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Is there anything I need to know about crossing the border between Canada and America on a bicycle?It's not much different than doing it in a car. You just have to decide whether you should wait in line with the cars or skirt around them. You kind of have to read which is better at the crossing. Crossing from US to Canada is usually a minimum of protocol. Crossing from Canada to US is a bit more heavily scrutinized. The Canadian officials seem relaxed and friendly. The US officials seem serious and skeptical. I've never had my panniers searched in either direction. They just ask you the normal questions, such as how long you were in the other country, what you were doing there and if you're carrying any alcohol. If the crossing is not busy and the officer is curious, you may get questions about your tour.
Even on our new routing to the south folks are encountering oil and gas trafficYes, there's an oil dump in Fryburg, ND, and even I-94 can't handle all the traffic to it, so there's considerable oil truck traffic on old US 10 on the Northern Tier route between Belfield and Fryburg.
One: where are the best places to set up camp? A book mentioned church yards, public parks, and even cemeteries. Can you set up where ever suits you or is there etiquette to abide by?
Two: I am interested in the pros and cons of a trailer versus panniers. I will either be riding a '84 Fuji or '02 Bianchi, both road bike not tour bike specifically. My thought is that a trailer would eliminate the problem of not having the rear panniers centered of the axle. Thoughts?
Has anyone followed ACA's maps before?Since you are posting on the ACA site, I would guess that most of us have used ACA maps. They aren't the be-all and end-all, but they are useful. Having used a lot of them, I would state their pros and cons as follows:
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