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Here we go again.   The wanderlust and call of the road has been building up since our last big adventure.   Our trip in 2003-4 was a life changing experience.  Foreign cultures, ancient sites, and snapshots of past civilisations whetted our appetite for more.  Unfortunately, like everyone else, over the last seven years we’ve had to work to put a roof over our heads and food on the table.

So what’s changed – RETIREMENT that’s what!

We’ve put in the hard yards but Shirl and I have decided that before time slows us down too much, it’s time to retire from our ‘normal’ work , get out there and experience what the big wide world has to offer.   Sure there’s an element of danger riding a motorcycle around the world.  Those of us that do know the risks, but we also know the immense pleasures that await the intrepid motorcycle traveller.

We are in our mid 50s and want to show our peers that if you really want to do something you can.  I see too many people our age too frightened to tackle such an adventure.  When you talk to them, they say “I wish I could to that” or “I can’t do that because I have the garden to look after” or other similar lame excuse.   Then they start talking about how “lucky” we are.

If you really want to achieve something, in this day and age you can if you have the right level of commitment – that’s all it takes.

We’ve had to find someone to look after the house, the dog and the cat – thanks Sonia – we’ve had to sell off cars and other non-essentials , organise our finances, insurances, medical evacuation insurance, inoculations, motorcycle freight, carnet de passage, Visa application (USA only at this stage) and close down a business.  So be it – We want to do this journey.

We are going to miss our children, Stephen and Gavan, their wives Alana and Nikki, and our wonderful grandchildren Austin, Beau, Valentino (Nikki and Gavan’s boys) and Lila and Molly (Alana and Stephen’s girls) along with the rest of our family but we both know we go with their blessing.   With the computer and Skype we’ll still be able to see and talk to them every now and then.

Okay where are we going this time?  I have read other travellers’ tales of South America and it is a continent we both really want to experience so that is our starting point. We’ll ship into Chile, head South to Ushuaia, take a ship out to Antarctica then head north through Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Columbia before heading into central America then North America, Canada and Alaska.  Then we’ll head back through Canada and North America to New York the ship to Europe, most probably London and head home via France, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt then South through Africa.  The plan is to make our way to Durban in South Africa before shipping to Perth then riding home via Australia’s iconic Nullarbor Plain and back to Melbourne.

We have no time constraints so we will be governed by the weather more than anything else.  The best time to see Antarctica is from December on.   The only time we can travel above the Arctic Circle in Alaska is July/August.  We want to avoid winter in Europe so we’ll re-prep the bike and head south towards the Equator as soon as we can.

We estimate this adventure will take up to 18 months.

So let’s go.

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  1. Murray Gominsek on said:

    Hi guys – thank you for a great read and all the great ideas. I look forward to meeting up with you both in October, here in QLD.

  2. Hello Brian.

    I met you recently on a BMW club ride to Castlemaine. I was the one on the yellow R1150gs It turns out that We have some mutual friends including My late Father. I was unaware when I met You that You are a Police Member as was My Father.

    Hope to hear from You

    Ian

  3. Sam Toms on said:

    Hi!
    I have just read about you on Horizons Unlimited and I was wondering if you can help me. I am looking to ship my bike either into either Lima or Valparaiso and was wondering about your experience shipping into Chile? Did you travel on a carnet? Who did you use as a shipping agent? My agent is trying to help me by letting me pay all my costs here in Aus before I go but that is about $1800 on top of freight costs for all the clearances, customs and import. Is that anything like you paid to get you bike in? I would appreciate any help you can give me (samtoms@yahoo.com). Thanks in advance and best of luck on your travels. Cheers Sam

  4. Not long now. I hope the border crossings in Australia are a bit simpler than the last years.

  5. Dave Lampard on said:

    Hello sore bums. My BM’S are stuck in the garage, bloody work. If you ever get back to Aus let me know your mailing address and I will send you a copy of the WAPU Centenary Book Fruits of our Labour.

    Regards

    Dave Lampard

  6. Tassie Richo on said:

    G’day Rixy and Shirley. Not jealous at all!! Hope you are both well and enjoying the world. I tried to talk Stephen into taking the Enfield on the wall to wall ! No luck there.
    Catch ya when you get back.

    Richo (Tas)

  7. Liz Jansen on said:

    It was wonderful getting to know you at Horizons Unlimited’s travelers meeting. How cool that friends from around the world can converge in a farmer’s field in Barrie, Ontario! Thanks for your inspiration and friendship! Safe adventures!

