HU Travellers Meeting Ontario 2014
THE PREMIER OVERLAND ADVENTURE TRAVEL EVENT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS, CYCLISTS, AND DRIVERS OF OTHER EXPEDITION VEHICLES
Thursday Sep 11 to Sunday Sep 14, 2014 - Lake Manitouwabing
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 Thursday, Sep 11 to Sunday, Sep 14, 2014.
Lunch will be served at 1 pm on Thursday, Sep 11, after which the Registration Tent will open for check-ins. The Horizons Unlimited Film Festival will start at 3 pm, and the first live presentations will begin at 6 pm. The event will draw to a close at Noon on Sunday, Sep 14.
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 schedule will be posted here a week before the event.
Presenters at HU Ontario 2014 include...
Canada on a Small Motorcycle - Banff to Alaska, people, places, and 250ccs
Riding north through the Canadian Rockies on a small motorcycle, with a stuffed bear for company. Come along as we dodge real bears, rain, and odd roadside art.
Andrew Pain worked as a Paramedic in Milwaukee, WI for 15 years before quitting his job and hitting the road to see North and South America. Skipping the large bikes everyone told him to take, he rode a thirty year old, 250cc Yamaha for most of a year. Since returning the United States he has published several books on minimal motorcycle travel.
Greg Powell and Bill Hooykaas,
Two Ways Down
Tip to tip in the Americas. Two friends head out to Ushuaia in 2011, one rode solo, one with GlobeBusters. We'll discuss the pros and cons of each method, so bring your questions!
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!
Turn Left at Bogota - Toronto to Trinidad on a KLR650
My first big trip, a solo run through the Americas and into the Caribbean. When coming from the North, most people continue South from Colombia. I turned left and went on to Venezuela and Trinidad. From the marketing blurb for the eBook:
"A chronicle of a solo motorcycle journey over 4-1/2 months through 13 countries. With over 20 videos and almost 200 photos, plus maps, web links, interactive features and even a radio interview, you'll be treated to a front-row view of what it takes to organize, and survive, an epic trip like this.
There are tales of sickness and loss, meeting adversity, and thrilling triumph. And, of course, the wonderful stories of the generous and kind-hearted souls met along the way. If you're already a rider, you'll relate. If you don't yet ride, be warned — this book of wanderlust and adventure may inspire you to try something new."
Because Horizons Unlimited meetings are also about informing, not just inspiring!
Yoga for Motorcyclists
Aerodynamic Foundation, Pre And Post Riding Practice (60 min talk & demonstrations)
Join me to learn the basic understanding of the importance of keeping proper alignment in your bike and how to build balance between strength and flexibility plus improving endurance. You will learn techniques to improve awareness and how to recover faster through YOGA, supporting your ride even beyond your destination.
From the bike to the mat. (90 min yoga practice)
As bikers we are enthusiasts; we ride matching the intensity of any perceived boundary, so let's use this intuitive desire for joy and freedom by working from our body to our rides, to our life. As you learn to connect deeper to your body your ride experience will be greater, softer in the body, clearer in the mind, attention sharpens, we respect our limits, we live in more connection within our self and with the beautiful environment that is given to us to enjoy and protect.
Recovery between bike rides is important to rest your mind, recharge energy and balance your body with strength and flexibility towards a wonderful journey. Improve your recovery time, sleep and circulation through an all around YOGA practice.
Diana is a certified Hatha yoga teacher. As an engineer and former nationally ranked athlete, she combines the qualities of commitment, organization and responsibility with creativity and compassion. Her first contact with a motorcycle was a Christmas present when she was only 8y old. After a severe back injury during a diving accident she stopped riding for a few years. Yoga practice helps her to get back on the road. Central to her teaching is her awareness of proper posture and alignment. Diana believes that yoga is an art, where harmony and integration of body, mind, and spirit creates the beauty of the individual, perfect in its imperfection.
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.
Clinton Smout, Canada
Dirt is not just for potatoes! Practical demonstration of traction loss control in sand and gravel on large dualsport m/c.
I am a passionate rider who has taught rider training for over thirty years. I own an off road rider training school that includes curriculum for adventure touring / large dualsports. I am a BMW GS off road instructor and love helping fellow riders become more comfortable with their own m/c in challenging traction situations.
Initiating traction loss and then practicing how to control it is a great way to develop the muscle memory habits of handling traction problems on loose surfaces. I would also like to illustrate the best way to pick up a fallen m/c, how to mount and dismount a fully laden m/c, how to use your feet to steer a m/c.
I will be riding a BMW GS or a Yamaha Tenere. I will also suggest ways to setup your m/c for extended off road riding (tire pressure, bar and peg adjustment, shut off ABS and traction control etc.)
