Bloggfrslur mnaarins, jl 2007

Tucumcari, New Mexico, USA

DSC09148_editedRoute 66, g eralltaf askrifa um route 66. En viti i hva route 66 er ? Margir halda a route 66 s, ea hafi veri einn vegur sem l vert yfir Bandarkin. En svo er ekki. fyrri hluta 20. aldarinnar, voru skipulagir vegir, mjg misgir, stundum barallegir slar, sem lgu um ll Bandarkin. egar blafjldinn xog krfur um fleiri og betri vegi uru meiri og meiri, fru fylkin a byggja vegi, en eins og ur sagi, var allt frekar skipulagt og ekkert heildarkerfi. Til a auvelda feralngum og rum sem urftu a fara langar vegalengdir milli staa var komi merkjakerfi. Og etta merkjakerfi gekk t a a tengja saman vegi sem voru til fyrir og merkja me einu nmeri. annig var route 66 til, etta voru vegir sem tengdust saman og lgu fr Chichago, Illinois til Las Vegas, Californiu. annig a eir sem tluu vert yfir landi urftu ekki anna en a fylgja essu nmeri og komust eir leiarenda n ess a villast. annig a route 66 er ekki bara einn vegur heldur margir. dag eru margir af essum vegum horfnir og sumstaar eru komnar hrabrautir stainn, en einnig m finna kafla sumstaar sem er orginal route 66 vegur. Leiin liggur gegnum 8 fylki. au eru Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona og Kalifornia. Vi frum lklega gegnum 5 ea 6 ur en vi tkum stefnuna til Washington. En a kemur ljs. Annars gerist svo sem ekki miki dag, anna en a vi hjluum gegnum fallegt indina og krekalandslag og kringum binn Tucumcari, ar sem vi gistum ntt, hafa veri teknar margar bmyndir gegnum tina. Vi hjluum um 560 km dag og urum vi a taka svoltinn krk okkur vegna slyss sem var jveginum hr aeins vestar. Str vruflutningabll og flksbll rkust , og d eitt barn. Mjg sorglegt. En sem betur fer hef g ekki s mrg slys leiinni. erum vi Einar bnir a keyra framhj ea sj fjarska a minnsta kosti rj mtorhjlaslys. a er DSC09134_editederfitt a horfa upp svoleiis. Og flestir mtorhjlamenn eru illa bnir ef eir lenda happi, margir ekki einu sinni me hjlma. g tk kvrun a hjlabara me lokaan hjlm og alltaf gum ryggisjakka og buxum. a getur veri rosalega heitt a vera jakkanum, en a er ess viri ef eitthva gerist. a getur muna um a. Mr finnst g ekki geta leyft mr ann muna a vera krulaus essum efnum. g fjlskyldu sem bur heima og g hef skyldur gagnvart sjlfum mr og eim. En a verur hver a finna sna lei essum efnum. En etta er mn lei. Gott bili.

Route 66. I am always writing about route 66 but do you all know what route 66 is ? Many people think that route 66 is one road whichlies acrossthe USA. But it isnt like that. In the early 20 century were many disorderly roads here in the USA, many of them were ok but many of them were not in good situation and even that bad that they were more like paths. When the number of cars increased and more and more demandsaroused about having better roads the states started to build better roads. To make things easier for travellers and others who had to travel a long way they made this markingsystem. This markingsystem was to connect all those different roads which already existed and mark them with one same number. Thats how route 66 came into beeing this famous road everybody knows now and these roads were connected and lied from Chicago, Illinois to Las Vegas, California. So the travellers who planed to go across the country just had to follow this number and then they could reach their destination without getting lost. So route 66 isnt one road, instead it is many roads. Today many of those old roads have disapearred and highways have come instead but you can find an orginal route 66 here and there. The route lies through 8 states. They are Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Will will probably ride through 5 or 6 of them before heading to Washington. But we will see. On the other hand, not so much happened today other than we rode through a very beautiful indinan/cowboy landscape around the town Tucumcari were wewill staytonight. Here in this area many movies have been filmed. We rode about 560 km today and had to take a little detour because of an accident on a highway here a little west. A big truck and a familycar and one child dead. Very tragic ! Luckely I havent see so many accident on my way but me and Einar have seen in the distance at least 3 motorcyclesaccident. It is difficult to see that happen. Many of these drivers are very bad dressed and many of them even dont wear helmets. I decided always to wear a helmet and have my specially made motorcycle clothes on. It can be very hot to wear the jacket but if something happens it could make the difference. I cant allow myself to be careless. I have my family waiting for me at home and ofcourse a have duties to myself and them. But everybody have to find their own way to this securitythings and this is my way. But good for now. ttyl.


Gallup, New Mexico, USA.

