Monday 24th September
Famous last words. It's great flying with Easyjet. Then shortly after that I take a flight with my bike and when I open my bike bag at Milan-Linate airport I find that the derailleur has been ripped away from the frame!!
That was a real heartsink moment. I'd been looking forward to riding the bike, and thinking about all the places I could try and ride it. Then in a moment of carelessness by airport staff, those hopes are dashed.
Getting across Milan was a pain though, as I thought I would chance things by going to Decathlon on spec en route to my flat to get it repaired. Their place was so full of bikes that they said I would need to wait at least 3 days before I could check in my bike for repairs. So I then had to traipse the thing up to my flat on the 6th floor by way of a tiny lift, that is not designed for carrying larger items.
I now have to find a bike shop in Milan that will be able to fix my derailleur and get the job done to a decent standard, reasonably soon, and all the service with a smile. That may be easier said than done.....