Went down to Blaine today, and like usual, turned of Hwy 99 for the truck crossing. Got on the overpass over 99, and looked ahead on 8th AVe. OMG, the line-up for the border was backed up to the golf center, with trucks and cars all mixed up along 8th Ave.
So, went back to Hwy 99 and took the Peace Arch crossing. Waited in line for 45 min. (thank god it wasn't raining). When close enough to see, noticed that EVERY vehicle is getting checked for trunk contents. Got up to the guard station (Yahoo, it's my turn), and the guard asked me to turn the bike off, AND GIVE HIM THE KEY. I've never had to do that before. Asks me the usual questions: why are you crossing, blah, blah. Told him I'm picking up a package in Blaine, he asks what, I say it's some stuff for the bike, he asks where I'm going to put it, I say on the back under the bungee net. He asks me if it's my bike (I resist the temptation to ask him to look at the little plate on the back with my name on it), and finally gives me back my keys. I'm on my way.
Got to the mail pickup place in Blaine, and mention the line-up at the border. Clerk there says it's because the USA has issued a "stage 4 terrorist alert". Ahhh, I think, that's why I waited so long in line, nearly bursting my bladder!
So, if you're going south in the next few days, be prepared to wait a while at the borders.
Coming back here, hardly any line, no hassles, no trunk opening of the cars. Took hardly any time at the Peach Arch crossing. The usual questions, buy anything, yes about $132 dollars US, ok thanks. Didn't have to pay duty. Again though, the customs asked if it was my bike. Guess they don't get many women riders in the middle of winter??