12-23-2011, 12:54 PM
Joined: Jan 2010
Before we headed further west, we looked at the old turf church near Vidimyri.
Next up on our route was the Blanda power plant. Water is channeled subsurface from one lake to the other, with the generator room some 200m below the ground. According to our guide book it was possible to get in there and have a look.
When we showed up however, everything was locked up and there was no-one to let us in. Maybe they had seen us coming.
A bit later we saw an ambulance coming our way, with a lonely MZ 250 following about a minute later. Then we met some bikers on 2 GSs and 2 VStroms: Two Scandinavians, shown around by two Icelanders. They had been around quite a bit, I even saw the same stickers from RTWDoug's adventure camp in Bulgaria on their bikes as on mine.
They had heard about a motorcycle accident, but didn't knew any details. (see previous post)
Although we were now on the 'famous' road 35, we were now heading for the West Fjords, so we took a right turn onto 727. This should allow for our daily dose of dirt roads and proofed to be a great idea. It soon became a single track road, leading through green hills. Instead of ash, gravel and rocks we now had soft soil underneath our wheels. There were even some sheep and horses on the grasslands.
Maddin trying to straighten a road sign
To reach the West Fjords by the end of the day we had to go back on the ring road. Again, the weather was changing between sun and rain every few kilometers. We turned north on the 68 and stopped at the intersection with road 59 around 7pm.
The wind had picked up significantly and with the sun setting down it was getting chilly. The extra layers of clothes had to come out.
Then, road 59 brought us to the west coast where we took road 60 north. Our camp for the night was at Laugar, a cozy place with a bit of wind protection.
Camping at Laugar