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.

DRAFT event schedule can be downloaded here - please note it is always subject to change!

Presenters at HU California 2014 include...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below
Petra and Anders Stridfeldt.

Petra and Anders Stridfeldt

Is it hard to ride around the world...nah!

One day we became bored and within five months we had sold our house and furniture, left our jobs and started a trip around the world.

After a wonderful big send off at the HUBB UK event 2013 we started our around the world trip rather unprepared. We have so far been on the roads for 16 months and covered 22 countries such as Russia, Mongolia, Myanmar, India, Alaska etc., and are now heading towards Mexico and the whole way down to Ushuaia in Argentina. After we have done this we have 'only' Africa to cross until we are back in the UK or Sweden. We are the 'living' proof that you actually can ride in countries such as Mongolia without any off road experience whatsoever, though it might be tough.

Petra and Anders Stridfeldt in Burma.

Swedish born Petra and Anders Stridfeldt lived in the UK for ten years before starting their around the world trip on two BMW F800GS.

Ramey 'Coach' Stroud.

Ramey 'Coach' Stroud

Around the World on 3-Wheels

Paralyzed from the chest down after a racing accident, Ramey 'Coach' Stroud would never ride again. Or so they thought...

It took a year just to move a toe. Another year of hard work to stand-up. A third to crawl up on a sidecar outfit from his wheelchair. By then nothing could hold him back from his goal: Ride Around the World!

Now he has ridden through 44 different countries on mostly dirt roads that have sometimes have left him stranded and alone in tough conditions.

How does a guy who walks with a cane and rides alone handle border crossings, bandits, and bad situations? It might cost you a cold beer to find out.

Coach Stroud.

Racing Champion, professional motorcycle instructor, athlete, author and keynote speaker. Ramey 'Coach' Stroud has brought home the gold on super-bikes, in motocross, desert racing, enduros, on the drag strip, extreme trials and international rally. When his racing career ended with a spinal cord injury he crawled up on a sidecar outfit and rode around the world.

Carla King and Jonathan Ehly.

Carla King and Jonathan Ehly

Riding to Central Baja's Undiscovered Treasures

We like to describe central Baja as a combination of the Galapagos Islands and Namibia that's only a day and a half's ride from San Diego. Its natural beauty and the opportunities for exploration by land, sea and air are endless. Baja has always been friendly to tourists and expats, and tourists flock to the northern and southern ends of the peninsula. But it's the central area between the Sea of Cortez and Scorpion Bay on the Pacific that calls to us, as it retains the original feel of old Baja.

Carla King in Baja California.

Ride your dirt bike, your adventure bike, heck, even your Harley. There's no wrong way to explore Baja. Lately we've been trailering our KTM dirt bikes along with inflatable paddleboard-kayaks and camping gear to keep our options open.

We look forward to showing you a lesser-known network of dirt and tarmac through landscapes that range from the rugged and pine-scented Sierra San Pedro Martir Mountains to desert ranchitas to glittering seas. We'll explore seaside wonders like Bahia de Los Angeles with its hundreds of thousands of dolphins frolicking in the sparkling blue waters among stark islands rising from the Sea of Cortez and Scammons Lagoon on the Pacific Coast for spectacular whale watching.

Carla King in Baja California.

Travel with us through the Catavina Desert with its thick-trunked elephant trees and Boojum forests, a surreal landscape borrowed by Dr. Suess to illustrate his children's books. Further south we bump along arroyos and oasis to the 7000-year old San Borjitas cave paintings. These are just a few of the opportunities we'll show you to inspire a plan for your ride to Baja's undiscovered treasures.

Carla King is an adventure travel author who has specialized in solo explorations of the world on a series of cranky indigenous motorcycles. Jonathan Ehly is also a world traveler and he has been exploring Baja for over 30 years by motorcycle, 4x4, boat and small aircraft to seek out hidden trails, remote valleys and secluded bays. We've spent the last year exploring Baja together, and have chosen Mulegé and Bahia Concepcion as our base for continued explorations.

