HU Travellers Meeting California 2014


Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting

Thursday Sept. 25 - Sunday Sept. 28, 2014 - Yosemite, California

It's All About Overland Adventure

Whether you're a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn't matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle, or drive an expedition vehicle...

Horizons Unlimited meetings are for everyone who dreams of adventure along the road less travelled.

Horizons Unlimited California Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Thursday, Sept. 25 to Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. NOTE the earlier dates!

The Registration Tent will open for check-ins at Noon on Thursday, Sept. 25, with the first presentations beginning at 2 pm. The event will draw to a close at Noon on Sunday, Sept. 28.

Over the course of the event there'll be talks, demonstrations, workshops, Q&A's, challenges and competitions, with many presentations being repeated so you won't miss out.

As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventure from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey, navigation, first-aid, photography, filming and a host of other essential topics. Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there's something for everyone.

Event schedule will be posted here a week before the event - always subject to change!

Presenters at HU California 2014 include...

Alex Chacon.

Alex Chacón

The Modern Motorcycle Diaries - behind the scenes and details to this endeavour

The Modern Motorcycle Diaries, a new venture of Motorcycle Adventure Travel into the 21st century through the digital media space. What riding around the world is all about in this modern day and age, from riding from Alaska to Argentina in 500 days, adventuring on Harley-Davidson's first electric motorcycle #ProjectLivewire, C90 scooter adventure through Morocco and souks, Royal Enfield through India to the highest motorable road in the world and more.

Alex Chacon, Modern Motorcycle Diaries.

An exploration of inspiration from Alex Chacon, a 26 year old medical student who sold all his belongings 3 years ago to ride around the world in the most creative, motivational way possible while sharing it through the social space and Youtube to create a world wide movement, generating millions of YouTube views and followers while helping a good cause in the process.

Alex Chacon.

Alex is a 26 year old video producer, Youtube talent, writer and photographer who has ridden 200,000 KM by motorcycle to 40+ countries.

Seb Leeson.Kim Leeson.

Seb and Kim Leeson, Belgium

110 days of off-road through the ex-USSR

From the HUBB UK to Tajikistan with a small detour into Mongolia... 4 months off the road with Suzuki DRZ's to central Asia... A story full of adventures that will take you from Siberia and the Russian bikers over the vast plains of Mongolia with the horse races, to a wedding in the steppes of Kazakhstan to end high up into the Pamir mountains of Tajikistan without food or water... A true epic adventure full of interesting people, places and stories off the beaten track!

Seb and Kim are experienced overlanders that have done several multiple months trips in the past all around Europe and Asia with their motorcycles. They have been presenting at several HU meetings and now they are on a RTW journey with a 4x4.

Seb Leeson.

Jeremy Kroeker.

Jeremy Kroeker, Canada

Through Dust and Darkness - KLR through Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Jeremy Kroeker is a Mennonite with a motorcycle. When his seemingly unflinching faith in a Christian worldview begins to shift, Kroeker hops on his bike to seek answers from another perspective. After shipping his ride to Europe, Kroeker discovers that the machine wobbles back and forth worse than his own opinions about spirituality. Still, he carries on, oscillating through Europe—Germany, Austria, Croatia, Albania—and into the Middle East - Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and, ultimately, Iran.

Jeremy Kroeker.

Jeremy Kroeker is the award-winning author of two books, "Motorcycle Therapy" and "Through Dust and Darkness." With his motorcycle, he has traveled to nearly 30 countries while managing to do at least one outrageously stupid thing in every one. He has evaded police in Egypt, tasted teargas in Israel, scrambled through minefields in Bosnia and Lebanon, and wrangled a venomous snake in Austria. One time he got a sliver in El Salvador.

Steven Kirk.

Steven Kirk, Perth to Perth

This trip started in Perth Scotland through 19 countries and 28,600 km across Europe, Asia and into Australia, finishing in Perth WA.

"I'm now at an age where I don't care too much about work as its only there to pay for my adventures and beer... or preferably wine. It was on such a wine tasting excursion to my fridge one night that got to thinking about such things as... how difficult was it for the pioneers who first came to Australia. How hard would it be to go overland and other such nonsense. My third glass of Sauvignon blanc produced a great idea. Why not take a trip from Perth to Perth on a Triumph Tiger of course.

Then I woke up next day and realised it was a plan and everyone knew..."

Perth to Perth.


Mirko & Claudia Nagler

2AR- the Challenge to Support Kids!

A challenge to Support Kids in Latin America. 2 People, 2 Bikes, 1 photostudio, One Mission - Be in the Road, Support Kids, Learn the World!

We are 37 & 33 years young, and in our first Big Journey. We are doing the whole of the Americas with two V-Stroms and a mobile photo studio. Our Journey is for a good cause - 2AR- the Challenge to Support Kids!

We Love and live traveling. The Journey will need 18 Months, we started in NY on May 10, 2014. We quit our jobs, sold our home and here we are!

Alex Conrad.

Alex Conrad

There is another choice!

Burned out but inspired by 'Jupiters Travels', 30-year old engineer Alex quit his job and left everything behind to travel more than 65.000 km across 26 countries in Europe and Asia.

Alex Conrad.

Ignoring the messages in his head constantly telling him that he'd never ridden a bike before and why it was impossible to do, Alex rode across Southern Europe, the Balkans, Greece into Turkey and Iran. In Bulgaria he stored his bike, flew back to Germany and earned some money to continue his own 'Motorcycle-Therapy' as soon as possible.

After attending the HU-meeting in Germany Summer 2013, he hopped on his bike again and travelled 16000 km across Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine) into Russia to the Ural Mountains to visit his girl friend. Across the Wolga to Volgograd and over the Caucasus into Georgia and Armenia. He returned to Germany to take up a very good job offer - "I want to try working as an engineer again after 3 years as a vagabond."

Danell Lynn.

Danell Lynn

From Black Tie to Black Top - High fashion designer, motorcycle riding adventure traveler and philanthropist!

