Yesterday, we did some shopping, registered our proxys/mandates for next year’s general elections (in France) and we mostly spent our time dismantling the Pino.
We had been to a bicycle shop a few days before to get 2 bike-sized cardboard boxes, so we just needed a bit of bubble-wrap and lots of time 🙂
The tandem being much larger and longer than a standard bike, we had to disassemble quite a few things.
We started with the standard parts: pedals, mirrors, handles, brake levers, handlebar, etc… Then we had to remove the front seat and the kickstand.
Once split in two, we tried our best to protect the wheels and other sensitive parts (derailleurs) using cardboard, bubble-wrap, and blocks of polystyrene. To finish off, we wrapped everything tightly using cling film. We’re not wrapping professionals, but we’re getting there 🙂
5 hours later (again, we’re not wrapping professionals… 😉 ), here is the result :
Today, we prepared our bags for the plane, did a little bit more shopping, and finished packing all the things we’re not bringing with us. We also finished saying goodbye: e-mail, text messages, phone calls, etc… This time we’re really leaving. It’s the day before departure (more like a few hours, really) and we’re feeling quite stressed, but we know this will go away when we reach Canada, with our tandem reassembled and all our luggage with us.
We’re super excited to start 🙂