By Shirley Hardy-Rix, Brian Rix
Plenty of retirees take a vacation. whilst Brian Rix retired after 36 years as a policeman in Victoria instead of hitching up the caravan, he placed his spouse, journalist Shirley Hardy-Rix, at the again of his bike and headed off for a ride.
For the subsequent sixteen months Brian and Shirley rode greater than 83,000 kilometres via 32 nations on 5 continents with facet journeys to Antarctica and Galapagos Islands.
They rode from the ground of South the United States to the very best of North the United States. They rode over the Andes, occasionally greater than 5,000 metres excessive. They rode via deserts, the tropics and as much as Alaska. that they had a catastrophic breakdown within the middle of endure nation and suffered altitude sickness.
The motorbike did not make it to Antarctica yet they did—taking them from Antarctica Circle to the Arctic Circle...and then a piece more.
Beautifully illustrated in complete color all through, Circle to Circle is a fascinating account of the travels of an adventurous couple....
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Bariloche, on the Argentinean side of the lakes, has been on our agenda for months yet everyone, including Uli, says we shouldn’t go there because of the eruption. We knew Puyehue-Cordón volcano erupted back in June, nearly six months ago, but had no idea the area was still covered in ash. Apparently high winds still whip it up and snowploughs are used to scoop the ash to the side of the road. With these conversations in mind, there’s an eerie feel in Pucon today with a volcanic dust cloud hanging in the air, so far from Bariloche.
Sheltering from the wind the bike starts to teeter on the side stand. Brian grabs it before it’s blown over. That’s how strong the wind is out here. We both feel very satisfied that we have conquered the great Ruta 40 without any major mishaps. Brian: From El Calafete we visit the massive Glacier Perito Merino, about 80 kilometres from town. This is one of the sites we didn’t want to miss. The glacier is 35 kilometres long, five kilometres wide and 60 metres high. 00) to enter the national park.
Brian: The sooner we put everything back as it should be the sooner we can get out of the searing heat. I decide to do everything I can with the bike still strapped on the crate and then I’ll ride it off — if it starts, of course. We take our time to make sure we get things back where they should be, with no left over bolts, screws or washers. The racks that hold on the luggage are reattached. The handlebars lifted to the correct level and the screen refitted. I make good use of Shirl’s smaller hands to get behind the windscreen and start the self-locking screws.