Sorry Doug, but I don't understand the trouble with taking a week to ship the bike. I know it is tough to live without your ride but surely you can do a week!
We dropped our bikes off at Air Canada Cargo on a Thursday (in Calgary, Alberta) and the plane flew on Saturday so they had a couple of days to put the bikes on pallets. We picked the bikes up on Monday afternoon in Frankfurt and simply rode out to the autobahn.
I think you can rest assured that a boat will take much longer than a week.
Redwood Meadows, AB
'03 R1150GS Adventure
'84 R100RT 141,000 km (Dad's!)
'89 R100GS 250,000 km (and ready for another continent)
'07 R1200GS Adventure 100,000 km (just finished Circumnavigating Asia)