Fegarnir, g, Einar og pabbi.N er g i landi indina og kreka. Hr i Gallup er mjg miki af indinum af nokkrum ttflokkum en Mohave er eirra fjlmennastur. egar vi komum hjlandi inn i New Mexico i dag, var eins og vi vrum komnir inn mija krekabmynd. Og a sem meira, g var a lesa a fjallshl ein sem vi frum framhj i dag, hefur veri notu sem bakgrunnur fyrir fjlmargar bmyndir ! En dagurinn byrjai snemma hj okkur og var stefnan tekin til Grand Canyon. a tk okkur ca klukkustund a komast anga og veri var gott. Svolti skja, en fallegt og bjart. Umferin var ltil, trlega vegna hversu snemma vi vorum ferinni. Vi borguum okkur inn og skommu seinna vorum vi komnir t brn. Og vlk upplifun !!! Og vlk str !! etta er ein af eim upplifunum sem maur mun aldrei gleyma. Stundum upplifir maur eitthva sem kemur manni verulega vart, rtt fyrir a hafa lesi, skoa myndir, og heyrt tala um hann. Samt sem ur verur maur alveg orlaus, og essu tilfelli skynjar maur hversu smr maur er. Grand Canyon er semsagt strkostleg upplifun og ttu allir a reyna a fara og sj og upplifa etta einhvern tmann. g tla ekki a reyna a lsa essu betur, v a ir ekkert ! En vi hjluum san t slttuna og aftur, vlk upplifun. Miklar slttur og liast jvegurinn um sltturnar eins og lygn . Vi erum enn lei Route 66, og eru gamlar minjar hr og ar sem vi reynum a kkja skoa egar fri gefst. Sumt er skemmtilegt a sj en anna er skp merkilegt. Hjlin standa sig vel og allt superstandi.a er Ef etta er ekki alvru krekamatur !frekar skriti ad hugsa til ess a aeins 12 dagar ar til g kem heim ! Eftir allan ennan tma ferinni segi g alveg eins og er, a verurgott a komast heim fam fjlskyldunnar aftur efttir allan ennantma. 12 dagar er ekki miki samanburi vi allt sem vi erum bnir a gera sustu 80daga !En ekki meira um etta bili. Fyrst a klra ferina. Leikurinn er ekki binnfyrr en dmarinn flautar, segir einhversstaar. En, klometrateljarinn kominn 27828 km ! Bless bili. P.s. var a setja inn njar myndir myndaalbmi.

Now Im in the lands of Indians and cowboys. There are many indians here in Gallup from different tribes but the Mohave is the biggest. When we came to New Mexico today it was like we were in the middle of a western movie. I even read today that a mountain hill that we passed today has been used as a background in many movies! But we started the day early and we were heading towards Grand Canyon. It took us about an hour to get there and the weather was good, a little cloudy but bright and beautiful. The traffic was light, probably because of how early we were there. We payed to get into the area and soon we were right on the edge of the canyon. And what an experience! It was increadibly huge and this was the kind of experience that I will never forget. Sometimes you experience something that really surprises you, even if youve read about it and seen pictures. This was that kind of an experience. But after our stop and the Grand Canyon, we rode out on the plain again. Really great plains where the highway floats through like a calm river. We are still on Route 66 and there are a lot of interesting things around us that we try to take a look at when we get the change. The bikes are doing a good job and everything is working fine. But its strange to think about that Ill be home in just 12 days! After all this time traveling Ive got to admit, itll be great to get home to my family. 12 days is not a long time compared to the 80 days weve been traveling for. But Im not going to talk about that anymore, first we have to finish the trip. The km counter is now at 27828. Enough for today...p.s. just put in some new pictures! Ttyl - Sverrir


Williams, Arizona, USA.

route 66Tha erum vid komnir til Arizona, med sma vidkomu i Nevada i gaer. Thessi littli baer sem vid erum nuna i heitir Williams, og er i sjalfu ser ekki merkilegur, nema fyrir tha sok, thessi baer er eini baerinn sem eftir er i USA, thar sem hin fraegi vegur route 66, er adalgatan i baenum. Og vid adalgotuna eru gamlar verslanir, veitingahus og kurekabarir. Allt i anda gamla villta vestursins. Her ma sja karlmennina ganga um i kurekastigvelum og med flotta stora kurekahatta og stora silgju i beltinu ! Og thad sem meira er, thetta eru allt orginalar, t.e. svona hafa their verid alla aevi. Gaman ad upplifa thetta, thar sem eg nu svolitill kureki i mer og hef alltaf verid. Thad munadi littlu ad eg hefdi keypt mer thennan svakalega flotta ledurjakka med miklu kogri og flottan kurekahatt lika ! En thvi midur tha passadi jakkinn ekki alveg thegar a reyndi, og eg hef ekki plass fyrir kurekahatti, en eg svo sem nokkra hatta nu thegar ! Eg vona ad thad verdi alvoru kurekastemming a borunum i kvold og lifandi country tonlist spilud, thvi thad er ju min uppahaldstonlist. Synd ad thad skuli ekki verid spilum meiri country tonlist a Islandi, og tha a eg vid alvoru country tonlist, ekki bara gamalt og gott med Dolly Parton og Kenny Rogers ! En ad ferd dagsins. I dag skodudum vid hina fraegu Hoover Dam og var thad skemmtilegt. Otrulegt mannvirki midad vid ad thad hafi verid reist a adeins 4 arum, 1931 -cowboy 1935. Trulegast hefur thessi stifla verid reist til ad bua til rafmagn til ad knyja Las Vegas og oll ljosin thar. Eftir ad hafa skodad stifluna og tekid nokkrar myndir forum vid ut af highway og inn a gomlu orginal route 66 leidina. Thad var rosalega gaman og leidin la i gegnum fjoll og slettur og sumstadar ekkert nema eydimork. Thad var rosalega heitt fyrripartinn, en sem betur fer tha dro fyrir solu seinnipartinn og vid kolnadi adeins. Harley braedur eru alveg frabaerir og eru thad forrettindi ad fa ad ferdast med thessum reyndu ferda og aevintyramonnum. Skemmtilegar sogur og upplifanir fra gomlu godu dogunum a Islandi, thar sem their brutust um halendi Islands a frumstaedum jeppum og odrum skemmtilegum taekjum, og er unun ad hlusta a tha. Vid forum ekki alla leid til Grand Canyon i dag, heldur forum thangad a morgun. Vorum ad klara ad borda, risa nauta rif, grillud uti a risastoru kolagrilli og godur bjor med, verdur ekki betra. En nog i bili.

