HU Travellers Meeting Victoria 2013
Horizons Unlimited Australia (VIC) Travellers Meeting
Friday Oct 11 - Sunday Oct 13, 2013 - Cavendish, Victoria
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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, Oct 11 to Sunday, Oct 13, 2013.
Friday - meet and greet.
Saturday - Presentations, demos, tech sessions, forums/discussions (to be announced). At the Football Club.
As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventure from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey. Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there's something for everyone.
Saturday night - Social meal (at the Bunyip Hotel, short walk from the camping area). We are planning on booking the hotel out, so please indicate when booking whether you want to have a meal (it is a good quality pub meal).
Sunday - Ride-outs - 2 to pick from if weather permits.
More detailed schedule will be posted at the event.
Presenters at HU Victoria 2013 include...
Ingo Janzen, Travelling East
Travelling in Turkey
Inspired by Daniel Rintz (open-explorers) I quit my job, sold my belongings, saddled my motorbike and started travelling east. I traveled from Germany to Australia making friends all along the way. Now I am enjoying Australia while topping up my travel budget to continue traveling South America to Alaska in 2014.
Travelling in Turkey
Turkey is a country with many faces. That makes it so great to travel. Travelling in Turkey was one of my highlights. For people who are not planning the big RTW trip but want to go on a short adventure, I recommend Turkey. It offers so much in one country. The traditional eastern part is so different to the western part. It feels like two different countries in one. Turkey also offers so many sights that you actually do not have to travel more than 2 days to be at a new spot.
You are never alone...
"You never will travel alone" even if you start by yourself. Are you dreaming about an adventure travel but you are to afraid to start on your own? That was me, 2 years ago. Let me tell you my story...
A lot of people would like to go on adventure travels but don't do it because they haven't someone going with them and starting alone they are afraid of. So was I. But starting a travel alone has so many positives things to offer...
Melbourne to Kobe on 2 Wheels
A ride from Melbourne to Kobe, Japan, through East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and China, via prosthetics schools.
"I wanted to do an 'epic' motorbike trip once my son had finished year 12 because he would be more independent and I would have more flexibility with my time. I have been lucky enough to travel to Japan each year for the last six years to teach undergraduate students and work with Clinical staff in prosthetics.
I decided to travel from Melbourne to Kobe overland as much as possible, combining my passion for travel, meeting people, motorbikes and my chosen profession of prosthetics and orthotics (P&O). After many years of dreaming and around two years of planning I set off with a mate, Bruce, and rode my motorbike from Melbourne, crossing from Darwin to Timor Leste, into Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China and finishing in Japan."
Rowan's passions are motorcycles, travel and prosthetics (artificial limbs). He is presently working as an academic and Head of the National Centre for Prosthetics & Orthotics and is interested in making a difference whilst travelling. He has travelled on all continents except South America and Antarctica. South America beckons.
Sherri Jo Wilkins, Because I Can World Tour
Solo journey around the world. 3 years 130,000 kms 49 countries.
Sherri Jo is originally from America, now a proud citizen of Australia with a goal to ride a motorcycle around the world! She had owned and ridden a Harley in the States, acted as a navigator and co pilot in light aircraft and sailed a yacht dodging pirates through the islands of the pacific – surely this was the next logical step...
Z Riders - 26 Years on the Road
"Rather than one or two massive rides in your lifetime, why not do an adventure ride every year for 26 years. Z riders, is riding the letter of the alphabet each year of your life. The rules are simple, pick a place name, country or event to ride to that starts with that letter, organize a trip and off you go. I have a wife and 3 kids, and getting away for a long period of time is limited. I do however; have the freedom to pursue my dreams through a series of short adventure rides. This concept came about when we were organizing a 3-week trip across America, with a few of my mates from America. After the event we talked about what was next, then we started going through the Alphabet. Z-riders were born. The beauty of Z riders is when you come off one trip you are already talking about the next trip."
To date, Craig has done the 3-week trip across the US in 2010, (A ride), Trip to Bamaga (Cape York from Mt Beauty) on a V Strom DL 100 (B Ride); and the Cambodia short trip with a bunch of novice riders (C Ride). This year D ride will be in the Australian Desert or along the Great Divide. The plan is to ride around the world in short burst over 26 years.
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!
Anthony and Janet Morrison
From Rio de Janeiro to La Paz, nearly coast to coast – an organised tour with Compass Expeditions. Trials and tribulations of getting to South America during the 2011 Puyehue-Cordón Caulle eruption in Chile.
Geoff Bransbury, Dopey old blokeChasing Serendipity, 26,000 through the Americas at 67
Brian and Shirley Hardy-Rix, Aussies Overland
83,000 kms, 32 countries, six continents (well, the bike didn't get to Antarctica but we did)!
Jacqui Kennedy, ScooterGal
Size does not matter. I CHOOSE to travel the world by scooter. I love seeing the disbelief on riders faces when you get to the top of Stelvio Pass on "that thing".
"Mixture of my past rides on east coast Australia and Western Europe by scooter. It's now time to upgrade and head off Around the Block. I've joined forces with the Gobi Gals (UK to Mongolia on scooters) and we're off round Oz on real bikes - 110cc Postie Bikes!"
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.
