Iceland: A Stormy Motorcycle Adventure

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Active volcanoes, glaciers, rivers without bridges and killer sheep - Iceland offers the kind of riding that motorcycle adventure dreams are made of. Ignoring the lack of off road skills in one half of the partnership, Patrick and Sherrie set off on a 6 week journey from Germany to Iceland and back in the summer of 2010. Includes 8 maps and 21 color pictures.

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About Sherrie McCarthy

An avid reader, traveller and writer, I wrote my first book at ten years old, and promptly destroyed it a month later when my classmates refused to stop talking about it. It suggested a temperament that might be counter productive to my declared dream of becoming a published author.

I teach English to support my travel habit, and I am replacing teaching with writing.

When I am not writing a book, I am blogging or writing my Chasing Summer column:

http://theindependent.ca/author/sherrie-mccarthy/

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Preview video of our trip to Iceland the summer of 2010.

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Review by: Claudio Pegaso on Jan. 30, 2012 :
A great author writes about a wonderful adventure. Sherrie McCarthy describes this motorcycle journey in a very personal and humorous way. I could not only get a clearer view on iceland, but also a personal view on the challenges of such a trip. She writes about her feeling of victory after the first sucessfull water crossing and also about the fear when she got stuck in the middle of nowhere.
Its not the story of two heroes, but the story of a corageous couple who rides through a frightening and also fascinating country.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Romi Moondi on Jan. 15, 2012 :
When it comes to memoirs, what's most interesting to me is reading something I don't know anything about.

I COULD NOT KNOW LESS about motorcycling or Iceland, so that in itself was a good start.

I read through this adventure very fast, because all along the author wrote in a way that was easy to visualize; there was less time spent analyzing each feeling or reflecting on one moment for pages and pages, but a lot more time spent taking you from one location to the next.

And I loved that.

I also loved that the frustration of set-backs, the horrors of nature, the wonders of nature, and the simple joys of a rare full meal were all touched upon and described in a vivid way.

One thing I found hilarious and shocking was the way Icelandic sheep behave. I won't give away the surprise, but I never would've thought that in a million years!

Overall, I feel like I lived vicariously through an actual motorcycle trip, even though I'm deathly afraid to ever ride one.

I will definitely pick up the author's next installment about motorcycling through Turkey when it comes out, and I really recommend this first one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Cynthia Lee on Dec. 01, 2011 :
This book is a thoroughly entertaining read. In it, you'll encounter unspeakable loveliness, killer sheep, waterfalls, volcanoes and some motorcycle-related mayhem. Iceland becomes a character in its own right. You will be very impressed by this girl's moxie.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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