Here we are now in Arizona after a little stop in Nevada yesteday.In alittle town, Williams and is not that remarkable except for that reason that this is the only town in USA were route 66 is the mainroad through the town. And on this mainroad are old stores, restaurants and coxboysaloons. All in the inspirtation of the wild west. Here you can see the men walk in cowboyboots with great cowboyhats and having a big buckle in their belt ! And they are orginal and have been like this all their lives. Very nice to see and experience this as I have always been a little cowboy myself. I came close today to buy me an incrediable cool leatherjacket with fringe and a nice cowboyhat too! But sorry for me, the jacket didnt fit and I have already to many hats at home! I am hoping that there will be a real countrymood and music in the bars tonight because that is my favourite music. Bad that we in Iceland cannot hear more countrymusic in the radio and then I mean really new and good musicians, not oldies like Kenny and Dolly. But today we went to see the famous Hower Dam and that was great. What a great building and unbeliable that it took only 4 years to build it, from 1931-1935. Likley this dam was builded to create electricity for Las Vegas and all the lights there. After looking at the dam and taking photos we rode into a highway and therefrom into the old orginalroute 66. It was really nice and we rode through mountains and plains and somewhere it was only the desert. It was extremely hot in the early day but fortunally for us the sun disapperad later in the day and it got cooler. Harleybrother are so great and it is privilege for us to ride with those experienced travel and adventurmen. Many great stories from the old days in Iceland were they travelled in the higlands on primitive jeeps and other equipments and it is really nice to hear all this. We didnt ride all the way to Grand Canyon today but instead we will go there tomorrow. We just ended having a nice dinner with huge spareribs grilled outside on a huge coalgrilland a nice bear with it. Cannot expect things to be better. But enough for now.


Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

300px-Paris-las_vegasEr g bmynd ? Er g kominn ara verld ? Er etta raunverulegt ? etta eru nokkrar af eim spurningum sem upp komu egar g kom inn Las Vegas kvld. trleg borg, trleg verld. g sagi fr v um daginn a sjnvarps og bmyndaheimurinn vri mikill plat og gerviheimur. a m svo sannarlega segja lka um Las Vegas. En a er mikilfenglegt og gaman a koma a borginni myrkri eins og vi gerum kvld og sj og upplifa ll essi ljs, htelbyggingar og allt sem eim fylgir. Franska hteli til dmis, ar er Sigurboginn og Eiffel turninn allri sinni dr. Fyrir utan anna htel er rssbani af strstu ger og svona mtti lengi telja. Skemmtilegt. En dagurinn dag er binn a vera spennandi og skemmtilegur og m segja a essi dagur s fyrsti alvru vintradagurinn vesturheimi. a sem g vi, a eftir a vi komum til Amerku, hvarf kvein vintramennska og vi urum meira a venjulegum tristum sem frum milli staa mtorhjlum. En ar sem essi bilun kom upp, og vi bnir a ba eftir varahlutum 2 daga og eir komu ekki, var kvei a pabbi og Skli myndu fara af sta morgun og fara gegnum Daua dalinn og svo til Las Vegas. Vi settum punkta GPS tki hj pabba og svo fru eir af sta morgun kl 6. Vi Einar bium hinsvegar eftir varahlutnum og um hdegi gtum vi fari a skrfa saman mtorhjli. a var ein erfiasta viger sem g hef teki tt , v fyrir utan a hjli var komi alveg frumeindir, var a aalega hitinn sem var erfiastur. Vi vorum arna ti a vinna DSC08974_editedvi hjli i tpa fjra tma hita sem fr 47 grur !!! Og a tekur trlega miki . Vi urftum a fara inn reglulega til ess a drekka og setjast niur, v g var hreinlega a la taf stundum. Hreinlega a falla yfirli af hita. En vi vorum kvenir a klra etta og um fimm leyti gtum vi lagt af sta tveimur gum mtorhjlum. Vi hfum frtt af eim Harley brrum ( pabba og Skla ) a eir vru komnir hteli eftir erfian en skemmtilegan dag. eir lentu meal annars v a hjlin eirra voru hreinlega a stoppast t af hita. au fru a ganga illa og voru a htta a ganga. Og svo tku eir eina vitlausa beygju og uru a vinna sig t r v. Skemmtileg og spennandi reynsla fyrir . morgun tlum vi a skoa Hoover Dam, sem er frg, str og gmul stfla hr ca 50 km burtu og svo aan frum til Grand Canyon. Hlakka miki til. En n er g trlega reyttur eftir ennan dag og er farinn a sofa.

