In the summertime of 2012, I traveled to Iceland with my buddy and ex-college Roommate, Brandon Roesler.
Brandon and I sat subsequent to one another in a Freshman English class, turned roommates the next semester, and stayed shut associates all through our faculty schooling.
All through our faculty years, I spent my summers bicycle touring throughout america and Canada. And after I graduated from college, I began biking in international nations all around the globe. I attempted to get Brandon to affix me on my bike excursions on a number of events, however for no matter cause, I might by no means get him to completely commit.
Which is why it stunned me a bit, when greater than a decade after our first assembly, Brandon referred to as me up and stated he was prepared to affix me on a motorbike tour in Iceland.
Throughout our first couple days within the nation, Brandon and I met a French bicycle traveler named Calite who joined up for a part of the tour. Including a 3rd particular person to our group made the bike tour in Iceland much more particular.
Whereas I’d like to say that biking in Iceland with Brandon was a very optimistic expertise, the reality is… it was a reasonably difficult time. Brandon harm his knee in the course of the first day on the bike, my face swelled up on a number of events (as a result of dehydration – I believe), and it was chilly, windy and depressing for an excessive amount of the journey.
However we pressed on and we survived. We spent 25 days biking across the nation and I used to be impressed by Brandon’s talents. He was sturdy, regardless of the obstacles we encountered, and he was always making me chortle.
Wanting again on our Iceland bike tour now, I’m undecided if Brandon loved his time within the nation. We’ve solely exchanged just a few quick Fb messages because the journey ended virtually three complete years in the past.
So whereas I can’t converse for Brandon, I do know that for me not less than, it was an general optimistic expertise. Sure, I used to be chilly and depressing at instances. And sure, we received on every others nerves. However I believe that once I look again on the expertise now, the chilly and wind and ache has disappeared from my reminiscence, and all that continues to be is a motorbike journey with a buddy in a wonderful, remoted, and gorgeous land.
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