HU Travellers Meeting Germany Summer 2013

Horizons Unlimited 10th Deutschland Travellers Meeting

Friday May 17 - Monday May 20, 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 Summer Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Friday, May 17 to Monday, May 20, 2013. Organizers will be there most of Thursday, hopefully Thursday 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... 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.

Friday afternoon (May 17)

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

Friday night

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

Saturday morning (May 18)

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 Saturday lunch above.

19:00 sharp:

Speakers presentations

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

Sunday morning (May 19)

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.

Sunday 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.

Sunday 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.

Sunday, dinner

See Sunday lunch above.

19:00 sharp:

Speakers presentations

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

Monday (May 20)

Breakfast served from 8:00, €5

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

Presenters at HU Germany Summer 2013 include...

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.


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.


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.

Here's what we had in 2012:

Get Inspired!

  • 2-wheels 1-world 0-money
    • Daniel Rintz
      A day-dreamer rides around the world on a motorcycle, surviving on the money he makes on the way, until he finds what he what he wasn't even looking for.
      War zone borders, engine trouble and the difficulties of making money to survive couldn't outweigh the thrill of adventure and discovery I encountered while motorcycling around the world for over two and a half years. This is an intimate portrait of the changes a man experiences after numerous encounters with foreign cultures and beliefs.
    • Daniel, born October 30th '77, Filmmaker, Designer, Handy-Harry, and who is known to be creative, spontaneous, curious, impulsive, restless and yet sometimes absent-minded.
      Why am I an Open-Explorer? Traveling is my passion. It always appeals to me to expose myself to difficult situations. I'm convinced that this will make me grow. Experiences from extensive previous travels have changed the way I see the world today. With the Open-Explorers project I hope to take things a step further and attempt to prove to myself that it's possible to travel this world under the least luxurious circumstances which inevitably are going to make me dive into different lifestyles more deeply.
      I'd be delighted to find other people encouraged to travel themselves and therefore lead the world's course towards more goodness. I believe that the exceptional and intense experiences made during a journey lead to a pattern of behaviour that is defined by tolerance, understanding and good nature.


  • South America to Ushuaia
    • Richard Winter, TravellingStrom, Australia, on RTW,
      Heading south, destination Dakar Rally and the southern tip

  • Social media on travels (Live Podcast),
    • Claudio Gnypek (muthoka) and Sonja Ritter
      Welche social media kann ich für Motorradreisen nutzen? Erfahrungen und Praxistipps von Teilnehmenden sind erwünscht.
      What can I use social media for motorcycle trips? Experiences and practical tips from participants are welcome.

  • Claudio Gnypek and Sonja Ritter social media workshop, HU Germany 2012.

  • "theotherway" to Asia
    • Marc Wibbels
      From green woods to dry deserts -passing the deepest salt lakes and highest mountains in the world.

  • Arizona to the Panama Canal
    • Lynn Brown (USA) & Thomas Beez (Germany) will share their eight-nation tour from Arizona to the Panama Canal. The trip lasted five weeks and covered 10,000 km (6,200 miles), exploring eight countries and negotiated nine international border crossings. Lynn and Thomas visited colonial cities, rode the Devil's Spine (one of the 10 best motorcycle roads in the world), explored old mining towns and ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. The trip also included Costa Rica, Belize, and crossing the Bridge of the Americas over the Panama Canal. We plan to continue the journey in 2012 into South America.
  • Alles klar, my best friend?
    • Martin and Pepi Jungowski
      A trip around Tunisia in October 2011, right before their first free elections after ousting Ben Ali.

    Tunisia 2011
    Tunisia 2011

  • On 50 Euros to the Mediterrean Coast (as written about in Tourenfahrer)
    • Jens Ruprecht, Germany, HU Germany meeting organizer and Edelweiss tour guide
      Durchgebissen: Für 50 Euro ans Mittelmeer?

