Bloggfrslur mnaarins, aprl 2007

8 dagar til brottfarar ! / 8 days to go !

zumoGur sunnudagur a baki. Unnum aeins hjlunum gr, aallega rafmagnsml, leggja fyrir hleslu og tengja bi GPS og talstvar. Annars var ekki miki meira gert gr varandi ferina. Oddur Eirksson, slkkvilismaur og skyndihjlparkennari kom heimskn hjlinu snu samt syni snum. eir aka um BMW GS 650 Dakar. Frbrt hjl. Hann fri okkur srstk skri til a hafa me okkur og einnig fri hann okkur srstaka tegund af spelku til a hafa farangrinum. Hann var svo hfinglegur a gefa okkur etta og einnig var nmskeii hj honum frtt. Vi kkum honum a sjlfsgu krlega fyrir. Restin af deginum fr vorverkin heima. Skja fellihsi r geymslu suur Gari, san a skja mislegt geymslu Kpavoginum. ar m nefna sumardekk, slhsggn, grill, leiktki fyrir Fanndsi Maru, reihjl ofl. ofl. Allt saman hlutir sem eru notkun sumrin. N er g a fara af sta til a skja eitt og anna fyrir ferina. g er a leyta a litlum slenskum fna, einnig fer g a skja efni drullusokka og festingar fyrir fnana. Eitt sem g gleymdi, rarinn lafsson, (Tti) framkvmdastjri MotorMax, hringdi mig og var a taka stuna mlunum og tji mr svo a hann vri me tvo tlendinga fr Yamaha Evrpu og a hann myndi koma me heimskn dag ea morgunn ! Eins gott a fara a taka svolti til ! En a sjlfsgu eru allir velkomnir heimskn til okkar hvenr sem er. Og muni bara a taka fr tma rijudaginn 8. ma, og mta MotorMax kl 10:00 og hjla svo me okkur af sta ferina. Stutt ea langt, skiptir ekki mli, vi yrum rosalega glair ef einhverjir nenna a fylgja okkur af sta. Stefnum lka hina rlegu 1 mai. hjlaferina me Sniglunum morgun.

Very nice sunday behind. We worked on bikes yesterday, mostly electrical issues, GPS and Radios. But other than that, not much happend regarding the trip. Oddur Eiriksson came and visited us on his bike, BMW GS 650. Great bike. He brought us special scissor and Sam-splint. He supported us by giving us these items. The rest of day I spent home doing the spring work. Getting the patio furniture and the barbeque. Tti, the Yamaha dealer manager, has a visit from Yamaha Europe, and he called me and wants to visit us in headquarter today or tomorrow.


10 dagar !!! / 10 days !

windy_1Vi Einar frum fyrstu ferina okkar saman hjlunum til Keflavkur dag vlku roki a a tk vel . Margir sndu hjlunum huga Keflavk og var gaman a v. g kva a kveja Einar uppr kl. 13 til a skunda Laugardalshllina til a horfa eldri synina keppa rslitaleik krfubolta gegn Njarvk og v miur tpuu Fjlnismenn etta sinn. Einar og pabbi kvu svo a taka rnt um suurnesin og egar Einar kom til mn seinnipartinn hafi hann skemmtilegar frttir a fra. Hann hafi lent v a vera bensnlaus og bensnstinni tndi hann lyklinum a hjlinu og egar eir voru a leita lyklinum kom ljs oluleki. tlai hann a n verkfri undir stinu en gat hann a ekki v hann urfti lka lyklinum a halda ar. En endanum kom lykilinn ljs og allt gekk upp. Sm vintri laugardegi og snir hversu nausynlegt er a vi hjlum nstu daga til a hita okkur upp og undirba okkur me hjlin og eftir daginn urfti a stilla og hera ofl. hjlunum. Mig langar svo lka a segja ykkur lesindum bloggsins hva margir eru bnir a hafa samband vi mig me tlvupsti, og spjallsu og bja mr og okkur heimbo og jafnvel gistingu. g hef veri tluvert inni amerskri su sem heitir www.advrider.comog veri ar samskiptum vi hugamenn me mtorhjl og feramennsku. Segi svo ekki a a s til fullt af almennu flki arna ti hinni stru verld. T.d. eru komin heimbo New. Hampshire, Florida, Texas, Istanbul, Nja Sjland, Suur California, Stokkhlmi, Maine, SanFransico, New York, Pensylvania, Dallas, Seattle, New Mexico ofl.stum. Aldrei a vita nema vi bnkum upp einhvers staar og talandi ekki um ef vi lendum vandrum, er gott a hafa einhverja til a hringja .