1 woman, 1 bike, 1 year...all 50 states. The planning, preparation, philanthropy on the road and the adventure to come!

Danell will leave HU California for a year on the road by motorcycle, through all 50 states and parts of Canada. Sticking to the backroads and scenic routes, camping along the way, hitting the national parks and so much more. Taking a look into her own backyard and experiencing North America and the raw nature it has to offer!

Danell Lynn on the Million Dollar Highway, Colorado.

She will be departing on the weekend of International Day of Peace - a fitting departure for this world traveler and humanitarian. Danell has traveled to over 43 countries and created humanitarian projects in orphanages and hospital on 3 continents. Author of Philanthropic Wanderlust, she will be taking the young readers edition to schools and groups of children throughout the year long adventure, helping to inspire youth for adventure and philanthropy!

Carla King.

Carla King

Awesome Baja!

Carla writes: "We've been 4x4/motorcycling/boating in Baja lately and it's awesome." More details TBA.

Carla King in Baja California.

Paul Mondor.

Paul 'The Iceman' Mondor. BRRRRR!

20,000 miles of ice, fear, smiles on the rides of a lifetime. -61, oncoming rigs and 'Elk Take out Lunch'. Don't ask!

Two Cross Canada Winter crossings on two wheels. 20,000 miles of ice, temperatures that reached -61C in Labrador, White outs, roads closed by avalanches, and life threatening cross winds and incoming rigs mixed with breath taking scenery that can only be experienced from behind the visor. Experience the laughs, tears and everything in between. This could quickly sum up these now well known treks. "Why?", is the question that comes to mind. Why not has always been his answer. Listen to a speech that might just make you want to put on Arctic riding suit and discover something you did not know or want to know existed. Riding in winter is fun. No! Really! it is.

Paul Mondor.

Paul Mondor has travelled extensively across the Americas. North, South, Central. Always on his motorcycle. He also has a thing for riding in extreme winter conditions. Hence, 'Iceman'. Paul says: "The hardest to do, the scariest, the more you can count me in. I am a mix of Nut. warrior, clown at times and merciless enthusiast."

Wynne Benti.

Wynne Benti, True Grit GS

The Big Sky Country and more...

Fruits, nuts & seeds: 740 miles in a day

Join Wynne for this scenic solo ride and hot springs soak from 40th anniversary celebration of the Stanley Stomp Rally in Grandjean, Idaho to California, powered by black mission figs and pepitas.

Wynne Benti.

The Big Sky Country

A photographic compilation of motorcycle rides through Montana and Wyoming, from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone.

Wynne Benti.

Wynne has received BEST Magazine feature awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of California for articles in RoadRunner and BMW On Magazine. Years before learning to ride, she has climbed over 800 peaks in the West, including Baja, Alaska and Japan and was the 105th person to complete the Sierra Club's Desert Peaks list of 100 classic desert mountains from El Picacho del Diablo in Baja to the summit of Weaver's Needle in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona.

Billy and Stacie Benedict.

Billy Benedict

Oregon Back Country Discovery Route

Ride the Trails of the O.B.D.R. This is to include photo's and complete pre/post prep and consequences of riding out on the open range. Billy plans to ride sections of the O.B.D.R. prior to the HU California event. His presentation will include Prep and packing for the adventure, documenting the ride itself and a post summary of what went right and wrong. He'll share ideas of what to expect for future riders and type of bike best to use on what sections of the trail that he rode.

Billy Benedict.


Baja - Don't be afraid, go South and have Fun!

"I have ridden Baja, Mx. 3 times and 1 of those was as a tour guide. People have a belief it is dangerous but with the right attitude and safety perspective it is quite safe and fun. See photo's of the rides,prep,and local dining. The people of Baja are a friendly lot if you mind your business and have a smile on your face. Visit the missions,camp on the beaches, enjoy the roadside Food vendors. The roads are narrow,the drivers can be dangerous but with knowledge of what to expect you can be better prepared to explore Baja. Don't want to go alone? We guide tours of Baja in the winter months."

Billy Benedict at beach bar.

Billy crossed over from Sport Touring to Dual Sport Riding in 2009. He always wanted to see what was down that gravel, dirt, bumpy road. For the past 8 years he has averaged 25K miles seeing the country side of America, B.C. and Baja Mx. Billy and Stacie started Oregon Dual Sport Rental And Adventures 3 years ago in hopes of passing this great adventure onto other fellow riders.

Ben Slavin.

Ben Slavin, A Few More Miles

2up through Western Europe - The art of living off cheese and baguettes

Before starting his new job across the country, Ben and his girlfriend jumped on a plane to Luxembourg, borrowed a 1995 BMW K75 motorcycle and spent 3 weeks riding 2up through western Europe. In this presentation Ben shares photos of beautiful European landscapes, amazing roads in the Swiss Alps, following the Tour de France and of course the world's most awkward soap dispenser...


I Wish I'd Known That! Advice for motorcycling the Americas

If you are preparing to ride south of the border, this is a must see presentation. Ben shares a selection of stories from his rides through Latin America. Expect lots of Laughs, a bunch of WOWs, a few Oh My Gods and at least one This Is So Damn Embarrassing, I Can't Believe He's Telling This Story In Public... Learn from Ben's successes and misadventures as you prepare for next big ride south of the border.

Ben Slavin.

Basic Spanish for Riding The Americas - dos cervezas y una baño

No Spanish? No problem! Six months before Ben Slavin left for Mexico, he didn't speak a lick of Spanish. In this presentation Ben will help prepare you for your ride south of the Border. Learn how to build your vocabulary fast, the best way to ask for directions, how to read road signs, important motorcycle terminology and country varieties.

Ben Slavin has ridden extensively throughout Latin America and produced several motorcycle documentaries including the popular and In addition to filmmaking, Ben continues to develop other tools for overland travelers such as and When he's not riding around the world, he can be found working in the Bay Area and saving every penny for his next big ride. Check out to keep up with his travels.