Lastly, I would like to demo slow speed control, counter balancing, and tight turns.
Route Mapping Across Continents
Lots of roads to choose from, but which ones to choose? This workshop lets you explore what's right for you. We'll consider sourcing and using maps, and guide books; selecting a GPS ecosystem; and the Wisdom of Following Anonymous Internet Advice.
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."
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.
Re-entering the Workforce
How to re-enter the workforce after a long motorcycle adventure! Everyone will tell you that you'll never get a job when you come back since you're obviously a flake... but is that true? HU has MANY stories of travellers coming back and getting a BETTER job than they had before. How did they do it? Come and find out!
Greg has cowritten (with Frank Maloney) Motorcycling: A Lifelong Passion - a unique book combining facts, color pictures and a motorcycle adventure story! - Check it out!
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!
Bike mods and ergonomics!
Grant will host a bike 'Show and Tell' - bring your bike and show us your favorite travel mods. Critique and discussion on what to consider when equipping a motorcycle for overlanding.
When you picked up your new bike, did they take the time to make it fit you? You'll learn the amazing difference a properly setup bike makes to your riding fun.
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.
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.
Michael Anthonijsz will be riding on the Seguin Trail from Honey Harbour to Algonquin Park on Friday, Sep 12. For anyone interested in following, meet up after breakfast.
We'll ride south of camp for about 45 minutes to the trail head near Honey Harbour, where we will embark on an all day ride along a combo former colonization/rail trail to just east of Huntsville and, conditions permitting, to Algonquin Provincial Park.
We will pass ghost towns, cross rivers and stop for lunch and beverages at a remote roadhouse along the way. This will be an all day ride, depending on the beaver activity there could be flooded sections of trail, so expect to get wet.
This should be a tankbag only ride, leave the panniers at camp. Although not particularly technical, expect the unexpected ranging from downed trees and ATV ruts in the water crossings to deep sand stretches. Knobbies not required, but would make for drier palms.
Suitable for all sizes of bikes from dirt bikes to BigDogGS. This is a fun ride, with a fuel stop half way along the trail. It will be remote and there is a good potential to see deer, moose and perhaps a bear.
Bring your camera and GoPro. Gas up at the trailhead where there is also a Tim Hortons to put a smile on our faces. :)
See the unofficial video from the 2013 Ride-out by Avner Skolnik.
We are pleased to announce that we are back at Camp Manitou for HU Ontario 2014, situated on the majestic Manitouwabing Lake and River, with open fields, forest and numerous facilities. Excellent riding on back roads in the area.
Campsite & Parking
There are plenty of camping spaces available, and also plenty of cabins for anyone who doesn't fancy camping. Bring your own sheets/ sleeping bag for the cabins. Parking is available for 2-wheel and 4-wheel vehicles. You can park next to your tent or cabin.
Fires will be restricted to fire pits, which are plentiful around the site. Camping stoves are allowed. Please be aware that we will be obliged by the venue to enforce these rules very strictly.
Showers & Toilets
All cabins are equipped with their own washroom facilities, including private showers, toilets and sinks. We will dedicate a number of cabins and their facilities for campers.
Children & Dogs
Horizons Unlimited is naturally keen to inspire the next generation of adventure travellers 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 kids' 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 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 guide dogs, no dogs will be allowed in the main presentation room.
Map of Camp Manitou (click for larger size)
Note, we do not have all cabins as some are reserved to staff, but we do have the entire camp for the duration of the event.
Driving directions from Toronto:
Take the 400 North past Barrie and continue on the 400 towards Parry Sound. After you pass the main exits for Parry Sound, take exit 231 which is Highway 124 – towards Sundridge,
Travel on Hwy 124 for 19 km until you reach the town of McKellar. About half way you will reach the town of Waubamik – and you will see on the right hand side the RED DOOR BAKERY- it's amazing so go get fresh baked breads, cookies or ice cream.
As you approach the town of Mckellar, you will first pass Lake Manitouwabing on your right, and then you will see the Middle River Farms store and beside it the local corner store “Kwikway” on your right. Turn right just past this store onto McKellar Center Road (you are now 5 minutes away) and continue for 6.2 km. Stay to your right where the road splits. Just after Brownley & McKenna Rd, you will go up a small hill. At the top of this hill will be Camp Road.
Turn right on Camp Road. Drive 0.8 km into camp.
