HU Travellers Meeting Germany-Summer 2014

Horizons Unlimited 12th Deutschland Travellers Meeting

Thursday May 29 - Sunday June 1, 2014
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 Thursday, May 29 to Sunday, June 1, 2014. 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 (May 29)

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 (May 30)

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 Friday lunch above.

19:00 sharp:

Speakers presentations

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

Saturday morning (May 31)

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 (June 1)

Breakfast served from 8:00, €5

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

Presenters at HU Germany Summer 2014 so far...

Grant and Susan Johnson.

Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

How it all began. The story of Grant and Susan's 11-year trip around the world, without a plan or a clue!

Way back in 1987, before the Internet, two young and naive Canadians set out from Vancouver to ride around the world on a motorcycle. The plan (and budget) was for 3 years, but it didn't quite work out that way!

Grant steers around a road hazard - aftermath of flooding on the Pan American Highway!

Heike Fania.

Heike Fania, 2 Live the Dream

From Europe to the Himalayas and beyond!

Three faces of the Himalaya

Exploring the Himalaya in three very different countries: Pakistan, India and Nepal - During our world trip we had the chance to see three different faces of the Himalaya in three different countries. We explored the roads and stunning landscapes between the highest mountains of the world in Pakistan, India and Nepal. Different religions, different cultures, different people, different countries - but all were fascinating... In this presentation we will take you on a trip through those three countries, we will ride up onto some of the highest passes of the world in India, we will take you over the Karakorum Highway, and we will show you that Nepal consists not only of mountains!

Heike and Filippo Fania.

Big Bikes Back in Burma

Burma is opening up - together with 3 friends we were the first that were allowed in with our bikes. While we were in Thailand we got the chance to enter Burma overland with our motorbikes. Together with 3 friends we formed the first group that was officiall allowed in. We spent only 7 days in this country, but we retuned with fantastic pictures and wonderful stories...

In May 2012 Filippo and I left Europe to travel around the world... and after 2 years on the road, we will be back in Germany in May 2014!
 

Werner Zwick

Guatemala, Belize and Southern Mexico - Volcanoes, indigenous markets, ancient ruins, great landscapes and dense jungles combined with great roads and rough dirt tracks.

Werner travelled in January 2014 from Guatemala City to Mexico City. His presentation covers: Central Guatemala with its impressive Volcanoes, curvy roads, fascinating Atitlan Lake and the charming old city of Antigua. Colourful indigenous markets, the tranquil cascades of Semuc Champey and the impressive old Maya city of Tikal in the jungle. Belize wth its Caribbean air stands in stark contrast to the more reserved highland people further west.

Werner Zwick in Central America.

Motorcyclewise, the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico is not really worthwhile. But the cultural treasures of old Maya cities like Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Paleque make up for missing curves and oppressive humidity. Riding on curvy roads into the highlands of Chiapas is pure fun. Crossing the isthmus of Teuhantepec is hard work. Fighting winds of up to 100km/h on an elevated Highway with heavy traffic took full concentration. The empty mountain roads in the Mexican highlands offered some more fun on the way to Oaxaca and Mexico City.

Werner Zwick on muddy road in Yungas, Bolivia.

Werner Zwick on muddy road in Yungas, Bolivia on South American tour

Werner has travelled by motorcycle in the Americas, parts of Africa, New Zealand and many parts of Europe so far.

Markus and Ellen Kirchgessner.

Markus & Ellen Kirchgeßner - two with desire of freedom!

Karibuni! - Welcome to Africa

45.000 kilometers through 23 countries - A multivison-show about two nomads, embarking on a Transafrica journey.

Markus Kirchgessner.

Markus Kirchgessner pic - African boy.

Frank Panthofer and Simone Dorner.

Frank Panthöfer and Simone Dorner, Krad-Vagabunden

Getting into contact with locals

The 'Krad-Vagabunden' (Simon and Panny) travelled around the world on two Honda Transalps from 05/2010 to 10/2013: North to South america, New Zealand and Australia, Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, back home through Iran, Iraq, Turkey, etc.

Frank and Simone on 90 mile beach in New Zealand.

