One of my main challenges was how to get my bike to and from New York in a relatively cheap way. Luckily, there is a service I found called BikeFlights.com. They are specialists in shipping bikes and negotiated some good rates with FedEx. So the cost to get my bike from LA to NY is only about $70. Not bad at all.
I obtained a bike box from a bike shop nearby. So now I just have to take apart my bike and fit it in there. I’ll also throw in my panniers and camping gear and stuff also. Whatever I take on the plane with me is what I will need to bike with! So I’m throwing everything into the box.
For the way back, I ordered a bike box to be delivered to Pat’s house so hopefully it’ll be waiting for me when I get there. (If I get there!). Then I just pack my bike up again and Bike Flights will pick it up.
Fingers crossed this all goes smoothly!