Roel Bremmers.

Roel Bremmers

Destination Unknown - 1 Dutchman, 1 bike, 4 years, 24 countries, 100.000Km and many stories.

I will talk about the most memorable moments of my travels which took me through countries like Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor and Australia.

Roel Bremmers.

Stories will include: A blessed journey, The road that would get me killed, Amazing Iran, Hospitalized in Pakistan, Riding in India, accident in Nepal, The "Big Box", Friends forever, Indonesian ferry crossings, TLC in East Timor, The beauty of Australia and "The girl in the Box".

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

Michelle Nilles.

Michelle Nilles

Adventure Sports in Central America

Experience ziplining, canyoning, and caving as I describe riding through Mexico & Guatemala with a wetsuit and climbing harness!

Michelle Nilles.

In the summer of 2009, after watching a scene in the movie Benjamin Button where the title character as a young man rides a motorcycle around India, I became inspired by the sense of freedom. I bought a 12yo BMW F650, learned how to ride it, and took it on many trips into the Sierras that fall, and into to Baja that winter. That spring I left my job for a ride to Guatemala and back!
Jason Len.

Jason Len

7 Weeks in Europe and Isle of Man

I am 64 and an avid MC traveler. I have done lots of trips. Last summer I shipped my MC to Europe and rode through 11 countries and attended the Isle of Man Classic TT, the Goodwood Revival, and the Ace Cafe MC gathering.

Jason Len.

Seb and 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!

Kim Leeson and friend.

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.

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 and Claudia Nagler.

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!

Mirko and Claudia Nagler.

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!

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.

Flip Morton.

Flip Morton and Nicole Espinosa

Working on the road. Perfect spot for a conference call.

Now, to make this a lifestyle for those who are just beginning to make the road their way of life or those who have been doing it for years. Flip and Nicole will explore this topic with a little help from their friends!

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!

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.

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!

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!

Robert Thode.

Robert Thode

Cuba: The Forbidden Island

Citizens of the USA have, and are, restricted in their travel to Cuba.  To travel, (legally), in Cuba US citizens must be part of a “people to People” tour.  Moto Discovery is the only motorcycle tour company currently licensed to provide motorcycle tours to Cuba.  This was not my normal method of travel, but I was not disappointed, Cuba is a fascinating place, a beautiful land full of warm and friendly people. 

Robert Thode.

We all look at things a little differently as we travel. I tend to look at the economic and political systems as well as natural resources industries. My preconceived opinions about the socialist economic system being a failure were confirmed but I found some things worked very well, health care, education, racial integration and a sense of community were impressive.

The people of Cuba were wonderful and the best way to travel Cuba is on a Harley.  Political and economic structure is changing rapidly, some will be for the better, some maybe not. 

Robert: "I have been traveling the world on the 'installment plan' for several years. Have covered the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, South and eastern Africa. This last winter we rode Cuba."

Confirmed presenters (topics TBA) include...

  Ted Simon.
Ted Simon

Workshops and Tech Sessions

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

Mark and Lori Ciszek.

Mark & Lori Ciszek

Getting started on a 2up RTW - The false starts and pitfalls of getting going.

After years of short moto-holidays, this year we quit our jobs, sold everything we own and set out on a long distance motorcycle adventure in May. So far we have travelled almost 30,000 km in North America from Ontario to Alaska via Newfoundland. We are currently making our way south to Mexico and beyond.

Mark and Lori Ciszek.

Join us for an inside look at how we got from the North American "dream" of work-eat-sleep, to the life of perpetual travel. How did we downsize to one packed motorcycle and a few totes of belongings? What did we do with the rest? What did we decide to change in less than an hour of starting out? What are some of the joys and downfalls of riding 2up on a long trip?

Heidi and David Winters.

David and Heidi Winters

We're Sleeping Where?? and Travel Light - Travel Happy

We're Sleeping Where?? - RTW Couch Surfing, Wild Camping, Sleeping in Lobbies and with Complete Strangers.

