Bloggfrslur mnaarins, febrar 2007

Suzuki Intruder !

suzukiEins og gefur ad skilja, tha gerist nu ekki mikid thessa dagana vardandi motorhjolin. Einar brodir er ju heima og er ad bralla eitthvad, allavega ad hjola svolitid og prufukeyra. En ju, eg er buinn ad fa nokkur simtl vardandi Suzuki motorhjolid, thad eru margir ahugasamir um ad kaupa thad. Eg tharf liklega ad syna a.m.k. 8 manns hjolid thegar eg kem heim. Eg er buinn ad akveda ad selja thad, thvi ad eftir ad eg for ad hjola a ferdahjolunum, tha nenni eg ekki ad nota thad lengur. En thad sem eg vil gera er ad kaupa alvoru stort "touring" hjol, t.d. Hondu Goldwing eda BMW K 1200 LT, thannig ad Herdis geti hjolad med mer og setid i godu saeti og vid med tonlist og intercom ofl. Thetta er allavega planid nuna. Haukur brodir NTR er ad fara ad flytja inn BMW motorhjol og selja, og verdur spennandi ad fylgjast med thvi.

En her er buid ad vera frabaert ad skida, Haukur og Fanndis Maria rosalega dugleg, en thad sem verra er, er ad Herdis fekk svo slaemainfluensu, ad hun er buinn ad vera rumliggjandi i 2 solarhringa !! truleg heppni !

There's not much going on concerning the bikes, understandably. Einar might be doing some riding on the new bike at home though. But I've been receiving some phone calls about my Suzuki motorcycle and there are several people interested in buying it. I propably have to show it to at least 8 people when I get back home. I've decided to sell it because since I started to ride the offroad motorcycles I don't bother using it anymore. But instead, I want to get a real touring motorcycle, e.g. a Honda Goldwing or a BMW K 1200 LT., so Herds can ride with in a comfortable seat with music and an intercom etc. So that's an exciting possibility I'm going to look into better.

But it's been a great skiing week over here. Haukur and Fannds Mara are working hard but the bad thing is that Herds got sick. She's been stuck in bed for 48 hours now! Sh's unbelievably unlucky!


leidarenda / The destination.

travellerEftir langt, threytt og thrngt flug og rtuferd, erum vid komin til Flachau Austurrki. Htelid er gott og fallegt og stadsett alveg vid brekkuna. Adeins 30 metrar klfinn. Hr er ltill snjr og hefur ekki verid minni snjr 130 r !! En vedurspin segir ad thad eigi ad snja naestu daga. Thetta er mjg skemmtilegt. Haukur og Fannds Mara eru rosalega spennt og geta ekki bedid med ad stga skdin morgun. Reyndar fer Haukur bretti. Vid Herds munum snast kringum thau, og leyfa theim ad njta sn. leidinni hingad var g ad skyggnast eftir mtorhjlum, en s engin. Thad er erfitt ad vita af nja hjlinu heima og geta ekkert hjlad thessari viku, og vita af Einari brdir vera ad hjla heima.!!!!! En gott i bili, kvedja fra Austurrki.

After a long,cramped and tiresome flight and busride, we've finally arrived to Flachau, Austria. The hotel looks good and has a great location right by the slopes. Only 30 meters to the gondola. It's not a lot of snow here and, in fact, it hasn't even been so little snow here for more than 130 years!! But the weather forecast is good and it is supposed to snow for the next days. This is a lot of fun. Haukur and Fannds Mara are very excited and can't wait to hit the slopes tomorrow. Fannds Mara is going to do her best skiing but Haukur is going to snowboard. Herds and I are going to centre on Haukur and Fannds and make sure that they will enjoy the vacation. On our way here I was looking for some bikes, but I didn't see any. It's hard to think aboutmy bike standing in the garage at home and not be able to ride it for the whole week. Iti's even harder to think about Einar who is riding it as much as he likes! But I'll leave it at there, regards from Austria.


