HU Travellers Meeting Maritimes 2014
Horizons Unlimited Canada (Maritimes) Travellers Meeting
Friday Jul 4 to Sunday Jul 6, 2014 - Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
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, Jul 4 to Sunday, Jul 6, 2014. The Registration Tent will open for check-ins at 1 pm on Thursday, Jul 3, with the first presentations beginning on Friday, Jul 4 at 6 pm. The event will draw to a close at Noon on Sunday, Jul 6.
There will be a choice of two ride-outs (dual sport or pavement) after breakfast on Jul 4. GPS Tracks will be provided for those who prefer to ride solo.
Over the course of the event there'll be talks, demonstrations, workshops, Q&A's, challenges and competitions, with many presentations being repeated so you won't miss out. As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventure from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey, navigation, first-aid, photography, filming and a host of other essential topics.
Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there's something for everyone.
A draft Overview Event Schedule is here. A draft schedule of presentations will be posted here a week before the event. It is subject to change!
Presenters at HU Maritimes 2014 so far...
Riding The Himalayas to Leh - Riding the Enfield Bullet over some of India's highest pass roads
"In 2000 I took an escorted tour with 7 Germans from the Kullu valley to Leh. We crossed 6 mountain passes up to 17,300 ft and rode the old style Enfield Bullet 500 bikes. The 21 day return trip to New Delhi was an amazing excursion on very interesting bikes in an area of India/Kashmir that has changed little. It is called Little Tibet and has wonderful people and some of the best unpaved high road scenery you will see anywhere."
Paul has been riding since 1968, NS to Alaska trip 1998, Trans Lab hwy 1999, India Himalayas ( Enfield Bullet) 2000, Colorado 2003, James Bay by route du nord 2005, Perth to Queensland 2011. Cameraman and grip on various films. Rode a BMW R11RS on most trips above, now own a DR650.
Willem (Bill) Hooykaas,
Finding Colorado Ghost Towns - Some of the best off road riding in the Americas can be found in the US.
"Come see why I take a few weeks nearly every year to explore the back roads and trails of the Colorado high country. It can be a gruelling ride, so be prepared, mechanically, physically, mentally and of course have the KSAs to come out in one piece!"
Bill Hooykaas has logged well over 1 million kilometers on BMWs, riding the length and breadth of the Americas, all over Europe, parts of Africa and Asia. His next adventure will be riding from Japan to Europe through Russia and the Stans in 2015!
Two Wheels Through the Big Land - A documentary on riding the Trans Labrador Highway
A condensed version of Bigland Adventure Films "Two Wheels Through the Big Land" a five part web series on riding through Newfoundland and across the now famous Trans Labrador Highway. Join Terry Burt and Peter Oxley, two middle-aged family guys trading their normal lives for one of adventure on a ten day kitchen pass, covering 4200km through Newfoundland and Labrador by motorcycle.
Terry: "I am a 45 year family guy with a craving for motorcycle adventure. My ten day trip over the Trans Labrador Highway was my first adventure which was filmed and edited by myself and Peter Oxley for the "Two Wheels Through the Big Land" web series on Youtube and Vimeo."
Peter Bodtke, Clockwise around South America
The Roads Less Traveled: My Latin America Sampler
After deciding to head down to South America, Peter thought it would be a great idea to go against the flow and head south down the east side of South America. On the way home, he was also struck by the excellent idea of riding the Stalhratte to Jamaica and Cuba which was an adventure by itself.
My most excellent adventure! Nova Scotia to Ushuaia, emphasis on South America
A trip from Nova Scotia, Canada to Fin Del Mundo, end of the world in Ushuaia with more of an emphasis on the South American section
Phil says: "I'm a 66 year old would be world traveller who has managed a start on my dreams. In 2012/2013 I travelled from Nova Scotia to Ushuaia and back up to Brazil where my ride ended. Waiting to see what the future will bring!"
David Allen, UK
Highlights of a RTW and the Trans Canada Adventure Trail
Highlights (and lowlights) of a RTW
Having being medically discharged from the Royal Navy in 2005, David watched the Long Way Round Series and decided that he would like to do something similar. In 2009 he left London, UK to ride around the world on a Yamaha XT660 and whilst in the USA decided to include South America in the journey. After 36 countries and a year later he returned home.