  8. David Edmunds on said:

    Brian Rix & Shirley Hardy Rix With Darren James of Radio 3AW Melbourne.
    Trip Interview Audio Posted At this Link

    http://audioboo.fm/jindivik

  9. Chris McColl on said:

    Brian n Shirley you are living everyones dream, adventure before dementia just love the crosses you do with 3aw on sunday mornings, the story about the bear encounter was great this morning. Keep enjoying so we can all listen in to your adventures. Chris

  10. Peter Callaway on said:

    Hello Brian and Shirley,

    Suzanne ran into our bedroom this morning and said Rixy was on the radio. Suzanne has been enjoying listening to Shirley talking to Red Symonds during the morning radio program and keeps me updated about your wonderful adventures. We have both recently obtained our motor cycle licences and one day may be able to take a ride with you both. It is great to hear that you are having such a fantastic experience. Safe travels and look after yourselves.

    Kind Regards

    Peter & Suzanne Callaway

  11. David Edmunds on said:

    Brian Rix Shirley Hardy Rix Valdez Alaska 19/8/12 with Darren James of Radio 3AW Melbourne Australia.

    http://audioboo.fm/boos/925747-brian-rix-shirley-hardy-rix-valdez-alaska-19-8-12

  12. Ian & Shaddy on said:

    Hi Brian & Shirley,

    We are thoroughly enjoying your regular reports. Hear you had a meeting with a grizzly. At least you could ride away. Shaddy says she has to live with one.

    Have a good safe journey,
    Ian.

  13. David Edmunds on said:

    Brian Rix Shirley Hardy Rix @ Smithers BC Canada 22/7/12
    Sunday morning interview with Darren James of Radio www.3aw.com.au

    http://audioboo.fm/boos/893482-brian-rix-shirley-hardy-rix-smithers-bc-canada-22-7-12

  14. David Edmunds on said:

    Brian Rix & Shirley Hardy Rix with Greg Neufeldt 15/7/12
    Darren James Interview www.3aw.com.au

    http://audioboo.fm/boos/886124-www-aussiesoverland-com-au

  15. I so enjoyed coming back to my GSA in the Seattle ferry line and finding yours, then guiding you to see Chief See-alth’s grave and the rebuilt longhouse and totems where his Suquamish people still live, with a beautiful view of 14,400′ Mount Rainier (known as Tahoma or Tacopid by the First Nations peoples meaning “She who gives us the waters.”), by this part of the Salish sea now known as Puget Sound.

    Be alert! And I hope you find a good IPA wherever you roost :)

    Cheers,
    Tom Starr

  16. David Edmunds on said:

    Have a good coffee and meeting with Greg Neufeldt in Victoria This Morning.

  17. William Robinson on said:

    My Friends, Jack, Steve and I met you at the Cascadia Inn Cafe, Skykomish,Washinton, today 1st of July. I had the White/Black Victory. Was Great meeting and chatting with you. Would appreciate it if you could give me the times and stations for your broadcast again, so I can have my friend tune in.
    Thank you and have a wonderful trip.
    Bill

    • David Edmunds on said:

      You can hear aussies overland on http://www.3aw.com.au/ with Darren James Sunday mornings between 9.30 & 10.00 am usually @ 9.45 am Melbourne Australia Time.

  18. James and Tammy on said:

    Howdy! great meeting you at Tynda, offer stands always to stay over on your way up or down the coast.

  19. Phil Edge on said:

    Hi Rixy & Shirl,
    Sounds like you are having a ball (again!) Can’t wait for the next book.
    Stay safe,
    Phil Edge

  20. CaseyH on said:

    Great meeting you in Oregon :)

    feel free to email if you need anything when passing through Redding, CA area.

  21. Justin on said:

    Great fun meeting you guys at Bend Brewing Co. for Happy Hour last night. I’d love to stay in touch and see your part of the world some day :)

    Justin

  22. Keith Wingate on said:

    Brian / Shirley,

    Met at the Vagabond in Bishop inflating my brother’s truck tire.

    It ocurrs to me that I am in Petaluma, Ca until early AM of 6/25. Petaluma is about 40 miles North of San Francisco on Highway 101. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you need a meal or some assistance.