During our trip, we wild camped along the coast of Turkey, in abandoned campgrounds in the Czech Republic and on the streets of Israel. We have stayed with complete strangers, from Nepal to Hungary, and everywhere in-between. I have even slept on the top of a zamboni storage shed in Canada...

Some of these moments have become the highlights of our trip! This is the vulnerability that you must, and will have during your adventures. It's what makes you approachable. It's what will, in the end, make your trip.

You will need to sleep somewhere, so make the most of it and learn how to accept hospitality and how to give friendliness. We have both received and given hospitality to travelers.

Let us show you how to loosen up and turn your paranoia into something productive.

Heidi and David Winters.

Travel Light - Travel Happy

Learn the art of packing light and multi-purposing your gear. Traveling is about freedom, not lugging around a ball and chain of gear.

In 2012, my wife and I wrapped up our RTW motorcycle trip. We rode two-up on a KTM 640 Adv. These are not big bikes, so we had to be very mindful of what we were bringing.

I will explain how to choose your luggage, clothing, camping and kitchen gear for light weight travel. I will also explain how to multi-purpose your gear, sleep in freezing temps with a lightweight sleeping bag, wash your clothes with solar power, keep your luggage containers organized and much more.

Bringing the wrong gear will stress you our and stress-fracture your subframe, so choose wisely.

David: Like many, I am addicted to travel. Motorcycles, backpacks and Westfalia Campers are all a means to an end. In 2012, my wife and I finished our RTW trip on our trusty KTM 640 Adv - two up.

Tad Haas and Gaila Gutierrez.

Gaila Gutierrez and Tad Haas

14 months, 40K astounding miles, 10 countries with countless escapades, adventures and unpredictable encounters!

Leap and the net will appear

The time is now: turn the life you dream of into reality. Gaila and Tad had always dreamed of living a life out of the ordinary but were uncertain which steps to take to make it happen. Burned out on corporate America and tired of routine and predictability, these two adventurers leaped into the unknown and turned their dreams into reality by embarking on a journey of a lifetime. They quit their jobs, rented the house, found a home for the cat and lived on their motorcycles for 14 months. Share the journey that has taken them over 40K astounding miles through 10 countries with countless escapades, adventures and unpredictable encounters.

Tad Haas and Gaila Gutierrez - salt flats.

Couples travel; not always a cake walk

Are you thinking of a long term journey with your significant other? Travel can challenge and test even the strongest of relationships and many couples simply don't make it. How do you maintain a healthy relationship with constant togetherness? After an incredible 411 days traveling/living on their motorcycles, Tad and Gaila share their story and tips on how to prevent your trip from becoming a solo trek. Sharing the joy is easy, but what isn't easy are the trials presented by road life and how it can impact your relationship. They provide information on how to deal with stress, disappointment and the outcomes of their roadside showdowns. Take away ideas on learning to adjust and carving out alone time in spite of constant togetherness. Their journey of a lifetime was both a smooth and bumpy ride. Join them and learn how to have the time of your life while keeping your relationship healthy and intact.

Tad Haas and Gaila Gutierrez on Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Scary parts of Take Off & Landing

Planning to roam the globe is exciting & scary at the same time. You'll have the time of your life, but what can you expect when you return? What is the scariest and most dangerous part of flying? It's the take-off and landing; and oddly enough launching into a long term journey can have many similarities. Planning to leave your 'normal' life behind to roam the globe can be both exceptionally exciting and scary at the same time. While you're off adventuring you'll have the time of your life, but what can you expect when you return home? Having spent 14 months traveling/living on their motorcycles, Gaila Gutierrez and Tad Haas have learned a thing or two during their transcontinental travel. They will share tips on trip and bike preparation, planning, budget, volunteering and how having 'no reservations' really panned out. Learn what they will do differently next time and how 411 days of togetherness challenged their relationship. And most importantly they give you a glimpse into what every traveler should know about re-entry and landing.