Me and Einar went on our first trip togehter on the bikes today to Keflavik and it was a very windy day ! Many people showed interest in the bikes and that was fun. I decided to say goodbye to Einar after one o'clock because two of my oldes sons were playing in the final in basketball and sadly they lost today. Einar did ride some more with our father and in the afternoon when he came back he said to me he had had some funny problems today. Firstly he went out of gas and on the gasstation he lost the key and there he alsou found out that he was having oilleak. Then he wanted to get some tools which are located under the seat..but there he also needed the key! But fortunately he found the key and he had a small adventure on this saturday. We agree that it is necessary for us to use the bikes as much so we can adjust all kinds of small things before the departure. Handlebars, mirrors etc. I also want to share with you readers that many people have wrote to me on e-mail and invitied us too there homes. Very nice people. We have got invitations from all over the world for example, New Hampshire, Florida, Texas, California, San Fransisco, New York, Sweden, New Zeeland, Turkey and more.


11 dagar til brottfarar / 11 days to go

Sasti virki dagur vikunnar er runninn upp og byrjai me skemmtilegu vitali vi okkur brur hj SaumHrafnhildi Halldrsdttur og Gurnu Gunnarsdttur Rs2 morgun. Hressar og skemmtilegar konur sem gaman var a ra vi. Sj vitali hr a nean. Svo l lei upp MotorMax ar sem vi hittum Tta og Kristjn markasmanninn eirra og vorum vi a fara yfir mlin varandivntanlegar uppkomur fyrir ferina. ann 5. mai sem er laugardagur verur lf og fjr hj MtorMax ar sem vi brur verum me hjlin og tbna, frsluefni og myndir og allir velkomnir. Eins langai mig lka til a hvetja alla sem hafa huga a fylgja okkur til Seyisfjarar aslst hpinn og hjla me okkur. Plani er eins og ur er sagt a leggja sta kl. 10 rijudaginn 8.mai fr Motormax og hjla norur til Akureyrar, stoppa ar 2 tma verslun eirra Akureyri og halda svo fram til Egilsstaa og heimskja Yamaha menn ar lka. a yri voa gaman a f sem flesta me. dag fara svo hjlin merkingu hj Frank og Ja og vera vonandi klr morgun v okkur langar a hjla til Keflavkur og kkja amerska undrabarni sem mun sna listir snar ar.g hef fengi mikil og sterk vibrg vi vitalinu morgun og eins frttinni sem er nna vefvarpi mbl.is, sj einnig hr fyrir nean. Mrgum finnst vi ansi kaldir og skrtnir en margir skilja essa vintrar og feramennsku. Lt svo fylgja me mynd af skemmtilegri heimskn saumaklbbs konunnar minnar grkvldi en Jhanna vinkonabr sr bak og hafi or v hva hjli vri strt. Gaman a f svona heimsknir og g treka a allir eru velkomnir a lta inn til mn skrinn hvenr sem er ef eir hafa huga.

Rs 2 vital: http://dagskra.ruv.is/streaming/ras2/?file=4331504/0

Vefvarp mbl.is: http://www.mbl.is/mm/frettir/frett.html?nid=1266695

vitalThis last day of the week started with a very good interview on national radio, Rs2. Two very funny and nice women in control there. After the interview I went to the Yamaha dealer here in Iceland and we went through the upcoming events that is going to take place the 5th of mai. Me and my brother wil be in there store with the bikes and gear and talk to people, answer there questions and show them some pictures. Also I want to ask everyone that can to join us when we start the trip, to ride with us the first leg, Reykjavik - Akureyri - Egilstair. Later today the bikes are going to the graphic shop, where they will put some stickers and labels on the bikes. Tomorrow we like to ride to Keflavik and look at the motorcycle show which is held there. I have got many positive and strong comments this morning regarding the interview and the story on the web-edition of the biggest morning paper here in Iceland. Many people think we are a little bit crazy,but most of them understand the adventure factor of this. Last night I got a visit from my wifes women club, and it was fun. And last, remember, everyone is always velcome to visit me in the garage at any time.