Loksins ! / Finally !

hjlin sttLoksins !!!! Vi vorum mttir kl. 10:00 hj MotorMax til a skja hjlin. au voru arna sknandi hrein og falleg og a mr virtist tilbin til a takast vi heiminn. Eftir a Tti framkvmdastjri MotorMax afhenti okkur hjlin frum vi sm hjlatr um borgina. Eins og vi var a bast voru hjlin frbr og mefrileg. Eins og sst myndinni er ekkert af aukahlutum eim, en eir koma eftir ca 10 daga. g mun leyfa ykkur a sj hvernig vi breytum hjlunum annig a au uppfylli r krfur sem vi gerum til a klra hringinn.

En ga helgi bili og sjum hvort g komist tlvu Austurrki til a blogga smvegis.

Finally!! We arrived at MotorMax at 10 am to pick up the bikes. They were shiny and beautiful and seemed to be ready to take on the world. After Tti, the manager of MotorMax, handed the bikes over to us we took a ride around the city. As expected, the bikes were superb and manageable. Everybody can see from the picture above that the bikes are not equipped with any accessories, but it will be sent to us and will hopefully arrive within 10 days. As one goes along,I will explain how we will modify the bikes so they will meet the demands we set in order to finish our trip around the world.

Have a nice weekend but I'll see if I can't get a hold of a computer in Austria and blog a little.


Austurrki / Austria

skiN eru hjlin komin og standa klr hj MotorMax. Vi skjum au vonandi dag, en a er veri a skr au og setja nmer. Vi frum hdeginu og kktum au og leyst okkur vel . Hlakka til a fara a hjla og prufa tkin, v n arf a venjast hjlinu og finna t hvernig arf a breyta og stilla svo a maur geti hjla tu tma dag 90 daga !! Eins gott a vanda sig. En vi munum hjla ca 1000 km hjlunum ur en vi byrjum a breyta eim. En g hef daginn dag og morgun til a hjla svolti, v a laugardag tla g a skreppa til Austurrkis ski viku samt konunni minni, Hauki og Fanndsi Maru. a datt svo frbrt tilbo neti a vi stumst ekki freistinguna. Haukur og FanndsMara hafa aldrei prfa a ska tlndum og hfum vi hjnin lengi tla a taka au me. Ekki bi a vera skemmtilegur skavetur hr suvesturhorninu vetur, annig a arna getum vi fengi sm skatrs. Vi sjum til hvort g get skrifa eitthva bloggi ar.

The bikes have arrived and are currently at MotorMax. We are going to pick them up soon, hopefully today, but the registration hasn't finished yet. We checked them out around noon and we liked what we saw. I'm looking forward to try out the new bike because it's important to get used to it as soon as possible. We have to figure out what parts of the bike we need to change and/or adjust so we'll be able to ride for ten hours a day for 90 days straight!! We'll better do a good job with that. But we're going to ride ca 1000 km before we start making any changes to the bikes. I'll only have today and tomorrow to do that because I'm leaving for Austria this upcoming Saturday along with my wife, my yongest son (Haukur) and my daughter (Fannds Mara). It was just a too good of an offer to refuse! Haukur and Fannds Mara have never tried skiing abroad and my wife and I have wanted to take them with us for a skitrip for a long time now. It hasn't been the perfect winter for skiing here in Iceland to say the least. So hopefully this trip will make up for that. I might blog a little over there but we'll see how that goes.


