HU Travellers Meeting North Carolina 2014


Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting

Thursday Sep 4 - Saturday Sep 6, 2014 - Stecoah, North Carolina

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 North Carolina Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Thursday, Sep 4 to Saturday, Sep 6, 2014.

The Registration Tent will open for check-ins at 1 pm on Thursday, Sep 4, with the first presentations beginning at 6 pm. Last presentations will be Saturday night.

There will be slide shows and tech clinics on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and all day Saturday. Come early and make it a great weekend! We recommend riding on Thursday and Sunday, and participating in the presentations and clinics in the evenings, Friday and Saturday.

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.

Presenters at HU North Carolina 2014 include...

Jeff Kurtz.

Jeff Kurtz

2 Wheels VS. 3 bedroom home - Simple is better!

Stories and memories shared with hundreds of bikers across the US. Everything from panniers on fire to the guy on a lawn chair beside my bike at 7 AM in Bishop, CA.

Jeff Kurtz.

Jeff says: "Living on the bike full time in the US has been an adventure. Stories are to be shared with smiles and tears. Looking forward to hearing what you can share also."

Ken and Carol Duval.

Ken and Carol Duval, Australia

Life on a Bike - 2UP Riding the World!

2UP traveling on a 32 year old bike through all South American countries and north through Central America to USA & Canada.

Ken Duval.

"When Carol and I met in 1983 she had just returned from backpacking around the world and I was planning a motorcycle trip around Australia & New Zealand. I asked her to join me and that was the start of our 'Life on a Bike'. In 1997 we left for an 18 month adventure around the world on our 1981 BMW R80 G/S and ended up being away 4 years 2 months and 17 days through 57 countries and 200,000 kms.

Ken Duval.

'Normal life' would never be the same. In 2007 we sold everything except our BMW and set off again. We spent 3 years in South America including traveling up the Amazon River on 3 boats and following 2 Dakar Rallies. After shipping to Panama we traveled through Central America and had the last 3 years in North America.

Ken Duval.

This May we plan to ride in Cuba then spend the summer in the USA and Canada. Next year Russia, Mongolia and Europe are on our agenda."

Ken and Carol Duval in Cuba.

Ashim Ranadive.

Ashim Ranadive, 7 days 1 shower

Easing into Overland Motorcycle Travel

Travel is always exciting but is doing it on two wheels really the way to do it? My short trips helped me to find the answer. Having traveled 2-3 months a year for the last 5 years whilst holding down a full time job, my passion for road/track riding eventually brought me to the world of adventure riding. Being quite comfortable in my daily routine I couldn't help but be curious about if overland travel is what I wanted to do. I undertook several short trips ranging from days to weeks to find out. (Australia's Alpine Loop, Australian Outback, Himalayas, North America).

Ashim Ranadive.

Ashim is a backpacker turned motorcycle traveler, who started traveling 2-3 months a year once he entered the workforce. Previously an avid road/track rider, the hobbies of traveling and riding soon converged.

Andrew Pain.

Andrew Pain

Small Bike Through Peru

Stories and pictures from my weeks in Peru on a small motorcycle, including flat tires, food poisoning, deserts, and of course, Machu Picchu.

Andrew Pain.

Andrew Pain is a writer and adventure motorcyclist living in Milwaukee, WI. Preferring travel on small motorcycles, he has written several book on traveling on a motorcycle under 300ccs.

Dave Allgood.

Dave Allgood

The Continental Divide South to North

2013 Continental Divide Ride from the Mexican border to the Canada border I would like to share my experience on the Continental Divide including some pictures of what to expect, some advice (for what it's worth) on what you need to take, and some advice on how to prepare, as well as some resource references.

Dave Allgood in Wyoming.

After riding road bikes for many years I started Dual Sport Riding about 5 years ago and have explored many trails and two tracks in my home state of Michigan. I retired last year to have more riding time and my first adventure was the Continental Divide Ride.

Educational Sessions

Because Horizons Unlimited meetings are also about informing, not just inspiring!

Linda Blaise.

Linda Blaise

Don't leave home without it! It's not how much you take, it's what you take and how you pack it...

Ladies, we all know that men can travel with a spare pair of underwear but we need more to look and feel good when we go to dinner or tour the town.

I'll bring my suitcase and "bare all". I'll show you how to pack for an unlimited number of weeks on the road and have clothes for any occasion, including a surprise invite to a wedding reception ...all in one side bag of my F650.

For those who camp, I will have my "compact camping kit" to show that provides everything needed to prepare meals, right down to a tablecloth.

I'll show slides and give you handouts that you can modify to fit your needs. They will include lists of medical supplies, tools, cosmetics, food etc.

