I mentioned, in an earlier post, that I have a new car which serves the dual purpose of daily transport and motorhome. The objective of taking it out for a day’s driving was, partly, to test everything before I set off on an overnight trip. I wanted to get used to driving a car that is longer and slightly wider than my old one, test the equipment and generally learn the car. I also wanted to see how the interior would test out, i.e. the bed, cupboards and drawers my father and I installed to turn the van into a motor home.
Apart from a drawer that wanted to stay open and some creaking of the wood and rattling of things I hadn’t secured properly, it acquitted itself very nicely. The Saturday drive tested the installed interior for noise, and the comfort and manoeuvrability of the vehicle. On Sunday I took it out again, this time to test it on a hilly, winding road that is part gravel, part tarmac. Aside form a minor difficulty on a steep, very gravelly hill, the car performed well and I considered myself prepared to take it on an overnight expedition.
(I have been on two since then. More on that in a later post.)
Lastly, here are some photos from the Seltún geothermal area, which I visited during the drive:
Parked by a stack of wood near the turn-off to Flúðir and Þjórsárdalur:
The wood all by itself made an interesting pattern/texture:
I took my brand new car out for a spin on Saturday, its first drive outside the city limits. It’s a Volkswagen Caddy Maxi panel van, and if you think it’s funny that I should be driving one of these when I work in an office, don’t be: it has been equipped as a small motor-home and since I can’t afford to insure and operate two cars, it will be my day-to-day vehicle as well from now on.
Isn’t it beautiful?
I will post some shots of the interior some time or other.
I drove up Þjórsárdalur, visited the Brúarfoss hydorelectric plant, took a look at the Þjóðveldisbær – a replica of a 12th century farmhouse – which is only open from June to the end of August, so I only saw the outside. I also checked out some electricity-generating windmills that stand near the reservoir for the hydroelectric plant. Then I drove to Flúðir, a small community nearby, and had lunch in a rather unexpected restaurant. I will post photos of all of this later this week. Today, I give you views through the windshield:
This is from the southern shore east of Selfoss. Looks very flat, doesn’t it? Actually, there are mountains and glaciers up ahead, but they are nd obscured by clouds.
(I love it when there is so little traffic that I can stop for shots like this).
This is from Þjórsárdalur (the valley of the river Þjórsá). The landscape there is dotted with rock formations, some free-standing, others part of a mountain range. Here the road runs along the river-bank: