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Friday, October 14, 2016

Akureyri-ing we go

This morning we woke up to find it was blue skies and sunny, a nice change of pace. To accompany the change of pace, we made a change of location as well, to Akureyri, in North Iceland.

After eating breakfast, doing a quick clean-up and last-second packing, we hauled everything down to the car and hit the road. As we headed north on Route 1, we decided to detour via 47, to avoid the toll tunnel. Shortly after taking the turn-off, we found a herd of horses gathered by the edge of the road, so of course we had to stop so Mom could take pictures.

About 30 minutes later, we ran into a sheep jam. Similar to a traffic jam, but in this case the road was packed with several dozen sheep. There was a woman running after them, and a truck and a dog were helping to herd them off the road. Finally the way was clear, though about half the herd was still down on the beach.

After we reached the end of the bypass loop near Borgarnes, it was your basic long-distance drive - though a very beautiful one. We stopped a few times for pictures, and a couple times to grab sodas or lunch.

We arrived in Akureyri and drove through town. It's very small, more like Covington than Kent. Oddly some of the traffic lights have heart-shaped red bulbs instead of round ones. Nick searched Google and found that this was because the town wanted to promote a positive atmosphere after the 2008 financial crash. Translating this from government-speak, someone ordered the wrong bulbs and didn't want to admit it...

The place we're staying is up on the hill on the opposite side of the fjord from town. We have the lower level of a house built into the hillside, with the owner, a wilderness guide, living upstairs. We'll be here until next Thursday, when we'll leave for Reykjavik for one night, before flying home.

Once we were settled in, everyone else headed into town for dinner. I had a pounding headache by that point, so I took some decongestants and relaxed instead. I spent a few minutes on my work email this morning, and found that the paperwork for the generator and truck for Skykomish has been completed and it's ready to go. I'd let my boss know, and when I checked again this evening, she'd made plans to deliver the truck tomorrow before the major storm hits. Apparently she'd been told it was a pickup truck with a generator in the back, when in fact it is a 1996 GMC Topkick commercial truck - at 38,000lbs, it's the size of a medium dump truck. I gave her a call (thank you, AT&T wifi calling) and now she's looking into other options.

No luck thus far with seeing the aurora. I'm going to take a nap for a couple hours and see if it comes out after midnight.

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