HU Travellers Meeting Ireland 2014
5th Annual Horizons Unlimited Overland Adventure Travel Event
Friday July 18 - Sunday July 20, 2014 - Enniskillen, Ireland
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 18 to Sunday, July 20, 2014.
The plan is simple. Show up on Friday afternoon, meet people and setup. Travel Presentations and Tech seminars are planned throughout the meeting, starting Friday evening.
Presenters at HU Ireland 2014 so far...
Billy Ward, Bike Truck
Africa - Another axis of evil?
You're going to Africa? You sure? It's very dangerous you know. Machetes, diseases and all sorts. Have you been? 'er No'.
Well, let's get something straight, Africa is not a country! So why do so many of us bundle ALL the countries of this continent into one and then choose the worst characteristics of a couple of them to describe the whole lot?
We shouldn't really be surprised at this should we? When we listen to the 24/7 news media telling us how dangerous the whole world is. If we took too much notice of that, well, we wouldn't be riding to Belfast never mind Africa.
This prezo aims at sharing some of my thousands of kilometers across many parts of the world and will try and dispel the myth of the 'axis of evil' and help trigger that spark that gets you buying new underwear a few maps and packing the panniers!
I'll share some road trip stories and images of rides with Charley Boorman, primarily in Africa, including South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique and even an illegal dash into Angola. I'll also share some insight into what it's like working with Charley, ten years on from Long Way Round.
I've been adventure travelling in bike terms for the last 10 years. Africa, Central America, Australia, USA all on motorbikes. Working with several UK TV celebrities including The Hairy Bikers, Ross Noble and Charley Boorman, has helped me develop opportunities in adventure biking & Theatre / TV production.
Paddy Tyson, Overland Magazine
Nepal and Tibet, plus Riding the Americas on a dodgy Italian Stallion
Nepal and Tibet - Exploring the Himalayas on an Enfield
Amazing riding, beautiful people and literally breath-taking vistas. It's a part of the world like no other which will make you weak at the knees. And dizzy. And thirsty. And sick...
Why unreliable machinery is more fun. Riding the Americas on a dodgy Italian stallion
Setting out for the second time to ride from Alaska to Argentina, Paddy Tyson chooses a bike which starts conversations and small fires...
Paddy Tyson has been travelling overland since his first trans America in 1976. He manages to hold down jobs just long enough to gather funds for his next trip, but now, as editor of Overland Magazine, he may have found the perfect career.
In Clancy's Boots - Recreating the world's first RTW ride - 100 years on
Geoff Hill and Gary Walker on recreating the journey of the world's first round the world biker Carl Stearns Clancy 100 years on - complete with Clancy's original boots.
Geoff Hill has ridden a Royal Enfield from Delhi to Belfast, Triumph Tigers from Chile to Alaska and all the way around Australia, and a BMW R1200GS Adventure around the world following the route of the first RTW rider, Carl Stearns Clancy, 100 years ago.
How To Spend Your Redundancy
A 6 month solo trip visiting Morocco, parts of Europe with a touch of Turkey whilst making new friends along the way.
The dream began way back when in junior school around the time we joined the EEC and by 1985 (a year or two later...), I had finished reading Jupiter's Travels and bought myself a Suzuki 250. The first time I pushed the starter button I knew this was the only way to travel. I saved like mad, then bought a house; I saved again, then got married; I saved again, then went to university; I saved once more, then cleared the mortgage; I saved again, then was made redundant... I packed my bike.
After nearly 30 years of dreaming I was finally planning my trip - they say the fun is in the anticipation? Well I say they need to travel. I may have many years and miles under my belt, even short European trips, but nothing could have prepared me for the fun that every day on the road as a solo traveller could bring.
My presentation will be about the trip planning, the early days of getting accustomed to another day on the road, visiting Morocco, making new friends, the easy (and not-so-easy) border crossings and the shock of returning home and attempting to settle into a routine of work.
Make it up as you go along...
The story of my 4 year round the world journey, leaving Belfast in 1999. Photos and short videos.
Liam McCabe travelled round the world leaving in 1999 on a Honda Africa twin and spent 3 years and 9 months on the road.
Mexico & The Copper Canyon
Copper Canyon, Mazatlan, Durango, Real deal Catorce, Zacatecus, Chihuahua. Ride with me through the Copper Canyon and some of the most exciting and beautiful cities of old Mexico.
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 Europe, and will be on a RTW trip when he attends the meeting in Ireland.
Bernard Smith circled the world and returned to write 'Touching the World' - the story of his journey with the first blind person to circumnavigate the globe on a motorcycle.
The presentation will give a short background into the 'perception' of our journey before moving onto specific events experienced on the journey.