Farmiinn ! / The ticket !

norroenaN eru farmiarnir Norrnu komnir, annig a n verur ekki aftur sni ! 9. Ma kl 17:00 leggur Norrna af sta fr Seyisfiri. Vi verum komnir til Freyja kl. 11:00 daginn eftir og hldum svo af sta sama dag kl. 17:00. Vi lendum svo Bergen Noregi kl. 17:00 ann 11. Ma sem er fstudagur. Fyrstu nttina gistum vi svo Bergen og leggjum svo af sta snemma laugardagsmorgun norur Noreg. a vera fleiri slendingar ferinni essum tma, v g var a frttaa a vera 11 arir mtorhjlamenn og konur Norrnu sama tma og vi. etta er allt flk r mtorhjlaklbbnum Dllararnir, og eru au lei fer um Evrpu.

xt660rEins ogflestir vita nna, tlum vi Yamaha XT660R mtorhjlum essa fer. Mr skilst a a su nokkur svona hjl hr landi og vri gaman a hafa upp essumhjlum og eigendum eirra og spurning um a skiptast skounum og skrafa svolti um hjlin. Jafnvel a hjla saman vi tkifri. Ef i viti um einhvern sem svona hjl, endilega sendi me pst.etta eru skemmtileg hjlbyggja gmlum grunni. g hef ekki sjlfur reynslu af essum hjlum og v vri gaman a heyra fr rum.

The tickets to Norrna has arrived so there's no turning back now! On May 9th, at 5 pm, Norrna will leave the port in Seyisfjrur. We'll arrive to the Faroe Islands at 11 in the morning and stop there until 5 pm that day but that's when we'll head of to Bergen, Norway. That will take us about 24 hours so it'll be around 5 o'clock on a Friday when we'll arrive there. We will stay at Bergen for on night and then head off to the North of Norway on Saturday morning. But we won't be the only Icelanders travelling because I recently heard that there will be 11 more bikers with us on Norrna that day. They are all members of the "Dllararnir" morcycle club and they will be riding around Europe.

As most people know by now, we're going to be travelling on the Yamaha XT660R motorcycle. I understand that there are several bikes like that here in Iceland and it would be fun to hear from the owners of those bikes just to exchange opinions and talk about the bikes. We could even take them for a little ride.If you know about someone who owns this kind of bike please send me an e-mail. The Yamaha XT660R is a nice bike which is based on an old foundation. I don't have an experience with the bike myself so it would be fun to hear from someone who has.


Moskto / Mosquito

mosquitoEitt af v sem vi urfum a varast og undirba okkur fyrir er flugnabit, og srstaklega vara okkur Moskto flugunni. essi fluga getur smita flk af malaru sjkdmnum, sem er httulegur og jafnvel banvnn. Til ess a vera undir etta binn, erum vi me efni sem vi berum okkur og einnig me sprey til a spreyja me ftin okkar, tjaldi og allt anna sem arf. Einnig erum vi flugnanet sem verja okkur lka. essi flugnanet erufyrir hfu ogsvo verum vi me net sem er eins og jakki og anna eins og buxur. Vi klumst essu llu og notum efnin og spreyi ef vi lendum slmum mlum. Eins gott a vera vel binn. Arar frttir eru r a hjlin eru komin til landsins og aukahlutirnir eru lagir af sta fr skalandi.

One of the many things we need to be careful of and be prepared forare flies, especially the mosquito fly. The mosquito can infect people of malaria, which is the most fatal disease in the history of mankind. In order to be prepared, we have a specific substance which we'll put on our skin and we'll also have it in spray-form to spray our clothes with. We're also going to be wearing a mosquito net. These nets are supposed to cover our heads but we also have mosquito nets that'll look like regular clothes that will cover the rest of the body. We will be wearing all of this, and even use the spray if things get bad. It's really important to be well prepared! The other news are that our bikes have arrived to Iceland and the accessories are on its way from Germany.


