Sept 14, 2015 – Reykjavik
I am having a nice Scandinavian breakfast buffet, reading news clips on-line, thinking about how to progress today. Yesterday I arrived after a 6 hour flight from Edmonton at about 6:30 am. An hour through the airport and another hour on the bus put me at the City Hostel at about 9:00. Check-in is at 14:00, but I could use the open areas and store my stuff.
I spent two hours putting my bike together, which means I had a fair amount of trouble. I then rode the bike the 3 km into Centrum, noting all of the things that would have to be adjusted. It is pretty obvious from both my bike assembly and my riding that I was very punchy. But I struggled through the day, determined to get onto Iceland time as soon as possible. I had visits to the information centre, a bookstore, an Icelandic history museum and Hallsgrimkirkja, the big modernistic church that is the biggest building in this low profile capital.
Generally it is grey and fairly chilly but not real cold. A few patches of sun appeared and it was then very pleasant. Back at the hostel I struggled to get set up in an upper bunk in a nice 4 bed dorm, fiddled with my bike, read some and had a very nice dinner close to the hostel. I decided early that I could not attempt anything important until I had a good sleep.
Today, I need to finalize preparations to hit the road. Primarily I need to organize my things into my panniers and get my bike tuned. I will touch on a few more tourist attractions as I ride around town. It has been fairly easy to get into the swing of Iceland. There are no language issues – everyone speaks English to me, road customs are similar, and signage is good and I am gradually finding out enough about my prospective route to head off tomorrow.
Later, at the day’s end..
Rested, I was quite productive. Within an hour I found a good bike shop and got my bike nicely tuned and had a sim card installed. As the day progressed I rode quite a bit, visited some more book shops, had a slow lunch and read a lot. I cooked my own dinner and packed my panniers. I feel good about getting on the road in the morning and the grey weather seems to be holding, so I should get a few days before rain comes. At any rate I am off in the morning heading North and West along the Ring Road.
All for now.