Am I in a movie ? Am I in another world ? Is this real ? These are few of the questions which came into my head when Irode into Las Vegas tonight. What a incredable city and world ! I was writing few days ago how this movie and televisionworld are much fake. It could surley also be said regarding Las Vegas. But itwas magnificence to arrive to this city in the dark like we did tonight and experience all these lights and hotels and etc. The french hotel for example which has theVictorycurveand the Eiffel tower in their glorius picture. Infront of another hotel is a huge roller coaster and sights like these are here all over the city. Very amusing. This day today have been very excited and amusing and I could say that this is the first real adventure day here in the USA. What I mean is that after we came to the USA we have been more like a normal toruists whichride between places. But because of this breakdown and we had to wait for 2 days after spareparts we decided that my dad and Skuli would ride to Las Vegas through the Dead Walley this morning. We arranged the GPS my dad have and this morning around 6 oclock theyrodeaway. Me and Einar on the other side waited for the sparepart which came finally at lunch time so at that time we could start to work. This is one of the most difficult repair I have taken part in. Despite the bike in pieces the heat was killing me ! We were 4 hours working with the bike in 47 C. heat and that was very difficult and often we had to go inside to cool us off. But we were determinded to finish this and around 5 oclock we were able to ride on. We had heard from the Harleybrothers ( my dad and Skuli ) that they hadregistered them into a motel after amusing but difficult day. They had a problems because of the heat, the motorcycles almost stopped working because of the heat. And also they took one wrong turn and had to find out for them selves the solutions. A good experience for them. Tomorrow we intend to ride to look at the Hower Dam which is an famous, old and huge dam 50 km. away from here. There from we want to go and see Grand Canyon which I look forward too. But now I am exhausted after a difficult day and are going to get some sleep.


Ridgecrest, California, USA

Svalur !Eg og Einar erum enntha her i Ridgecrest ad bida eftir varahlutnum i motorhjolid hans Einars. Their attu ad koma i gaer, en komu ekki. En i morgun, og reyndar akkurat nuna thegar eg er ad skrifa thetta, er Einar og annar mecanic ad skipta um thessa ventla. Vid akvadum i gaer ad pabbi og Skuli skyldu halda afram og fara i gegnum Dauda dalinn og til Las Vegas i dag. Their logdu semsagt af stad i morgun kl. 06:00, til ad losna vid mestan hitann i Dauda dalnum og vonandi komast their heilir a hufi til Las Vegas i dag. Thessi uppakoma er til thess ad their fa extra upplifun her i Amerikunni og thurfa ad takast adeins a vid fleiri mal en annars. Thad er alltaf akvedid stress ad thurfa ad rata og finna stadi og finna sidan gistingu einhvers stadar i lok dags, i stad thess ad fylgja og elta bara einhverja adra og thurfa ekki ad hugsa neitt. Thad er thess vegna sem vid Einar hofum skipst a allan timann i okkar Area 51ferd a ad vera i fararbroddi. Tha getur madur annan hvern dag verid heilalaus og bara notid thess ad hjola og horfa i kringum sig. Gott system. En vonandi gengur thetta upp hja okkur Einari i dag med hjolid og ad vid getum lagt af stad seinnipartinn og farid bara stystu leid til Las Vegas og nad kollunum thar. Kemur i ljos i dag.En thad er annad sem eg er ekki buinn ad nefna, ad thessi baer her, Ridgecrest, er ca 25000 manna baer og her snyst allt um herinn. Her allt i kring er mjog stor Army Base og thar a medal er hid fraega AREA 51 !! Eins og margir vita er mikil dulud i kringum thennan stad og eru margir sem telja ad thar seu geimskip og geimverur sem ameriski herinn hefur fundid og/eda nad. Tharna eru gerdar miklar tilraunir med flugvelar og allskyns tol sem herinn finnur upp a. Eg hef verid ad leita og kikja eftir geimverum her, og tho ad eg rekist a allskyns skritid og stundum mjog skritid folk her, the held eg nu ad thad seu nu bara " venjulegir " -Amerikanar ! Thetta er storskemmtilegt og gaman ad tala vid local buana her um Area 51. Eg hitti einn Kana her i morgun sem vinnur hersvaedinu, tho ekki a Area 51 svaedinu, og honum var mikid i mun ad sannfaera mig um ad thad vaeru ekki geimskip og geimverur tharna. Eins og eg vaeri ekki alveg viss um thad !!! En her er mikill hiti, kringum 40 gradur og thvi rosalega heitt her. Eg er ekki vanur ad vera i svona hita, og eins og eg sagdi vid Einar i gaer, ad uti vaeri vont vedur !! Venjuleg skilgreining okkar a vondu vedri er rok og rigning. En er ekki vont vedur thannig vedur ad thu vilt ekki fara ut !? Ef svo er tha er thetta vont vedur - glampandi sol og logn og mikill hiti. Oftast skilgreinum vid thetta sem gott vedur ! Gott i bili.

Einar and I are still here in Ridgecrest waiting for the spare parts we need for Einars bike. They were supposed to arrive yesterday but we did not get anything. But we have it now and Einar is fixing it as a write this with the help from another mechanic. We decided yesterday that our father and Skli should keep on going through Death Valley and to Las Vegas today. They started at 6 am this morning to avoid the heat and hopefully theyll get to Las Vegas without any problems. They are now riding on their own and its always a little stressful to have to find your own way instead of just following somebody else so you dont have to think at all. Thats why Einar and I have been taking turns in leading the way during the trip. But well hopefully be able to fix the bike today and start going towards Las Vegas in the afternoon. But theres one thing I havent mentioned yet, but that is that Ridgecrest is a town of 25000 people and the army is a huge thing for the town. There are many army bases everywhere around the town, even the famous AREA 51! As most of you know, there is a lot of secrecy around that place and many people say that there are space ships and aliens there that the American army has captured. A lot of tests are made there for airplains and other equipment which the army uses. I have been keeping my eyes open for aliens while Im here but even though I sometimes meet some really strange people here Im pretty sure that there are no aliens here. These people are just normal Americans and maybe its just me who is strange. But its a lot of fun talking to the locals here about Area 51. I met an American this morning who works at the army base, even though its not Area 51. He really wanted to convince me that there were no aliens there, like I actually thoght so. But the temperature here is high and Im not used to be in this kind of heat. Our idea of a bad weather has changed a lot since weve been here. Its not when its raining and windy anymore, but when its so hot that you cant go outside! But thats enough for now. Ttyl - Sverrir


Vitali dag og umfjllun Blaine / The interview today and news in Blaine.