Sandy, Terry and Jack Borden.

Sandy, Terry and Jack Borden, Adventure Trio

Making the Choice to Flee

We are a motorcycling family of 3 on 2 BMW motorcycles. We've been riding as a family since our son, Jack, was 5 years old. Now, 7 years later, we've made the decision to sell the house, flee the usual, and head to South America.

This was a choice we made as a family, knowing that if we didn't do it now, then when? Some changes have been easier than expected, some a bit more of a challenge. At the end of the day, we can look at each other and know that we made the right decision. It's time for us to write our next chapter while showing Jack the world beyond the usual.

Bordens - Great Divid or Bust!

Nicole Espinosa.

Nicole Espinosa, Rugged Rider

The Ultimate Backyard Adventure

Constraints keeping you from launching out on your RTW? No worries, you can have the ultimate adventure right here in our own backyard.

Nicole Espinosa.

Longing to do that RTW that you've always dreamt about? Is time, commitments, funds, and even kids keeping you from being able to wander too far from home base? Not to worry, my friends, because I too share the same parameters... for now. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful country with completely diverse landscape just a stone's throw, or day ride away.

I'll share three gorgeous loops around Oregon and the west coast, Arizona and the Grand Canyon via Sedona, and the four corner Southwestern states. All of these journeys boast some of the best riding and scenery in the nation. Also, come find out some great tips on researching neat local treasures, or flying by the seat of your pants with no plans and maintaining an open road mind. And, don't forget about adventure mods and gear that'll make solo riding a breeze.

Nicole Espinosa.

Nicole's adventurous spirit was ignited at a young age through backpacking the length of the Sierras as a teenager. Freedom was the word of the decade of her twenties as it became obvious that she had to learn how to ride a motorcycle to get to work when her Alfa Romeo spider kept breaking down. Married in her thirties, she then took a short sabbatical from riding to raise kids until they were old enough to understand that mommy loves life and has to live it! After starting her own aftermarket accessories business Rugged Rider, she launched out on solo rides to explore both our North American backyard and her soul the past six years. Nicole now juggles the managing editor position at Adventure Motorcycle magazine, her business Rugged Rider, a monthly column at Midwest Motorcyclist, and co-coordinates Horizons Unlimited California.

Christopher P Baker.

Chris Baker

Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba

Discover the allure of Cuba—the forbidden isle—on 9- and 15-day tours with MotoDiscovery. Join renowned travel writer, National Geographic photographer, and motojournalist Christopher P Baker (author of Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba) as he regales his 7,000-mile journey through Cuba by R100GS and profiles MotoDiscovery's exciting group tours.

Cuban cars photographed by Chris Baker.

Chris Baker is the foremost expert on Cuba travel and in 2013 led the first group motorcycle tours of Cuba for U.S. citizens since the 1959 Revolution. MotoDiscovery is the only U.S. company operating group motorcycle programs licensed by the U.S. government.

Grant and Susan Johnson.

Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

How it all began. The story of Grant and Susan's 11-year trip around the world, without a plan or a clue!

Way back in 1987, before the Internet, two young and naive Canadians set out from Vancouver to ride around the world on a motorcycle. The plan (and budget) was for 3 years, but it didn't quite work out that way!

Grant Johnson on pipe bridge in Peru.

Grant crossing a river on a pipe bridge in Peru

11+ years later, they finally made it, through 50 countries - Europe, Africa, New Zealand, Australia, North and South America, with a side trip to Antarctica! Hundreds of great pics and some amazing stories!

Confirmed presenters (topics TBA) include...

  Ted Simon.
Ted Simon

Educational Sessions

Because Horizons Unlimited events are about informing, not just inspiring, we also have a great lineup of educational sessions for you...


Bill Ellison.

Bill Ellison

Motorcycle Recovery Systems - Demonstration and hands-on presentation of setting up simple to complex rope systems to get your bike back up on the road.

What if you have the misfortune of having your bike end up at the bottom of a ditch, 20 ft. off the road? How are you going to get it back up on the road and on your way again? This presentation will give you some techniques on how you can recover your bike.

Motorcycle recovery systems - Bill Ellison.

Beginning with basic equipment, we will demonstrate different rope systems following the KISS Principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid!). The smaller the number of riders in your party, the more you may need to think about carrying some specialized equipment to enable you to set up mechanical advantage systems to double and triple your pulling power.

Motorcycle recovery systems - Bill Ellison.

Bill Ellison is a retired firefighter/paramedic and a technical rescue instructor. Both he and his wife have BMW GS's and enjoy exploring the back roads of the western U.S. Bill has over 30 years of experience teaching rope rescue systems and will demonstrate methods and techniques that can be remembered and used by anyone.

Liz Jansen.

Liz Jansen

Apprenticeship of a Digital Nomad - Lessons on living and working from the road, learned during a 6 week ride through the northwestern US

Although she didn't know it at the time, last year's experiment in living and working from the road would be very useful less than a year later. Originally planning to return to the US southwest this year, she's now planning to ride to Chile during an extended absence with no set return date.

Liz Jansen.

Through stories from the road, Liz will describe what went well, areas of challenge and how she's incorporating her lessons into her current ride—lesson you too can use to become a digital nomad.

Liz Jansen is the creative talent at where she writes, speaks, offer webinars, e-courses, coaching & consulting on inspiring greatness in your business and life. She's the author of Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment and Life Lessons from Motorcycles — Where the Road Meets Spirit.

Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment by Liz Jansen. Life Lessons from Motorcycles by Liz Jansen.

Jimmy Lewis.

Jimmy Lewis

Essential Motorcycle Skills - An on-bike demonstration showing how basic skills lead to high-level safe riding.