12 dagar til brottfarar ! / 12 days to go !

mbl_frettirTminn lur og margt eftir a gerast. Eftir a hafa skutlast me prinsessuna mna leiksklann morgunn, skrapp g Hsasmijuna og keypti nokkrar skrfur, skinnur, rr ofl. sem vantai. San fr verslunina Dynjanda, ar sem eirra frbra starfsflk tk mti mr og var g ar a skila headsetti hjlm sem passai ekki. eir hafa styrkt okkur me gum afsltti og gfu okkur essa fnu ploboli. Takk fyrir a. Svo hringdi Habb Rs2 mig og vi frum aeins yfi a sem vi tlum a spjalla um morgunttinum hennar fyrramli. Muna a hlusta: Rs2 kl. 7:30- g og Einar vitali um ferina okkar. N svo komu menn fr mbl.is, og tku vital vi okkur og einnig myndir og video sem birt verur mbl.is undir linum VEFVARP.etta verur birt forsu mbl.is morgunn milli kl. 10 og 11. a er trlegt hva tminn lur hratt, - einn kunningi minnspurimig gr:Hvernig stendur v a dag eru ca 10 dagar til brottfarar, en gr voru 10 vikur til brottfarar ? J, tminn lur hratt egar gaman er.

Time flyes and many things still to be done. After I drove my little princess to the kindergarden, I went to the hardware shop and bought a few things I needed, nuts and bolts etc. Then I went to another shop that sold me the headsett for the helmet, and returned an extra set that I had. They gave me a nice polo shirt for a goodbye present. Nice people. Then Habby from the national radio called me again, and we went over the interview that is taking place tomorow morning. Then two guys from our biggest webnewspaper visited us and filmed and interviewd us and it will be puplished on the web tomorow morning. www.mbl.is.


Hjlin nnast tilbin / The bikes almost ready

Hr geti i s mtorhjlin eins og au eru nna. Vi vorum a klra a skrfa au saman eftir a hafa stt hluti r sprautun. N eru au farin a lta svolti skemmtilega t. a var Jonni og strkarnir Bifreiaverksti Jnasar sem sprautuu hjlin og a sem meira er, eir styrktu okkur me v a gefa okkur bi efni og vinnu. Frbrir strkar arna fer !

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This is how the bikes looks now, almost ready. They look very nice.


13 dagar til brottfarar ! / 13 days to go !

HnattlkanSm harsperrur skrokknum segja mr a lklega hef g teki svolti rktinni mnudaginn, en allavega var Arnar einkajlfari frekar erfiur vi mig morgun og var teki vel v. Rssinn sem vi Einar frum a hitta gr, var enginn Rssi ! a kom ljs a sm misskilningur var ferinni og s sem vi hittum er slendingur sem starfar og br Rsslandi. Vi spjlluum lengi saman og gaf hann okkur nokkra ga punkta. Til dmis ef a lgregla stoppar mann umferinni Rsslandi, og jafnvel a ekkert s a, skal borga hverrir lggu ( ef eir eru fleiri en einn ) 100 rblur(260 kr). Ef arft a lta nturvrinn gta hjlanna yfir ntt, rttir maur honum 500 rblur (1300 kr). Me rum orum - mtur. Nokkrir fleiri punktar komu fram ogkkum vi honum fyrir. g fer nna hdeginu og ski nsprautaa tanka, bretti ofl annig a vi ttum a geta skrfa saman dag. Semsagt, hjlin ttu loks a klrast dag. tekur vi nsti kafli, .e. a fara a reyna a pakka hjlin ! Spurning hvort allt komist me, ea trlega er betra a segja a a s ruggt a a komist ekki allt me. Og er bara a fara a velja og hafna. Spennandi verkefni.

Little stiff in my body tells me that I have done something right in the gym on monday. Arnar, my coach, was hard on me this morning and I had a good workout. The russian guy that we where supposed to meet yesterday, was not a russian, he is an Icelandic guy that lives and works in Russia. We talked alot and he gave us many good advice. For example, when a police stopps you, pay them 100 rubles. Today about noon, I will pick up the tanks, mudgard etc. from the paintshop and later today, we will start the final assembling of the bikes. Cant wait ! After that we have to start packing, or at least see what we can take along etc. This could take some time !


