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Old 07-02-2009, 02:38 PM   #46
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OK, so where did we leave off?

Oh yes, the rock gardens...

You may wonder what the rocks in the rock gardens look like. Well they are certainly volcanic...



They look like the lava rocks in your gas grill. Probably because they are...

About an hour later, we were back on the dirt/gravel and having a great time.



As you can see, there is just miles and miles of it.





The road conditions here were in awesome shape, even better than pavement!





Sometimes the road was near ocean level...



Other times, you started to climb right beside the ocean...



The highest I saw on the GPS was 1740 feet. Most of the times there is no guard rail. I'll show you better pics later.

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Old 07-02-2009, 03:04 PM   #47
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What Views

looks like a flat trackers paradise.
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Old 07-02-2009, 03:28 PM   #48
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Going up and coming down; and of ships and shipwrecks

Along the way there were beautiful sights, waterfalls...



and shapely mountains...



But now we were into the Western fjiords for real. Now it was time to go up and down...



What you can probably just barely make out under Kim's helmet is Kim's gigantic smile. Kim had just come up one of the fjiords' 16 degree inclines with multiple hairpin switch backs. Also what you can't see is the about 700 foot drop off at the edge of the road. Awesome job Kim!!!!



Oh and yes, that is pea gravel at the side of the road.



This is one of the sections before the 16 degree inclines. Note the curve ahead, it's a shear drop on the other side. Kim did it with no worries whatsoever!



Now coming back down one of the fjiords...



Along the way in one of the fjiords, I spied this...



I don't know the story about it, but I don't think it was a good one.

As we rode further towards our destination for the evening, Lautrabjarg, we came upon this.



It was close enough to the road to require a closer inspection. What we found was this...



The Grodar, the oldest steel ship in iceland. Purposefully beached here in 1981.




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Old 07-02-2009, 04:27 PM   #49
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Leaving Lautrabjarg

We overnighted in Latrabjarg and headed back the way we came.



Even though it was overcast, the sand of the beach still glistened gold...





Although we were sad to be leaving, it was time to be heading back up the fjiord...




On the way out we found some interesting stuff. Hmmmm.... different types of transportation...



Don't forget the engines...



Just a few more parts and she'll be airworthy.

Flying not your cup of tea? Rather keep your feet firmly on the ground? How about a more docile form of transport?



No, not the bikes, the transport behind them. But I don't see a sail and I don't feel like rowing so you'll have to handle that yourself.

The terrain out proved to be very changeable going from very rocky with high rock walls...



To beach sand all in a matter of a mile or so...





Even the little Latrabjarg airport was in the beach sand...





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Old 07-02-2009, 04:44 PM   #50
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It's still overcast and drizzling, but it doesn't make a difference

The clouds are still there, with a peek of sunshine once in a while, but we don't really care because when we come around a corner we see sights like this...







Now does anyone really want to ask us why we came here?
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:50 PM   #51
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Some sunlight peeks through

Every once in a while, some sunlight peeks through.

At times, it's just one of those things that makes the moment. Like when you have been riding through thick fog, feeling as though you have been suspended in time because you literally have had very little outside reference; when finally, you breakout of the murk and below you see a valley in sun. And in that valley, a road stretches before you, awaiting you, beckoning to you... AND you are the only one on it.



Such was this moment.

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Old 07-02-2009, 05:14 PM   #52
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Water, water everywhere...

Did you know Iceland has waterfalls? Lots of them? Well they do and they are beautiful. Some are long...



Some look tropical...



Shouldn't this be in Hawaii?





Hey Kim, quit lounging around will ya? We've got places to go, people to see!

As you can see, it really wasn't quite tropical at the time...



Then there were bigger and more majestic falls to be seen. But first we had to go over a mountain to get there in the fog...







But as we descended, things got more and more beautiful and the road turned almost to a red clay like gravel...





Then we spied this...



Spectacular but still not the biggest...

A little further down the road, we saw this...



As we got closer...





...and ultimately....



This is the Dynjandi Falls. There are actually several falls and you can actually walk behind one of them. Cool!!!!!

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Old 07-02-2009, 05:35 PM   #53
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The Stelvio Pass of Iceland and My Crummy Photography

Sometimes my photography really stinks; more than usual. I have several pics of the switchbacks coming down from one of the fjiords but with the overcast light and my crummy photography skills, you can barely see them in these pics. When I get home, I will try to clean them up so you can see the road better. But believe me, these gravel roads are awesome, deserted, have excellent elevation changes and for the most part, the surfaces are excellent. From the top to the bottom of these pics there is probably about 1000 feet of elevation change. So here you go...







If you don't believe me, ask Mr. Cotton or his Parrot.



Last but not least for the first of July is Iceland's own Devil's Tower, with a fjiord thrown in for free!





Well folks, that closes out the 1st of July. I am short on pics for the 2nd with the video I took. So I'll close off the 1st, post the few pics of from the 2nd and call it a night. End of 1 July here....
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:49 PM   #54
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Old 07-02-2009, 05:53 PM   #55
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Not too many pics today

Today I felt like riding and not taking so many pics. Ok, so I got lazy, kinda like this...



I would have pulled up next to him, but he wouldn't give me any space.

Anyway, we got on the road and the riding was great. A good combination of pavement and gravel. To start the day we had a good deal of gavel and as the day wound down, we had pavement and rain. But we did see a few things Kim really likes, like...

Road Construction!!!! Complete with her favorite piece of construction equipment...



The road grader!!!!! She just loves the big rocks and soft sand left behind them. She also loves jumping the birm on single lane roads when the odd car comes every now and then. So she wasn't disappointed when we came across this fella and his friends.


But later on, we did come upon something much more pleasant. A mountain covered in these purple, very wonderful smelling flowers...





What you may ask, do these flowers look like up close?

Here you go...



Oh, and while I was taking these pics, I was being spied upon. She didn't think I knew she was watching, but I did. I got this shot of her watching me...



Just after this shot was taken, these guys went by. More spies?



I don't think so. But we decided to hightail it to our stop for the night, the Hotel Tindastoll.



Where this trip report emanates from tonight and from which room the President of Iceland once stayed in!

Here's the proof!



Well folks, that's all we have for now. We're all caught up (except for the video).

Till later!
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:13 PM   #56
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Too bad it's so over crowded with tourist's. LOL! Simply beeeautiful.
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:17 AM   #57
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Great pictures and report! I would love to ride there someday.
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Thanks everyone!!!

We wanted to thank everyone that has left a comment. We enjoy hearing from you and hearing what you think; so thanks!

Keep the comments coming.

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The little things

Iceland continues to give us more and more treats. Like these... Do these window latches look familiar?





Perhaps a bit like fish hooks?

But eventually we had to take our leave of the Hotel Tindastoll, so we packed up the bikes in our most excellent parking spots...



and made ready to get under way. We made a quick stop at the N1 (one of the larger fuel brands -- sort of like Exxon in the US) and we saw this...



Kind of a neat reminder to recycle, don't you think?

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