|At LAX on the way to Heathrow before|
things started to go downhill.
But by the time I got to the carousel... and I waited and waited and waited... one piece did not arrive. It was the piece, of course, that had all my bike panniers in it. Also had my entire DVD collection as well as various other items that were dear to me. Brand new Ortlieb panniers. It is the suitcase on the bottom wrapped in duct tape. The duct tape was put on not to hold it together but for me to more easily identify it coming off the carousel. That backfired.
So, I am totally back to square one. Totally. And here's thing: I had previously been preparing for a x-country USA bike trip that was to have started in February 2015. But when I realized I was going to Britain, I got rid of almost all of the USA stuff because I thought I'd just replace it over there. Only now I'm here... and I have none of it. Some of it just became too bulky and was extra weight or unnecessary. I had spend $$$ buying food and prep for going across the country. I was going to have restocking stations with friends. But I gave all that food away. All of it. I had to get very picky about what I was taking to Britain because of the weight issue. Nearly everything was jettisoned. Now I find myself in the position of needing to kit the bike again... and that's not a cheap process.
A friend has set up a donation page for me to help me recover these lost items and to get things going again. http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/helping-jenny/243811
If you feel like donating, any little bit will help. I want to get on the road in the USA as quickly as possible before winter sets in.