14 dagar a brottfr / 14 days to go

Morgunutvarp Ras 2Vaknai sprkur morgun og eftir a hafa skellt mr sturtu fr g me Fanndsi Maru leiksklann og san me tankana, afturbrettin og vindhlfina til hans Jonna Bifreiaverksti Jnasar til a sprauta etta rttum lit. Hann lofai a klra etta dag og fyrramli, annig hgt veri a skja etta hdeginu morgun. loksins verur hgt a pssla hjlunum saman og f endanlegt tlit. San skrapp g me stra vinnublinn hans Odds Lf & List, og skilai blnum sem hannlnai mr fyrir ferminguna hans Hauks. g er a vinna v a setja tskurnar hjli mitt og leggja rafmagn fyrir aukartaki svo hgt s a hlaa myndavlar, sma ofl. Einnig er g a tengja GPS tki og leggja rafmagn a v. Hrafnhildur Halldrsdttir morguntvarpinu Rs2 hringdi svo mig og vill f okkur vital fstudagsmorgun kl. 7:30. a er j bara gaman og Habb, eins og g kalla hana, er alltaf hress og skemmtileg og ekki er Gestur Einar sri. Endilega kveikja vitkjunum og leggja vi hlustir. Einar brir fkk svo smtal dag fr manni sem er rssneskur og er hr landi og hann vill endilega hitta okkur og spjalla vi okkur. Hann hafi frtt af essari fer og hefur eitthva a segja okkur. Hef ekki hugmynd um hva, - spennandi ! dag er rijudagur og nkvmlega rijudag eftir tvr vikur leggjum vi af sta !!!!

Woke up this morning in a good mood, and after shower I took my little daughter to thekindergarden and then went to the paintshop with the fuel tanks, mudgards and the windbraker to let them paint it in right color. Jonni, my friend at the paintshop, promissed me to finish it today, or at least at noon tomorrow. After that I took the big truck that I borrowed from Oddur, my wifes systers husband, and returned it. Later that day, Habby, who is a very popular morning show on the radio called me and asked us to come to interview on Friday morning. Then we got another phonecall, and that was from a guy that told us that a Russian man wants to meet with us and tell us about Russia. This sounds interesting. Today is exactly two weeks until we start our trip.


15 dagar a brottfr / 15 days to go

Ms er enn einn mnudagurinn runninn upp og g skrei undan snginni kl. 5.30 morgun til a fara rktina til Arnars og hef g oft veri sprkari ! Fnn veisludagur a baki og er yngsti pjakkurinn fermdur og 8 r anga til heimastan verur fermd svo a er sm psa. En n skal tali niur og dag eru 15 dagar fram a brottfr svo a fr nettur firingur um magann morgun egar g hugsai til ess a brtt legi g essa vintrafer sem er s lengsta sem g gat fundi upp . Fr apteki og ni mr sustu sprautuna mna og hjkrunarfringurinn upp heilsugslu sprautai henni svo mig og var hn fyrir blmaura, s sari og n er g orinn vel kldur af mtefnum gegn allskonar sttum og kvikindum og vonandi a r dugi vel nstu 3 mnui. Vi Einar tlum svo a skreppa eftir niur rssneska sendir a skja vegarbrfsritanirnar okkar og a er fnt a a s komi hreint en seinni rituna inn Rssland og Hvta Rssland fum vi leiinni. Tryggingarmlin komust lka hreint dag fyrir hjlin Rsslandi, Mongoliu, Kanada og Bandarkin og gott a a s fr. morgun setjum vi hjlin svo sprautun og eru au a vera svo til klr.


Google Earth !

google earthN var g a setja inn tengil sem hgt verur a smella og opnast Google Earth og snir nkvmlega leiina sem vi verum bnir a fara samt eim punktum ar sem vi stoppum. Til ess a geta ntt sr etta verur a hafa Google Earth tlvunni. a er einfalt a hlaa v niur af vefnum. http://earth.google.com/. Svo er bara a smella hnappinn vinstra megin sunni minni undir "Tenglar" og "Hvar erum vi nna" (Ath. eir punktar sem eru arna nna eru bara prufupunktar)

I put in a link that one can click on to see where we are on our trip. What happens is that Google Earth opens and shows the place we are on and the track. To use this you have to download Google Earth and that is simple. http://earth.google.com/. Then you can click on the link on the left side of my webpage where is says " Tenglar" and " Hvar erum vi nna" (unfortunatey only in Icelandic)


