HU Travellers Meeting Montenegro 2014
Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting
Thursday June 26 - Sunday June 29, 2014 - near Kolasin, Montenegro
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.
Our plan is very simple. We will wait for your arrival on Thursday and you will be a part of our story for the next three days! Share your experiences with other participants, learn something from them or you teach them, take a ride thru unspoiled nature.
Presentations will start on Thursday afternoon, continue on Friday and Saturday during the whole day. For those who want to get in touch with our beautiful and unspoiled nature we can suggest some routes (gravel and paved) which we planned for Friday and Saturday. After Saturday barbecue, on Sunday morning everybody goes in their own direction. Some will go back home, and some who knows, maybe will continue further after getting some great ideas during the meeting.
Presenters at HU Montenegro 2014 so far...
Zeljan Rakela (CRO)
Zeljan is an adventure rider from Split, Croatia. From 2006 he has been continuously traveling on his BMW GSA. He has done over 305.000 kilometres, thru 5 continents and over 100 states.
The main business for his company "Adventure Rakela" is organising moto tours and overland with 4x4 vehicles. This year he will present us one of his projects W.B.R. - "West Blakna Rally".
Cristina Bianchi & Knut Fjeld (Italy & Norway)
Two dreamers on the Silk Road - A journey on the Silk Road from Italy to Mongolia via the Pamir Highway.
On the Silk Road from Italy to Mongolia and back across Siberia, the sleeping land. A dream lasted 93 days, 28000 km.
We had a dream: riding on the Silk Road to Mongolia to meet different people and cultures. But in 2012 the dream came true: three months on a modern horse, our BMWGS Adv. Riding always to the east from Italy we crossed the deserts of Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, up in the beautiful scenery of Tajikistan mountains we crossed the Pamir Highway (the second highest international road in the world) and arrived to the wild Mongolia. After a crazy misadventure we were able to come back riding to the west across Siberia and Europe.
Cristina: I've always had a passion for bikes and travels since I was young. Finally I could realize my dreams and started to travel by bike with my husband, Knut.
Knut: I used to ride a bike back in Norway but after moving to Italy I was without one for many years.
We started to travel by bike again in 2000 and never stopped since. We've been to Spain, France, Germany, Denmark,Norway, Greece, Turkey, Albania, Syria, Jordan...and every year we get further and further...
Marko & Maja Calasan
Round the World
Maja and Marko have fairly recently got into motorcycling, but managed to quickly develop an obsession for travelling on 2 wheels. In 2009 Marko bought his first motorcycle, and explored Balkans and Europe with Maja behind him on the passenger seat.
After moving to the Netherlands, Maja started to be bored being on a bike and not driving it, so in 2013 she started a motorcycle course. Barely after finishing her training, they took their 2 BMW F650 GS and spent 3 months travelling around the world, crossing Europe, Russia, Mongolia, South Korea and the USA.
Ivan Lipicnik (Slovenia)
Motorcycle journey as the perfect holiday
Ivan has been riding his bike for almost 35 years. Every holiday in these past 35 years he spent on his bike. But he still remembers his first ride on a friend's Jawi CZ350 from Slovenia to Croatia (Dubrovnik) in the 1980s.
After that, he travelled on his BMW to Iceland, North Africa and the Balkans.
In the past 20 years, his best friend's BMW R80GS, which led him to Nordkapp (Norway), the Middle East, Iran and Vladivostok (Russia).
Vladimir Jovicic (SRB)
Three motorcycle drivers started from Montenegro and took the tough road around the world, struggling through beautiful nature and rough roads through Siberia and Road of Bones, and further through Alaska, Canada, USA and Europe for the greatest adventure of their lives!
Rodoljub Roki Rogosic (GER)
For me, Morocco was like some mysterious place. I remember when I was a kid, Tito and Yugoslavia had really good relations with Morocco. I imagined those people as being from another planet, Boumedienn and Algeria, Nasser and Egypt, Gaddafi and Lebanon. I was really fascinated with those countries. After many years I met a lot of people from Morocco and realised that they are not from some other planet, they are like us. But the desire to visit this country never passed me. And here, after 30 or more years I fulfilled my dream with my family. This is a story of our journey.
- First Aid course - 2 days
- Reading maps, learning how to orientate with compass or with basic things from nature
- Packing the bike before the big trip
- Changing the tire, with some basic technical instruction
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.
If you don't want to participate on daily presentation we have prepared some ride-outs for you. All rides have been prepared so that you see how beautiful nature is in Montenegro (lakes, rivers, mountain peaks...) We prepared five different routes with different levels of difficulties. Every ride (if it's interesting for participants) will start in the morning so they can be finished before start of first afternoon presentation. Of course we do have guides for these rides, but if somebody wants to go alone, we will provide them with maps and route information. If you want, camp owners can arrange some lunch packets for these rides (€10 euros per person).