Linda Blaise.

"While in a shipyard doing maintenance on our sailboat, we decided that we had enough of living aboard and it was time to do something else. Much to my husband's surprise, I suggested motorcycles. I was 47 and had never been on a bike. The motorcycle training class supplied a 150cc, I struggled, I cried and... I barely passed the class. Since then we have ridden 49 states, 7 Canadian Provinces and 50 countries, well over 200,000 miles. We travel alone, camp, stay in youth hostels and backpackers."

Denis Blaise.

Denis Blaise

Shipping bikes and crossing borders - the how to's of shipping a bike overseas and getting across borders

Denis will lead a panel discussion on how to ship bikes to Europe, where to rent in South Africa and Crossing borders. Also, he will bring maps from the trips and will help anyone who wants help with planning.

Denis Blaise.

"I was born in Belgium and came to the USA when I was 18. I earned several degrees from American Universities and taught French and Spanish for 30 years. In 1980, I earned a USCG captain's license and have been a charter boat captain since then. I am now a captain and guide-naturalist in the Everglades. I have published a book of true accounts of events during the WWII Battle of the Bulge which took place where I lived as a child. It is called The Bicycle Dairies (Mostly) Light-Hearted War Stories of a Non-Combatant."

Andrew Pain.

Andrew Pain

Going Small and Anatomy of Cheap

Going Small - Talking about luggage, because no one wants to pick up a heavy motorcycle I travel on a small motorcycle, and so should you. But even if you don't you can still earn from the little guys. Small bike means small luggage, and I'll talk about the minimum amount of stuff you should pack to live on your motorcycle for as long as you want.

Anatomy of Cheap - How and where to spend, and save, money for your trip It's perhaps the most common question people ask – how do you have the money for it? From prep through coming home, we'll talk about where to spend, and where not to, to get the most out of your dollars on the road.

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 me here to volunteer.


Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge, Cabins and Campground
1755 Lower Stecoah Road,
North Carolina 28771

For more information:
Telephone: 1-828-479-3864

John & Charlene Powell have been welcoming Horizons Unlimited to Iron Horse since 2004, and a friendlier bunch of folks we've yet to meet!

From their Website:

"Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge and Campground is a secluded 39-acre resort on Stecoah Creek in the smoky mountains of western North Carolina. We are surrounded by the splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains, which provide some of the best motorcycle riding in the world. Iron Horse is within minutes of the famous Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, the scenic Cherohala Skyway, Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherokee, Fontana Dam, and the Nantahala River Gorge. Gather around the fire at the Iron Horse Pavilion and enjoy a home cooked meal.

Fireplace in Ironhorse pavillion, Steocah, North Carolina.

Great ambience for presentations - of course it will be air-conditioned in August!

The Pavillion includes a large screen surround sound TV with satellite/VCR/DVD, pool table, karaoke, camp store, and your favorite T-shirts and souvenirs. Check your email or browse the internet using our high speed wireless internet service. Connect with your own wireless laptop or use our public computer located in the Pavilion."

Solarium for smaller presentations, Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge, North Carolina.

Solarium for smaller presentations and casual meals

Upstairs in the pavillion.   Pavillion from creekside, Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge, North Carolina.


Accommodation is NOT included with your registration fee.

Iron Horse offers full cabin rentals, comfortable cabin rooms, creekside tent camping, RV hook-ups, and bunkhouse accommodations.

Covered bike parking and an unloading ramp are available. Guests have use of the spacious and clean wash house with showers and washer/dryer. See here for more details and rates.

NOTE: You should book early for camping and cabins. For rooms or bunkhouse there is a Horizons Unlimited special -  stay 2 nights get 3rd night free. You must book directly with Ironhorse before May 31, 2014 to reserve rooms at the HU Special rate. Call them at 1-828-479-3864 or e-mail:

Camping facilities at the HU North Carolina meeting.

Camping facilities at the HU North Carolina meeting. Does it get any nicer?

Camping at Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge.


Meals are NOT included with your registration fee.

"Breakfast and dinner is served daily. We serve quality home cooked meals and fresh baked desserts. All meals are served in the pavilion with comfortable indoor dining, creek side on the deck, or gather round the group campfire. Dining is available for our guests only. Guests should call ahead or sign up for dinner in the morning or at check-in."

Saturday night special: Prime Rib or Fish, includes Salad Bar, Baked Potato, and Dinner Roll

Susan notes: Meals are great, and you will not go hungry! The prime rib is awesome!

Dining indoors at Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge, North Carolina. Dining outdoors at Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge, North Carolina.


