Day 9: July 15, 2007 Reykjahlið to Egilstaðir

Trip Start Jul 08, 2007
Trip End Jul 23, 2007

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Day 9: July 15, 2007 Reykjahliğ to Egilstağir

I swear that one of the reasons I come to Iceland is to get a good sleep! I did not awaken in the night for the first time in years. I got up at 7:00, packed, and struck my tent. After a quick breakfast, I went up to the reception and met Sigfus. In spite of the low clouds, we drove to the other side of the lake and pulled on to a shoreside farm road. About 25 swans swam just offshore. We could see most of the volcanoes. We returned to camp after 15 minutes. The gear was all loaded so we headed east to Eglilstağir after I promised Sigfus I would return to Bjarg on my next trip.
Our first stop was at Hrossaborg where we spent an hour. Everyone was really good at interpreting the events that formed the jökulhlaup-scarred tuff cone.
We headed east on the main road. I had never been that way before. The Möğrudalur volcanoes were beautiful, especially from the Möğrudalsfjallgarğar overlook.
It was drizzling as we drove down the Jokulsá á Brú so we didn't stop to look at the waterfalls. The sun broke through as we pulled into Eglistağir and we ate lunch in the campground around 2:00.
After lunch, Audrey and I did our last major grocery shipping. We spent about $1050 for three days.
A bunch of us went with Magnus to explore the town. After driving over the lake to Fellsbær we returned to a coffee shop about three blocks from camp. We sat in the sun drinking coffee and beer for a couple of hours and having a fine time before returning to camp.
I was on cook duty with Shirl and Bill. They had things under control when I arrived. I helped a little and then set up my tent. What I bought as salmon turned out to be salt char. It was good but very salty. I take no credit for the excellent meal; Shirl and Bill did it all.
After dinner, I wrote while a bunch of people played monopoly in some language that we never identified for sure. Magnus tried to read it but it wasn't Icelandic. My guess is Finnish. It was funny to hear them reading the Chance and Community Chest cards. Jeff was declared the winner.
Most people went out to a tapas bar but I was beat and turned in. After warming my cold feet, I was asleep.
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