    Regards,
    Keith

  23. bballard@ diamondsurgicalproducts.com on said:

    Hello from Carson City.
    Nice to meet you folks. VC should be interesting. Boom town gold mining places are yet another thing Aussies and Western Americans have in common. Sorry to interrupt your dinner; but hey, we had fun.
    Our hopes are with you for a safe trip.
    Bill and Diana

  24. ricardo posada on said:

    hello friends, from bogota, ricardo Dann hotels, i hope yours ok….best regards

  25. ricardo posada on said:

    hello friens from bogota, i hope you stay ok…beste regards Ricardo Fron Dann Hotels

  26. Turk on said:

    Found your site via BMWVIC….I’m not surprised you are on the road again…I have fond memories..Turk

  27. Ron DiNicola on said:

    To my new friends from Australia…..
    I will call them Brian the “critical thinker” & “The great Aussie lady” Shirley

    Only you would understand how you got the new nicknames :-)

    As you may have guessed this is Ron from that little old watering hole called The Stagecoach Inn, Aguanga California.I hope those travel sites I recommended to you work out as planned.

    I just want you to know that your names came up today and we toasted to your safe journey around the world.

    I want you to know that after you left, some of the people are now speaking a different language at the bar. Now they walk around and say ” No Worries mate, good day”. Now my Australian hat is more fashionable at the bar.

    Have a safe trip, I know you will, cause your a critical thinker mate.

    Keep in touch.

    Ron

  28. Greg and Stacey on said:

    Hi Brian and Shirley,

    When you make it to British Columbia, send me a note…I would be honoured to show you around Vancouver Island a bit..it is a great place to see….

    Greg

    • Greg and Stacey on said:

      Forgot to mention that I live in Victoria, here on Vancouver Island. It is only a 1.5 hour ferry ride. There are three ferries, the one to catch is Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, best for scenery through Active Pass.

  29. Mike & Dave on said:

    Hey Brian & Shirl,

    just got your message on Horizon’s, hope we can meet you guys along the way.

    Good luck & safe travels!

    Mike

  30. Pete & Helen (Phetlern) on said:

    Hi there B&S,

    Like others we’ve been following you on 774. We will be in Seattle (11/5)and heading to Denver via Rocky Mountains 16/5 to 3/6.
    Wondering if our paths might cross – would be kool!

    Pete & Helen.
    (reply via email – phetlern@bigpond.com)

  31. betty carr on said:

    hello from bernie and betty carr xx following you on 3AW

  32. Linda S. Lott on said:

    Brian and Shirley,

    It was great to meet you at Tijex. I wish you all the best on the rest of your adventures.
    May your roads be smooth and your beer cold.

    Linda S/V Rainbowrider.

  33. Dermie on said:

    Hello Shirley and Brian, I am enjoying following your travels via Red on 774.
    Thinking about you today, we had the kids at school singing “From Little Things” and they were retelling the story in their own special way. Might be something we can build on, upon your return.

    cheers

    Dermie

  34. Biddy on said:

    Hi from Tas guys! Can’t say how envious I am, glad you guys are enjoying it and thanks for sharing it with us on the way! Hope to catch up when you return, don’t rush though! Take care, Justin + Kate.

  35. Doug on said:

    Just heard Shirley on 3LO with Red. Pages like yours are addictive. There are so many people living their dream by motorcycling across parts of the world. Enjoy your travelling and create memories for the future. I’ll follow you now.

  36. Anne Forbes on said:

    Hey Shirley,
    Last time I caught up with you was when you had just returned from your last jaunt. Glad to see you are still as outrageous as ever. I retire in a couple of years and will probably do what you are doing but in a van. I spent time in the States teaching and drove through nearly every state in a Chevy van (Canada too). Loved that freedom. Enjoy your journey!

  37. Dinge on said:

    Enjoy the trip…will be listening to your update on 3AW this morning

  38. VB, Richo + Gary & Louise Bryant on said:

    Hey guys, just wanted to say hi. Gave the Bryant’s your website address so that they can also follow your journey! We are at the local races today with a hospitality package so thought would touch base early on. Will definitely think about Morocco. Will speak on Skype soon. Xxxx

  39. Roland Rocchiccioli on said:

    Shirley and Brian -
    I heard you on the wirelss – it was wonderful. I am so envious. Enjoy! The crooks in Melbourne are having a wonderful time not that Brian’s not chasing them.
    Love to you both
    RR

  40. Cooge n Em on said:

    Don’t like reading all this….
    You are having too good a time.
    Thanks guys for making it hard to convince CMcP 4WD trip with me would be the best way to travel.