Hr a nean m heyra vitali fr v morgun Rs 2. Aftarlega lnunni eftir frttir og lag.

http://dagskra.ruv.is/streaming/ras2/?file=4331568

Svo er gaman a nefna a a forsufrtt um brurna The Northern Light Blaine, USA

http://www.thenorthernlight.com/archives/2007/tnl_july19_2007/fp2.html

Brothers Sverrir and Einar Thorsteinsson stop for Blaines Icelandic picnic during their ride
around the world. Photo by Rob Olason
http://www.thenorthernlight.com/archives/2007/tnl_july19_2007/fp2.html We left Iceland heading East, and we continued heading East for months and will continue heading East until we reach Iceland again. And then we will stop, said a smiling Einar Thorsteinsson on a sunny day in Blaine, Washington on the Canada/U.S. border.

Ridgecrest, California, USA

Endinn a route 66Jja, loksins farnir af sta, allir fjrir. Pabbi og Skli komnir sitthvorn Harley Davidson og eru eir trlega flottir, .e. karlarnir ! Vi frum fyrst til Hollywood til a sj hi frga Hollywood merki og hjla Hollywood Boulevard og var a gaman. Annars var umferin svo mikil og hitinn mikill a etta var frekar erfitt og frum vi sem fyrst af sta t r borginni. Vi tkum stefnuna t r borginnitil austurs og svo til norurs og var mikil upplifun fyrir okkur og srstaklega Harley brur a komast t eyimrkina. ar var vegurinn rbeinn tugi klmetra og ekkert nema eyimrkin kring me snum sm hrslum og greinum. Hitinnn fr ca 40 grur og er v rosalega heitt a hjla. En a verur bara a venjast. Vi erum nna litlum b sem Ridgecrest og er ti eyimrkinni og var ferinni heiti til Las Vegas dag, me vikomu i Daua dalnum ( Death valley ) en a breyttist. Einar lagi hjlinu snu fyrir utan herbergi okkar gr, og egar hann tlai a starta morgun vildi a ekki gang. Til a gera langa sgu stutta, semsagt bilai mtorinn hjlinu hj honum og stendur n viger yfir. Varahluturinn sem okkur vantar kemur morgun og seinnipartinn morgun ttum vi v a geta lagt af sta aftur. Fyrir sem hafa vit , bognuu innsogsventlarnir bir, og mtorinn htti a jappa. En etta er bara smverkefni sem vi urfum a leysa og eins og venjulega gerum vi a. Vi ltum bara ennan bitma sem deathalgunartma fyrir Harley brur, til a venjast hita og einnig essum mikla tmamun sem eir eru a upplifa.Death valley, erheitastistaur Bandarkjanna og hafa sumir vara okkur vi a fara arna gegn essum rstma. g veit ekki alveg hversu hr hitinn getur ori en trlega um og yfir 50 stig ! En vi tlum samt. Einnig er essi staur lgsti punktur Bandarkjanna, ca 80 metrar undir sjvarmli. aan tkum vi svo stefnuna beint til Las Vegas. tlunin er a reyna a fylgja gamla Route 66 veginum yfir Bandarkin, me vieigandi trdrum og ess httar. Fyrir tilviljun, var gististaurinn sem vi gistum Santa Monica, aeins 500 metrum fr upphafspunkti, ea endapunkti, route 66 ! Skemmtileg tilviljun og erum vi v n egar bnir a hjla smvegis af essum frga vegi. En etta er ng bili.

Were finally on the road, all four of us. My father and Skli are riding their Harleys and they are looking really good. We first went to Hollywood to see the famous Hollywood sign and ride the Hollywood Boulevard and that was really fun. The traffic was heavy and the temperature was high so this was pretty difficult and we left the city pretty soon. We headed east at first and the north and it was a great experiance for us being there in the desert, especially for the Harley brothers. The road was straight for miles and miles and nothing but the desert around us. The temperature went up to 40 so it was pretty hard to ride there but we just have to get use to it. We are now in a little town called Ridgecrest which is in the desert. We were going to go to Las Vegas today and ride through Death Valley but things changed. Einar parked his bike outside our room last night and when he was going to start the bike this morning it didnt work. To make a long story short, the motor broke down and were repairing it now. The spare part we need is going to be here tomorrow and we should be on our way in the afternoon. But we just look at the waiting as a time to adjust for the Harley brothers who have to get use to the heat and the timedifference. Death Valley is the hottest place in the US and people have warned us to not go there on this time of the year. I dont know exactly how high the temperature can get there but its probably around 50C! But were going through there anyway. This is also the lowest point of the US, ca 80 metres below sealevel. From Death Valley, well then head straight to Las Vegas. The plan is to follow the old Route 66 across the US, with some minor detours of course. Coincidently, our hotel, Santa Monica, is only 500 metres from the starting point (or the end) of Route 66! Its a funny coincidence and weve now ridden a little part of this famous road. But thats enough for today, ttyl - Sverrir


