Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Iceland Bike Adventure: 1 Week Out

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
  This is the inaugural blog entry for the Iceland Bike Adventure!  Our website is http://www.icelandbikeadventure.com/.  From late June to early August 2011, I will ride connected bicycles with my 10-year old son and 4-year old daughter about 1,500 miles through and around Iceland.  We've planned a figure 8 route, crossing the interior twice, and circumnavigating the entire country.
  We are sponsored by the United Nations and raising money for the UN's Billion Tree Campaign, which collects commitments each year from governments and individuals to plant trees around the world.  If you want to make a donation to the campaign or just support our ride, go to: http://www.depositagift.com/3771/icelandbikeadventure/ShopRegistry/registry  
  We fly from New York City to Reykjavik on June 21 (one week from today!) and officially start the ride on June 26.
  Here are a few pics and a video from a training ride:

A recent training ride along the Hudson River.  Saya is snoring in the trailer.

Eric Marcos at Bicycle World in Mt. Kisco, NY.  Eric has spent many hours customizing our bikes to ensure that they survive Iceland's rugged terrain. 

The crew!

This is a video from a training ride in April on the Natchez Trace outside Nashville, TN.  We rode around 80 miles over two days and spent a chilly night snuggled up close in our tent.  The person cheering us on is my sister, Becky Sharpe.


  1. Your Icelandic adventure look very cool I wish you all the best on your ride here in Iceland.
    Watch out for the narrow ringroad!

    All the best

    Arnar Felix

    If you need any help while you are Iceland here in Iceland, I´m here :)

  2. Thanks Arnar! We leave tomorrow (June 21) and are very excited about the trip.

    -- Charles, Sho and Saya

  3. This is your mother sending you precious ones my thoughts, love, and prayers as you leave. I tried to spot the moon tonight over the cloudy VA skies but could not so decided to send this via the wind, clouds, or sun rays, whatever is caressing you this day or is it night? Anyway they carry those wishes and thoughts and prayers, so know that you all are surrounded whenever you need a reminder of the many people who love you and wish you a good and safe journey around Iceland. I am very grateful that you could receive the detailed maps, so already helpful persons are appearing!!