Blue Skies Fall into Twilight on the Iceland Ring Road — That Internal Drive // 1

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crimsonclad @crimsoncladMay 2018 · 3 min read

I've lost track of the kilometres I've crossed in the countries I've explored.

 
      When I travel, no matter where I am, I always rent some form of vehicle. As much as I love to walk and hike, to climb wildly and sit peacefully, there is an undeniable pull that open highways have on my heart. I used to keep track of the distance I drove as I purposely got lost... I've circumnavigated every island I've ever met: 3000 km each around the north island of New Zealand and Iceland, 2200 km zig-zagging all over Ireland, four whole days driving and stopping in each village along the 500 km dirt ring perimeter of Viti Levu, Fiji. Where normal people find a city to make base camp and plan branching outwards accordingly, I sleep in the back of a car at the edges of cliffs or on the fringes of fields; in the shadows of ruins or in the shelter of forests, joyfully disheveled (and probably smelling a touch less joyful.)

crimsonclad in Iceland: sky, mountains and sunset on the ring road
crimsonclad in Iceland: sky, mountains and sunset on the ring road

A lot of the time, I see incredible vistas that can only be properly mentally framed by traversing right through the midst of them, balanced on a thin ribbon of slate.

 
      It's hard to wrap my mind around these views at the time, so I always cherish open road photos, but something strange ends up happening after I get home. These images often sit neglected once I've stopped moving again. They're not here nor there, no focus or feature. They don't slot into crucial segments of my journals or have attached tall tales, other than the incredible feel of freedom rushing into a rolled down window and through my wild woman hair.

crimsonclad in Iceland: sky, mountains and sunset on the ring road
crimsonclad in Iceland: sky, mountains and sunset on the ring road

Here is one unforgettable forgotten stretch, somewhere along the Ring Road, following the setting sun.

 
      As I find them, I'd like to collect up routes and share them with you. No road signs or signs of life... just rolling open roads and open skies and open hearts.

crimsonclad in Iceland: sky, mountains and sunset on the ring road
crimsonclad in Iceland: sky, mountains and sunset on the ring road

crimsonclad in Iceland: sky, mountains and sunset on the ring road
crimsonclad in Iceland: sky, mountains and sunset on the ring road

crimsonclad in Iceland: sky, mountains and sunset on the ring road
crimsonclad in Iceland: sky, mountains and sunset on the ring road

But oh, That Internal Drive.

 
      A series to be added to as I find each of the bits and pieces I've forgotten to relive.

crimsonclad in Iceland: sky, mountains and sunset on the ring road
crimsonclad in Iceland: sky, mountains and sunset on the ring road

crimsonclad in Iceland: sky, mountains and sunset on the ring road
crimsonclad in Iceland: sky, mountains and sunset on the ring road

crimsonclad in Iceland: sky, mountains and sunset on the ring road
crimsonclad in Iceland: sky, mountains and sunset on the ring road

These photos and words are my own work, inspired by travels all over this pretty blue marble of ours. I hope you like them. 🌶️

 

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Absolutely beautiful! I've never really gotten to travel much and have always dreamed of doing it... The amazing landscapes and scenery that I could see and my dreams of seeing night skies and sunny seas that I never have... Hopefully one day I will be able to travel!

When I was young I wanted to be an archaeologist so that I could see ancient cities and artifacts. Maybe even dig up some unknown discoveries! Haha! You take amazing photos by the way! I love the ones you have been sharing lately! The last one with your reflection in the rear view is super cool! Thanks for sharing! It took my heart on an imaginary journey! I could almost feel the wind in my own hair! ;) Keep rockin' lady!


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@rockchickjen Why aren't you able to travel? Wish I could share that option to everyone in the world!

Cool dream you had while you where young! Didn't work out that way?


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Mostly just because I don't have the funds to do so, plus I have a family and my husband runs his own business. I finally got to see the Gulf of Mexico a few years back and that's the only part of the ocean I've ever seen. Never seen the mountains or canyons out West, or the sky line of a large city like New York...

I took some bad advice in high school and went to college to work on computers (which is NOT what I wanted) but was convinced that it would be easier for me to find a job doing that then archaeology... And then medical things happened so I didn't get to go back to college period. I've thought about trying to go back soon but I'm involved in music now and would probably do something in that part of my life, although archaeology would be a close second! ;)


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I always love driving the west coast and mid-west of the U.S. for this same feeling. I remember driving 14 hours straight and only stopping to get gas alone once and it was one of the most amazing things to me. Looking at the world just shift and change climates and the mountains or rocky cliffs or deserts just changing colors all around as I go. Iceland looks beautiful in all of your photos, but these are kind of magical in their own way.


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Great shots @crimsonclad 📷👏
Fog setting on the surrounding hills looks just amazing! 👌


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wow. incredible view.

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think its time to power down my account to minimum, and buy a decent camera ;)


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Great music, great talk!


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like this.........


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beautiful scenery, excellent photo quality, you are a very talented photographer,

SUCCESS for you ..


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What gorgeous landscapes!

I love how you said this:

As I find them, I'd like to collect up routes and share them with you. No road signs or signs of life... just rolling open roads and open skies and open hearts.

I had a chance to take in some scenery over the long weekend, with some of my local Steemit family members. It definitely nurtured my energy to go for a drive and see the sights. (Will be posting on that soon.)


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You inspire the shit out of me @crimsonclad! I love it !
3rd from top, the road to sunset is my favourite moment.
top posts like this make my steemit worth the while ! X


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The sky really make my best colour.

I love this


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Travel is life man, you never know what you gonna see. Really amazing sceneries or amazing people.
Just have to hit the road before even you know it.
Anyways these pictures are mind blowing, really beautiful


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