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From The Arctic to The Andes by Bicycle

November 15, 2018
7:00 pm
Marin Museum of Bicycling

Join us for our Speaker Series #20, a special evening with James Polack and Margit Pirsch. James is a seasoned world traveler who has logged more miles on a bicycle than most ever will by plane. James has crossed 34 countries and pedaled more than 75,000 miles. On a bicycle the traveler sees, hears, feels, tastes, and smells every mile . . . savoring the experience with the soul. James has embraced this lifestyle since the early 90’s. His first tour was a transcontinental adventure from Anacortes Washington to Bar Harbor Maine, south to New York City and west again to St. Louis Missouri, where winter finally forced him back home. His annual pilgrimage from Marin County to San Diego has only been interrupted by illness, or multi year tours of Europe and the Americas. Margit Pirsch has been an intrepid global traveler ranging from Australia to building sustainable nurseries in Borneo to Thailand, Moscow, India, eastern and western Europe most of her life. Her most extreme expedition was a 30 day self supported no-sherpa trek through the Himalayas viewing Everest from across the glaciers at Gokyo Ri at 19,700 feet elevation. Travel feeds Margit's soul and staying too long in one place numbs the soul and inspires further adventure. Margit traded in her backpack and skis for a bicycle in 2002 and not until 2009 did she meet someone crazy enough to match her wanderlust. James and Margit have set about to minimize the global scale one country at a time. Their initial expedition was from the Arctic Circle to the Antarctic ocean. James and Margit are currently planning an expedition from Capetown South Africa to Ulaanbaatar Mongolia and beyond. Margit and James will share their experiences & photos of the tour of the Americas. They will enthusiastically explain what long distance bike touring is all about with a few unique stories of life on the road. Interested in bike touring? The mechanics and logistics will be explained, including gear, mechanics, weather, health etc. And yes, there will be stats . . . and their bikes. Tickets can be purchased in advance through our Eventbrite listing at, at the Marin Museum of Bicycling (11-5 Thursdays-Sundays) and a limited number will be available at the door the evening of the event unless it's sold out. Advance purchase is recommended. All proceeds benefit the Marin Museum of Bicycling. Not a member yet? Joining or renewing is easy: click here. We hope to see you Thursday evening, November 15. Doors open at 6:15 PM; show starts at 7:00 PM. Seating is limited, and advance tickets do not reserve seats, so please arrive early to get your seat and to enjoy museum displays. Bring your tickets (paper or e-confirmation) for faster check-in. Refreshments will be available starting at 6:15. Thank you! ***Tickets will be available at the door until showtime unless/until the show is sold out. Please arrive before 6:30 PM, to have the best chance to get a seat. Online ticket sales end at 5:00 PM the day of the show. ***


Marin Museum of Bicycling

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