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.
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!)
We're still working on the details, but expect riding as the focus, follow the leader or on your own, with a presentation or two in the evening.
There will be Saturday ride outs (with suggested routes/maps) and possibly group leaders.
Presenters at HU Colorado 2013 included...
High Passes & Soft Curves
"A quick trip to the Indian Himalaya Fly-in fly-out trip to Leh and Ladakh on a rented Royal Enfield Bullet. You can have a great experience in a very foreign environment without having to do a lot of planning or taking a lot of equipment."
After growing up in the North-East of England, Nick seeks out the drier parts of the world! An experienced desert traveler, Nick has made many trips to the Sahara and the Rub' al Khali, as well as spending time in Southern Africa and the slightly wetter parts of South East Asia. Nick lives in Idledale, Colorado, drives Land Rovers and rides BMWs.
Your Alaska Journey
I am a former Alaska Resident. The presentation is slides of various routes to and from Alaska and the Marine Ferry along with a talk to help people plan their Alaska Journey.
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!
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.
Note: You are spoiled for choice on rides in the area, so let Greg know if you have any particular requests.
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.
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 ;-)
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.
Camping along the creek is included in your registration fee.
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."
And a local delicacy - Fudge!
Menu from their website:
There is also a small "camper store" on site, for firewood, soups and soda.
I've already registered - I just want to pay!
PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING FOR FULL PASSES
Includes ride-outs and admission to all slide shows Friday and Saturday.
Pre-Register & Pay between:
(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)
AT THE EVENT PRICING (APPLIES AFTER JULY 5)
Pay Cash or PayPal on Arrival
days to go!
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.
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).
Comments about HU Events
"My first HU meeting but not my last! I thought I'd feel awkward but there were quite a few 'newbies' and I discovered I had been to a lot more places than I had thought. The friendliness and diversity of the people attending made it great! See you next year!"
"The presentations ran back-to-back all weekend and we suffered an overload of marvellous photos and interesting talks and funny, lovely inspiring people! It's hard to imagine a world beyond travel where the real people exist with jobs and mortgages and bills..."
"I don't even have plans to go ride around the world, but the presentations and people were great and you guys did an awesome job!"
"What a FANTASTIC event! We found the atmosphere totally different to our usual events; everyone was so friendly - it was almost like one big family... the HUBB event isn't a show - rather it is a 'gathering of like minded people', and we decided we liked that very much."
"It was wonderful!! Loved the chance to rub elbows with experienced rtw'ers, and get their experiences/ views/ perspectives. The mantra I took away was 'just do it'."
"Folks were all great and the most amazing thing was there was NO ATTITUDE."
"As a 4x4 member we were all made to feel very welcome. From the moment we were greeted at the gate, to the moment we left, everyone we met treated us almost as family."
"The food was delicious (without a doubt the best I ever had at a rally or meet up), the entertainment fabulous and the presentations mind-blowing! I'm gutted that I can't just drop everything and head off again myself."
"We had awesome talks and great discussion sessions and workshops. Everyone chipped in to keep the place amazingly clean and the event running smoothly, and as I've come to expect of motorbike travellers, were very well behaved :-)"
"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."
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:
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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.
Terry A. Gross Park
Just off Highway 285, at the foot of
Guanella and Kenosha Passes
Pike National Forest
Grant CO 80448
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The Grant Motel is a 5 unit motel 200 meters away, $70. -$100 a night. Two units with full kitchen.
49758 Highway 285 Grant, CO 80448
From their website:
"All rooms include a refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, and television with satellite receiver.
Clean & Comfortable Rooms
Full Kitchen or Kitchenette
WiFi Available On-site
Wildlife Mountain access nearby for a variety of activities"
Proprietor: Don Schauer
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.
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.
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.
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