Manudagur, Santa Monica, USA

CSI Miami

Ja, aevintyrid heldur afram. I morgun thegar eg vaknadi, for eg med tolvuna mina i vidgerd her rett hja, tvi ad i ljos kom ad einvher virus hafdi komist i tolvuna. En vel ad merkja, eg er ekki buinn ad vera med tolvu hingad til, en pabbi kom med gomlu fartolvuna mina hingad svo ad eg geti verid i betra bloggsambandi naestu vikur. Eg hef stundum sagt ad lifid se svo audvelt i Ameriku. Thad sem eg a vid er ad ef ad eitthvad vantar eda tharf ad finna eitthvad, tha er bara ad taka upp simann, eda kikja i simaskra eda fara a netid, tha er madur ekki nema nokkrar minutur ad finna thad sem madur leitar ad. Og thad stodst i thessu tilviki, eg fann gamla simaskra her i gaerkvoldi og viti menn, eftir nokkrar minutur var komin nidurstada og verkstaedi fundid sem lagadi tolvuna i dag. En, eftir ad hafa farid med tolvuna, hringdi eg i Egil " Eagle " Egilsson kunningja minn og hann baud okkur ad koma i heimsokn i studioid til sin. Thad gerdum vid og vorum komnir thangad um 11 leytid. Thar saum vid thegar verid var ad taka upp nokkur atridi i CSI, Miami og er otrulegt ad upplifa thetta og sja thennan gerviheim sem buinn er til. Eg hitti thar tvo af adalleikurum thattanna, thau Emily ProcterogJonathan Togo. Thad var gaman ad sja thessa leikara vera ad vinna og sja hversu mikid fagfolk thetta er. Tharna foru thau med somu rulluna aftur og aftur medan allt lidid i kringum thau voru ad stilla og taka upp atridid nokkrum sinnum og fra hinum ymsu sjonarhornum. En fyndnasta starfid tharna voru tveir starfsmenn sem gerdu ekkert annad en ad standa i sporum leikaranna allan timann sem taeknilidid var ad stilla ljos og fleira. Thetta folk er semsagt i fullri vinnu allt arid ad standa i sporum leikaranna a milli atrida. Mjog skritid. Egill er yfir allri kvikmyndatokunni og er med ca 20 manns undir ser sem ser um ad gera alla hluti. Thvilik upplifum. En tharna skodudum vid okkur um og saum alla leikmyndina sem notud er og fekk eg meira ad segja ad leggjast a likbordid thar sem likin eru krufin i thattunum !! En leikararnir voru thaegilegir og skemmtilegir ogJonathan Togo, sem bjo medal annars i New York i nokkur ar, gaf okkur upp nokkra af bestu pizzustodum og borum i New York. En thad er merkilegt, ad flest allir leikarar sem madur ser " life " eru svo lagaxnir. Thessir tveir leikarar eru mjog lagvaxnir og enn og aftur fannst mer eg vera risi. En thetta var skemmtileg reynsla og eftirminnileg. I kvold kom svo Egill til okkar a Ironhorse chopper hjolinu sinu og baud hann okkur ollum ut ad borda. Mjog hfdinglegt af honum. Vid kkum honum krlega fyrir alla astoina og skemmtilegheitin her.

Eg setti nokkrar nyjar myndir i myndaalbumid. Endilega ad kikja.

So the adventure continues. I took my computer to a repair workshop this morning because I found out that theres some kind of virus in my computer. I havent had a computer uptil this point but dad brought my computer with him so it could be easier to blog for the next weeks. Ive said before that its easy to live in America and what I mean by that is when something is needed all you have to do is get to the next phone book or get on the internet and find what you need. And thats exactly what I did concerning my computer. I looked up the next phonebook and found a repair workshop really close. After leaving the computer at the workshop I called Egill Eagle Egilsson and he offered us to come visit the CSI studio. We were there around 11 and saw when they were taking some scenes for the show and it was unbelievable to see the fake world that they create. I met two of the stars of the show there, Emily Prochter and Jonathan Togo. It was really fun to see them do their work and see how professional they are. They went over their lines over and over again while other people were setting up everyhing else. But the funnies job someone had over there was simply standing where the actors were going to be in the scene so others could set the lighting, and other technical details, right. Really strange. Egill controls all the cameras and has around 20 people working for him. But we looked around there for a while and saw the whole studio and I even got to lay on the table where they analize the bodies. The actors were all really nice and fun to be around. Jonathan Togo, who lived in New York once, told us all about he best pizza places in the world and where we could find them. But its funny how actors can look smaller in real person but those two were not so tall and I felt like a giant again. But all of this was a great experience and a memorable one. Egill came to us earlier this evening on his Ironhorse chopper bike and took us out to dinner. Very generous of him and we want to thank him for all his help and everything. I also put some new pictures in the album. Ttyl - Sverrir


