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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 international locations on 5 continents with part journeys to Antarctica and Galapagos Islands.

They rode from the ground of South the USA to the very best of North the US. 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 center of endure 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 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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Sergio is proving to be a great asset. He can’t find the depot, but rings them on his mobile and gets directions. 30 pm, their knock-off time, we roll into a modern holding yard full of workmen, cranes, semi-trailers and security guards. It’s unnerving and Shirl is getting edgy. ’ ‘Yes, I do,’ is the instant reply from the lovely Andrea and Shirl just about falls into her arms with relief. Andrea grabs our paperwork, including the hand written notes from the customs guy and shakes her head, ‘Welcome to the world’s biggest bureaucracy.

After Antarctica we plan to spend Christmas and New Year with our good friends Bernd and Heidi in Ushuaia. We met this young East German couple in Iran back in 2003. Despite an age difference of a couple of decades we’ve become incredibly close, drawn together by our mutual love of adventurous motorcycle travel. When the Berlin Wall fell Bernd was doing national service in the East German army. He decided to stay in the East and help rebuild his country. Today he and Heidi live in a tiny rural community and save like mad so they can get on their motorcycles and hit the road.

It’s so fine, it gets in everywhere. The lakes are covered in it, great pools of ash gathering in little coves. The higher we get, we find the black jersey cows trying to graze on ground that’s covered in a dusting of ash. Still further up, the trees are dead, scorched from the heat of the eruption, their blackened trunks standing in fields of grey. The ash is piled up to 170 centimetres along the side of the road. This is what we imagine Armageddon would look like. Shirley: Bariloche is suffering under the weight of volcanic ash that has covered it for the better part of half a year.

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