Chris Burkard Completes Bikepacking Traverse of Iceland’s Interior

On August 23, 2020, after cycling 250 miles into the geographical heart of Iceland, Chris Burkard faced the possibility of his first major obstacle in his traverse across one of the most remote stretches of land on Earth.

If he and his four fellow riders stuck to their original route around the north side of Hofsjökull glacier—the third largest glacier and the largest active volcano in the country—they’d have to cross a deep glacial river that was impassable just a week earlier. They could play it safe and use a workaround, but that would add over 60 miles to a ride that was already mapped out to cover around 560 miles in eight days.

Burkard decided to take the risk. “Risk is crucial to everything,” he explains. “Risk is what creates uncertainty; uncertainty is what creates growth. I don’t need something to be super dangerous, but I do need it to have some potential for failure so that I can grow as a person.”

Chris Burkard carrying his bike and gear across a river.
Chris Burkard carrying his bike and gear across a river. Courtesy Image

Finding a New Way to Connect to Iceland

Burkard is no stranger to these kinds of scenarios. As a renowned outdoor, surf, and travel photographer, he’s ridden waves in Iwanai, Japan; scaled Yosemite’s famed Hardman Offwidth Circuit; and scuba dived off the coast of Mallorca—and that’s barely skimming the surface of his adventures. This trip was his 43rd to Iceland, and one he decided to make while competing the previous year in an 850-mile race that circumnavigated the island (he actually holds the fastest known time for cycling the 844-mile ring road: 52 hours, 36 minutes, and 19 seconds).

“Me riding bikes is just trying to get closer to the landscapes I really enjoy,” he explains. “It’s an exercise in feeling small and

Chris Christie tests positive for coronavirus, eighth person who attended Rose Garden event

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has tested positive for the coronavirus. The former New Jersey governor is now at least the eighth person to test positive for COVID-19 after attending a Rose Garden event on September 26 Where President Trump announced the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

“I just received word that I am positive for COVID-19,” Christie tweeted on Saturday. “I want to thank all of my friends and colleagues who have reached out to ask how I was feeling in the last day or two. I will be receiving medical attention today and will keep the necessary folks apprised of my condition.”

Christie also notably helped Mr. Trump with debate preparation, spending hours with him over several days leading up to the first presidential debate on Tuesday.

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Attorney General William Barr (R) says goodbye to former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and other guests after President Donald Trump introducee 7th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 48, as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House September 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. 

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Several people close to the president have now tested positive for the coronavirus, including longtime aide Hope Hicks, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, GOP chair Ronna McDaniel, first lady Melania Trump, and campaign manager Bill Stepien. Senators Thom Tillis and Mike Lee, both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, have also tested positive. 

At least 8 people tested positive within a week after attending the Rose Garden ceremony — where few people wore face masks and social distancing was not practiced. COVID-19 symptoms typically take several days to appear after coronavirus exposure. 

Mr. Trump is currently receiving treatment for COVID-19 at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, after revealing late

Nobody wants to buy house where Chris Watts’ wife was killed

The story that made national headlines back in 2018, when Chris Watts confessed to killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters, is now featured in a Netflix documentary titled “American Murder: The Family Next Door.”

The house shown in the documentary where his wife, Shanann, was murdered has been on the market for two years with no interest, Newsweek reported.

The mortgage lender of the five-bedroom home in Frederick, Colorado, foreclosed on it immediately after Watts was sentenced because he wasn’t making payments, according to Newsweek. It was taken out of foreclosure after several unsuccessful auctions, the outlet reported.

With the house out of foreclosure and in “legal limbo,” Watts technically still owns the home, according to says the Watts’ bought the roughly 4,200-square-foot house for just under $400,000 in May 2013 and now Zillow estimates it’s worth just short of $600,000.

“It’s not getting any bids because people know the sordid history of the house, and nobody wants it,” Denver-based bankruptcy attorney Clark Dray, who works with foreclosures, told

The fact that the mortgage company hasn’t chosen to buy the house does not bode well for the home’s selling price, according to Dray. The company and even real estate investors likely don’t see the house as a fruitful investment, so it sits vacant on Saratoga Trail.

“The longer the house sits vacant, the bigger the discounts. [And] it’s been vacant over two years,” real estate appraiser Orell Anderson, of Strategic Property Analytics, told “When there are kids involved, the discounts are higher. People really don’t like that.”

The house is now listed as “off the market” on Zillow. Experts predict that the house will need to sell for a discount of about 15% to 25%, according to Newsweek.

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No One Will Buy the ‘American Murder’ House Where Chris Watts Killed His Wife

The Colorado home where Chris Watts strangled his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, back in 2018 is currently in “limbo” after no one’s tried to buy it.

a person holding a baby posing for the camera: Shanann Watts (L) and daughters Bella and Celeste were murdered by father Chris Watts (R) in 2018.

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Shanann Watts (L) and daughters Bella and Celeste were murdered by father Chris Watts (R) in 2018.

Featured in Netflix’s new documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door, the Watts home housed the couple and their two young daughters, Celeste (3) and Bella (4), until Watts killed his wife and children. Now, Watts still legally owns the property, which sits empty, even though he’s currently imprisoned in Wisconsin serving three consecutive life sentences.

Immediately after Watts’ sentencing, the five-bedroom house went into foreclosure. That means because Watts wasn’t making mortgage payments, the home became the property of the mortgage lender. But they didn’t keep hold of the foreclosure, according to After many failed auctions, in which no one wanted to buy the Watts home (understandably so), it was taken out of foreclosure. This means, legally, Watts is still the owner of the family home.

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So can you buy the Watts home? Not right now, it appears. The home is currently listed as “off the market,” apparently because it’s in such an odd place legally. A listing from says the home, located in Frederick, Colorado, is worth an estimated $648,100. Zillow has a lower estimate of $595,349. Both of these seemingly aren’t accounting for the murder—rather, they’re going off of the general prices in the neighborhood.


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What’s next for the property? Well, Watts’ home will sit vacant until another creditor attempts to put the home into foreclosure, according to bankruptcy attorney Clark Dray, who works out of Denver.

But in the