SUMMER STREET ADDRESS:
10 Camp Road
McKellar, Ontario, Canada P2A 0B4
FAX: 705-389 3079
Pricing for the HU Ontario 2014 meeting is on an all-inclusive basis, as the venue is charging us a flat fee per day per person, which includes accommodation and all meals. Meal packages are either 9 meals (if coming for the whole event) or 6 meals (if coming for Friday/Saturday only):
Meal Package - 9 meals ($110)
Meal Package - 6 meals ($75)
Each dinner will have an alternate, vegetarian and pasta offering. 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.
Cold cereals, fruit bar, oatmeal, bagels and spreads will be offered at breakfast as well.
Sample meal plan below (to be updated when finalized):
McManitou Muffins w/cheese
Continental (croissants etc.)
|Lunch||Pitas with tuna & egg salad
Chocolate Chip cookies
Ice cream sundaes
|Oriental style vegetables and beef
Variety of cakes
|Chef cut roast beef
|Marshmallows and Hot Chocolate (fireside)|
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,
Pre-Register & Pay between:
(all presentations and workshops)
November 1st & December 31st
$29 (saves $50)
January 1st & March 31st
$49 (saves $30)
April 1st & September 4
$69 (saves $10)
AT THE EVENT PRICING (APPLIES AFTER SEPTEMBER 4)
Pay Cash or PayPal on Arrival
Weekend-Only Pass (arriving Saturday)
All meals are provided. This includes 9 meals (Thursday lunch through Sunday breakfast) if coming for whole event, or 6 meals (Friday lunch through Sunday breakfast) if coming for Friday / Saturday only.
Meal Package (required)
Accommodation will be provided on site. Options include camping, shared cabin (max. 6 per cabin), couples cabin or private cabin. Accommodation pricing (per person) is as follows.
Shared cabin (max. 6 per cabin)
Couples cabin (two single beds, no double beds)
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 Ontario
"Super Super fantastic time. Thanks to all who volunteered to make everything run smoothly. To those that presented, I cannot thank you enough for the wealth of information we have gained from meeting you. We wish we could have left on our adventure Sunday morning we were so excited. We are very much looking forward to the next HUBB meeting we're able to attend."
"My first, and very enjoyable HU meeting. Very much worth the trip south, from my home in the States, to Parry Sound."
"It was great to be part of the Ontario 'Rendez-vous'. It was a real pleasure to meet some of the world travelers and to eat in their company. These people are real nice to talk with and most important, they don't have an 'attitude'. Camp Manitou was a great place for this event. The food was excellent. It was fantastic."
"Thank you again for organizing such a great meeting. It was our first and we are certainly looking to attend again."
"My first HU meeting but not my last! I thought I'd feel awkward but there were quite a few 'newbies' and I discovered I had been to a lot more places than I had thought. The friendliness and diversity of the people attending made it great! See you next year!"
"Thanks for the great weekend!"
"We had a great time at Camp Manitou, you have outdone yourselves once again. Lots of interesting folks and the presentations were well done and informative, not to mention inspiring! Hope to see you next year."
"I had a great and informative time at the Parry Sound HU meeting."
"This is my second meeting, and I wish I could attend them all... A special thanks goes out to Bill Hooykaas for leading us through a great GS ride along the Algonquin trail. Like Andy and Keith said: 'What a hoot!'"
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.
Book your Trade Stand space
Over the course of four days, this Horizons Unlimited event offers a unique opportunity to build awareness of your brand and talk directly to potential customers.
The Adventure Travel Zone occupies a central position at the event site and is exclusive to trade stands representing the overland adventure travel market.
Choose between our Premium and Standard packages, both of which include on-site advertising and Pecha Kucha presentations about your products and services.
Advertise at HU Ontario
Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HU Ontario 2014 but can't take a Trade Stand? Send us a vinyl or roller banner and we'll display it in a prominent position.
110 Camp Road
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Willem (Bill) Hooijkaas is the local host for this event, assisted by Greg Powell, Roy Eastwood, Prunella Reynolds, Lance LeFort, Michael Anthonijsz, Clayton Anderson and Andy Clark. 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!
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.
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.
Next HU Events
- Germany: May 29-June 1
- Greece: June 5-8
- Bulgaria Mini: June 13-14
- HUBB UK: June 19-22
- Montenegro: June 26-29
- NEW! Canada Maritimes: July 4-6
- USA Colorado: July 11-13
- Ireland: July 18-20
- Canada West: Aug 21-24
- USA North Carolina: Sept. 4-7
- France Mini: Sep 5-7
- Canada Ontario: Sept. 11-14
- NEW! UK - Haggs Bank: Sept. 19-21
- USA California: Sept. 25-28
- Aus Queensland: Oct 3-6
- Aus Perth: Oct 10-12
- Aus VIC: Oct 24-26
- NEW! Aus NSW: Oct 31-Nov 2
- NEW! South Africa: Nov 13-16
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