Sunnudagur, Santa Monica, USA

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Hr snyst ansi margt bara um kvikmyndir og sjonvarp. Her eru thusundir manna og kvenna ad reyna ad " meika thad " a hverjum degi og ber gotulifid thess merki, serstaklega a kvoldin. Thad er gongugata her rett vid hotelid okkar, 3 street promenade, og thar er mikid lif a hverju kvoldi. Listamenn med 20 metra millibili ad reyna ad koma ser a framfaeri eda verda uppgotvadir. En munurinn kannski her og annars stadar sem eg hef sed svona gotulistamenn, er adstandardinn her er rosalega har. Sumt af thessu folki er eru hreinraektadir listamenn og myndu soma ser vel nanast hvar sem er i heiminum, en thad vill lata uppgotva sig her. Ef thu meikar thad i Ameriku, tha ertu a graenni grein ! En adeins ad odru. I gaer for eg i sma hjolatur her upp i fjollin rett fyrir ofan Malibu, til ad skoda og sja fraegan stad " The Rock Store " Thetta er gomul bensinstod og general store, eda kaupfelagid eins og vid kollum thad, og er gamalt og fallegt hus. Tharna koma saman um helgar i kringum hadegid motorhjolamenn og syna sig og sja adra. Svo kaupir madur ser gamaldags orginal hamborgara og faer ser Coka Cola med. Tharna sa eg allskonar furdufugla og a allskonar hjolum og mikil upplifun ad hitta og spjalla vid thetta folk. Tharna hitti eg mann sem var a Harley Davidson skellinodru sem var pinulitil, en madurinn sem er yfir 2 metrar a haed kom hjolandi a thessu hjoli, og thad sem meira er, buinn ad hjola um oll Bandarikin a thessu hjoli. Hjolid er smidad arid 1967 og er hann buinn ad eiga thad alla ti. Eg a til imynd i hausnum af folki sem kallad er " hillbillys " og thessi agaeti madur var akkurat thessi typa. Langur og mjor, med mikid yfirvaraskegg og sitt gratt har i tagli, og svo var hann i koflottri skyrtu og gomlum gallabuxum ! Otrulega flottur karakter. En thad sem gerdi thessa ferd eftirminnilega hja mer var ad tharna hitti eg " vin " minn, Jay Leno i egin personu og spjalladi tharna adeins vid hann. Eins og flestir kannski vita, tha er Jay Leno mikill ahugamadur um bila og motorhjol, baedi gamalt og nytt. Hann a nokkur hundru bila og motorhjol sem er allt eru gamlir og / eda fagaetir gripir. Hann semsagt maetir tharna oft um helgar og spjallar vid hina dellukarlana. Skemmtileg tilviljun. Thetta var semsagt i gaer ( sunnudag ) og for eg tharna medan eg og Einar vorum ad bida eftir nyju ferdafelogum okkar sem voru vaentalegir seinna um daginn. Pabbi og Skuli lentu semsagt i LA um 3 leytid og vid hittum tha svo um kl. 17. Thad var gaman ad hitta tha og eru skemmtilegir timar framundan med theim felogum. Vid Einar kollum tha Harley braedur, thvi their maettu herna svona lika sallafinir og klaeddir alveg eins Harley gallabuxum og gallajokkum sem their keyptu i Boston og er aetlunin ad nota naestu vikur her i hitanum. Thetta eru serstakar buxur og jakkar, thvi thetta er klaett med Kevlar efni ad innan sem getur bjargad manni ef ohapp verdur. Restin af deginum for svo i thad ad spjalla saman og fara adeins yfir hlutina og stra Bud og segja montsogur.

TV is a big thing here in America. Thousands of people trying to make it in the business every day, and the streets are filled with those kind of people, especially during the evenings. Theres a street right by our hotel called 3 street promenade where theres always a lot going on during the evenings. There are all kinds of artists there tempting to get discovered but the difference between the artists here and everywhere else is that the standard is on a much higher level here. Some of the people here are talented enough to make a good living everywhere else but they just want to be discovered here because if you make it in America youre good for life! But anyway, I went on a little trip up to the mountains yesterday to see a famous place called The Rock Store. Its an old gas station and a general store which are really beautiful buildings. Bikers often get together there on weekends to both show off and to see other bikers and their bikes. Then youll buy an old-fashioned burger and wash it down with a bottle of Coca Cola. I saw a lot of strange people there and it was an amazing experience to be there and get to talk to all the people there. I met a man there who had a tiny Harley Davidson but he was around 2 m tall and he had ridden on it all over America! The bike was made in 1967 and he has owned it ever since. This man fitted my idea of a typical Hillbilly, slim and tall, with thick beard and his gray hair in a pony tail. But what made this experience even more memorable was meeting my pal Jay Leno in person. But as most people know, Jay Leno is a big enthusiast of cars and motorcycles so thats why he sometimes goes there and talkes to all the other men who have the same interest in cars and motorcycles. So this was on Sunday and I was doing that while Einar and I were waiting for our father and Skli who landed in LA around 3. We met them at 5 pm that day and it was really fun to see them. Einar and I call them the Harley brothers because they showed up in really nice Harley jackets which they bought in Boston and intend to use for the rest of the trip. The rest of the day was spent in discussions about various things while drinking a Bud.


