June 04, 2008 GMT
Canada Day 1

The Cunning Plan has had a gestation period about the same as an elephant's. But at last, here we are in CANADA.

The HU mantra of " do your own research" has been chanted from time to time, but its always felt like coming home to see how others have done it.

So far things have gone well.

Shipping. We wanted to start as far east as practical. I tried various shipping agents,It seemed like we would be paying very high prices to travel to the unwanted destinations.
Having looked at air cargo sites, it seemed that only Air Canada flew the routes we desired. When I phoned the London base, I knew that I had less than a little idea of what we were wanting. I explained that I was making "an idle inquiry". The slightly harassed voice at the other end said "hang on a minute... then came back with...Idle.. one of my favorite words, ..now how can I help?"
That was nearly two years ago.

Air Canada have given us totally superb service.
The bike needed minimal preparation to make it air safe. The tank drained and windscreen lowered a touch. (So it could fit in he X-ray scanner)
Arrival in Halifax has been delightful. The clearing the bike through the customs took about 5 minutes and the whole process of getting the bike from Air Canada Cargo took about half an hour.

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We were even driven to and from the Customs department by Ted from Cargo. Everyone was smiling and helpful. Oh and shaking their heads and saying we must be crazy, but that seems part of the deal,

Posted by Brendon Ball at June 04, 2008 11:58 AM GMT
 



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