HU Travellers Meeting Colorado 2014

Horizons Unlimited Campfire and Ride Meeting

Friday July 11 - Sunday July 13, 2014 - Grant, Colorado

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 Colorado Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Friday, July 11 to Sunday, July 13, 2014. The schedule is pretty laid back, as you'd expect since Greg Frazier is the local organizer (Dave Rankine and Chris Kelly are actually doing all the work!)

Friday, July 11  
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm Campground open for Check-In, campsite set up
1:00 pm - 8:30 pm Day rides over and around the Rockies, tire kicking in campground, cooking, camping
8:30 pm - 9:00 pm Plan for Saturday Rides - Dave Rankine
9:00 pm - ?? Introductions, campfire chill and swill (if allowed by Forest Service)
Saturday, July 12  
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Campground open for Check-in
9:00 am - 9:00 pm Day rides, tire kicking, cooking, camping, schmoozing, tall tale telling
9:00 pm - late

Feature Presentations:

Driven - Solo to the Arctic Circle - Ed Haywood

Vietnam - Greg Frazier

Packing Less, Taking More - Zigy Kaluzny

Sunday, July 13 Campground clean-up, check out by 12:00 noon

Presenters at HU Colorado 2014 include...

Greg Frazier.

Gregory Frazier

FIVE (and a half!) x RTW

We're pretty sure Greg can be arm-twisted to get up and talk about his FIVE (and a half!) amazing trips around the world! Or about Vietnam!

Greg riding SE Asia
Gregory Frazier riding SE Asia

Ed Haywood.

Ed Haywood (mundo bravo)

Driven - Solo to the Arctic Circle

Following his ride to the Darien Gap, Ed is back to share some of his adventures on a solo ride to the Arctic Circle on a BMW RT 1100. Ed has also acquired a Ural rig and plans a ride on that this spring, so stay tuned...

Ed Haywood.

Ed Haywood is a rider and video producer in it for the long haul.

Zigy Kaluzny.

Zigy Kaluzny

Packing Less, Taking More

Do you really need all that stuff? I'm going to show you how little you really need in the way of personal gear to travel for as long as you want. I'll bet most of you won't use half of the clothing in your panniers...

How not to pack!

Would you believe two months in New Zealand with all my personal clothing in a 20l bag? And for women who would like to enjoy a romantic dinner while on the road but don't like to leave their men parked outside the restaurant: one really doesn't don't have to smell like the mongol hordes pouring out of Central Asia.

Zigy Kaluzny was a photojournalist for 20 years, completing assignments for publications including Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Forbes, People, and European Magazines like Germany's Geo and Stern. His work is currently represented by gettyimages, the world's largest stock photo agency. Zigy started riding when he was 44; has ridden all over the American and Canadian west and Alaska twice; thru Europe, twice in New Zealand, in Tasmania, and just returned from riding in Iceland.

Horizons Unlimited Colorado Ride-outs

Dave Rankine has volunteered to lead a ride over some of the easier Colorado passes for people who want to do some guided off pavement group experience. Off road technique instruction as needed. Ride is weather permitting.

Guanella Pass, from Wikipedia.

Guanella Pass from Bierstadt, from Wikipedia

Note: You are spoiled for choice on rides in the area, so let Greg know if you have any particular requests.

Boreas Pass, from Wikipedia.

Boreas Pass in Summer, from Wikipedia

Facilities for a Fantastic Three Days

The Horizons Unlimited Colorado Campfire and Ride meeting will be held at Terry A Gross memorial park (Geneva Creek), Pike National Forest, Grant, CO 80448.

Entrance to park.

This secluded park features streams on both sides of the property to form an island. An approximately 400 ft. x 150 ft pond is ideal for canoeing and fishing...

The park is secluded from the paved road and neighbors, ideal for friendly motorcyclists ;-)

Riverview from Geneva Creek park, Grant, Colorado. Pavilion in Terry Gross park, Geneva Creek, Colorado.

The park also features 4 horse shoe pits, a bandstand 24ft. x 20ft. a 30ft gazebo with a firepit, 2 very nice & clean restroom facilities are available, two walk bridges over Geneva Creek.

Bandstand. Bandstand.


Camping along the creek is included in your registration fee.

Bridge to camping area.

Camping area, Geneva Creek, Colorado. Camping area, Geneva Creek, Colorado.


You won't go hungry! From their website: "We smoke like a narrow gauge engine from Colorado! But our 'engine' belches the primal scent of bar-b-qued meats. Succulent Ribs - Brisket - Pork & Turkey legs."

