Four days, 1,400 km (847 miles), and 8 stops. I step off the plane in Dublin, Ireland. I have a very short time frame and a whole adventure ahead of me. The Republic of Ireland and Nothern Ireland are my last stop on a month long trip that has taken me through Egypt and Eastern Europe. I both excited and nervous about this road trip. I have never driven on the right side of the road. This fact has just gotten real as I walk out of customs and head over to baggage claim. I grab my bag and head over to the rental car counters. It doesn’t take but a glance to find my trip sponsor’s counter. There is one other person at the Budget Car Rental Ireland counter. It doesn’t take the attendant but a couple of minutes to check them out and give them directions. Within five mins of getting my bag, I have my car and am off to find my rental car.
I am up before dawn and packing my bags. Surprisingly, it was just after 9 am and I had beaten the sun up. I double checked my hostel room and headed upstairs for breakfast. I had some of my favorite local Icelandic yogurt while I did a quick weather check. The weather report was clear but I had learned over the last six days that the weather could change in an instant. I walked out of my hostel and into the bitter Icelandic cold. The sky was just starting to get light as I gassed up my car for the next stage of my Icelandic Winter Road Trip. I had a little over two hours drive ahead to get to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s spotlight Thursday is from my winter Iceland road trip. On this three-week road trip, I had some amazing adventures and some unique experiences. One of my favorite was visiting the Sόlheimasandur Plane Crash site. The crash site is the remains of a United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 airplane.
I hiked through the buttes, pinnacles and spires of badlands. I was keeping a close eye on the rocks. I was hoping to locate some of the fossils of Badlands National Park. I was hiking the 5 mi Castle Trail from the Door and Window parking lot to the Fossil Exhibit parking lot.
“Review this list and determine suitability,” is the first line of an email from my father. He also includes a list of four cars as well. I stare at the email for a couple minutes. I walk down the dorm hall to one of my friends. “If you got an email from your dad with four cars what would you think?” I asked. “I was getting getting a new car,” was the response. A call to my father confirmed that I was getting a new car for my cross country US road trip.