A nice easy run today of 200km on Highway No 1 ( aka " The Ring Road" ) to Akureyri. It is the second biggest town in Iceland with a population about that of Blenheim. It was showery so it was the case of dodge the showers. .
With lots of farming
As we drove along I found I had a black spot on my left eye. Something inside my helmet. What was it? . I stopped on the side of the road and removed my helmet. There on the inside of my left lens sitting there very happily was a bee. Like us I guessed he was also making a bee line for Akureyri ! Anyway I felt is was important not to have a bee in my bonnet so I duly removed him from his position.
Then the greyness of the sky was a little dispelled by this building as we entered town Thank goodness I was wearing sunglasses although I must get the focus checked
And Lo and behold in the main square we meet our friends Bruce and Caroline from Twizel, New Zealand who are circling Iceland in the opposite direction to us. Yes, we did know our paths would cross here in Akureyri.
Move fast forward a day. Today is the soccer match between Iceland and Hungary. There is a big screen in the town square. Half the town is there
All dressed up in National colours
A goal to Iceland
The game starts. Iceland get a goal at 40 mins. The score is 1:0 to Iceland. Fast forward to 88 minutes. Two minutes to go. Hungary attack. Iceland score an own goal off the boot of one of their own players. . Score 1:1. Extra time. No change. And thus the match ends in a draw. But it was Iceland, Population 350,000 against Hungary, population about 40 million so pretty good show really. Reminds me of a small underdog country somewhere to the East of Australia that consistently punches above its weight in Rugby!
Another rest day here tomorrow and then on the final 3 day run back to the ferry to Denmark.