HU Travellers Meeting Germany-Autumn 2013

Horizons Unlimited 11th Deutschland Travellers Meeting

Thursday 24 Oct - Sunday 27 Oct, 2013
Ober-Liebersbach, Deutschland

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 Germany Autumn Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Thursday, 24 Oct to Sunday, 27 Oct, 2013. Organizers will be there most of Wednesday, hopefully Wednesday evening, if anyone wishes to arrive early and just hang out or go for a ride in the area. There is no problem arriving even a couple of days early, our hosts will be happy to see you and feed you, and camping is free. Please LET US KNOW you will be arriving early.

Schedule will be posted here, with a print version as well, when it's ready...

...so check back and plan what you want to see. The schedule is subject to change, so don't hold our feet to the fire - stuff happens! But we will try very hard to ensure that it goes off as planned. Check the latest schedule to be posted at the meeting on the day.

All times - and everything - approximate!

An up-to-date schedule will be posted at the Meeting.

Thursday afternoon (24 Oct)

CHECK-IN and sign up! You MUST be registered to go on a ride or entry to any events, seminars etc.

Thursday night

21:00 Speakers presentations start sharp at 2100, so be sure you've eaten early!

Friday morning (25 Oct)

8:00 - Breakfast, all morning, €5

8:30 - 9:00 Late Check-in.

9:00 Ride briefing. Be fueled up and ready to ride if you're going.

Friday Lunch

From 11:30, served all day. Payable to the venue on the day. Range of specials from the blackboard served all day, various excellent prices. Vegetarian meals available.

Friday afternoon,

Ride-outs - details here if you're riding on your own.

On road runs - we'll post a sheet of paper up for you to add your name to a destination, volunteers to lead appreciated!

Tech Seminar, details to come. If you want to volunteer to lead a seminar or breakout session, on any appropriate topic, please contact us. We have had lots of interest in seminars, ranging from 30 minutes to several hours, on subjects from GPS to packing lists to tire changing.

Friday, dinner

See Saturday lunch above.

19:00 sharp:

Speakers presentations

21:00 (not sharp) - Door prizes - you have to be there to win!

Saturday morning (26 Oct)

8:00 - Breakfast, all morning, €5

8:30 - 9:00 Late Check-in.

9:00 Ride briefing. Be fueled up and ready to ride if you're going.

Saturday Lunch

From 11:30, served all day. Payable to the venue on the day. Range of specials from the blackboard served all day, various excellent prices. Vegetarian meals available.

Saturday afternoon,

Ride-outs - details here if you're riding on your own.

On road runs - we'll post a sheet of paper up for you to add your name to a destination, volunteers to lead appreciated!

Tech Seminar, details to come. If you want to volunteer to lead a seminar or breakout session, on any appropriate topic, please contact us. We have had lots of interest in seminars, ranging from 30 minutes to several hours, on subjects from GPS to packing lists to tire changing.

Saturday, dinner

See Sunday lunch above.

19:00 sharp:

Speakers presentations

21:00 (not sharp) - Door prizes - you have to be there to win!

Sunday (27 Oct)

Breakfast served from 8:00, €5

Clean up and head home, or for more interesting places!

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

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

Here's what we had at HU Germany Summer 2013 ...

Uli Steinmann.Annaleen Steinmann.

Uli and Annaleen Steinmann

Silk road

Pictures and short movies from our trip through Iran, Turkmenistan, Kirgisistan, Uzbekistan, China and Pakistan.

Wie viele Kamele sind auf dem Bild.

Wüstencamp.

Donato Nicoletti.

Donato Nicoletti

Lone Ride Around

A guy, his Harley, 14 months, 23 countries and 60.000 kms to take a long breath across Asia: Caucasus, the 'Stans, China, Pakistan, India, Thai, Lao, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia and Russia.

Crossing a bridge in Pakistan.

 

Jan van Gulik

Silk road Uzbekistan and Kirghistan

Slideshow of a trip from Kazakhstan through Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Russia.

Jalal-Abad.

Martin & Pepi Jungowski.

Martin & Pepi Jungowski

Cambodia two-up on a Baja 250

Three weeks, two people, one backpack, one bike, twofifty cc - a quick dip into Cambodia. As part of a longer five week journey through south east Asia we spent almost three weeks in Cambodia on a rented 250ccm Honda Baja, travelling through the country two-up. From Phnom Phen to Angkor Wat, Kratie, Banlung, via the joungle route to Sen Monorom, and back.

