Nepal to Japan – Boxing up the Bromptons
We usually throw the bikes into the overhead bin when we fly, but our short flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu was on a 40-person plane – and we were pretty sure the Bromptons wouldn’t fit and we would need to check them.
So Dmitry visited a local bike shop (fortunately, there were plenty in Pokhara) where he got a full size bike box. The box wasn’t quite wide enough for a folded Brompton to just slide in, but using his multi-tool and a LOT of tape, Dmitry was able to fashion one full-size bike box into two Bromton-size bike boxes. Just like when we check the bikes inside suitcases, Dmitry padded the pointy and fiddly bits.
The Pokhara airport is one of the nicest I’ve ever visited: with a lovely cafe, soaring views of the Himalayas, and an outdoor terrace for watching the planes take off and land.
Before leaving Pokhara, we had prepared for the worst in Kathmandu: we stocked up on granola bars and water sterilization tablets, we had a tent and sleeping bag as impromptu shelter, and we bought a few extra cell phone “top-up” cards in case we needed internet and phone access to make other plans. Fortunately, none of these were needed. Our experience could not have been less uneventful – we collected our baggage, changed terminals, and found a quiet lounge (with food and wine) to hang out in until flight time.
It took less than an hour from the time we touched down in Tokyo to the time we were purchasing tickets and getting ready to board the bullet train to Hiroshima. We unboxed the bikes, repacked our bags, and off we went, to start enjoying Japan!