Jimmy Lewis shows how the basic motorcycle skills build to make you a safer and more proficient rider. His on-bike demonstration is an interactive experience showing you some simple drills to practice that will elevate your riding experience. From often overlooked instinctive reactions like balance and vision to the simple use of the throttle, brakes and clutch, his techniques change the way you think about riding in challenging situations.

Jimmy Lewis.

Jimmy Lewis is a former professional motorcycle racer who has taken world-wide off-road racing experience and turned it into practical lessons on how to ride and control your motorcycle. His experience of taking out of control situations and putting them in a controlled environment and showing how to practice perfect will help riders of any skill level.

Jimmy Lewis demonstrates balance.

From stage wins and a podium finish in the Dakar Rally to an overall win in the Baja 1000 and Gold Medals in ISDE competition, going fast was only one aspect of Jimmy's racing. Riding many different kinds of bikes in all kinds of conditions built a solid foundation for developing a training curriculum any rider can learn from.

Karen Fritz.

Karen Fritz

Bring It Home! Art of Everyday Adventure

Bring It Home! Art of Everyday Adventure

How do our grand travels teach us to craft our outer map and inner compass for the adventure called Life? HU offers so many great tools and inspirations for grand travels. But what's an Adventurista to do between? Adventuring enriches my life, not only while I'm far from home. It enriches who I am every day – at work, with my family, in my community. Let's share the adventuring tools and inspirations, stories and pictures, that we find uplifting when the Traveler returns!

One of my favorite phrases is "resilience trumps protection." Courage and confidence really come down to where you place your trust when the rubber meets the road. Sure, mitigate the risks you can. But in the end, trust in your ability to rise to a challenge, innovate, and bounce back. Learn, grow, evolve. The only thing that prepares you for a journey – is the journey! Ain't that just like Life?!?

Karen Fritz.

Meditation that Doesn't Suck

Meditation has many benefits – health, being fully present, creativity, undistractable attention – but one size doesn't fit all!

We all choose our ride and love our steed – because it's perfect for us. Other than playful brand-snobbery, we know every rider will find their perfect bike, and we celebrate that it's perfect for them.

Meditation has as many styles of "ride" as there are types of bike, with as many customizations and farkles, too. Take this time to test-ride some different models and actually experience what fits for you. Or what fits you in different times and situations: visualization, focus meditation, sound, contemplation, insight meditation, movement… we'll do a couple minutes of each.

Karen Fritz - the Art of Adventure.

Karen Fritz, author of The Art of Adventure, lives in Colorado with her two teen sons, Porsche, Tiger 800, and yarn stash. She loves twisty canyons and the quiet-in-the-helmet of touring back roads across the west with the smell of sundrenched sage for company, renewing the spirit through the inner adventure.

Carla King.

Carla King

Self-Publishing Your Adventures

For all you budding authors, Carla will run a 2-hour workshop on self-publishing your travel adventures! Get all the information you need to publish your book in print and ebook formats. Learn how to set up your website to sell books. How to distribute your books in online retailers. How to market your books using social media tools, blog tours, mailing list newsletters and media outreach. Especially exciting are very new options this year for easy-to-create full-color ebooks for the iPad and Kindle Fire.

How to Self-Publish Your Book, by Carla King. Self-Publishing Boot Camp, by Carla King.

Carla King is an adventure travel writer who reviews vehicles, gear, and gadgets like motorcycles, stand-up paddleboards, dive equipment, communication systems, helmets, tents, and boots. She's also a self-publishing expert who writes how-to guides, leads workshops and speaks at writing conferences.

Craig and Carol Vetter.

Craig Vetter

50 Years of Motorcycle Design - The fun projects I have been involved with

In 1965 Craig graduated with a degree in Industrial Designer from the University of Illinois. Vetter never took a normal job. He simply designed the things that he wanted, made them and sold them. His work in life has always been "design driven" as opposed to "financially driven" or "marketing driven".

It turns out that the things Craig wanted, others wanted, too. His Windjammer fairing and saddlebags of the 70s created the modern touring motorcycle. By 1977, Vetter had factories in Illinois and California, employing over five hundred people, and had grown to be second in size to Harley-Davidson. Vetter has been awarded over twenty US patents and /or trademarks.

50 years of motorcycle design.

Craig's "Vetter Rocket 3" design of 1969 became the Triumph Hurricane of 1973 and was selected for display in the Guggenheim Museum's "Art of the Motorcycle". Bike Magazine named the Hurricane as one of the "100 best motorcycle designs ever". Other Vetter motorcycle designs include the Bonneville TT, Terraplane sidecar and the Mystery Ship. Vetter scooter designs include the Defiant and Torpedo and a series of Streamliners.

Today, every motorcycle manufacturer features at least one machine in its lineup that is substantially derived from Craig's inventions.

Craig Vetter and the Streamliner.

Motorcycle Streamlining - How to ride better and get 100 mpg

In 1980, in an effort to learn what the upper limits of efficient transportation might be at real highway speeds, Craig hosted the international "Craig Vetter Fuel Economy Runs" in California. Driving a course from San Luis Obispo through Big Sur to Monterey, the winning mileage went from 98 mpg in 1980 to 470 mpg in 1985.

One of the winning Vetter machines is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

Currently, Craig is designing and developing true streamlining for high mileage, street legal vehicles in an attempt to help to reduce our consumption of energy. In addition, he hosts a series of Vetter Fuel Economy Challenges.

In 1999, the American Motorcyclist Association inducted Craig into the "Motorcycle Hall of Fame. " Today, the Museum features a permanent display of his work.

Richard Battles.

Richard Battles, RKA Luggage

Communications and soft luggage

The Evolution of Evolution

Communications, are you "IN-Charge"? The evolution of evolution, communications, what we expected in the beginning, and expect now from the hi-tech world & what we are getting.

Richard will discuss two wheel communications including Bike to Bike, driver to passenger, Bluetooth profiles, FRS, CB radios. Navigation audio, Music, Cell phone usage, how to charge devices. Portable battery technology and more...

