Colleen is gone until July, and on a plane headed for New Zealand. I'm pretty jealous that I won't be going on the Lord of the Rings tour with her. Anyway, shes been trying to decide all winter if she wanted to have a bike with her. A day before she left she decided that she did.
So we checked out the options. They were fly with bike, ship bike UPS, or buy a bike over there and try to sell it before leaving.
I punched in a bike box to UPS at work, and it turned out to be $856.00. That was out.
Then we checked out some NZ bikes. A pair of hiking boots cost about $350 there, and mountain bikes are correspondingly pricey. I guess stuff is expensive when it has to be shipped to the bottom of the world. So that was also out.
She called the airline, and it would only cost $200 to fly the whole way there with the bike. I grabbed the smallest bike box I could find and jammed her Karate Monkey into it. Not as professional looking as a hard case, but it'll do:
I wish I could see her trying to carry that thing through the airport.