Mildura Weekly : Friday January 17 2014 Vol 8 No11
www.milduraweekly.com.au 16 Mildura Weekly – 17/01/14 By ALAN ERSKINE THEIR first book was called ‘ Two for the Road,’ the result of a 57,600-plus kilometre motorcycle trip that took ex-Victoria policeman Brian Rix and his journalist wife Shirley Hardy through 29 countries in just under 12 months. That was almost 10 years ago now, and when the Mildura Weekly rang their Melbourne home recently to say g’day and see what’s on the horizon, Brian tells how the couple are not long back from yet another memorable adventure, this time through the Americas “and beyond.” It’s the ‘beyond’ bit that’s in- teresting...Brian and Shirley rode their trusty BMW across the world, through (over) the frozen Andes and sandy deserts, from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica, and have documented their latest travels in another book, ‘Circle to Circle.’ It’s as good a read as ‘Two for the Road.’ An easy to follow blow- by-blow account, virtually in diary form with Brian and Shirley shar- ing the writing, of the most amazing places, people, birds, animals and experiences of another 16 months on the highways, roads (and ‘goat tracks’) of the world. It’s abundantly clear that Brian and Shirley have been bitten by ‘the travel bug’...reinforced by the fact they are already planning a third epic, this time through Korea, Japan, Eastern Russia/Siberia, Mongolia and, depending on the weather, the ‘Stan’ countries (Afghanistan, Ka- zakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Ta- jikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tatarstan). For those who came in late...Brian is Merbein- born and raised, learn- ing to ride motorbikes on the river and bush tracks along the Merbein Com- mon and other rough-and- ready places. He joined the Victoria Police at an early age, spending 36 years in the job, firstly in uniform, later as a detec- tive with the armed rob- bery, drug and homicide squads, along with special response groups and doing undercover work, and then spending five years as Presi- dent of the Victoria Police Associa- tion before taking long service leave and then retiring. Brian loved his job, but on re- flection, wishes that he had started his travels earlier. There’s a lot to see and do in some of the most beauti- ful and welcoming countries of the world, and he was lucky to have a more-than-willing ‘accomplice’ in Shirley, a former high-profile Mel- bourne journalist. They met on the job...Brian the policeman, and Shirley the crime reporter for Melbourne television and radio. She was at the Russell Street police complex when it was bombed, and was the first journalist to go to air with the story. Now a freelance journalist, mag- azine editor and film and TV publi- cist and the author of three books, Shirley is well placed to help docu- ment their world adventures. And what adventures they are. Dodging the Taliban in Afghanistan, competing for road space with some of the worst drivers in the world... on the worst roads imaginable... in the most horrific weather condi- tions, across snow-filled mountain ranges and the driest of deserts, coming face to face with man-eating wild animals, overcoming language barriers, and dealing with money, passport, visa and people-problems. Their experiences with police and/ or other bureaucrats at border cross- ings would fill another book! Out of this world! When Merbein-born former high-profile policeman Brian Rix and his wife Shirley countries, across the Andes, from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica! The intrepid pair are book, ‘Circle to Circle.’ It’s a colourful, absorbing, interesting and entertaining tale • LONG WAY TO GO: At a National Park in Argentina, and still with a long way to go. Brian and Shirley described Route 40 on the way to Santa Cruz as one of the worst roads imaginable. ATTENTION FARMERS Looking for workers to help with your 2014 harvest period? Non commission contracting rates available We have all the right people for all your labour needs. Call Sunset Backpackers today!
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