Anything and everything you want and can do on a motorcycle to communicate with "it", your partners and the outside world. The "IN-Charge" statement is referring to RKA's IN-Charge communications Tankbags that we design and manufacture. Understanding that not everyone wants a "Communications" tankbag this presentation will cover ALL aspects of positioning, carrying, and using communications devices.

Richard Battles ready for a trip.

Motorcycle soft luggage applications

RKA has been manufacturing Motorcycle luggage 29 years now and is mostly "On Road" orientated but Richard still has a lot to talk about.

Most of our users are on road touring folks so our saddlebags do not conform well to off road or dual sport motorcycles with high pipes, but our tankbags, Seatbags, and Rackbags DO work just fine!

Richard will discuss attachments, positioning, packing, and bungee cords, among other things.

Richard and Kathy Battles started RKA Motorcycle Luggage in 1985. Every textile product that leaves our building is designed and manufacture there, we make these products. MADE IN THE USA. RKA is now also offering other products including communications products.

Wynne Benti.

Wynne Benti, True Grit GS

Self Rescue Miles from Nowhere

Self Rescue Miles from Nowhere

We often talk about what we'd do if we happened upon the scene of a wreck involving another motorcyclist. But what if that motorcyclist is you and you are riding alone out in the middle of nowhere? After a three day 1600 mile solo ride around Northern California, and only 28 miles from home, something terrible happened, but to this day, no one knows what. For hours Wynne laid out on the ground before someone found her. This is the story of that ride home.

Wynne Benti miles from nowhere.

Single, over 55 and riding alone: using common sense and technology to make your solo long distance ride safer

Do people really know before participating in an inherently risky activity what the full risks are? Are those scrapes and dents on your bike there because the motorcycle malfunctioned, or more likely because of decisions you made-assessing a risk-then doing it anyway.

Wynne Benti.

If it were not for our dreams, love of riding, plain naiveté or denial of risk-gut fear, our ancestor's genetic gift of self-protection developed over thousands of years, would keep most of us home.

What influences us to make the decisions we do about where we ride? How do external environmental factors play a part in our decision-making process and our ability to assess personal risk-from selecting the motorcycle we ride on a particular trip to taking that ride on an unknown dirt road? Where's the best place to keep your SPOT or cell phone?

Twenty-five years ago, Wynne was chairperson of a large non-profit's first national committee on creating a domestic insurance policy that would help protect it from lawsuits directly related to the outdoor activities it promoted. What they discovered was that though people 'knew' an activity was dangerous, they did it anyway, then f they were hurt, sued the provider of services. It was the dawn of personal injury lawsuits, liability waivers and disclaimers.

Pete Nesbitt.

Pete Nesbitt

Be prepared!

I prepared or should I say over-prepared down to infinite detail, best laid plans and all that!! It was very apparent to me really quickly that not all big adventurers are that well prepared and others are left totally dependent on good fortune or maybe the help of others. So many what if's can blow all that.

I did a big trip up into Canada, then a trip to Texas and thought I was ready to do a RTW, man did I still have a lot to learn. I am really good mechanically, ok on electrics and great with people but my learning curve was huge when the planning and actual trip began.

Pete Nesbitt.

A big part of my story is how a group of 7 turns into a group of 1 in 3 days, this might happen to you too so maybe you can learn from some of my experiences.

We had a plan that lasted only a few days and I was all alone in Siberia when I had promised my wife that we had this fantastic group effort all arranged, safety, medical issues etc. no problem. I am resourceful but when I finally had to tell Mrs Nesbitt that I was alone I knew the outcome.

I am almost 63 years young, fit and active and very adventurous. I have traveled extensively in the US and Canada and did a RTW trip 2010, starting with a group of 7 and shortly finding myself alone in Siberia. The story gets better from there... I have a strong leaning toward helping newbies plan and get started on their travels.

Mike Kauffman.

Mike Kauffman

Packing your motorcycle for an adventure

This hands on demonstration will show what to pack to be comfortable camping from your adventure bike. It will discuss the pitfalls of over loading and unbalanced loading on the stability and handing of the bike. From the many iterations of my motorcycle kit, I will show how to pack lighter, smaller and more efficiently while taking enough to eat well, keep dry, and enjoy the riding experience.

Mike Kauffman.

Mike has been adventure motorcycle traveling for the past 8 years and logged over 150k miles. Destinations included Alaska, Canada and Baja. Last year he traveled 30k miles completing two trips to the east coast from California, primarily tent camping.


Peter Dean

Cooking on the road

Cooking on the road with Exec Chef Peter Dean - Peter's sessions are always well-attended and appreciated!

How to eat well from a few basic ingredients, shelf stable products and condiments. Look at stoves, ingredients, equipment, simple menu, practical demo.

Peter Dean by Jayne Cravens at HU California Lost Coast Meeting.

Grant Johnson.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

Bike mods and ergonomics!

Grant will host a bike 'Show and Tell' - bring your bike and show us your favorite travel mods. Critique and discussion.

When you picked up your new bike, did they take the time to make it fit you? You'll learn the amazing difference a properly setup bike makes to your riding fun.

Ergonomics demonstration at HU Canada West meeting.

Ergonomics demonstration at HU Canada West meeting.

Molly Martin.

Molly Martin, USA

Staying healthy and alive on the road.

Retired mountain guide and Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, Molly Martin has surfed, cycled, climbed, and motorbiked around the world and survived mostly unscathed. Between trips she teaches college mathematics.

Molly Martin.

This presentation will teach you some emergency first aid, including how to remove a helmet. We will also cover what to pack in your medical kit. Bring your full face helmet, a friend, and something to lie on for some roadside medical care fun.

Grant Johnson showing tire changing.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

Fix that flat! How to change a tyre anytime, anywhere!

Grant's tyre changing seminars are always well attended and appreciated. This seminar covers: how to prevent flats in the first place, and fix them when you get one; the best tools and how to use them for tube and tubeless tires; hands-on practical for beginners to experts, optional tyre changing contest.