Rssnesska ! / Russian language !

moskvaEnn einn dagurinn liinn. Skemmtileg grein og myndir af okkur fegum Frttablainu morgun, og rtt eftir hringdi einn af umsjnarmnnum Kastljssins og vildi f okkur vital og myndir. Fannst a ekk tmabrt, ar sem hjlin eru ekki komin. Skemmtilegra a sna hjlin fullhlain lka. Kemur ljs hvort af v verur. Einnig kom Njll Gunnlaugsson kukennari, mtorhjlamaur, rithfundur og ritstjri Blar& Sport ofl. Hann tlar a skrifa greinar og sna myndir nstu tlublum af Blar& Sport. Hann tlar a fara meira smatriin varandi ferina og hjlin. Hvernig vi breytum hjlunum ofl. En nsta verkefni hj okkur brrum er a reyna a lra eitthhva Rssnessku !!!! Reyna a minnsta a skilja stafrfi eirra. m lengi bjarga sr. Einar brir fr sustu sprauturnar snar dag, en g klra ekki minn skammt fyrr en mars. g er a vinna v a klra mynda og videovla pakkann essa dagana. g ver me okkalega myndavl og ga videovl. g segi ykkur fr essu betur egar allt er klrt.

Another day has passed. The article about our trip was in the newspaper this morning and it was very nice, and so were the pictures of me,Einar and my father (Dossi). Soon after I read the article I also received a call from "Kastljs" (a popular Icelandic TV show). They wanted to get an interview with us and some pictures. I didn't think the timing was right because it would be much more fun to have the fully loaded bikes with us on the show, but the bikes haven't arrived yet. But we'll see how that goes. Njll Gunnlaugsson, driving instructor, biker and a writer and an editor for "Blar & Sport" (a well known automagazine) also contacted me not so long ago. He wants to write a more detailed article about our trip, our bikes, equipment etc.But the next big task for me and Einar is to try to learn some Russian!! At least we're going to try to understand their alphabet so we can get by more easily. Einar had his last injections today but I wont get my last ones until March. Currently I'm also getting the camera and the videocamera ready. I'll be traveling with a decent camera and an excellent video camera. I will give you an update on that as soon when everything is ready.


Tminn lur ! / Times goes fast !

fegarJja, loksins gtum vi sent vegabrfin okkar til Englands til a f ritun inn Monglu. au ttu a skila sr lok nstu viku. egar au koma urfum vi a senda au aftur til Englands til a f vegabrfsritun inn Hvta-Rssland. En fyrst fum vi ritun inn Rssland hr heima. annig a vegabrfin vera ferinni nstu vikurnar. Hollenskt tryggingarflag er a skoa fyrir okkur tryggingar hjlin eim lndum sem grna korti virkar ekki. Grna korti fum vi hr hj TM og er samstarfskort margra tryggingarflaga Evrpu. En a sem vi urfum umfram er Rssland, Mongla, Japan, Usa og Kanada.

Vi fengum r frttir a hjlin okkar koma til landsinns fimmtudag og eitthva af aukahlutunum eru komnir. Spennandi og nausynlegt a fara a geta gert hjlin klr. a eru ekki nema 12 vikur brottfr !!!! Tminn lur hratt !

Svo m minnast a a ung blaakona hafi samband vi mig gr og birtistsmspjall vi mig Blainu dag og skemmtileg mynd af okkur fegunum.

Well, finally we sent our passports to England to get Visa into Mongolia. It should take apr. 10 days. And when they return, we will send them again to England to get Visa into Belarus. But in the meantime, we will get Visa into Russia here in the embassy in Iceland. A Deutch insurance company is trying to get insurance for our motorcycles in the countryes that the Green card does not work. What we need is insurance for Russia, Mongolia, Japan, Usa and Canada. Our motorcycles will arrive on thursday, so it is important to start working on the bikes to prepare them for the trip. It is only 12 weeks until we start the trip !!! Also yesterday, a young journalist from one of our morning paper, Blai, called me and it is a small interview in todays paper.


A ferast mtorhjlum. / Touring on motorcycles.

