Since riding the TransAmerica Trail in 2018, Monika and I have not ridden our bikes nearly as much as we would’ve liked for a few reasons. Life happened to take control of our time as we got buried in work and we moved to a new house which needed some tender, love and care. We find that riding around Reykjavik after work is monotonous and riding on the roads just outside of Reykjavik is dangerous because the roads are quite narrow and the drivers are much less considerate in Iceland than in the US. We miss the warm American summer weather which is totally different from the Icelandic as a warm Icelandic summer day rarely goes above 15° Celcius (60° Fahrenheit).
We love riding our bikes but we miss the freedom and simplicity of a long-distance journey where all one has to do is pedal, eat and sleep.
It therefore seems inevitable that we will again embark on some sort of great journey sometime in the (near?) future but we have no idea yet what that adventure will look like. A few ideas have been tossed around such as:
- Across America – Northern Tier (4293 mi, 6909 km)
- Across America – Southern Tier (3022 mi, 4863 km)
- TransAmerica west-east (again) (4218 mi, 6788 km)
- TransAmerica east-west (4218 mi, 6788 km)
- Pacific coast (1848 mi, 2974 km)
- Atlantic coast (2643 mi, 4253 km)
- Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (3083 mi, 4961 km)
- EuroVelo 2 Capitals Route Ireland – Russia (3107 mi, 5000 km)
- EuroVelo 4 Central Europe Route. France-Ukraine (3169 mi, 5100 km)
- EuroVelo 6 Atlantic – Black Sea (2765 mi, 4450 km)
- Something completely different? Perhaps in Australia, Asia or South-America.
We find ourselves in exactly the same mindset as in 2016-2017 when the TransAm idea became real. Watching YouTube, reading articles, getting excited about the thought, wondering about gear-choices, thinking about how we could document our trip better and day-dreaming. Additionally, we constantly remind each other of some of the great moments we experienced during our trip.
With COVID19 and ongoing home improvements we will not go on a long trip this year but we are hoping to get in some bikepacking in the Icelandic highlands which has some great scenery but limited trails and very unpredictable weather.
With limited exercise lately we need to start getting our bodies back in shape. Monika never seems to gain weight but the same cannot be said about the myself but we have both obviously lost quite a bit of our strength and stamina which means we better get back on our indoor trainer!
Any thoughts or suggestions on our next adventure would be appreciated!