Grant Johnson's audience for Tire Changing at HU California meeting.

Grant's tyre changing seminar at HU California meeting.

Grant and Susan Johnson.

Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

4 Easy Steps to Overland Travel! You can do it - we can help! Finding your way around Horizons Unlimited, other resources. Lots of great pics and video clips.

"Grant and Susan Johnson are icons in the round-the-world (RTW) motorcycling community. The Johnsons host - or more appropriately write, edit, produce, manage and coordinate Horizons Unlimited - a global network of motorcycle travelers... and a bona fide adventure motorcycling phenomenon." Dan Hilton, Rider Magazine

This seminar will be an overview of 'How To' travel overland topics. Includes content from the Achievable Dream series and great pics from HU Photo Contest winners!

Get Inspired on Horizons Unlimited.

LOTS of presentations to come! As people register to present we'll list them here.

How about you? We're all here to learn, and there's LOTS to learn! We want to do more presentations and seminars - but we need volunteers to give them! Any topic you can contribute having to do with motorcycle travel, maintenance, planning etc, lasting 20 minutes or more, would be great. Please contact us here to volunteer.

Panel discussions at most HU events include...

Border crossings - How to get through borders with minimal stress and cost!

Packing light - Tips and techniques from experienced travellers to reduce weight and bulk.

Regional discussions - e.g. travelling in South America or Asia.

For Women Only - A must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there! A chance to talk to experienced travelling women without the men around!

Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

Walk arounds / Show and tell!

Tents and Bedding discussion (in the camping area) - What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry, warm and comfy!

Bike mods - Show off your best bike mods - homemade saddle bags, toolbox mounts, GPS mounts, seats, side stands, tank panniers, cup holders, etc.

The Adventure Travel Zone

  • Equipment Specialists
  • Manufacturers
  • Tour Operators
  • Adventure Travel Authors and Film-Makers
  • The HU Store

Trade Stands - TBC

NEW! A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO OBTAIN TRAINING WITH WALT FULTON AND STREETMASTERS! Friday, Sep 26, Walt Fulton and Nancy Foote will be conducting a day-long training on precision cornering. Their techniques for teaching advanced cornering for street riders will help you get to your far-off destinations with more confidence and skill.


The Streetmasters class normally costs $390, but for Horizons Unlimited (because they love us so much!) Streetmasters is offering the day of on-the-road training for a special price of $125. The class will run from 9am until 4pm. Click here for more information and to register. Class size will be limited, so sign up now!

LS2 Helmets MX453.LS2 Helmets - FF386.
LS2 Helmets - Reg Kittrelle will be there with "Adventure" versions of our helmet line. Specifically, the MX453 and FF386 models.
Jesse Luggage Systems.
Jesse Luggage Systems - Al Jesse will be there with luggage and accessories for world travellers.
Adventure Pockets.
Adventure POCKETS - Combining great technologies for simple solutions. Bob Allen will be there: "We make a bag that attaches to the inside of a motorcycle windshield via a 3M velcro type pad. We also make bags that attach the same way for side-cases and top-cases."
Adventure Designs.
Shop Adventure Designs for high quality adventure motorcycling gear including BMW motorcycle parts and accessories for many models including the popular R1200GS/A and F800GS Twin. Customize your ride with exceptional innovative products for your bike.
ADV Motorcycle Magazine Adventure Motorcycle Magazine
will be attending, giving away free copies of the magazine to everyone (well the first 150 anyway!) so look for Nicole Espinosa or Paul Smith if you have any questions or just want to talk about the magazine. And they'll be snapping pics and writing a story about the event too!
Gregg's A-List.

Gregg's A-List

Gregg's A-List is the successor of motorcycle camping equipment specialist Full Throttle Camping. Gregg's A-List offers a carefully-chosen selection of camping accessories that will help you pack small and light without sacrificing comfort and convenience. Gregg Evans will be there with a load of great small-packing, lightweight camping accessories, including chairs, tables (don't laugh until you've seen them), pillows, towels, sun hats, sleeping pad pumps, flashlights . . .

Giant Loop Moto

Giant Loop will be there to show their great soft luggage and accessories. Talk to Arden Kysely and get the real scoop on their innovative products!

Rugged Rider, innovative dual sport parts and accessories Rugged Rider sells innovative dual sport motorcycle parts, dual sport accessories, dirt bike accessories, dual sport apparel, dirt bike apparel, camping equipment and original dual sport aftermarket parts. Rugged Rider also provides dual sport and camping tips and tricks and an entertaining dual sport blog.
Kates Real Food bars.
Kate's Real Food - The organic and all natural bars have rich textures and an amazing flavor mix which has created addicts far and wide.

If you know of any other motorcycle or travel equipment vendors or tour operators who should be there, please suggest it to them! Vendors please contact me for details.

Authors - TBC

Carla King will bring her books - get her to sign your copy!

Ted Simon will have his books - get a new signed copy from him! He's happy to sign your old copy, but a new one does him more good. ;)

If you'd like to secure your place in the Adventure Travel Zone, there's a booking form for Trade Stands.

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

Yosemite National Park.

Mariposa is on the doorstep of Yosemite National Park

  • Free Parking
  • Free WIFI through most of the grounds
  • 12 showers plus other bathrooms
  • Beer & Wine on site
  • Great Value Food
  • Hotel Accommodation <2 miles away
  • 10amp Power Hook-Ups

Presentation Rooms

Largest presentation room at Mariposa Faigrounds - capacity 400! Covered outdoor presentation area at Mariposa.

Largest indoor room - capacity 400! Large covered outdoor pavilions and more!

Campsite & parking

Shady camping areas in Mariposa Fairgrounds. Lots of flat camping areas!

The extensive campsite area is on flat, well-drained, ground with a few 10amp power hook-ups and water outlets. There are a number of secluded areas nestled next to woodland as well as RV parking around the perimeter of the main camping area.