    Em

  41. Mac.Trilford on said:

    Howdo from Kiwiland. Great to keep up with your travels. Heard from Bernd & Heidi and to know you hooked up with them. hope all still goes well as it does here. Happy New Year anyway,
    Love Mac.T.

  42. Alice (Dale COOPER - AFP & Blue Knights AUS) on said:

    Brian and Shirl, Hope you had a great and enlightening Christmas and New Year experience over there in SA. Stay safe and “ride with pride”.

  43. Ton Zuidema on said:

    Brian and Shirley, You can get the tyres in Rio Gallegos. If you enter the town from ushuaia and drive straight into the town on the left side there are two shops. Both of the same company. They do Honda yamaha. Good Shop. Have a nice ride.
    Greatings Ton Zuidema

  44. Mike & Ross on said:

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Brian & Shirl, Good to see the trip is going well. We all miss you here in Melb.

    Thinking of you

    Mike & Rosslyn

  45. Liz Gibbons on said:

    Looks as though you guys are having a wonderful time. Happy Christmas and hope your travels are good in 201 xx

  46. Greg Neufeldt on said:

    If you come through Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island be sure to look me up and I will take you for a ride through some nice areas here….

  47. Brian and Shirley :) I’m the girl you met in Punta Arenas in the tour to the pingüineras!
    Now I’m home in Guadalajara, México.
    I was studying in Santiago the last semester and I fell in love with Chile. It was for me the last trip before I had to come back and I had the best time.
    Now I can say that just when you think that you are traveling alone, it’s when you end up not alone at all. That the people that you meet while you travel are the ones that mark your trip somehow. Your story and dreams that you are making true are inspiring, I’m sure that you will have the best time and you will spread your commitment and courage to many people.
    Good luck, I’ll be checking how your trip it’s going.
    A big hug from Mexico :) , Cynthia.

  48. Klaus and Tim on said:

    Hey Brian and Shirley,
    finally some news from the two Germans Klaus and Tim … We made it to Ushuaia and are now already back home after some days in beautiful Santiago. You must have reached the end of the world by now, I suppose, and get ready for Christmas and New Years.

    We wish you save travels and always a piece of good salmon on the way (as good as the one in La Junta were we had the pleasure to spend a wonderful evening with you).

    Hope to meet you gain some time!

    Happy holidays!
    Klaus & Tim

  49. good to hear you on radio with Darren yesterday Brian sounds like an awesome holiday love to shirley
    Glad I had to pleasure of knowing you both from the old Roy Boy days
    looking forward to more updates with Darren

  50. Great hearing you Brian on radio yesterday with Darren good to hear all is well have a awesome time glad I had the pleasure of knowing you both from the old Roy Boy days love to shirley

  51. Colin James on said:

    Hi Guys
    Great to hear everything is ticking along – it sounds almost as exciting as life here in Toolamba. Maybe catch you in Texas. Keep safe.
    cj

  52. dennis on said:

    hey guys
    have a great adventure, look forward to hearing all about it on your return, just like last time at rotary,
    just rode the harley across the nullabor , pert to melbourne, very iconic, did not realise that australia was so big!

    regards
    dennis
    camberwell rotary club

  53. Pauline on said:

    Hi Brian and Shirl
    Our sons (Brad and Aaron) are also on motorbikes travelling through Sth America. Last we heard, they were travelling north, heading for San Pedro in Chile. If you see them, say hi. You never know – the world is not such a big place.
    Safe travels.

  54. Hey there Brian & Shirl – love the on-going tales of the “motor cycle diaries”, very much enjoyed the tales in TPA monthly rag a couple of years back when we were in the same occupation Brian. Good on you guys, stay safe and enjoy the ride just as we will enjoy the updates of your adventures on this web site and on the radio. Rgds John

  55. Steve cunningham on said:

    Hi Brian,
    Is this the correct place to post you a message?
    There is a petrol station in El Chalten across from the bus station.
    I saw a car filling up but no idea what the supply is like.
    How were the flamingos?
    Steve

  56. Helen G on said:

    Hi Guys

    I have been lstening to your calls through on AW. Stay safe and enjoy your adventure.

    Helen

  57. Sonia Villani on said:

    HI Guys
    hope all is well. Just Thinking of you both. Looks like an amazing experience.