DSC06372g vil byrja a akka fyrir ll au jkvu og skemmtilegu vibrg sem mr hefur borist undanfarna daga. a er frbrt a sj hva margir hafa huga essari tegund mtorhjlamennsku. a er mn skoun a essi tegund af hjlamennsku, .e. a ferast um fjll og fyrnindi gu ferahjli, eigi eftir a aukast mjg miki nstu misserum.Margir hafa fengi sr gtuhjl undanfarin r og hjla miki. a er mn tr a egar menn hafa hjla kvei miki malbikinu slandi, og fari hvern vegarkafla a mrgum sinnum, a vilji menn eitthva meira. Vi erum svo heppin a eiga eitt strkostlegasta hlendi heiminum og a geta hjla um a gu ferahjli, eru forrttindi. A gera sig klran heima skr og hlaa hjli llu v sem arf, og leggja svo af sta t nttruna, a er ekkert skemmtilegra. essum hjlum, sem eru lipur og skemmtileg, geturmaur hjla malbikinu og mlinni og arft ekki alltaf a vera a stoppa til a taka bensn. Flestir mtorhjlaframleiendur bja upp svona hjl, t.d. Yamaha XT660R, BMW GS650 og GS1200, Suzuki DR650, Kawazaki KLR650, KTM 640 ADV og 990 ADV ofl.ofl. Sem sagt, etta bara eftir a aukast.

I want to thank all for there positive and good response in last days regarding our trip. It is great to see that this kind og motorcycling er getting more interesting here in Iceland. It is my opinion that it is going to grow a lot more in next few years, because in our small country, you can only ride so much until you have ridden all the tarmac roads many times. And then you want something more. We are so lucky to have the most beautiful highlands in the world, and to be able to ride where ever you want, regardless if there are tarmac or gravel roads, is wonderful. To load your bike in garage and then ride up to the highlands, - nothing beats that !


Skemmtilegur fstudagur. / Nice Friday.

morgunutvarpFnn dagur a baki dag. Vaknai 05.30 og fr rktina World Class til hans Arnars Hafsteins og a var teki v. Fjlskyldan gaf mr nefnilega 3ja mnaa einkajlfun jlagjf me a huga a styrkja srstaklega baki og allt hitt sem arf a vera lagi fyrir ferina. A v loknu brunai g upp tvarpshs til a mta vital hj Hrafnhildi og Gesti Einari Rs 2. a var mjg svo skemmtilegt vital og einstaklega fnt a tala vi au tvarpsflk. Gaman a segja fr v a au sitja sitthvorum landshlutanum, Hrafnhildur hr fyrir sunnan og Gestur Einar fyrir noran. g lt fylgja hr me linkinn vitali fyrir hugasama. Fkk mrg smtl og margar heimsknir dag bloggsuna eftir vitali og ljst a ferin er a vera meira frttnm sem er bara gaman a mnu mati en sem jafnframt geri mr a ljst a etta er ori ansi raunverulegt. Einnig talai g svo vi rismann Mongliu varandi vegabrfsritun anga og vi urfum a senda eftir helgina vegabrfin okkar til Bretlands. Mig langar endilega a koma v framfri til eirra sem vilja hafa samband vi mig, hafa bendingar ea g r ea hafa einhverjar fyrirspurnir varandi essa tegund af mtrhjlamennsku a senda mr tlvupst.sverrirth@internet.is Annars akka g lka gar kvejur gestabkina.

Vital vimig morguntvarpinu: http://dagskra.ruv.is/streaming/ras2/?file=4331449

Nice friday. I woke up early this morning05.30 and went to the gym to meet my personal trainer but my wife and children gave me a 3 months special training for the trip. After that Idrove toone of the big radiostation here in Iceland for a Interview. This was a good interview and Ihave got a lot of respond from that interview.I also spoke to the mongolian ambassador about thevisa to mongolia andafter the weekend we have to send our passport to Britain.Please send me an e-mail if you havequestions,good tips or anything else aboutthis trip. sverrirth@internet.is. I also thank for good wishes in my guestbook.


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