By Shirley Hardy-Rix, Brian Rix
Plenty of retirees take a vacation. while Brian Rix retired after 36 years as a policeman in Victoria instead of hitching up the caravan, he positioned 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 aspect journeys to Antarctica and Galapagos Islands.
They rode from the ground of South the USA to the very most sensible 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. they'd a catastrophic breakdown within the center of undergo nation and suffered altitude sickness.
The bike did not make it to Antarctica yet they did—taking them from Antarctica Circle to the Arctic Circle...and then a section 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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I shouldn’t have worried. The crew are bloody marvellous, helping us down the metal gangway onto the landing and then into the zodiac — not so hard after all. In the zodiac, scooting across the water, I can’t believe we’re here. There is no fear, only joy, as we spot our first iceberg with a couple of seals lazing about. Aitcho Island is home to the inquisitive Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins. Strict rules mean we can’t get closer than 15 feet but the birds are interested in us and wander quite close.
It’s not good news. It should be here on November 3. Bugger! We’ll just enjoy our week at the beach and then sort out where to go for the next few days. Every day we spend waiting for the bike takes a day off the time we’ve got to get to Ushuaia. It might mean missing out on some things, but we’ll worry about that when we’re on the road. There’s no point in getting stressed because there’s nothing we can do about it. We’re now officially at a loose end. It’s a very strange feeling to be on a motorcycle trip without a motorcycle.
Strangely, I’m okay. We just go with it and plan a nice relaxing day doing bugger all and face it all tomorrow. My wonderful wife sees the common sense in that approach, eventually. We seem to be taking it in turns being up and down. Team Rix can tackle anything and in the end we will prevail. Shirley: I spend a fair bit of time walking the streets of this desert town, meandering between the two petrol stations, ever hopeful that I’ll see the tanker arrive in town. Chos Malal is a strange place.
Circle to Circle. A Journey Through the Americas and Beyond by Shirley Hardy-Rix, Brian Rix