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 cover - how to navigate the site since the redesign - mega-menus, search, the HUBB. Includes 'How to' content from the Achievable Dream series and great pics from HU Photo Contest winners!
Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited
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.
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.
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!
Stove Cook-off - Everyone bring your stove and let's see what works - and what doesn't! The Pros and Cons of stoves, fuels and pots, recipes, pans etc
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.
Must be pre-booked for catering purposes, cost $10 including breakfast.
This ride is designed for our overseas travellers who would like to see a working sheep farm and some of the local fauna and fauna in the Grampians. Total distance about 100km.
Suitable for all motorcycles, part of the ride (about 20km) will be on gravel with some packed sand, those on road motorcycles will just have to take it slowly.
The Sunday ride will start at the camp at 7.30am, leaving camp we will ride about 3km to Don and Cheryl's Shearing Shed. At the shed we will have a cooked breakfast with tea etc, Don will show you around his shed and explain why all the sheep runs are curved and the floor of the shed is sloped in places, he will also shear a sheep.
After breakfast we will ride across the farm and look at wheat crops and more sheep. We will then take some back roads and ride up through Victoria Valley into the Grampians for morning tea. Some parts of the ride will be through areas that were burnt out in February this year, we will look at how the Aussie bush recovers from bush fires. The ride at this time of the year (October) normally will be very spectacular with many wildflowers out, and not too many wallabies/kangaroos hopefully.
NOTE: We will also provide information so that people can do their own rides before and after the event.
The event is taking place at the Cavendish Recreation Reserve in Cavendish, Victoria.
The camping area is a very large public camping ground with a limited number of powered sites. As you enter the camping area it is fairly level with the powered sites nearby. You can camp here or you can go over the cattle/sheep crossing and down the hill to a very picturesque area on the Wannon River and camp near the river (you may need mosquito nets).
The showers/toilets are at the top near the Cavendish Football Club rooms which we will be using for the presentations, etc. Note - the mens shower/change room does not have individual cubicles.
There is also a camp kitchen consisting of a covered area with a bbq and dish washing facilities.
Camping fees ARE NOT included in your registration fee. Please pay the caretaker on arrival (currently $6 per person per night).
Per the Cavendish town website, the campground at Cavendish Recreation Reserve:
- On the bank of the Wannon River
- Powered Sites
- Camp Kitchen
- Hot Showers
- Tennis Court
- Children's Playground
- Pets Welcome
- Groups Welcome
All money raised at the camp ground goes back into community facilities.
Local service clubs and associations will cater at the Football Club rooms from Friday morning to Sunday midday; they will provide breakfast, lunch and tea and other light refreshments.
Friday night is self catering.
Saturday night will be a Social meal (at the Bunyip Hotel, short walk from the camping area). We are planning on booking the hotel out for the meal, so please indicate when booking whether you want to have a meal (it is a good quality pub meal and very good value).
On Sunday morning a local farmer has volunteered to run a ride/tour through his property and this will cater for all bikes. A hearty breakfast will be included and the total cost $10.00.
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.
What happens at HU events?
HUBBUK 2013 - Donington Park
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 don't even have plans to go ride around the world, but the presentations and people were great and you guys did an awesome job!"
"It was wonderful!! Loved the chance to rub elbows with experienced rtw'ers, and get their experiences/ views/ perspectives. The mantra I took away was 'just do it'."
"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) full colour Event poster:
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Departing or Returning?
If you're planning an expedition in 2013, 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.
Cavendish Recreational and
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Melbourne - 294 km
Adelaide - 488 km
Sydney - 1,148 km
Brisbane - 1,883 km
If you'd prefer not to camp:
South Mokanger Farm Cottages
728 Mokanger Rd,
Cavendish, Victoria 3314
Phone: 03 55742398
Per their Website, they have 2 cottages:
Per Tripadvisor this is ranked Excellent.
Per Google Maps, this is about a 15 min drive from the venue.
Cavendish is a small town of about 150 people, we have a hotel called the Bunyip Hotel a Post Office and a hall.
The people of Cavendish are very friendly and helpful and in the past have hosted over 300 Ulysses members at the camping ground.
The Bunyip Hotel is open 7 days a week and serves amongst other things tea/coffee, light refreshments and meals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
For food and fuel the nearest town is Hamilton (about 30km to the south).
There are plenty of things to see and do in the surrounding area. Cavendish has the Settler's Walk which is well worth walking, including an old jail and a settler's cottage (about 1.2 km total length) and is a short walk from the camping area.
Nearby are the Grampian Mountain Ranges and the Black Range. At this time of the year many flowers and other fauna are to be found, many are only found in this area.
To the south is Port Fairy (stop on the wharf for fish and chips) and Portland. The area to the south is also an old volcanic area featuring extinct volcanos, lava flows and lava tubes.
Anthony and Janet Morrison are the local hosts for this event - we're VERY grateful to them for stepping up and really making it happen with a lot of legwork and effort.
"On behalf of the people of Cavendish we would like to invite all World Motorcycle Travellers (or those planning to travel) to our town next October. This will be our first HUBB meeting and the first one in Western Victoria and we are planning to have a good time!"
If you have any questions, contact them at cata...@wideband.net.au with rideout registration, 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)!
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.
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 10 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 10 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.
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