HU Travellers Meeting Germany-Autumn 2014
Horizons Unlimited 13th Deutschland Travellers Meeting
Thursday 23 Oct - Sunday 26 Oct, 2014
Campingplatz Pfrimmtal, 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.
The event is taking place from Thursday, 23 Oct to Sunday, 26 Oct, 2014. Presentations will start Thursday night. Rideouts will start Friday morning. 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. Please LET US KNOW you will be arriving early.
Schedule will be posted here, with a print version as well, when it's ready... The schedule is subject to change - stuff happens! Check the latest schedule to be posted at the meeting on the day.
Presenters at HU Germany Autumn 2014 so far...
Moppedrun.de – eine Reise zwischen den A - Vamos amigos!
Lateinamerika: gibt es eine Region auf der Welt die sich besser für die "große" Motorradtour eignet als der Mittelteil der beiden Amerikas?
Der Kontinent geizt nicht mit Superlativen, ist sicher zu bereisen und nirgends kann man Motorräder billiger kaufen als in den USA. Gerade frisch zurückgekehrt (die Fotos sind noch nicht mal alle gesichtet) berichtet Jörn von seiner 12-monatigen Reise zwischen den sonnigen Surfstränden Kaliforniens und den eisigen Salzseen Boliviens, von karibischen Inseln und den Gipfeln der Anden, von Wegen abseits der Panamericana.
Seit 25 Jahren auf zwei Rädern unterwegs, hauptsächlich in Europa, Asien und Afrika, nach einer langen und vielen –viel zu kurzen Reisen- zog es ihn zum ersten Mal nach Lateinamerika.
From Panama to Mexico - 'Dangerous Countries'?
Panama and Costa Rica are wonderful Countries to travel with the motorbike, but also I got a impression about the "dangerous" countries on the way to Mexico. Next year, I will go back to see more!
Since 2008 on the way from Tierra del Fuego to the North with my Honda Africa Twin. 2014 I have traveled from Panama to Cancun, Mexico. I'm 63 years old, but I have a young heart!
Mexico and The Copper Canyon - Meine Reise durch alt Mexiko und die Kupferschlucht
Ride with me through the Copper Canyon and along the Espinazo del Diablo (Devil's Backbone) and some of the most beautiful cities in Mexico: Mazatlan, Durango, Zacatecus and the remote old silver town of Real deal Catorce.
Jeff has 40+ years riding motorcycles. Riding experiences: US: most all of the states including Alaska, Canada: most of the provinces including the Yukon & NWT... Rode the Dempster in a driving rain, Mexico: road through the Copper Canyon, the Devils Backbone, etc. Western and Eastern Europe, and is currently on a round-the-world trip for the next 4 to 5 years.
Fresh from the 'dark continent'
Jan and Anne will show a selection of impressions, stories and learnings from their recent trip across Africa.They started in South Africa in May 2014, crossed Southern and Eastern Africa, Turkey and Eastern Europe, and will (Inshallah!) arrive in Germany mid-October. Just in time for the HU meeting!
"As our minds are freshly loaded from the trip, we will be able to give you recent information about roads, borders and people but also insights regarding planning and the things to think, build, buy and forget about."
Jan has been riding motorcycles for 15 years. He is as passionate about two-wheelers as he is about our environment. He lived in Johannesburg, South Africa in the last two years, gaining true offroad riding skills as well as managing communication challenges in environmental NGOs.
Anne started riding in 2011. She has her good and her bad days, but with knobbly tyres on dirt tracks there are only good days, really. She lived with Jan in South Africa, and if you want to know more you can read her profile on Global Women who Ride.
28.888 km around South America
Visiting Thailand, Laos and Cambodia on rented 125cc bikes
50.000 km around Africa
30 days in Russia - Ukraine to the Ural Mountains and south along the river Wolga into Georgia
Coming from Ukraine, Alexander travelled across crowded and remote areas of Russia all the way to the Ural mountains into the country of "Tatarstan". Riding several days in the rain, getting kicked out of hotels, getting sick, he had to stay longer than scheduled. Visiting the hospital and dealing with its bureaucracy, even not recovered he had to hurry up to leave the country within the 30-day visa time. And he still had to pass through the "very dangerous" areas of North-Ossetia and Ingushetiya into Georgia...
Burned out and very depressed, Alexander left everything and took on a motorcycle trip in 2011. Since then he has been constantly travelling on two wheels around the globe continuing his "Motorcycletherapy"...
Mongolia to Magadan, the hard way
Off road via the western BAM Road and the Vitim Bridge and the Road of Bones
Pictures, videos and stories of a big adventure: Mud, mosquitos, rain, trains, big rivers and friendly people.
Chris likes travelling by motorcycle and has been to quite a few places on them!
Heike & Filippo Fania, 2 Live the Dream
Best of 2 years on the road
Favorite pics and some great stories from 2 years on the road... due to the limited time, further stories will follow at the campfire...
Heike & Filippo have travelled from Europe to New Zealand - 2 years, 81000 km, and lots of smaller trips before. Now back in Europe...
Realizeddream.com - About a dream I had, which I have turned into reality!
A realized dream for me... and sure possible for you!