If you need to use the electric hook-ups there are some through the grounds.

Motorcycles will be allowed to park in the camping area. RVs will have a separate parking area. Cars, vans & trucks with trailers must be parked in the main parking lot. Please help to conserve the fields for future events by not skidding, wheel-spinning, etc. The organizers reserve the right to restrict vehicle movement and parking subject to weather and ground conditions.

Note: If you are camping on Wednesday night, cost is $20.

No Fires

There's a strict 'no fires' policy across the whole site, but camping stoves and BBQs are allowed.

Showers & Toilets

There are 12 showers in 2 separate buildings by the camping area as well as the many toilets. The toilets and showers, and all the areas within the grounds have wheelchair access.

Children & Dogs

Horizons Unlimited is naturally keen to inspire the next generation of adventure travelers so you're welcome to bring your children along if you wish, but do bear in mind that the event is for adults (with adult themes and language) and we won't have any specific kids' activities. Children under 14 years old get in for free. Please note that the health and safety of your children is your responsibility and they must be supervised by you at all times. Children will not be allowed in any of the presentations from 8pm onwards each evening.

You'll need to ensure your pet remains on a lead at all times and doesn't damage or foul the site. Owners of noisy or aggressive dogs may be asked to leave.


Mariposa Fairgrounds. Mariposa Fairgrounds.

Lots of places to sit and chat

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park.

El Capitan

Food & Beer

We've arranged a great caterer for this event - Dave Sizemore of Dave's Western BBQ! There will be a wide-ranging menu of items for breakfasts & lunches. Evening meals will be themed and buffet-style, featuring a BBQ on Saturday night. They'll include vegetarian choices.

A selection of Micro-Beers & wines will be available from the on-site bar Friday & Saturday afternoon to late evening. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol to the event.

Mariposa Beer Garden.

Ye Olde Beer Garden

Please PRE-BOOK dinners with your registration. There will be limited amounts available for late-comers. There MAY be some individual meals available at a higher price. You can, of course, cook for yourself, or go to restaurants in Mariposa.

Dinners (pre-book pricing)

Thursday ($18) - Mexican - Ensalada, chicken enchiladas, black bean and corn salad, chili and Mexican rice, dessert, coffee and tea.

Friday ($18) - Greek (Lamb skewers or roast lamb, greek salad, potatoes, etc.), dessert, coffee, tea or soft drink.

Saturday Night BBQ dinner ($20)

Choice of two meats out of four: Tri-Tip; Smoked boneless, skinless, chicken breast; Pulled pork; Babyback pork ribs.

Choice of two sides out of four: Mashed potatoes with hint of garlic; Baked potatoes with all the fixings, sour cream, chives, and butter; Texas style ranch beans; Cut green beans with bacon.

Green tossed salad, roll and butter. Iced tea, coffee, and lemonade.

Vegetarian and special diets

There will be a vegetarian option offered at each meal - we will need numbers for these, so please indicate when you register if you wish a vegetarian meal.

Special diets can be accommodated with advanced notice within reason.

Breakfasts and lunches

So you don't have to wander all over town looking for breakfasts and lunches, we have organized to have them provided by the caterer on site - pay as you go.

Breakfast options

Biscuits and Gravy, one at $3 or two for $5
Breakfast Burritos, $6 includes eggs, sausage, cheese, onions, and salsa on the side
Breakfast plate including two eggs, sausage or bacon, country potatoes, toast, and a drink for $8
Coffee, juice, or milk $2


Sandwiches - Tri-tip, pulled pork, chicken with a bag of chips $6
Drinks - Cola, Diet Cola, Dr. Pepper, lemon lime $2

I've already registered - I just want to pay!


Includes admission to all slide shows Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
Tech Clinics and demonstrations. Camping is priced separately. Meals are NOT included.

Pre-Register & Pay between:

Event Price

(all presentations and workshops)

December 1st & Jan 31

$59 (saves $30)

Feb 1st & May 31

$69 (saves $20)

June 1st & September 18

$79 (saves $10)


Pay Cash or PayPal on Arrival

Full 4 Day Pass

Weekend-Only Pass (arriving Saturday)




We recommend pre-booking meals. There MAY be individual meals available at a higher price at the event. There will be vegetarian alternatives, so let us know your preferences when you register.

Thursday Dinner - Mexican
Friday Dinner - Greek
Saturday Dinner - BBQ




Camping is available on site at a good price. Price (per person) is as follows.


3 Nights

2 Nights











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HU Yosemite Supported Charity

Lost For a Reason is our charity of choice for the HU California - Yosemite event in 2014.

Lost for a Reason

It is very exciting for us to be able to help fellow adventure traveller, Ron Grace, and his growing charity gain global momentum to help children and families in need in places we love to ride around the world.

We will be selling raffle tickets for our Saturday evening charity raffle of fabulous adventure gear hosted by Nicole Espinosa.

Throughout the event, we will be capturing fun photos of riders looking like they're lost that we will post on Facebook to raise awareness.

Thanks for your support.

Join the Volunteer Crew

From welcoming travellers at the gate, to taking care of the campsite and making sure all the presentations run smoothly, the success of every HU event relies on the enthusiasm of its volunteer crew.

"What a wonderful bunch of people. I had no idea how much fun I'd have by helping out!"

"It was my absolute pleasure to be able to give something back to the HU community and working with such great folks really made the event special."

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, get more involved with Horizons Unlimited and have loads of fun! You can sign up to volunteer when you register for the meeting, OR click here if you have already registered and want to add volunteering.

Be a Presenter

We're inviting submissions for presentations, so whether you're attending the event or exploring a distant continent, if you've got a story to tell or expertise to share we'd like to hear from you.