One woman's solo motorcycle journey from London to Capetown
Claire quit her city career in 2012 to live the dream and spent 9 months riding solo from London to Capetown via the East Coast of Africa. 27 countries, 18k miles and several brushes with death later, she made it and lived to tell the tale!
"A brief foray into why I took this journey and the reactions of those around me. Then 5 stories highlighting some of the many ups and downs (mostly ups, but not before it looked as though I might well end up abducted/dead/missing a few limbs on each occasion!) along the way - many of which centred around the theme of my experiences as a lone female, but I'm sure equally applicable to any adventurous/mad person of who's keen to really experience another continent."
Liam and Naomi McIlhone
Up On The Roof - Adventures in South America in an old Land Rover Discovery
Cultural diversity, vast landscapes, dramatic scenery and wide horizons enticed grandparents Liam and Naomi McIlhone, to explore South America in a 19-year-old Land Rover Discovery. Previous forays by motorbike into the high Andes and Patagonia had barely whetted Liam's appetite for this fascinating continent, while for Naomi, the opportunity of exploring South America for the first time was irresistible.
Taking the long route across the Atlantic by freighter, the road trip kicked off in Montevideo, Uruguay in September 2013 and will conclude at the Horizons Unlimited Meeting in Enniskillen, in July 2014.
The presentation will include stories and pictures of their adventures in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Brasil and Uruguay.
Is the Black Sea really black or what?
Two Irish riders head off on a noble quest to discover why or how the Black Sea got it's name. Or is it just an excuse to ride their motorcycles through eight countries over three weeks?
Thrills and Spills of Cycling through South America
"I gave up my job in Edinburgh in March 2013, flew to Caracas with my bicycle (as you do!) and I have been cycling southwards ever since. My plan is to continue through Chile and Argentina and arrive in Punta Arenas in Southern Chile in March 2014."
Because Horizons Unlimited events are about informing, not just inspiring, we also have a great lineup of educational sessions for you...
Paddy Tyson, Overland Magazine
Wanna see yerself in print? Hints and tips for getting your travel story published
Author, columnist, editor of books and of Overland Magazine, Paddy Tyson provides a little insight into what happens after you've submitted your carefully crafted manuscript. Paddy is the bestselling author of 'The Hunt for Puerto del Faglioli', a Motorcycle Adventure in Search of the Improbable.
Achievable Realities with Minimal Means
Riding in the real world, with a small budget, strong desires and infinite dreams.
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.
Presentations, demos, technical sessions, etc. will be held at:
Information and Entertainment!
Camping is at the Lisbellaw Hurling Club, and is included in your registration fee.
Available a la carte at the event.
For 2014, we're holding the event in mid-July, hoping for that elusive Irish summer!
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I've already registered - I just want to pay!
PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING FOR FULL PASSES
Includes admission to all slide shows Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
Pre-Register & Pay before:
December 31, 2013
£35 (saves £20)
July 12, 2014
£45 (saves £10)
AT THE EVENT PRICING (APPLIES AFTER July 12)
Pay Cash on Arrival
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 Ireland
"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. My own little adventure is becoming a distant memory."
"We were blessed with fantastic weather, excellent food and local entertainment."
"The presentations were good but the bits between the presentations were equally good - mixing with great folk in a brilliant setting..."
"Wonderfully organised, terrific presentations, the venue is simply perfect, the camping and showers spot on and even the council get involved in a very positive way! A special mention is needed about the food! I wanted to take cookie home with me!"
"I enjoyed my first HU meeting a lot! I am so glad I decided to come to Ireland, it is absolutely beautiful and I felt very welcomed everywhere I went! The weather was a nice extra. Definitely visit Ireland again in the future! Looking forward to and happily planning my first big trip, I have a lot of insecurity and questions as well, but the presentations and talking to everyone has given me more confidence..."
"Big thank you to the organizers, presenters, cooks and attendees for the wonderful everything!"
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 (500kb) 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.
Advertise at HU Ireland
Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HU Ireland but can't take a Trade Stand? Send us a vinyl or roller banner and we'll display it in a prominent position.
Enniskillen, Fermanagh BT94 5GL
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Getting there over the water:
"We suggest contacting Rita Ganghi of Nutt Travel at: +44-(0)2870-351199 or mobile: +44 (0)7545 745791. Ask for Rita and be sure to mention "Horizons Unlimited" to get a special deal just for us. They invariably have cheaper ferry deals than even the ferry companies themselves."
Nutt Travel has also very generously donated a great prize for the Charity Raffle, so be sure to contact them!
Places to go / things to see (before or after the event !) :
If you have any more links or details for the area please let us know.
Thanks go to Liam, Naomi and Jochen and all their helpers for volunteering to bring Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meetings to Ireland! Liam and Naomi are back from their South American travels with great stories to tell!
If you have any questions, contact Liam at liam...@hotmail.com with 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 (above)!
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.
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