Tad and Gaila currently reside in the Seattle area and are in the planning stages of their next big adventure.

Alison DeLapp.

Alison DeLapp

I took a bunch of photos, now what? How to organize images, back up files, and discuss camera and computer equip to take

Nowadays everyone is a photographer: whether its wielding a hefty DSLR or carrying an iPhone in a pocket, we live in a world that is over-saturated with images. The big question is... How do we organize them?

Alison DeLapp.

After working in the professional photo industry in Los Angeles for 10 years, Alison brings her knowledge to the road and presents a workflow in Lightroom that shows how to organize 1000's of images and make sure your files are constantly backed up in case one hard drive fails. Also, open a discussion of what camera and computer equip to take on a long journey.

Alison DeLapp.

Whether it's riding solo around the back roads of the US or the chaotic roads of Latin America, Alison has brought together her passions as a motorcyclist, traveler, photographer and writer. Currently dreaming up her next adventure.

Kurt Forget.

Kurt Forgét, Black Dog Cycle Works

Outfit your ADV bike for offroad travel - Bike protection and lighting

Kurt will cover how to properly outfit your adventure bike for off-road travel, including but not limited to bike protection, maintenance and lighting.

Kurt Forget.

Kurt & Martha Forgét founded Black Dog Cycle Works over seven years ago to feed their love of Adventure Riding. Having ridden dual sport / adventure rides in California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Baja, Canada and Alaska they have the experience to provide their clients with custom advice for the right gear to set up their bikes to meet their individual needs.

Enjoying adventure riding for more than 14 years, they have developed the product knowledge and design approach to know what works, what will last, what will protect your bike and what will help get you home. Kurt has worked tirelessly to punish his various adventure bikes over the years, often taking them places they were never designed to go. He has broken more than his share of parts in his quest to find the best equipment.

Erik Stephens.

Erik Stephens, Twisted Throttle

Trailside breakdowns & fixes, Electrical accessory wiring 101, Auxiliary headlights for motorcycles and Adventure motorcycle bike prep and ergos

Erik Stephens is the Founder of Twisted Throttle, a Rhode Island manufacturer and distributor of adventure riding gear. His "gear testing" trips include off-pavement motorcycle travel on 6 continents. Twisted Throttle's factory store is an adventure riding destination, including an on-site learning center, prototyping lab, retail store, cafe', and campground.

Trailside motorcycle breakdowns & fixes - the knowledge and the tools to fix your bike when it breaks on the road

When traveling long distances via motorcycle, your bike sometimes breaks. When that distance is backcountry and off-pavement, those breakdowns become more frequent and carry higher consequences.

This isn't just a tool kit ingredients seminar! We'll identify the typical mechanical breakdowns dualsport riders often encounter and their causes. We'll have a little slideshow showing examples of trailside breakdowns and creative temporary fixes that got the rider back to town. After we've explained how to use all these tools and supplies, we'll show samples of shop tools and trail tools, and show how the size, functionality, and packability of both differ. We'll hand out a suggested tool packing list.

Electrical accessory wiring 101 - how to add electronics to your bike without setting it on fire

It all started innocently enough. You bought a battery charger and attached the hookup wire to your battery terminals. Then came the heated grips. Then the GPS, the horn, the auxiliary lights, the heated clothing, and the 12-volt blender. Now you're popping fuses all the time and only half the gadgets work. We'll get you fixed up!

We'll cover definitions of volts, watts and amps, how to choose the right fuse, route wires properly, advantages/disadvantages of various wire connectors ranging from Posi-taps to soldering, and how to tidy it all up with a power distribution block. We'll also cover how to safely add accessories to the dreaded CANBUS system on BMW motorcycles. A tool and supply list will be provided.

Erik Stephens.

Auxiliary headlights for motorcycles - how to choose, install and use the lights that best fit your needs.

