Saturday morning I woke up a bit dehydrated (turns out real IPAs are a bit stronger than Leo), had breakfast at the hotel, returned the bike to Ian at Riders Corner, and headed to Japan to meet Wafer for a mini-vacation there. This would be the end of the story, except one of my connecting flights was tight, and I was on 3 different airlines: Chiang Mai to Bangkok on ThaiVietJet - long layover in BKK, no problem Bangkok to Incheon redeye on Asiana - arriving at 6:55am. Incheon to Osaka on Korean Air - departing at 9am. As anticipated, Asiana refused to check my bag thru to my KAL flight. Refused is the wrong word, more like politely notified me that they would be "unable to get my luggage onto the next flight", which is fair enough. I knew the 2hr and 5 minute layover would be tight, but Asiana and KAL run on schedule most of the time so I wasn't too worried about the planes being late. The tricky part was that I would have to go thru customs to get my checked bag, then turn around and go right back into the airport. No worries I've been thru Incheon a bunch of times, except.... There is a new terminal at ICN now, and it's separate from the old terminal. Really separate- it's on the other side of the airport. I didn't know this, as it's been a couple of years since I've been to ICN. I found it out when I showed up at ICN the week before. Oh shit. Now I would have to go thru customs, get my bag, get on a 20min shuttle bus, then check back in at the new terminal. There was a zero chance of being able to recover my bag between flights. Old Setup -- KAL and Asiana were in the same terminal, just different wings: New setup - KAL and Asiana are in different terminals a long long way apart. Also the terminals look like beetles: So I formulated a foolhardy plan: I would abandon my checked bag (with all of my riding gear and dirty clothes) to the airport carousel gods and hope for the best. In Chiang Mai I bought some powdered laundry detergent to act as desiccant, so I dumped laundry detergent into the boots and riding gear, then wrapped things up in garbage bags. LAX to ICN to BKK to CNX back to BKK: - Carry On: Helmet, riding jacket, riding pants, backpack - Checked Bag: Riding boots, tools, tire pump, duct tape, zip ties, clothes, my dry bag (thank god I brought my dry bag) In BKK between domestic and international flights I opened up my luggage, pulled out my dry bag, and rearranged: - Carry On: backpack, drybag with street clothes - Checked Bag: Stinky helmet, helmet bag, stinky riding pants, stinky riding jacket, really stinky riding boots, tools, tire pump, duct tape, zip ties, etc I checked my bag at the Asiana counter in BKK and said my goodbyes to it. .