At the Canadian border, I roll past a long line of cars to a bike rack near the building entrance. While I’m still fishing out my documents, two border agents come out and start asking about the bike. This is clearly a welcome change from their usual routine. Did you build it yourself? How far can you travel each day? Are you camping? Do you have a blog? These are not the typical questions I get asked when entering Canada as a US citizen. Usually, it’s, “What is the purpose of your visit? Are you carrying any firearms?”
They do have one standard questions for me, “Do you have any pepper spray?”
Just this big-ass can of extra-strength bear repellent.
That’s fine… but no small, personal mace?
Passport check: two minutes. Solar ebike questions: 20 minutes.
I get a little peek into the world of “aquastruction” and manage to only drop one power tool in the salt water. Fortunately, it isn’t plugged in. A quick rinse with fresh water in and it is as good as new.
I spend a few days at Grin Technologies in Vancouver checking off a bunch of items on my to do list: install new rear shock, mount brighter taillights, fix a cracked 3D printed fender, etc. Robert is kind enough to inspect all three of my wheels for signs of trouble before I head out into the wilderness of the north.
I reconnect with Grin staff I met on my last visit and meet a few new faces.
“Hey, is that a Feniex light? “
“Yeah, how did you know?“
“I used to install them on cop cars.“
Yup. That checks out.
Justin and Aaron come up with a way to combine three different series of YouTube videos into one day of solar electric sailing, electric skateboarding, and solar biking.