Somehow I had it in my head that I was flying around midnight Saturday. The itinerary said Saturday but it was late on Thursday night that it dawned on me 00:15 is actually bloody early Saturday, more like Friday night!
Luckily I had sorted everything out so packing the bike (boxed for travel) and getting to the airport wasn't really a panic. It was just the plan for a leisurely Saturday, amble to the airport that was gone!
As I checked in a couple in front of me found they'd done the same thing, but for the previous midnight, missing their flight by nearly 24 hours. I could empathize with them, after so nearly making the same mistake. Apparently it isn't an uncommon thing for near midnight departures.
Was glad to see Bas (friend and tour guide!) airside, glad to be airside!
So, I'm on the plane, next stop Kuala Lumpur, then Kathmandu for a couple of days acclimatization before on to Lhasa.
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