Martin Jungowski.

Pepi Jungowski.

Alex Conrad.

Alex Conrad

There is another choice!

After working as an engineer in the US and Germany, 'burned out' and depressed, Alexander found Jupiters Travels, bought a motorcycle, left everything behind and took off, though southern Europe and into Asia. He'll tell you how he came to the decision!

Alex Conrad.

Educational Sessions

--- First Aid Course for motorcyclists ---

It will be on Saturday around 10 - 12 AM. We got one person from the ASB (Arbeiter Samariter Bund), very well known in Germany, similar to the Red Cross. It won't be an official Course, that means no papers for nobody, but the person who runs it, also runs official courses, that means he gives very good and updated information. And - it is for free!

Hanno Krusken:

--- Tooling workshop... get dirty ---

"I will show you all tools you need to fix your bike without carrying a full grown workshop or trailer behind. We will discuss what minimum tools are needed, simple tricks and lots of knowledge... usually this workshop will extend to very individual FAQ after the main workshop and is open ended. Workshop will be held in English and German crossover if needed..."

--- How to get a 2nd set of legal German Documents ---

"How to get two complete legal sets of Passports, international driving licences, international vehicle registration, double green card and so on... yeah German bureaucracy... don't be scared..."

More to come...

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

Horizons Unlimited Germany 2014 Ride-outs

Ride-outs are limited to 6 or 10 people per ride, no exceptions.

All rides will be back on site at or before 5.00pm

  • Road Rides - two planned, details to come.
  • Off-road - we could use some help - any ideas, locations, routes, off-road tracks?

The cost of going on any ride is included in the registration fee.

All rides are "register on the day." There will be signup sheets for each ride posted the evening before. First in best dressed.

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

NOTE: NEW LOCATION !!!

The event will be held at:

Campingplatz Pfrimmtal
Pfrimmerhof 3
67729 Sippersfeld
Telefon (06357) 9753 -80

Campingplatz Pfrimmtal. Campingplatz Pfrimmtal.

Jens has found a great new venue! Official Campground in beautiful surroundings features:

  • Separate Camping Area for Groups
  • Fireplace
  • Great toilets and real showers – finally!
  • German/Greek Restaurant on the spot (lunch, dinners and breakfast)
  • Swimming in several lakes possible (depends on the weather!)
  • Good for hiking
  • Fishing possible
  • Absolutely quiet – no traffic around!
  • Great Barn for slide shows
  • Cabins/ Mobilhomes and Apartments are available (book through Jens)

Campingplatz Pfrimmtal.

Great riding in one of the best riding areas of Germany – the Pfälzer Wald! The famous Motorcycle Meeting Point "Johanniskreuz" is just around the corner... Endless turns with nearly no traffic! Plenty of attractions in the area - see list!

Tech session in the big tent, HU Germany meeting.

There will stil be the big tent!

Camping

Camping IS included in your registration fee. There is lots of room for camping!

Campingplatz Pfrimmtal. Campingplatz Pfrimmtal.

Food

Is NOT included in your registration price. There is a Greek/German restaurant serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

 

PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING FOR FULL PASSES

Includes admission to all slide shows, tech clinics and demonstrations Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Meals are NOT included.

Pre-Register & Pay before 17 Oct:

€35

At the Event Pricing (applies after 17 Oct):

€45



MEALS

Meals are NOT included but food may be purchased on site.



ACCOMMODATION

Camping is included with your registration fee.

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

SELECT YOUR PRE-REGISTRATION OPTION

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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

"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, Deutsche (300kb) full colour Event poster:

HU Deutschland Autumn 2013 meeting poster, Deutsche version.

Poster in pdf format, English (300kb) full colour Event poster:

HU Germany Autumn 2013 meeting poster, English.

You may need to right click and choose "save target as..."

Thanks!

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.

Local Hosts

Jens Ruprecht is the lead organizer of this event. Thanks go to Jens for volunteering to bring Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meetings to Germany, and all his hard work!

Christina and Jens.

Christina and Jens

If you have any questions, contact Jens at jens...@gmx.de. If you have a problem contact Jens (via Grant) here with rideout registration, vendor, venue and speakers questions.

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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