I am considering taking my first bicycle tour in a little less than a year. The hope is to fly into New Orleans and ride my tour bike over the next few days along the Great River Road to Baton Rouge. At that point, I would like to fly out of the Baton Rouge airport back home.
My only transportation will be the bike and my two feet. There is plenty of lodging along the way, and the roads are well mapped. I have until next March to save up for the needed bike accessories, the ticket, shipping costs, and the lodging. The only real problem left is what to do about the bicycle box.
I know the bike has to come and go in a box. The problem is that as soon as I arrive in New Orleans, I no longer need the box, and do not plan on returning to the city. Upon arrival to Baton Rouge, I will need a (the) box again to ship it out.
So, how do people normally handle this situation? Do you just buy boxes each time you get to the airport through the airline and throw them away after retrieving the bike? Or do you find a way to forward the box to the place where it is needed next? If that is possible, how do I turn around and ship a box immediately upon arrive to New Orleans towards an area in or around the Baton Rouge airport?
I have read about the pros and cons of cardboard temporary containers vs personal shipping boxes, and am not really committed to one or the other. How would you be sure you had easy access to bike boxes at the airports?