April 23 and 24, 2017
We spent Sunday packing up the bikes and updating the blog. O.k. Ralf packed the bikes and I updated the blog. In my opinion Ralf does a better job at packing the bikes than any bike shop. This time, Ralf hardly swore at all I probably only heard two bad words in the four hours that he took to put the bikes in the boxes, a record.
I spent time going through almost 200 pictures to choose the few that I put on the blog. Now that I am taking photos with the phone and getting some good shots, I have to go through Ralf’s photos and my photos, it takes time.
Heading Home – Monday April 24, 2017
I read a book once about air travel and it said that the chances of you dying in an aircraft are one in a million. Pretty good odds of me surviving this flight, however, the more I fly the higher the risk. That is what I told Ralf over breakfast. He just shook his head, amazed that I still hate flying after all these years.
We had to check out of the hotel by noon as that was the latest time for the free-shuttle to the airport. We were at the airport at 12:30 – five and a half hours ahead of the flight time!!
We hoped that there would be early check-in but there wasn’t. Air Canada was checking in a flight to Vancouver and we didn’t want Mrs. Sweetcheeks heading to Vancouver instead of Toronto. We checked-in at 2:45 and headed through the gates to the terminal.
Incheon/Seoul airport is huge, we had to take a train to our gate. We could have wandered around on the classy side of the airport where all the designer brand names are, but with only 30,000 Won ($36.00) in our pocket and not much left in the bank, it wasn’t really worth it.
We took the train to the cheaper side where we had a coffee and sandwich at Dunkin Donuts.
We had booked extra leg-room seats on our return in the hopes that we would be able to get some sleep.
Not very successful, I tossed and turned trying to get comfy and Ralf binged on movies and games. The flight was smooth, of course every-time the food was served we hit turbulence, but that is par for the course.
We arrived on time at Toronto (6:00 p.m.) and cleared passport control really quickly. They have a new system where you scan your passport and customs declaration and walk through. The customs guard has a quick check of your passport and declaration and you are free to go to pick up your luggage.
Which as usual, at Pearson, takes forever. The bikes were ready first and then the bags eventually rolled of the carousel.
We headed to our waiting ride, oops sorry that should read we waited for our ride. When I called the Limo Service, he hadn’t got our booking. He tried to cover it up and told me that the Town Car was on its way. I politely told him that I had ordered a Suburban or equivalent as we have two bicycles, which was I had requested. I had sent an email to confirm that the flight was on time from Seoul but hadn’t received a response from them by the time we arrived in Toronto, that should have given me a heads up.
“I have to recall the driver and we will switch out the vehicles”, it will be about half an hour. I was tired and just wanted to get home. We waited for another vehicle to arrive, eventually at 8:00 he arrived. Nice guy and a smooth journey home.
Arrived home at 9:15 p.m. and I went straight to bed. Ralf needed time to unwind, I have no idea when he came to bed.
I hope you have enjoyed the Grand Adventure Part Two and the photos that Ralf has taken.
We will be thinking about where to go on Grand Adventure Part Three, stay tuned for our thoughts on South Korea.