Skyndihjlp ofl / First aid

RTW  myndir 073 gr var fjr blskrnum. g og Einar vorum allan daginn a vinna hjlunum og komumst vi vel fram me verki. g er binn a hkka stri hj mr enn meira, binn a setja grindurnar fyrir tskurnar, setja "cruise control" , laga og fnstlla psti ofl. Svo kl. 16:00 kom Oddur Eirksson brunavrur, sjkraflutningamaur og skyndihjlparkennari og fr yfir me okkur mislegt sem varar slys, svo sem beinbrot, lihlaup, tognanir, hvernig taka skal hjlm a slsuum manni ofl. ofl. etta var mjg lrdmsrkt og gtum vi fari vel yfir hlutina. Miki af essu hfum vi Einar lrt ea kannast vi ur, en a er nausynlegt a fara yfir etta ur en maur fer svona langa fer og Oddur var okkur einstaklega hjlplegur og maur me mikla reynslu. Einnig frum vi yfir hva best er a hafa me sr svona fer og a kom mr vart hva a er raun lti sem arf til ess a geta bjarga sr. Auvita vri best a vera me sem mest, en ar sem plss er mjg lti verur a velja vel. eir fimm hlutir sem vi kvum a vru nausynlegir, og eru lyf og ess httar undanskili, eru eftirfarandi:einnota hanskar,- ntast bi vi vigerir hjlunum og flki, skri,- sem geta klippt sundur sk, belti og ess httar, plstra,- nokkrar RTW  myndir 070gerir og strir, grisjur,- ntist allt mgulegt, Sam-spelka,- ltil einfld spelka sem hgt er mta og nota fyrir margskonar brot, tognanir ofl. etta er allt ! Eins gott a vera vi llu binn. Nokkrir komu heimskn gr til okkar og er alltaf gaman a f heimsknir. a er j hluti af sportinu a hitta ara hjlamenn og ra um hjlamennskuna vu samhengi. Allir velkomnir skrinn hvenr semer ! Pabbi kom nja hjlinu snu, sem er glsilegt hjl, Kawasaki KLE500 og sndi okkur a. Einnig kom tengdapabbi, Jn Hjartarson, og kkti okkur sem og Kjartan og Gurn ra systir konunnar minnar samt mmmu og tengdammmu. Dagurinn endai svo a fara glsilega fermingarveislu til rs vinar mns, ar sem dttir hans, Hanna Mjll var a fermast. r er sundjalasmiur og veislunni rtti hann mr poka me festingum sem g nota til a festa tskurnar hjl sem hann hafi rennt og laga fyrir mig. Mikill snillingur ar fer. Gleilegt sumar til allra.

There was a lot going on in the garage yesterday. Einar and I spent the whole day working on our bikes and made a good progress. Ive raised my handle bar even higher than before, put the racks on for the cases, put a cruise control on, fixed the exhaust etc. Then, at 4pm, Oddur Eirksson came and went over the most important things we needed to know about first aid. He talked about different kinds of accidents e.g. broken bones, dislocation, sprains, how to remove a helmet from an injured man etc. etc. We learned a lot from his visit and we were able to cover a lot of things. Some of this stuff Einar and I had already learned and seen somewhere, but its important to go over these things before heading out for such a big trip like ours. Oddur was the perfect man for the job, with a lot of experience, and was very helpful. We also went over the things needed in a trip like ours and it was surprising how little a man needs in order to manage. Of course it wouldnt hurt having more stuff, but since theres a very limited room we have to make wise choices. The 5 things we agreed on being the most important things, besides medicine and stuff like that, were the following: disposable gloves: can be used to repair the bikes and even people if necessary. Schissors,- that can cut through shoes,belts and similar clothing. Band-Aids Different types and sizes. Gauze,- can be very useful. Splint,- a small, simple splint we could reshape and use for different situations. Thats it! We have to be prepared for everything. A few people visited us yesterday and its always fun to get visitors. A big part of the motorsport is to meet other bikers and discuss the sport. Everyone is welkome to the garage at any time! My father arrived on his new bike, which is a very nice bike, Kawasaki KLE500. My father in law, Jn Hjartarson, also came to visit us along with Kjartan and Gurn, my wifes sister, my mother and my mother in law. We spent the rest of the day in a very nice confirmation party which my friend, r, was hosting. His daughter, Hanna mjll was having her confirmation. r is a handyman og during the party he handed me a bag with clinges he had fixed for me so I can secure my cases on my bike now. r is a good example of a genious. I wish everyone a happy summer...


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