Bill (Billy d) de Garis was born in England, grew up in New Zealand and spent several years travelling around the world. First on a 250cc Jawa motorbike from Sydney, Australia through India, Afghanistan and Iran to England; then an epic journey in an old Morris Isis shooting-brake (running mostly on bald tyres salvaged from rubbish dumps around London) together with two New Zealand friends on their honeymoon.
The journey started in London, went across the Sahara desert and darkest Africa and ended up in Kenya. He now lives in Port Moody, a city-suburb of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. He has been writing short stories and poetry since the late 1960’s. He is better known as an off-road motorcycle competitor in East Africa (seven times Kenya motorcycle champion) but also raced on tarseal - in India and Sri Lanka he won several roadraces including the Air India Grand Prix in Bombay (now Mumbai). He is also the first person to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340ft) on a motorbike (250cc CZ). He now competes on a Vertigo Trials motorbike in the US National Trials Championship.
He has written the five novels in the 2020 series.
It’s been two-thousand and twenty new years with the seemingly never-ending snow and ice of winter and the burning bleaching extreme heat of summer.
The Family controls everything. Everyone lives in peace and comfort indoors, and the settlements bloom.
But, there’s something going on in the Wild...
We follow Wally and his girlfriend Rangi in New Zealand as they try to stay alive in the post apocolyptic world brought on by the earth being hit by a large meteorite.
Then we fast forward to the year 400, 1000 years into the future and find a very different world.
This novel is based in part on some of the authors adventures on his travels back in the late 1950’s up through to the present day.
A new group of friends this time in Europe starts their journey away from the ice and snow of winter and into Africa in search of warmth. First the Sahara then darkest Africa and finally the dawn at the tree where man was born.
In book one of this series a meteor strike triggered a nuclear war and its parent meteorite passed so close to the earth it changed the earths seasons.
Civilisation was destroyed.
A group of friends survived the first "ice age" winter in British Columbia in Canada by travelling on motorbikes to Baja, now they have to walk back to BC to escape the extreme heat of the northern summer.
In the near future a meteor has helped man to destroy civilization with nuclear missiles. To avoid the coming ice-age winter, a small group of friends are travelling on motorbikes from the Pacific Northwest of North America south to the warmer climate of Baja Mexico. Join PJ, Kacie, Jeff, Mike and their friends as they fight their way south.