So we and the bikes made it to Singapore- Hoorah! but not without a few hiccups on the way!
Tired on Saturday morning after some late night bike packing (which would have been even later if it hadn’t been for Sam’s dad’s help – thankyou) we then discover that Sam’s bike box wouldn’t fit in the car. Something we probably should have checked in advance!
After some hammer action from Sam’s mum (thank-you!) we managed to fit this into the car & on time. This was only after Jill from the Postoffice in Cirencester personally delivered our singapore & american dollars to the Gunner Household. Thankyou to Jill as well!
So our next fear was the airport – would they let us on with the bikes, would our luggage be too heavy? The answer being yes to both these questions. Luckily we had chosen a good Airline (Emirates), so when Sam’s bike was again too big to fit through the oversized luggage area, they allowed him to escort it through the the staff only security area. They also waivered a few extra killograms in luggage weight saving us £120 in extra charges! What legends!
Having boarded the first plane and being greated by a Rhianna look-a- like flight attendent, we found ourselves seated next to a delightful Zimbabwanean couple, who when we explain our trip to them, declare they are going to pray for us! Flights were long, but overall uneventful and broken up with a delightful trip to Oceans Basket in Dubai Airport!
On arrival at Singapore airport, Guns had the pleasure of digitally rating the toilet attendendent on an interactive toilet screen. Also our bikes not only arrived but beat us to the baggage area (that’s what i call efficiency at its finest).
It then occurred to us that we had not considered in any way how to get us+box+bike from the airport to the hotel. Guns thought we could cycle, I thought we could get the train. Both we were advised/told not to do by airport staff. Fortunately Singapore airport is full of helpful people and so after some confusion a minibus was ordered to transport us and bikes into town (abondoning the boxes outside the terminal, where we were told they would be swiftly removed). SORTED!