The evil fairies are at it again. Two punctures before I have even started! and my big box does not fit into the bike box. Even so I am on target to get the bike in the bike box and onto the plane to Bergen this coming Friday at 7pm. It might take a bit of creativity with the box... adding a bit of cardboard here and there. The other bit of jiggery pokery has to be done with the panniers. My luggage allowance is two, 20 kilo bags and hand luggage of 10 kilos. The problem is that I have four panniers, a tent, a sleeping bag and a mat. All these come to less than 40 kilos but will be charges as excess if they go though check in separately. So... I have got some rubble bags and I'm going to put the lot into two bags and see if they will accept it. Over the phone, a nice Norwegian lady said it will be okay, but I'll be pleased if it all works out.
The good news is that the bike is going well. I did a trial run to Gifford with all the gear on it today and after the initial strangeness of the heavy front panniers, everything went well. The hill up to Gifford is a challenge at the best of times, but in low gear with all the luggage it was fine. On the way back I got up to about 25 mph, and the bike was stable, so finger crossed it all looks good.