Book Review: “Iceland: A Stormy Motorcycle Adventure”


I did a search of motorcycle-touring related ebooks recently, and was absolutely bombarded with books written by riders much more adventurous than myself. One book in particular stood out from the rest, and for the sake of $4 I decided to give it a read. I’ll say here that I much prefer to read a “real” book, and would not even own an ereader if it had not been given to me by good friends. That being said, there’s many books that are not available in print anymore, so having an ereader is convenient at times.

That book was “Iceland: A Stormy Motorcycle Adventure”, by Sherrie McCarthy. Iceland has long fascinated me for some unknown reason…though very similar to Newfoundland in many ways, it’s even more rugged, more unique and more…unforgiving.

I sat down to start my newly downloaded book, turned (clicked?) to the first page and discovered that the author is originally from Newfoundland! What are the odds?

As I started reading, I quickly realized that myself and Ms. McCarthy have much more in common than the Rock that produced us. We both got into motorcycling as adults, we both tour with our partners, both of whom are much more experienced and skilled riders than we are. She gets easily irritated and quick to anger when hungry, as do I. It was also a relief to me to hear that at least one other person feels pangs of anxiety and panic when riding off-road!

These similarities made “Iceland” very entertaining for me, as I could picture myself in her place, doing the very same things. At times I imagined I was on my Vstrom, having a meltdown in the Icelandic interior after one too many things went wrong. Parts of the book made me literally laugh out loud, and I found myself truly engrossed in McCarthy’s offroad adventure. Her words paint a vivid picture of the country, both the positives and the negatives. As a person with limited off-road experience planning to set off on an albeit smaller-scale adventure next summer, I found it to be a very inspiring book!

I’m not quite sure what genre the book fits into. Is it a travel book? Well, sort of. I think I would call it an extended Ride Report, similar to what you would read on an ADV forum or even on this blog…but much more entertaining, of course.

Sherrie McCarthy has several other motorcycle adventure books available for download here. For the cost (under $4 each), I plan to purchase all of them.

By the time next summer rolls around, I still may not have good off-road skills…but I WILL be well-read!





Posted on November 7, 2013, in Reviews: Bikes, Gear, Books and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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