Ever wondered how to make your motorcycle more visible to drivers during the day or see to the furthest reaches of the horizon when riding at night?

Armed with a top box full of LED driving lights, we'll share info on how to pick the best lighting solution for your use and budget, whether you want to be more visible to oncoming Mac trucks or see Bambi from half a mile away.

For you optical engineers out there, our hit list includes:

* Differences between halogen, HID, and LED technologies
* Legal considerations (i.e., how to not get a ticket)
* Why light color and power consumption matters
* How to compare one brand of lighting to another without getting lost in jargon and marketspeak
* Wiring on pesky CANBUS BMW motorcycles
* Picking easy-to-install mounting hardware

Most importantly, he'll be bringing lots of LED lights to point at the wall and make shadow puppets with.

Adventure motorcycle bike prep and ergos - Learn to effectively pack and armor your motorcycle and adjust its ergonomics to suit your size and riding style

While there are many accessories you can buy for a motorcycle, there's often little talk about how to minimize spending, minimize weight, and adjust the bike's original controls to get the job done without turning your motorcycle into something that looks like a post apocalyptic attack robot with huge swaths of armor plating.

This talk will cover the pros and cons of various hard and soft luggage systems, how to carry the weight safely, and what to leave behind. Common sources of trip-stopping bike damage will be covered, as well as the essential protection bits that can prevent the problem in the first place. Basics of proper riding position for street and dirt riding will be covered, as well as the benefits of adjusting original hand levers, handlebars, and footpegs and levers to match your riding style.

Emphasis will be on minimizing adding weight and expense to your motorcycle while providing enough protection and storage to get you where you need to go.

Carla Oliva.

Carla Oliva

Self-Care On The Road - Self-care techniques to make your trip more enjoyable!

The purpose of this presentation is to explore self-care techniques for on the road motorcycle travelers. Presenter will talk over most common aches and pains from riding for long hours and how riders can prevent or reduce them. Participants will learn the use of simple self-care solutions to maintain general good health and wellness while traveling. Self-care tips will vary from body work techniques such as: self-massage, hydrotherapy, stretches, strengthening exercises and proper body mechanics during riding.

Carla Oliva.

Carla has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry. Her own history of orthopedic injuries influence how she sees and teaches movement: with great sympathy to those with injuries.

Carla strongly believes that anyone can benefit from movement and massage therapy, she strives on educating her clients on how movement can assist them in achieving their fitness goals and leading them into improved body awareness. She enjoys 2up motorcycle riding with her husband. Their longest trip was from Philadelphia, PA to Anchorage, AL.

Ramey 'Coach' Stroud.

Ramey 'Coach' Stroud

Dancing With Your Bike

Why Dancing And Riding? Ever watch dancers in a salsa or tango club? Some are very good together and are really fun to watch. But some seem to be off-beat, disconnected and in separate worlds even though they move to the same music. They know it and everyone in the club does too. The difference between good and not-so-good dance partners is how they connect. It's that light touch, unseen sensations and soft connection that allows dancers to be great together. It's exactly the same with you and your bike.

Coach Stroud dancing with bike.

It's Not About Muscle. Your motorcycle has all the power it needs. It is a wonderfully designed machine that can do amazing things - if you let it. Dancing With Your Bike means to invite smooth, precise movement with little effort. The payoff? You are not so tired at the end of a long ride.

Two-Way Communication. Knowing what's going on with your motorcycle is not just what you see or think. Like dancers we get important information from finger tips and muscle tension. Understanding light sensations from butt, boots and bars allows us to respond faster. Pressure on fingertips and palms say much about body position for acceleration, braking or turning. Feeling the bike tip, roll or slide speaks loudly about surface, terrain and control function.

Come to this session to learn how to connect with your motorcycle in ways you never thought possible.

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.

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.

Robert Thode.

Robert Thode

My Friend The VOM - Basic Electical Systems

Basics of electrical systems and use of the volt ohm meter to do simple trouble shooting.  This is not intended for the experienced technician but the rider who might find themselves in the mountains of Peru with an electrical problem, (happened to me). 