A quick year in the UK was followed by 8 months in Buenos Aires and then by a 'bovine' shortening whilst part way through a circumnavigation of South America.
The Trans Canada Adventure Trail
In 2013, David was studying in Halifax and needed a way of venting the frustrations associated with being a mature student. He recruited an experienced off road rider from the UK and they departed from St Johns, heading west into the vast and beautiful expanse of Canada. "The route and weather at times made the journey challenging and the aim of the presentation is to convey the highs and lows that were experienced. Actually there weren't any lows. Just a conveyor belt of great enjoyment."
Because Horizons Unlimited meetings are also about informing, not just inspiring!
A-Z of Overlanding
All you need is money, time, skill, and a sense of adventure!
"I had several years of riding under my belt when I set out on my first adventure way back in 1974 on my second BMW, a 1974 750/6 that I bought new in Rotterdam after finishing school. This was a road bike, but my touring 750cc choices back then were either a BMW, a Moto Guzzi, a Norton or a Royal Enfield Interceptor (remember those?). Then there were only two tour companies conducting bike tours in Europe: Von Thielmann and Bob Beach. I couldn't afford either one so decided to simply head out on my own until my money ran out and see what happened. I had no plans, experience or itinerary.
Today, I have well over 1 million kilometers on BMWs. I have ridden the length and breadth of the Americas, all over Europe, parts of Africa and Asia. But there is still more to see, so my 2015 overland adventure is riding west from Japan, through Russia, Mongolia, the 'Stans, Moscow, Poland and back to Europe with 4 other riders. Hopefully this talk will not only feed your desire to explore those roads less travelled but also assist you in preparing and avoid some of the pitfalls I have encountered.
This multi-part series of talks will not be definitive or maybe not even how others would do it, but it will be my small contribution to encourage you to realize your dreams. I hope you come, enjoy and bring your questions."
Madeline Velazquez, Boston to Panama and back
Fears, overcome them, how?
Are the jitters holding you back from venturing out alone for a long motorcycle ride? Learn what it takes to overcome that fear.
Many ask, "aren't you scared?" Learn what it takes to find the courage to venture out alone on your motorcycle and ride thousands of miles without support. Learn how to overcome the fear of being alone on the road with your best friend, "your motorcycle". I will also share some of the ups and downs of a ride through Central America, is it better to ride alone or with a group? A female solo rider in the United States riding from the cold island of Newfoundland to the Florida Keys. I'll share the experience and reaction of people when they see me with my bike fully loaded so far away from home alone.
My first major ride was from Boston to the Panama Canal round trip. Everyone kept telling me not to go because of the dangers to a female solo rider. I did not listen and completed my 15,000 mile round trip motorcycle ride in 60 days. This ride created a deeper thirst for extreme riding. What will quench MissRIDER's thirst? Perhaps a RTW tour scheduled for 2017!!
First on Scene Medical Care
What do you do when you're the first on the scene of a wreck when you're far out in the boonies and there's no doctor for miles around? A presentation on the best approaches to provide care for injured riders, including proper helmet removal. This clinic will also focus on injuries that can be expected and how to mitigate risks to ensure that the patient makes the best recovery.
Craig is a Nova Scotia Intermediate Care Paramedic with 18 years experience providing Emergency Medical Care and First Response.
What's in your First Aid Kit?
What should you be carrying in your First Aid kit? This discussion will include what the basic necessities are to care for yourself day to day and what you might need to help yourself and others who may need your assistance on the road. How to build a fully functional kit to maximize space, and dollars!
LOTS of presentations to come! 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.
Kerry Plourde and Clarence Tidd are going for rides on July 4.
Kerry will be going on a dual sport ride to the Ghost Town of New France.
Clarence will be going on a pavement ride to Long and Brier Islands.
For anyone interested in following, meet up after breakfast. GPS Tracks will be provided for those who prefer to ride solo.
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.