Al's Pits Bar-B-Que, Geneva Creek Park.

Beef. Rib slab.

And a local delicacy - Fudge!

South Park Fudge, various flavors!

Menu from their website:

Click for larger version. Click for larger version.

There is also a small "camper store" on site, for firewood, soups and soda.

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


Includes ride-outs and admission to all slide shows Friday and Saturday.
Camping is included. Meals are NOT included.

Pre-Register & Pay between:

Event Price

(all presentations and workshops)

September 1st & December 31, 2013

January 1st & March 31, 2014

April 1st & July 5, 2014

$34 (saves $25)

$39 (saves $20)

$49 (saves $10)


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Friday, July 11, 2014

1:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Campground Open For Check-In, campsite set-up

1:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Day Rides Over And Around The Rockies, Tire Kicking In Campground, Cooking, Camping

8:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Plans For Saturday Rides – David Rankine

9:00 PM – ????:  Introductions Of Attendees, Chill And Swill Around The Campfire (if allowed by Forest Service – the “no burning” is not in effect)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM:  Campground Open For Check-In

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM: Day Rides, Tire Kicking, Cooking, Camping, Schmoozing, Tall Tale Telling

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Off-Pavement Adventure Riding By World Record Holder – John Ogden, Jr., Christian Motorcyclist Association, South Central Region

9:00 PM – 9:45 PM: Feature Presentations # 1

Driven – Solo To The Arctic Circle – Ed Haywood

9:45 PM – 10:30 PM: Feature Presentation # 2

Vietnam - Big Bikes, Small Bikes And No Guided Tour – Dr. Gregory Frazier

10:30 PM – 11:15 PM: Feature Presentation # 3

Packing Less - Taking More - Zigy Kaluzny

 Sunday, July 13, 2014

Campground Clean-Up, Check-out by 12:00 Noon

HU CAMPOUT Contact Phone # July 11-13: (775) 336-9234 (Good during HU Campout only)

I would pick your medium sized bike the KTM


Good question.  Riding routes are up to you, and your skill level.  Pull out your Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer, find Grant, and look at your options north, west and south. 

For the "tough" or "rough" stuff, I'd not want either of your options over Red Cone, and depending on how chewed up the track, maybe not even Webster.

Boreas Pass, although gravel, was a train track - so buses and Harley's "adventure" over it.  Same degree of difficulty with Guannella Pass, which is now paved.

That said, I've seen talented riders take 1,000 cc BMWs over Red Cone (less talented like myself used a R80G/S) and an R75/5, with saddlenags, over Mosquito Pass.

On Friday evening David Rankine will be discussing options for Saturday Day Rides "around the campfire," likely the best time for you to option your Saturday rides with whatever motorcycle you bring.

In closing, I'd sumit as one of my gifted colleagues once opined, "Adventure riding is like sex, it all takes place between your ears." 


Dr. Gregory Frazier, Chief, World Adventure Affairs Desk, CITY BIKE Magazine

Gary:  We pass out a map and encourage people to ride in groups of folks with equal ability.  Last year the map showed Boreal Pass for novices,  Weston for intermediate riders, and Mosquito for experts.  Mostly people went over Boreal.  That is the pass in the Video.  We don't have a guided run if that was your question.  Dave Rankine

What type of riding will it be at this event?   I have a Triumph Tiger 800XC if it's Adventure riding, a KTM 690 Enduro R for rougher stuff or a KTM 300 XC-W for single-track.   I'd like to know which to bring.




Colorado Springs


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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

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"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."

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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 (500kb) full colour Event poster:

HU Colorado 2014 meeting 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.

Colorado Venue Location

Terry A. Gross Park
Geneva Creek
Just off Highway 285, at the foot of
Guanella and Kenosha Passes
Pike National Forest
Grant CO 80448

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Other Accommodation

The Grant Motel is a 5 unit motel 200 meters away, $70. -$100 a night. Two units with full kitchen.

The Grant Motel, Colorado.


49758 Highway 285 Grant, CO 80448
(303) 816-0542


From their website:

"All rooms include a refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, and television with satellite receiver.

Clean & Comfortable Rooms
Newly Renovated!
Full Kitchen or Kitchenette
Riverfront Relaxation
WiFi Available On-site
Liquor Store
Wildlife Mountain access nearby for a variety of activities"

Proprietor: Don Schauer

Motel owner.

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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