Richard says: "About four years ago I sold all what I owned except my motorbike. I got myself prepared for a life on the motorbike to travel as long as possible. I travelled from the Netherlands to Norway's most northern point and from there on to South-Africa's most southern point."
Harald Haeninger, Freedom on 2 Wheels
Austria to Australia - 18 months, 65,000 km, 21 countries!
Kurs Südost eine Reise in (m) ein Abenteuer, 65.000 km, 18 Monate, 21 Länder. Höhepunkte meiner Reise: Pakistan, Mount Everest Basecamp, Tibet, Traditioneller Walfang in Lamalera (Indonesien), Australien
A travel adventure, 65.000 km, 18 months, 21 countries. Highlights of my trip: Pakistan, Mount Everest Base Camp, Tibet, Traditional Whaling in Lamalera (Indonesia), Australia
Harry says: "I drove from Austria to Australia, via Iran, Pakistan. 18 Month, 65.ooo km, 21 countries. I was with my motorbike on the Mount Everest Basecamp. I joined a traditional whale catching in Indonesia..."
...because Horizons Unlimited meetings are about information, not just inspiration!
Diesel Motorbike - Long distance travel
Preparation of the right equipment is crucial to an expedition. With his 27 years travel experience at sea, land, and air, Angelus will give recommendations and advice on the right travel equipment.
Angelus sailed around the world on a boat in 23 years, then traveled in South America for 5 years on a motorbike.
Licht- & Schattenseiten einer Weltreise - Einmal im Leben auf große Fahrt gehen!
Dauerhaft auf Reisen zu sein, ist weit entfernt von einem niemals enden wollenden Urlaub.
Viele Jahre haben wir davon geträumt, bis wir schließlich den Mut fanden, es zu wagen. Nach dreieinhalb Jahren Motorrad-Weltreise sind wir nun wieder zurück und bereit zu berichten: Von Glück und Verzweiflung, von Liebe und Leid, von den Licht- und Schattenseiten eines Lebens "on the road", das weit entfernt ist von einem niemals enden wollenden Urlaub.
Light and shade in a trip around the world - Once a go at life full speed ahead!
For many years we dreamed, until we finally found the courage to dare. After three and a half years motorcycle trip around the world, we are now back and ready to report: By happiness and despair, of love and sorrow, of the light and dark sides of life "on the road", which is far from a never-ending holiday!
The Krad-Vagabunden (Simon and Panny) travelled around the world for 3.5 years with with their bikes. 183,475 km, 64 border-crossings and countless encounters with locals and mc-riders.
Filippo Fania, 2 Live the Dream
Filippo's technical workshop - Bike Modifications, Bike Handling, Bush Mechanics...
Bring your bike, bring your questions... Bring your bike and show us your modifications, fixes, etc. Bring your questions and problems, and we will try to find a solution. Filippo will also present some modifications that have proven very helpful during his world-trip.
Filippo travelled together with Heike 2 years all the way through Asia, Australia, New Zealand - 81000 km - lots of technical problems included. Plenty of other trips before... and lots of experience in bush mechanics!
To pee or not to pee - Sharing some (good and bad) ideas and experiences around motorbike travels for XX-Chromosomers
Not only about peeing, but also everything else that might raise question marks for lady bikers on the road. And not only a presentation about one woman's experience, but an open round to discuss (good and bad) ideas and experiences, share some ideas and laughs and inspire each other to go out there and do our thing (without worries). Men welcome if they can stand the straight talk.
Border Crossings, Visas and Shipping workshops
Uli will run two workshops sharing his knowledge from 24 months, 40 countries and 100,000 km:
Border Crossing and Visas Workshop
How to ship a bike Workshop
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 sign up here.
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.
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.
NOTE: NEW LOCATION !!!
The event will be held at:
Telefon (06357) 9753 -80
Jens has found a great new venue! Official Campground in beautiful surroundings features:
- Separate Camping Area for Groups
- 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)
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!
Camping IS included in your registration fee. There is lots of room for camping!
Is NOT included in your registration price. There is a Greek/German restaurant serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
I've already registered - I just want to pay!
Meals are NOT included but food may be purchased on site.
Camping (with real showers!) is included with your registration fee. Cabins/ Mobilhomes and Apartments are available at extra cost (book through Jens).
days to go!
What happens at HU events?
HUBBUK 2013 - Donington Park
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
"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."
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, English (300kb) full colour Event poster:
You may need to right click and choose "save target as..."
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.
Located 35 km west of the City of 67549 Worms Rhein, just at the entrance of 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!
If you have any links or details for the area please let us know.
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!
We can always use help on the day - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours 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.
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.
Next HU Events
- Thailand: Jan 9-11, 2015
- NEW! USA Virginia: Apr 9-12
- NEW! HUMM Morocco: May 13-16
- Germany: May 14-17
- Canada Ontario: Jun 18-21
- Ireland: June 26-28
- Colorado: July 17-19 TBC
- Canada West: Aug 20-23
- USA California: Sep 24-27
- Aus Queensland: Sep 24-27
- USA North Carolina: Oct 8-11
- Aus Perth: Oct 9-11
- Germany: Oct 22-25
10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!