We are pleased to announce we will be camping at the 74th Crusaders Club House for HU Maritimes 2014, situated on the banks of the Annapolis River, with open fields and Clubhouse Facilities. Not only is there excellent riding on back roads in the area, but Annapolis Royal is the birthplace of Canada and features many historical landmarks.
Campsites and Parking
There are camping spaces available for up to 300 people and a nice motel nearby that offers clean, well appointed rooms. Parking is available next to your site for your 2 wheeled vehicle and 4 wheeled vehicles can park next to the clubhouse. There is also limited space available for RVs, but no services. Please indicate whether you will be bringing an RV. The club house canteen sells cold drinks and light snacks, and if you need more than this Annapolis Royal is only 5 minutes away.
There is a community fire pit available for nightly fires. Camping stoves are allowed. Please be aware that we will be obliged by the venue to enforce these rules very strictly.
Showers and Toilets
There are shared facilities including some flush toilets and hot showers (most of the time) for all attendees next to the Clubhouse building.
Children and Dogs
Horizons Unlimited is naturally keen to inspire the next generation of adventure travelers so you're welcome to bring your children along if you wish, but do bear in mind that the event is for adults (with adult themes and language) and we won't have any specific kid's activities. Children under 14 years old get in for free. Please note that the health and safety of your children is your responsibility and they must be supervised by you at all times. Children will not be allowed in any of the presentations from 8pm onwards each evening.
If you'd like to bring your dog along to the event, we'll have a special area set aside for you to camp in. You'll need to ensure that your pet remains on a lead at all times and doesn't damage or foul the site. Owners of noisy or aggressive dogs may be asked to leave. With the exception of Service Dogs, no dogs will be allowed in the main presentation room.
Please PRE-BOOK dinners with your registration. There will be limited amounts available for late-comers. There MAY be some individual meals available at a higher price. You can, of course, cook for yourself, or go to restaurants in Annapolis Royal.
Dinners (pre-book pricing)
Friday ($15) - BBQ Dinner.
Saturday ($20) - Pulled Pork Dinner, including Rolls, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad and Pie
Breakfasts and lunches
Breakfasts will be provided on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings by the Crusaders Motorcycle Club. A Continental Breakfast (Cold Cereal, Toast, Muffins, Juice, Milk, Coffee, Tea) will be available for $7 or Hot Breakfast (Eggs, Bacon, Hashbrowns, Toast, Juice, Milk, Coffee, Tea) for $10.
Lunch will be provided on Saturday, menu TBC.
Meal Package - 6 meals including Friday, Saturday and Sunday hot breakfasts, Friday and Saturday dinners and Saturday lunch - if purchased individually would be $77. Pre-book as a package for $70.
Vegetarian and special diets
There will be a vegetarian option offered at each meal - we will need numbers for these, so please indicate when you register if you wish a vegetarian meal.
Special diets can be accommodated with advanced notice within reason.
I've already registered - I just want to pay!
PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING FOR FULL PASSES
Includes admission to all slide shows, Tech Clinics and demonstrations
Pre-Register & Pay between:
(all presentations and workshops)
January 1st & March 31, 2014
April 1st & June 27, 2014
$35 (saves $20)
$45 (saves $10)
AT THE EVENT PRICING (APPLIES AFTER JUNE 27)
Pay Cash or PayPal on Arrival
Full Weekend Pass
We recommend pre-booking meals. There MAY be individual meals available at a higher price at the event. We may be able to accommodate vegetarians, so let us know your preferences when you register.
Friday Continental Breakfast
Meal Package - 6 meals including:
Camping is not included in your registration. There is lots of room for camping!
Camping is $15 PER TENT PER NIGHT, paid in advance.
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 (500kb):
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.
74th Crusaders Club House
47 Bike Club Lane
Granville Ferry, NS B0S 1K0
N 44° 44.717, W 65° 29.346
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Craig Cairns, Philip White and Clarence Tidd are co-ordinating a number of volunteers for this event - we're VERY grateful to them for stepping up and really making it happen with a lot of legwork and effort.
Contact Craig at cmca...@ns.sympatico.ca with any vendor, venue and presenters 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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