14-Jul-2019 -- This is the sixth out of eight reports reaching or attempting confluence points during a 2-week bicycle trip around Iceland. The story starts at 65°N 20°W and continues from 66°N 17°W.
This confluence point is very remote - very far from the road network. There are several rivers without bridges and generally the ground cover is very wet.
On confluence day I got up at 3:30 AM but due to rain I didn’t start cycling before 7:30 AM. I took the “Öxarfjjördarheidi” track towards the north east. This track is closed for public vehicles and was badly maintained. When the distance to the confluence was 16 km, I found the side track that most likely had been used by the previous visitors. I attempted to cycle on it, but the soft ground combined with the steep grades made cycling hardly possible. Due to the morning rain, the track conditions were all but optimal.
With such a track, I estimated that it would take me 3 hours to reach the confluence (2 hours riding or pushing the bike and 1 hour hiking). Including return, it would take around 6 hours to reach the main track again. I decided that this was too much of an afford and quit my approach.
After the attempt, I continued the rough track up and down until I reached the coastal road. In the afternoon I reached the tiny town Torshöfn and spent the night in a guesthouse.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 30 km
- Distance to a track: 4 km
- Distance of bicycle parking: 16 km
- Time to reach the CP from the road: not reached
- Time at the turn-around: 12:51 PM
- Measured height: -
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 16 km
- Position accuracy: -
- Topography: hilly
- Vegetation: probably tundra like flora.
- Weather: partly cloudy, 11° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Middle of Nowhere Confluence
The story continues at 66°N 15°W.