have half a brain, American, Canadian, whatever...... :)
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lol, I have had a similar adventure at US/Canadian customs at detroit/windsor. Actually, I've had many. We used to go to the Windsor bars every tuesday for over a year so you can imagine how many border crossings we've had. I wasn't real excited when we were once told to pull our car over to be searched!
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Nice story. I never get to see that many rangers in a week let alone one night.
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I'm dogsitting for my parents for the weekend and there are a couple Rangers on their street, but nothing special. Glad you had a good time in the US...it's pretty easy to get along anywhere if you don't act like a gigantic jerk. I had a good time in Canada when I went up there a couple years ago.
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Old 03-11-2007
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What reason would people have to have Canadians? Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems the you Canadians cause Zero problems?
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What reason would people have to have Canadians? Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems the you Canadians cause Zero problems?
some people are funny like that though.
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What reason would people have to have Canadians?
I get over the border at Buffalo and have Canadians as often as I can
usually starts one dollar at a time and we see where it goes from there
amazing how the ladies can find all those nice bikini outfits in the dead of winter
Morph - see your avatar for reference
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Canada and customs.. I have had some adventures with those *****.

Did everyone know they can ( literally ) take your vehical apart and hand it back to you in a pile of parts.. with a shorted out ECC5 unit..

American customs can be even more brutal, especially when you have a forign passenger that just flew in to Toronto and is now coming into the States.
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Old 03-13-2007
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I counted my lucky stars when I was given the thumbs up after the American Customs did their vehicle search. They even spread the snow around in the box, emptied my chain bucket of snow AND secured my gas can for me. :)

It would have been funny if I went out to my truck and saw the seats out, ripped apart, the carpet pulled out, the dash sitting on the floor, the door panels gone, spare tire removed off the rim, all four tires removed from rims, gas tank empty on the floor ect... And them saying - Enjoy your stay!

And yea D. - It really is mind boggling that they can do all that and more, legitimately. I guess they would need an awful good reason to take it to that extreme.
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