The trip was a cluster...
- only my Discover card does not charge international transaction fees. However, nobody in Canada takes Discover
- not knowing any of that, I only exchanged $20USD for Canadian currency at the border. That ran out quickly
- our motel was only one block away from a CostCo, but CostCo in Ontario doesn't sell beer or liquor. They also don't take Discover, or Visa (which is what all of them require here.)
Fortunately, my buddy had plenty of Canadian money, so he paid for everything and I reimbursed him. He also owns a credit card that doesn't charge transaction fees. He noticed an ad at a Tim Horton's for their "doubledoublecard." I looked into it when I got home. #1 requirement: must be a Canadian citizen.
I was a nervous wreck going through Customs, fearing they would search my Vibe and confiscate all my food, beer, cooking equipment and running stuff, but all they asked was "why are you entering Canada?" and "are you carrying any alcohol or tobacco?" I don't they hear "I'm going to London to run a 50k" very often.
Same thing re-entering the US:
"What did you go to Canada for?"
"I ran a 50k. It took me 6hrs, 20min."
"I couldn't even drive it in that."
(Does he even know how far 50k is?) Anyway, my paranoia was completely unwarranted.
Still, the course was the nicest 50k course I can remember running on evah, and I'm already looking forward to going back. Yah?