More info on their website, and a review of Iron Horse in "Motorcycle Consumer News." (128kb .pdf).

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


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

Pre-Register & Pay between:

Event Price

(all presentations and workshops)

December 1 - 31, 2013

January 1 - March 31, 2014

April 1 - August 28, 2014

$35 (saves $30)

$45 (saves $20)

$55 (saves $10)


Pay Cash or PayPal on Arrival

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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 North Carolina

"Hey guys, the NC meeting was my first event, and what a great time! Great people, great presentations, specially the last one, Sat night, and by asking around, met some great people to ride with and done some very fun offloading riding in addition of riding the 'Dragon'. I will be looking forward to the next event. Great job!!"

"Just wanted to say that my gf and I (Curt and Lucy) had a great time at the event (Our first ever) and enjoyed meeting everyone and seeing the presentations. Hat's off to everyone who presented and organized! it was a great event! Can't wait for the next one."

"Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed the HU meeting in NC. The line up of speakers, the location and all the interesting attendees , and the icing on the cake was having both of you there for the 10th anniversary ! great job to Mike K. And Steve too."

"I always find these events entertaining and inspiring. Thank you all so much for coming and making this weekend so special. I hope to see all of you -- and a LOT of your friends -- at the 2014 NC meeting!"

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:

HU North Carolina 2014 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 North Carolina

Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HU North Carolina 2014 but can't take a Trade Stand? Send us a vinyl or roller banner and we'll display it in a prominent position.

Click here to arrange advertising

North Carolina Venue Location

Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge,
Cabins and Campground
1755 Lower Stecoah Road,
North Carolina 28771
N35 deg 23' 20", W83 deg 40' 38"

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Iron Horse is located in Graham County, North Carolina, on Lower Stecoah Road just north off Highway 28. A short 30 minute ride to the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap and the scenic Cherohala Skyway, two of the best motorcycle destinations in the United States.

Click to enlarge the map.

more maps here

Other Accommodation

Camping is NOT included with your admission to the meeting.

NOTE: For Ironhorse, you should book early for camping and cabins. For rooms or bunkhouse there is a Horizons Unlimited special -  stay 2 nights get 3rd night free. You must book directly with Ironhorse before May 31, 2014 to reserve rooms at the HU Special rate. Call them at 1-828-479-3864 or e-mail:

Other options:

Phillips Motel, Robbinsville, NC

Two Wheel Inn, Robbinsville, NC

Suggestions anyone?

Information about the area

  • Ironhorse is in Graham County, NC. promotes the county and has driving directions to Graham County from Asheville, Atlanta and Knoxville. Even though the directions are not directly to Ironhorse, this site might be useful.
  • North Carolina's 'Scenic Byways' website has a lot of great information on various scenic roads in North Carolina. They also sent Karen a book she says is great. It will be on display at the Meeting. Viewable online in pdf format or can be ordered from their website for only $5.00 each.
  • Wheels Through Time Museum a "35-year collection of rare American motorcycles and automobiles...230-vehicle collection in the lovely community of Maggie Valley, North Carolina, located just a few miles off of I-40 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Maggie Valley is a quiet community of 400 people nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains." Owner Dale Walksler has very generously donated door prizes for our meeting, and wants to invite you to come visit the museum - he'll be delighted to meet you!

Any info you have on the area, rides etc, please let me know.

Local Bike Shops

Let us know any good dealers nearby!

New BMW Dealer in Asheville

And a special thanks to all the local sponsors and supporters!

  • Mortons BMW, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mortons have been a long-time Horizons Unlimited supporter, so a special thanks to them, and for coming all the way to the meeting! Say hi to Steve, he'll be wandering around the meeting...

  • Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC - "rare American motorcycles and automobiles"

  • Bluemoon Cycle in Norcross, GA. - "one of the largest volume BMW motorcycle dealers in the Southeast."

  • Fraziers Harley Davidson in Buford, GA. - "Our goal is simple. We want to keep everyone happy."

  • Precision Cycle & ATV Sylva, NC. - a full-service shop - "Mechanics are the backbone of the business"

  • BMW Motorcycles of Atlanta, "the leading BMW dealer in the southeast, with all the latest models, genuine BMW accessories and your exclusive source for BMW clothing in Georgia"

Please drop in for a visit and thank them for their support.

Local Hosts

Mike Kilpatrick, local organizer for HU North Carolina.  Steve Anderson, Mortons BMW.

Mike Kilpatrick is the local host for this event, assisted by Steve Anderson of Mortons BMW. We're VERY grateful to them for stepping up and making it happen with a lot of legwork and effort.

We can always use help on the day - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours 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.

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.

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