  • The Frog Princess
    • Benedikt Frank
      Germany to Nepal: The story of a little green motorcycle on the way from Germany to Nepal - via Iran, Central Asia, China and Pakistan
  • Patagonia
    • Jens Ruprecht, Germany


  • GPS Technical Seminars:
    • "Bertrand"
      1 - Adding Google Earth IMGs to GPS
      2 - Getting and adding maps from OpenSource
      3 - Creating Custom POI's
  • Electrical Gremlins workshop
    • Workshop, by Ben Frank

  • BMW F650 Modifications
    • Workshop, by Bertrand
  • Cheeky, sneaky, legal backup preparation - German Documents
    • Hanno Krusken (spooky)
      I came back from my local vehicle registration office today, for extension and renewing some of my documents for traveling. Lots of cheeky tips on how to get a 2nd or even 3rd set of all travel documents in Germany, that including a 2nd Passport, 2nd int.driving license, 2nd int. vehicle license and how to get some more original green-cards for free out of the insurance companies, all perfectly legal. So there would not be any need to colour copy and laminate any of this papers for the risk of being called a fraud to fool foreign police officers. Now this workshop is very heavily regarded to the German documents and authorities, how to get them legally. This workshop would be most interesting for the international HU members on the meeting as well to listen, that the Germans are not that over correct as they may appear to be... :) Anyway, the international HU-members on the German HU-meeting would be able to use this workshop, to adapt for there own needs and national conditions, so I will hold this workshop in English with German inlays for the Germans for better understanding.
  • DIY tools workshop "help-your-self"
    • Hanno Krusken (spooky)
      With this DIY-workshop I would like to support other HU members to do their own service, show what minimal tools they need to be able to actually do their own service or emergency repair, not being worried about getting dirty or helpless in such situations.
  • Fix that flat! How to change a tire anytime, anywhere
    • Workshop
      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 and tire changing contest for beginners to experts!

    Jens Ruprecht demonstrates tire changing, HU Germany meeting.
    Tech session

  • How to write and publish your travel book!
    • Jens Ruprecht, Germany
      Want to get your story published and on Amazon? Jens did it, and here's how!
  • Women only
  • a very popular session - I'm told it's 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!

The only picture from the HU Germany women only session.

Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

Have Fun! Field Events

Not sure what they're doing, but looks like fun! HU Germany 2012 event.

Not sure what they're doing, but it looks like fun!

The fine art of the helmet toss, HU Germany meeting.

The fine art of the helmet toss

Horizons Unlimited Germany 2013 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

The event will be held at:

Gasthaus „Zur Schneeburg“
69509 Ober-Liebersbach
(30 min. north of Heidelberg)

Gasthaus Zur Schneeburg, Ober-Liebersbach, Germany. Garden at Gasthaus Zur Schneeburg, Germany.

Participants at the HU Germany 2012 meeting.

Enjoying the nice weather at the HU Germany meeting.

Enjoying the lovely summer weather!

Tech session in the big tent, HU Germany meeting.

Tech session in the big tent


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

Evening at the HU Germany meeting.


Is NOT included in your registration price.

Served all day, breakfast €5 from 08.00 every day, then hot meals from 11:30 till 22.00, a wide and varied menu - typical dishes of the area (Odenwald), including vegetarian, at reasonable prices. Try the Odenwald Äppelwoi! (applewine).

Good hearty food! Salad plate.


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.

What happens at HU events?

HUBBUK 2013 - Donington Park

HU Germany 2012 Olympics

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 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!"

"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'."

"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."

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 2013 meeting poster, Deutsche version.

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

HU Germany 2013 meeting poster, English.

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.

Germany 2013 Venue Location

Gasthaus „Zur Schneeburg“
69509 Ober-Liebersbach
(30 min. north of Heidelberg)

N49 36.422 E8 42.421

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Other Accommodation

If you have any information for the area please let us know.

Pretty nice hotel:

Der Watzenhof
69502 Hemsbach/

Tel: 06201 70050
Fax: 06201 700520
Email Hotel:

Information about the area

The Odenwald Region, a little bit south of Frankfurt, east of the Rhine river is a very nice area for motorcyclists because of its pretty little hills, forests, romantic villages and perfect motorcycle roads! If you have never been here – you will love it! A ride in the morning – an afternoon coffee somewhere in an ancient castle and then back to our campground with all these beautiful people – what else do we need? We are only 15 min. away from the nice little towns of Heppenheim and Weinheim. Once you are here in the region – don't miss visiting the old town of Heidelberg.

If you have any links or details for the area please let us know.

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 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!

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.

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 10 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 10 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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