Day 10

June 18th – 22:30

As I went to bed last night need wind picked up and the temperature dropped so I dived deep into the sleeping bag, zipped it over my head and fell asleep listening to the waterfall.

At some point later I woke up feeling very hot. My eyes opened and the light inside the tent was worthy of sunglasses… wondering if I had slept in I reached for the phone … 3:45!!! Now half covered I closed my eyes again only to be frozen 15 minutes later! Back in the bag I went…. I still cannot believe how huge and immediate the impact of the sun has here on the temperature.

I woke up and took advantage of the shower before heading to breakfast. In comparison to the other meals it is actually economic since I paid 15 Euro for Scandinavian styled buffet breakfast (hamburger menu at gas station costs EUR 25).

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I was really sitting enjoying me breakfast when I looked up and saw a North American woman with slightly different breakfast tastes…. REALLY!?!?!?

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I went to pack up and say goodbye to the my latest campground, another nice place that had everything I needed.

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As I was getting back onto my bike the sun snuck out for few seconds so I decided to go back to the waterfall and take a few more pics, this time from the other side. I am glad I did since was even more impressive.

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Was time to get going. Today was not a long ride and I was hoping to get my tent up before the rains hit. Also most of my days biking has finished after 22:00 so today was hoping to have a more free afternoon to relax.

The ride started with a 4km steep uphill. The wind for a change was not against me and I puffed my way up. Averaging about 6:30 a km so half speed. I hoped there where not to many of these or my relaxing afternoon would be cancelled.

For whatever reason I started humming the “don’t go chasing waterfalls song” I had to put an end to that so I stuck one headphone in a drowned it out with Green Day:)

The ride was going well when once again I found myself staring up at another hill. Most of the time I have been pushing up the hills butt on bike not attacking the hill but surviving it. I was not sure what got in me but I decided to give this one a go…. I was in about 7th gear (my bike has 11) and up out of the seat I went… the legs responded well and the bike began accelerating…. dropped it to 8th and pushed little harder.. 9th…. 10th… I could not believe the rate I was coming up the hill…. the BAM… 11th gear accelerating over the crest of the mountain…. I almost got off and did a little dance of joy but was gasping for breath bent over the handle bars 🙂 I may not try it again but as the motorcycle guy said ” you carry two pistons with you”

I pulled into Myvatn around 15:00. It is a volcanic lake that up until few decades ago was quite active. It is a massive lake and also a protected nature reserve.

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Unfortunately I did not realize that Krafta (a famous crater) is not right here so will head there in the morning before heading off.

I put up my tent in bug infested skies. I had not noticed 1 mosquito since I have been here but this made up for it and more… black flies filling the air… I was scared to open the tent and spend all night being under attack. I decided to squeeze things in and come back later to fix the insides.

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There is store here so filled up on few provisions then headed to have a medicinal beverage and food. It was a really nice spot…

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First came the beer… a local blond 🙃

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Then I ordered a lamb burger which was not available so the waitress told me that the Arctic Char (fish from here) tastes the same. As much as I knew this was not possible I could not go against that marketing pitch 🙂 and in the end happy to have fish here… to be fair it tasted better than it looked (thankfully)🙂

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Headed back to the tent that is in little chaos due to bug avoidance

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Decided for early night since tomorrow has possibly to be tough day. The rain is coming down so will fall asleep hoping it drowns all the black flies 🙂

Goodnight !

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