There are only four possible failures in any electoral system. Understanding these failures and how to use a VOM to identify them will let you solve many common problems.

If you have a VOM in your tool pack bring it along and we will do a little hands on. 

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?!?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Harold Olaf Cecil.

Harold Olaf Cecil, Giant Loop Moto

Go Light, Go Fast, Go Far - Lightweight Packing for World-Class Adventure

Less a seminar and more a group discussion moderated by Harold Olaf Cecil, owner and co-founder of Giant Loop. Harold presents the basics of the "go light, go fast, go far" packing method, then leads the group in a conversation of gear and packing tips and tricks, including fly-and-ride packing based on trips to Australia, Mexico and Norway. Come share your experiences - and learn from our collective "tribal knowledge!"

Harold Olaf Cecil.

Owner and co-founder of Giant Loop, Harold Olaf Cecil has toured on motorcycles in Australia, Mexico and Norway, in addition to adventure touring extensively in the western USA. He has been riding motorcycles since age 6 and is passionate about the richness travel experiences bring to life.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 Confirmed

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."
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!
Giant Loop Moto.

Giant Loop Adventure proof packing systems, designed by riders for riders. Made in USA. Ridden worldwide.

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.
Lost for a
Lost For A
Helping Children And Families in Need. No act of service is too small, God sees all of it. Help someone where you are, where you travel, in the places we love to ride! The ripple effect will be amazing for years to come! We are proud to sponsor events that benefit children and families year round!
Motostays global travel network for motorcyclists. is a global travel network and home sharing community specifically for motorcylists. We help deliver a unique and inviting experience through our website and mobile app that connects like minded motorcyclists.

Wandrr Motorcycle Tours.

WANDRR Motorcycle Tours
Turning your Rides into Low-Cost Touring Vacations IMAGINE... Riding the best roads in the country, seeing all the best and views, stopping at small Inns or B&B's and having a great meal with your "old" and "new" friends, all planned for you. You no longer have to ride miles and miles and spend hours trying to that great sight, or route that can turn your vacation into a great ride or a big letdown.

Great Southwest Moto Adventures.

Specialty motorcycle touring packages both paved and unpaved for the Adventure rider. Exploration of the Nevada "Outback", Great Southwest or the "Wow" of our Las Vegas. Tours include daily rides and enjoyment of the stuff that made Las Vegas a "global" destination. Keep it simple of spice it up. Which ever you choose GS Moto Adventures knows how to put smiles on faces and create great memories.


Chris Baker, MotoDiscovery
Discover the allure of Cuba, "the forbidden isle" on 9- and 15-day tours with MotoDiscovery

Inspired Rides - Overland Adventure motorcycle tours and rentals in Alaska.

Inspired Rides
Overland Adventure Motorcycle tours and rentals based out of Alaska

BMW Motorcycles of Ventura County.

BMW Motorcycles of Ventura County
BMW branded accessories and some parts. Motorcycle and camping related items, travel chairs , cots and some tools and apparel.

Kates Real Food bars - real food for real energy.
Kate's Real Food - Kate's Real Food Bars - Tram Bar, Grizzly Bar, Stash Bar, Handle Bar, Tiki Bar. The organic and all natural bars have rich textures and an amazing flavor mix which has created addicts far and wide.

NOTE: WALT FULTON and STREETMASTERS is cancelled: Walt crashed racing, and though he's fine, he won't be able to make it to the event. :(

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.


Jeremy Kroeker is the 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.

Danell Lynn, Author of "Philanthropic Wanderlust", will be taking the young readers edition to schools and groups of children throughout a year long adventure, helping to inspire youth for adventure and philanthropy!

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

Ted Simon will have his books, especially the famous "Jupiters Travels" - 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.


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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!

Cycle Specialties BMW/Triumph

1201 North Carpenter Road
Modesto, CA
Phone: 209-524-2955

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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