We love to hear stories about your travel adventures, especially if you have great pics! Also, practical how-to sessions such as roadside cooking, navigation/GPS, trip prep and planning, adventure motorcycling medicine, packing light, setting your bike up, communications/blogging from the road, self-publishing your story, yoga for bikers, bodging/bike maintenance, self-defense, photography, videography, tire repair, safe riding techniques, how to pick up your bike, off-road riding, all are of interest.

There are 40 and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats, plus a new Pecha Kucha option (20 slides x 20 seconds each).

Click here to submit your ideas

Comments about HU Events

"I have picked up so much information... and met some new friends and wonderful people."

"A superb event that was really well organised. I found the atmosphere amongst the attendees to be very positive too."

"I have not done much travelling so it was like visiting with a world traveller - Presenters were very approachable."

"Great atmosphere and camaraderie, especially at dinner time, and interesting presentations."

"Folks were all great and the most amazing thing was there was NO ATTITUDE."

"I have learned so much, made some great mates and met some of the best people. I was buzzing by the time I got home. I have a little trip planned and just can't wait to get out there."

For more about HU Events, see some magazine articles here.

You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download the poster (Adobe pdf format) and print off a few and hand them round your club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.

Poster in pdf format (282kb) full colour 8.5 x 11 Event poster:

HU California 2014 Poster.

Really Large Hi-Res Poster in pdf format (5.5 MB) Event poster:

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Departing or Returning?

If you're planning an expedition, why not make the Horizons Unlimited meeting your official start point? Or maybe you're nearing the completion of a journey and would like a very public welcome home? Of course you might just be passing through and fancy marking a key stage of your travels?

We'd love to make you a big part of the meeting, so feel free to get in touch and tell us your plans.

Book your Trade Stand space

Over the course of four days, this Horizons Unlimited event offers a unique opportunity to build awareness of your brand and talk directly to potential customers.

The Adventure Travel Zone occupies a central position at the event site and is exclusive to trade stands representing the overland adventure travel market.

Choose between our Premium and Standard packages, both of which include on-site advertising and Pecha Kucha presentations about your products and services.

Click here to book your trade stand

Advertise at HU Yosemite 2014

Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HU Yosemite 2014 but can't take a Trade Stand? Send us a vinyl or roller banner and we'll display it in a prominent position.

Click here to arrange advertising

California 2014 Venue Location

Mariposa County Fairgrounds
5007 Fairgrounds Road,
Mariposa CA 95338

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Mariposa is:
167 miles from San Francisco (via Hwy 99S)
294 miles from Los Angeles (via Hwy 99)
70 miles from Fresno and the Central Valley

Mariposa distances. Click for larger map.

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Other Accommodation

If you'd rather not camp, there are other options. There are a number of hotels in Mariposa (approx 2 miles from the Mariposa Fairgrounds), but they will fill up fast!

We have negotiated a good rate at the following hotel, and we will be organizing a free (to you!) shuttle bus to/from the Mariposa Fairgrounds twice a day.

Best Western Yosemite Way Station - $129
4999 Highway 140
Mariposa, California, 95338
Phone: 209-966-7545

Quote code HMG (as in Horizons Motorcycle Group ;-)

Book before Aug 25, 2014.

Information about the area

From wineries to zip lines, gold panning to horseback riding, there's heaps to see in the Yosemite area! You should plan to stay a few days.

Adventures & Tours

Cave & Mine Adventures - caving, rappelling and rafting in Black Chasm Cavern, California Cavern and Moaning Cavern Park.

Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch - gold panning, challenging aerial adventures, zipping - yikes!

Zip Yosemite - experience and hand-braking NOT required! Fully guided tours.

Horseback Riding at Yosemite's South Entrance - ranging from 1 hour to 1/2 day.

Yosemite Close Up Tours daily guided tours, including hiking and custom tours.

Grant rock climbing in Yosemite Park.

Grant climbing in Yosemite ;-)

For something a little less strenous,

Try the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, scenic steam trains.

California State Mining and Mineral Museum is located right at the Fairgrounds. It contains 'an unforgettable collection of the State's many gem and mineral resources.'

Butterfly Creek Winery is a boutique winery and gift shop just set on 200 acres just outside Mariposa.

When all that activity tires you out,

Go for a massage!
Divine Serenity Day Spa.
4968 Joe Roward Rd. #B
Mariposa, CA 95338

Really Hungry? the Happy Burger Diner has the largest menu in the Sierra, and their burgers are great!

Local Bike Shops

Let us know any good dealers nearby!

BMW Ducati Triumph Indian

Herwaldt Motorsports 5615 E. Westover Fresno, CA 93727 Phone: 559-292-2269 Toll Free 866-811-4269

Honda Kawasaki Yamaha Suzuki

Merced Powersports 265 West 15th Street Merced CA 95340 Phone: 209-722-8055

Local Hosts

 Flip Morton.  Nicole Espinosa.

Flip Morton is the local host for this event, ably supported by Nicole Espinosa of Rugged Rider, Dave Roessler, Allen Barnes, Craig Haggart, Bill Miner and Jason Tumulak. We're VERY grateful to them for stepping up and making it happen with a lot of legwork and effort.

We can always use help on the day - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours when you register!

HU Events Refund Policy

We know 'stuff happens', and you know we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!

If you're unable to attend an event, please let us know (by e-mail reply to your confirmation e-mail from us) so we don't worry that something has happened to you...

Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) fee for handling and PayPal charges.

Up to 15 days prior to event start, we will refund camping/accommodation and food packages in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee. We will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

Within 15 days of the event start, there will be no refunds, but we will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

New to Horizons Unlimited?

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle. The website, HUBB forum and regular events across the globe have inspired thousands of people to follow their dreams and take the road less travelled.

Susan and Grant Johnson
Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love overland adventure travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events such as this one (18 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

You can join at a reduced rate as part of your meeting registration. Note that new Memberships with your Meeting Registration are applied as of the Meeting date or as soon as possible thereafter, not earlier, unless you make a special request in the Comments box when you register.

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10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

Check out the previous contest winners!