Santa Monica, California, USA

Santa Monica CaliforniaKominn til Los Angeles, eda thar um bil. Eg er i Santa Monica sem er eiginlega samfast Los Angeles. Vid komum her i dag um 5 leytid i miklum hita. Hjoludum veg sem heitir California 58, sem liggur fra strondinni adeins inn i landid og er frabaer motorhjolavegur. Thad eru nanast bara motorhjol sem fara thennan veg thvi hann er throngur og hlykkjottur. Mjog skemmtilegur. En, nuna er eg semsagt buinn ad fara ad sja Moto GP, motorhjolin og thad er olysanleg reynsla. Ad sja thessi motorhjol theysast um brautina a orugglega 300 km hrada og liggja i beygjum eins og thau seu limd vid brautina og svo allur havadinn, !!!!!! Otruleg upplifun. Skemmtileg tilviljun ad vera tharna a thessum tima. Vid saum semsagt alla bestu motorhjolamenn heimsins i brautinni i gaer a aefingum. Eftir ad hafa eytt mestum parti dagsins a brautinni akvadum vid ad hjola adeins til sudurs og sja hvort vid fyndum ekki gistingu einhversstadar fljotlega. Thad endadi med thvi ad vid hjoludum ca 250 km og gistum a litlum stad sem heitir San Simeon, og er alveg vid strondina. Mjog fallegt. En thad sem kom mer mest a ovart, var hvad vegur nr. 1, sem liggur med strondinni er fallegur tharna fyrir sunnan Monterey. Eg er buin ad segja nokkrum sinnum hvar highway 101 er fallegur og skemmtilegur, en tharna var toppnum nad. Otrulega fallaegt. Snarbrattar hlidar og hlykkjottur vegur med sjoinn og sandinn a adra hondina og fallegar og snarbrattar hlidar og tre a hina hondina. Virkilega mikil upplifun. Eg er alltaf ad upplifa meira og meira, og eg er satt ad segja i vandraedum stundum med ad medtaka thetta allt. Madur er buinn ad sja svo margt og upplifa mikid, ad manni haettir til ad verda samdauna ollu. Stundum a kvoldin thegar eg er ad skrifa i dagbokina mina, stend eg mig ad thvi ad geta ekki skrifad neitt. Mer finnst eins og ekkert hafi gerst merkilegt og thvi ekkert ad skrifa um. En svo set eg hlutina i annad samhengi og tha fer ymislegt ad koma i ljos. Thad sem mer finnst ekkert merkilegt nuna, hefdi mer fundist otrulega merkilegt fyrir nokkrum manudum. Einnig kemur thetta fram thegar eg er ad tala vid folk a fornum vegi og er ad segja thvi hvad vid erum ad gera. Tha rennur stundum upp fyrir manni staerdin a thessu verkefni okkar. Thegar vid komum hingad i dag, forum vid og hittum Egil Egilsson kvikmyndatokumann, sem hefur buid her i 19 ar og tok hann vel a moti okkur. Hann er adalkvikmyndatokumadur fyrir CSI 11012003Santa_Monica_California_-_Pacific_Coast_HighwayMiami, thaettina her i sjonvarpinu. Hann er ad adstoda okkur og aetlar medal annars ad saekja pabba og Skula a flugvollinn a morgun. Motelid sem vid erum a er stadsett alveg vid strondina og finnst mer eins og eg se i biomynd herna. Madur hefur svo oft sed thetta umhverfi sem vid erum i nuna, i biomyndum. Skritid ad vera herna. A morgun og manudaginn, aetlum vid ad taka thvi rolega, thvi pabbi og Skuli fa ekki Harley hjolin sin fyrr en a thridudagsmorgun. Aetlum semsagt ad vera touristar i 2 daga. Reyndar tharf eg ad skipta um bremsuklossa ad aftan hja mer og einnig tharf eg ad skipta um oliu og loftsiu, thannig ad eg hef eitthvad til ad dunda mer yfir. En nuna er eg staddur inni i Apple bud og er ad profa eina Mac tolvuna og er ad blogga thetta thar. Fullt af folki her i kringum mig, og mikid af ungu svortu folki sem er ad spila rapptonlist a fullu her og reyni ad lata sem eg fili thessa tonlist i botn !!! En nog i bili. Meira a morgun.

I have arrived to Los Angeles, or almost. Im in Santa Monica but thats a part of LA. We arrived here at 5 pm today and it was really warm. We took a road called California 58, which goes along the beach and a little bit into the country and its a great road for bikers. There are almost only bikes that use this road because its very narrow and wavy, but its really fun. But now weve seen the MotoGP motorcycles and that was an increadable experience to see the motorcycles, the high speed and all the loud noises. Amazing! But after spending the biggest part of the day watching that, we decided to ride south and see if we coulnt find a motel. We ended up riding 250 km and stayed at a small place called San Simeon but its just by the beach and its very beautiful. But what surprised the most is what road nr.1, which goes along the beach here, is beautiful south of Monterey. Ive said that highway 101 is really beautiful a couple of times before but this experience was the top. Steep hills, wavy roads and beautiful trees everywhere. Im always getting more and more impressed by the surroundings here and frankly, Its sometimes hard to take it all in. Im saying this because Ive traveled a lot and seen many different things so I sometimes feel that, in a way, everything looks the same. I even sometimes find myself not able to write in my diery after a day because I dont feel like anything has happened. But when I put things in a different context I realize that its not true at all. What I dont find a big deal today I might have found extraordinary a few months back. I also realize this when I talk to people and tell them about what Im doing. But anyway, when we came here today, we met Egill Egilsson, a filmmaker who has lived here for 19 years, and he gave us a good welcome. He is the main cameraman for CSI Miami which is a very popular TV show. He is assisting us and is e.g. going to pick up dad and Skli from the airport tomorrow. The motel where we are staying at is placed right by the beach and I feel like Im in a middle of a hollywood movie. Ive seen these surroundings so many times before in movies and its strange to actually be here. Tomorrow, on Monday, were just going to take it easy because our father, Dossi, and Skli wont get their Harleys until Tuesday morning so were just going to be tourists for a couple of days. But we need to change the brake pads on my rear tire, and also we need to change the oil and the airfilters, so Ill have something to do for the next couple of days. Im now inside an Apple outlet trying out a Mac computer so thats how Im blogging today. Lots of people around me, especially young black people who are playing rap music very loudly. But I just sit here and pretend to love this kind of music! But thats enough for now. Ttyl - Sverrir


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