Day 1

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Iceland Adventure

Day 1

Letty dropped us off at SeaTac and we all stood in amazement at the magnitude of the stuff we were bringing. img_9792Four bike boxes take up two full carts! And there was another wheel box and then all our checked baggage.  We were packing for the inevitable and unimaginable, most notably, driving wind and rain for 10 days straight.  Pack two of everything, and then a third just because.

The summer season was winding down in Iceland, so we needed to be ready for the weather to turn for the worse. Waterproof everything – jackets, pants, booties, gloves, hats. And then the warm layers after that. Along with all that winter gear, we also packed swimwear! Seems like an oxymoron, but we are fantasizing about hot springs after every meal.

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Slytherins flocked from around the world that night.

We arrived in Reykjavik airport and immediately wondered if the guy picking us up would have a van big enough for our hulking selves. Turns out, that was the first of many awesome things that Clint did for our travel plans… hire a taxi that was enormous. Our driver was undaunted by the boxes and we set off to find our cheap hotel under the northern lights.

The next morning we put our bikes together in the hotel rooms, pumped up the tires and went for a quick test ride.

Next installment…. why the heck did we pick Iceland? Why are there 180 sheep for every human in the country?  Why are the Icelandic Air stewardesses so grumpy?

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2 Responses to “Day 1”

  1. Juli

    Why Iceland? Because the people are so friendly and the views amazing! You will love it! Was there in June for a week and I loved it. If I biked I think it would have been the best way to see the country. Looking forward to reading about your adventure.

  2. Joan Davis

    Sign me up!

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