Budapest

After a longer-than-anticipated stay in Ljubljana, I was finally rejoined by Mike. We decided that since we’d lost about a week of travel time, we’d “fast-forward” to Budapest. This meant that we did not cycle through the northwest corner of Croatia or the southwest of Hungary. We’ll be going to the coast of Croatia toward … Continue reading

I Feel Slovenia

After our crazy night of camping, we woke up to a cold, rainy day. Nonetheless, we hopped on our bikes and started pedaling (uphill, on gravel, into the wind). There were a few grueling bike paths, but we eventually made it back to pavement. Mike found us a host in Nova Vas for the night, … Continue reading

The Laugavegur in the City

I just finished detailing our Laugarvegurinn Trek through the Icelandic interior in recent posts, but it turned out that our trekking days were not over.¬†We returned to Reykjavik and our AirBnB host for about a day and a half of big city exploration after our hike. Our main goals were to see the sights, buy … Continue reading

Iceland by the Numbers

I still have a few more things to post about our time in Iceland, but now that we’re back home, we have crunched some numbers for those of you who have been following our adventure. Here’s an “Iceland by the numbers” summary that Mike put together: Kilometers biked: 1880 Kilometers bused: 0* Flat tires: 0 … Continue reading

Bandit Camping in Iceland

We’ve begun the last leg of our biking journey since we are now working on completing our circle. There are no major stops until we return to where we started. We’ve moved from northern Iceland into the west, where signs of the capital’s relative closeness are more apparent. There are fewer convenient camping card campgrounds … Continue reading

Island Hopping

We’ve slowed our pace in the last week since we were ahead of schedule. We decided to enjoy a bit of island hopping. First, we hopped from the big island (Iceland!) to a tiny island called Hrisey. The ferry to Hrisey takes only 15 minutes since Hrisey is located in one of the northern fjords. … Continue reading

Myvatn

For the last couple of days, Mike and I have been hanging out around lake Myvatn (which is supposedly pronounced Mee-vawt and is a compound of words meaning “midges” and “water”). Both midges and water are readily apparent, so I guess it’s aptly named. The lake is a far cry from any Midwestern lake, if … Continue reading

A Song of Ice and Fire

If you sent warm, sunny thoughts our way, it worked. We’ve had several days with no rain, significant stretches of sun, and moderate warmth. It’s been fantastic. We travelled from the more popular tourist areas in the south to the east fjords, and now we’re in the northeast. The east fjords were very pretty. They … Continue reading

Just BRAI ‘Cause We’re Not on the RAG

As Mike and I work on our Bike Ride Around Iceland (BRAI), the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) is getting underway. I’ve ridden many RAGBRAIs, and Mike’s done a few, but my dad has our family record. I think he’s ridden at least part of 14 of the last 15 years. He’ll … Continue reading

Ice Ice Baby

Yesterday was glorious. Sure, the morning started out gloomy and rainy as usual when we headed south from Svinafell. As soon as we turned a corner and started heading northeast, though, the weather turned too. Suddenly we had blue skies, full sun, and a strong tail wind! I have never been so happy to see … Continue reading