Following their successful presentation in Australia on this topic, Simon and Panny will give some highlights from their around the world trip, then describe the online 'channels' which proved to be of outstanding efficiency for us to get into contact with locals / local motorcycle travellers. They will also give some tips/tricks + examples for real live contact.

Premkumar Govindarajulu.

Premkumar Govindarajulu, Switzerland

A Mixed Ride India, East Africa & Europe

Before starting this trip, I had a detailed plan. But the day I got geared up I threw all my plans in a Dustbin and decided to travel as a clean slate. Absolutely no plans. But I knew the direction from Switzerland. (as I live near Zürich). My direction was only south & East of Europe. With only direction in my mind I started my travel.

Premkumar Govindarajulu.

Premkumar rode Across India and East Africa in 2010 and after a break, started again to travel in Europe.

Educational Sessions

Because Horizons Unlimited events are about informing, not just inspiring, we also have a great lineup of educational sessions for you...

Filippo Fania.

Filippo Fania, 2 Live the Dream

Safe off-road riding fully loaded

Tips on how to handle your fully loaded bike in tricky off-road conditions

Tips and tricks for travellers that want to go off-road with a fully-loaded motorcycle, and don't want to risk a crash. E.g. how to turn around on a very steep and slippery slope with a fully loaded BMW - going downhill save and slow - handling of heavy bikes in difficult situations - turning on a narrow track - etc.

Heike and Filippo Fania.

Bike modifications and technical tips

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.

I have travelled on two wheels for more than 30 years. In May 2012 I left Germany together with Heike to travel around the world, and after 2 years on the road we return in May 2014.

Grant and Susan Johnson.

Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

4 Easy Steps to Overland Travel! You can do it - we can help! Finding your way around Horizons Unlimited, other resources. Lots of great pics and video clips.

"Grant and Susan Johnson are icons in the round-the-world (RTW) motorcycling community. The Johnsons host - or more appropriately write, edit, produce, manage and coordinate Horizons Unlimited - a global network of motorcycle travelers... and a bona fide adventure motorcycling phenomenon." Dan Hilton, Rider Magazine

This seminar will be an overview of 'How To' travel overland topics. Includes content from the Achievable Dream series and great pics from HU Photo Contest winners!

Get Inspired on Horizons Unlimited.

Grant Johnson showing tire changing.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

Fix that flat! How to change a tyre anytime, anywhere!

Grant's tyre changing seminars are always well attended and appreciated. This seminar covers: 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 for beginners to experts, optional tyre changing contest.

Grant Johnson's audience for Tire Changing at HU California meeting.

Grant's tyre changing seminar at HU California meeting.

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.

NEW! HU Germany 2014 Off Road Training for Travelers

A lot of travelers just play around on the main streets around planet earth – be brave enough to leave those to explore the hidden trails! Jens has organised with "Stehlin Off-Road Training" for you to learn the basics to face those tracks – so what are you waiting for?

When? 27.-29. 05.2014 (just before the HU Germany event!)

Where? Close to the town of Kenzingen in the Black Forest.

How much? € 195.- Euro

What's included?

- 1 Full Day Off Road Training on your own bike
- Professional Off Road Instructors – 1 Instructor per 8-10 participants
- Max 25 participants, then 3 Instructors
- 2 Overnights at a typical Gasthaus in the area
- 2 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners, 1 Lunch (at Off Road Terrain)

Please note:

--- Sign up till end of March 2014 (31.03.2014)

--- Minimum number of participants 10 riders

All the details 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.

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

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

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

Evening at the HU Germany meeting.

Food

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.

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

PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING FOR FULL PASSES

Includes admission to all slide shows Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
Tech Clinics and demonstrations. Meals are NOT included.

Pre-Register & Pay before May 22:

€40

At the Event Pricing (applies after May 22):

€50



MEALS

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



ACCOMMODATION

Camping is included with your registration fee.

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 2014 meeting poster, Deutsche version.

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

HU Germany 2014 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.

Germany 2014 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/
Balzenbach

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 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!

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 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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Check out the previous contest winners!