    Sonia and Peter Villani
    Pompeos

  58. Vic Hussey on said:

    Hi Brian, getting together the the WA guys from this years Wall to Wall on Friday night. We have planned another little trip for 40 in June, (on top of the ride to Canberra), we are riding from Derby to Kununurra on Postie Bikes. I should be an adventure, but not quite in your league!! Stay safe. Regards Vic Hussey WAPOL

  59. Good luck guys! Take care and have lots of fun.
    All the best from Jo and Dan

  60. Great to hear your story today and updates on 3aw Darren James You are now living your Dream and retired I am still part of the 9 to 5 and I am 65 Keep those stories rolling in I have a 2006 Harley and I wish I was travelling along

  61. Dutchy and kaz on said:

    Brian and Shirls,
    Hope you are travelling well.
    Just want to thank you for your support over the years.
    Looking forward to checking in every so often to seee where you are at.

  62. Hi Shirley
    Love hearing about your travels through Brian and Darren James on 693 (3AW). Frank would be so proud of you, telling your story and doing what you want to do (“bugger the rest of them”). Have a great time and come back safey.
    Best regards
    Sandra (“Who shot George Kirkland” in Carringbush 1981-1983)

  63. Hi Shirley, Frank would be so proud of you, as you’re doing what you want to do and telling everyone about it. Hope you come back safely. Love listening to Darren James on 693.
    Kind regards
    Sandra (Carringbush 1981-1983)

  64. Great to hear the regular updates on 3AW with Darren James. Makes me want to fire up the single cyclinder GS and get out and about.

  65. Steve Wilson on said:

    Can’t believe you guys are well on the way. Pics and stories are great. I am jealous and so is my missus. Love to do it myself but think my Road King will need to be changed for something more practical. Enjoy the trip.

  66. Wish I was there riding with you guys.

    Stay safe and enjoy!

    Spike.

  67. I’m green with envy. Hope this trip is as successful as the last one. Can’t wait for the book. Hey Shirley, how’s the navigation going?

  68. Dave Moulds (BKAUS1) on said:

    Hope you have another happy and safe adventure Brian, and we will see you in the west as you come through next time.

  69. Bertina Egan on said:

    Dear shirley and brian, Fantastic to hear you on Red’s program on 774 early this morning. I will be following with great interest your long journey and in the future look forward to another great book on all your adventures. Will catch up with you when you both return.

  70. Great to see your on way guys.
    The boys love hearing about your trip.
    We’ve got your map in the toilet.

  71. Batwoman on said:

    hey, good on’ya!
    Can’t you take Nic Watson along. He NEEDS a tree-change!

  72. Tassie Gav on said:

    Gday Brian and Shirl,
    Looking fwd to following the journey, cant wait until my mid fifties…. not long to go…..

  73. Karl David on said:

    Well done guys. Watch out for Orange Penguins.

  74. Good to hear the update this morning with darren on 3AW.

  75. Col Birch on said:

    Looking forward to reading your tales tall over the next 18 months, keep living the dream.

    Take care

    Birchy :)

  76. Glen and Simone Jacob on said:

    G’day Brian & Shirl, Simone and I wish you the best in your travels. Gone down the path of a GSA now and its time to take time.
    Good luck

    Glen & Simone

  77. Good to hear an update on 3AW this morning with Darren James.

  78. Louise Boyd on said:

    Heard you this morning talking with Darren on 3AW. Your planned journey over the mountain that has exploded into a volcano gives new meaning to the saying “go with the flow”.
    Loved your first book, look forward to following this one, then hopefully read about it.
    Travel safely.
    Louise

  79. Kerry and Chopper on said:

    Hope all’s going well so far and we’ll be keeping constant tabs on you! Had a great trip to Menindee Lakes in van. Stay safe and ENJOY!
    Kerry and Chopper, Gus and Maggie xx

  80. Vanessa Cordne on said:

    Hi Brian and Shirley, its Ness, (Frank Banghams sister) I will be following your trip, its a great thing to do.Hope everything goes well for you. Good luck.

  81. Adam and Lisa Smibert on said:

    Hey guys, heard you today on 3aw. Hope you get your bike soon but sounds like you are in a nice part of the world anyway. It’s great Darren is supporting your adventure and we look forward to following your amazing trip. Stay safe. We’ll keep in touch. Smurf and Lisa.

  82. Heard you this morning talking to Darren James on 3AW.
    Ocean Grove Victoria Australia

  83. I can see that I am going to get addicted to this website. I am already looking forward to reading about your journey every day. Take care and safe travels. I think you will be in trouble from the “retired” graffic designer on your return, so take your time and enjoy “Living the Dream”

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