Vranjak - Kolašin - Biogradsko lake and back
44 km on asphalt road, 10 km on gravel road - Approx. 1 hour riding + 3 hours sightseeing
Vranjak - Kolašin - Mioska - Boan - Žabljak - Tara river - Kolašin
196 km, 186 km on asphalt road, 10 km on gravel road - Approx. 4 hours riding + 2 hours sightseeing
Vranjak - spring of Biogradska river - Bendovac - Biogradsko lake - Kolašin - Vranjak
57 km, 32 km on asphalt road, 25 km on gravel road - Approx. 3 hours riding + 3 hours sightseeing
Vranjak - Eko katun Komovi - Mateševo - Veruša - Bukumirsko lake - Veruša - Mateševo - Kolašin
111 km, 69 km on asphalt road, 42 km on gravel road - Approx. 5 hours riding + 2 hours sightseeing
Vranjak - Lisa - Trešnjevik - Andrijevica - Murino - Plav - Andrijevica - Berane - Lubnica - Kolašin
137 km, 100 km on asphalt road, 37 km on gravel road - Approx. 4 hours riding + 2 hours sightseeing
Campground - Eko Katun Vranjak
The meeting will be held on mountain Bjelasica (1700m) in NaturePark Biogradska Gora. There is one campground called Eko Katun Vranjak which is 15 km (10 km of asphalt and 5 km of gravel road) from Kolasin, the nearest town. The campground has all necessary facilities that are normal for a modern camp but on the other side they keep all traditional customs so you can really feel old living styles.
Campground has space for unlimited numbers of tents. Price is €3 euros for tent per day.
Eko Katun Vranjak also has wooden cottages:
- 14 cottages with double beds - ideal for two persons/couple (€15 euros per day for cottage)
- 5 big cottages with 5 beds each (€10 euros for bed per night)
- 3 big cottages with 7 beds each (€10 euros for bed per night).
Sheets and towels are included in the price of cottages/beds.
If you want a bed in a cottage, you should pre-book. Blazo has kindly offered to assist, please e-mail him at blaz...@vijesti.me
Camp has two shower cabins and two toilets.
If you don't want to sleep in camp there are a lot of possibilities for private accommodation or hotels in town near camp (Kolasin). We will provide a list of hotels and private accommodations which have websites.
Also near Eko Katun Vranjak there is one mountain house, also called Vranjak (cc300meters).
This mountain house has 24 beds ((two big rooms - each room has 6 beds, three smaller rooms - each room has 4 beds), two toilets and one shower cabin. Price of accommodation is €10 euros for bed (per day). If you are interested in this kind of accommodation please contact Blazo at blaz...@vijesti.me before arrival.
Camp has their own kitchen where they prepare tasty and really good food. Owners of this camp are proud of their natural grown vegetables and other food, and everything is produced in this untouched part of Bjelasica mountain.
Breakfast (€5 euros per person / day)
- example#1: fritters (domestic speciality), honey, cheese, coffee, tea, domestic milk
- example#2: french toast, jam, cheese, coffee, tea, domestic milk
Dinner - late lunch (€15 euros per person / day)
example: soup, salad, lamb (speciality prepared under the iron pad), potatoes, cheese, smoked ham, sausage, dessert.
If you have some special wishes about food (vegetarians or something similar), please inform us so the owner of the camp can organise everything on time.
In camp there is no store, so everything that you need you have to buy in nearest town - Kolasin. And please do not bring your own food, we have to respect owners of the camp. In camp, you can buy drinks and food other than the organised buffet.
In the HU tradition, we plan a barbecue for Saturday evening, which is included in your registration fee!
I've already registered - I just want to pay!
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Includes admission to all presentations Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
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Full Pass (Thursday through Sunday)
Weekend Pass (Friday through Sunday)
Saturday night barbecue is included in your registration fee! All other meals are paid directly to the campground.
Accommodation is not included in your registration fee, but a variety of options are available at a reasonable price:
Pre-booking is not required for camping, but strongly recommended for cottages, as there are limited numbers. You can pre-book beds by contacting Blazo at blaz...@vijesti.me.
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What happens at HU events?
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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 Montenegro
"Well worth the 5200km round trip to Montenegro. Thanks Blazo and Tolko for setting it all up, and everyone else that was there for the inspiring presentations and conversations!"
"I'm back home, it was a pleasure meeting you both, thanks for all your dedication, work and disposal to put this meeting together."
"We just got home today from our Montenegro trip and we had a great time up on the mountain! ...if I had known in advance, I wouldn't have driven up there with the FZ6 but in the end I was so incredibly glad that I did! It was a marvellous experience and we like to thank all the speakers for filling our heads with countless plans, dreams, ideas and inspiration! Hope to meet you all again one day on the road! Thank you, Blazo and Tonko, for making it all happen!"
"Montenegro is a beautiful country and Vraniak Eco Katun is a special place. It has been a great and beautiful experience, we enjoyed it very much."
"We had a very good time in the meeting and we would like to thank Blazo and Tonko for their hospitality and their perspiration to organize such an event like this. We are looking forward for the next year's meeting!!!!"
If you have a few minutes, please download a 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.
Montenegrin Poster in pdf format (500kb)
English 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.
Eko katun Vranjak
(from the Kolasin side)
Biogradska Gora National Park
N 42.846 E 19.649 (approx)
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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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