We have found out over many years of travel that you can't help coming across fellow Aussies in the most unexpected places. "Shirley Hardy-Rix" she says, extending a hand after hearing me utter 2 syllables at our hotel in Volgograd. She and husband Brian are on their way to Vladivostock by bike, having already done the Americas from one end to the other, and the same for Africa, and much more. Serial adventurers, these two.
Have a look at this: http://www.aussiesoverland.com.au/
It was great to catch up over dinner and swap travel info and road stories. Brian and Shirley write books about their travels and are regulars at the Adventure Travel Film Festival held each year at Bright, Victoria. Rex Hewett and I went in 2014.