G8 summiteers eat your heart out. The only place to be in Fermanagh, Ireland this summer is Cavanacarragh Hall on 12/14 July!
The end of February and we have had a week of reasonable weather (well in Norn Iron anyway!) Thoughts are turning to summer, motorbikes and travelling.
And that means the 4th Annual Horizons Unlimited Ireland gathering taking place on the weekend of 12/14 July 2013 just outside Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.
Same location as in previous years….how could we move away from that fantastically friendly welcome at Cavanacarragh Hall
, the great food and the craic. A weekend with like-minded people is guaranteed …and did I mention the Guinness?
Early days as yet here is a selection of the presentation panel to whet your appetite.
A traveller, writer and, though he won’t admit it himself, an all-round nice guy. If you have read any of his travel books you will want to meet him. If you haven’t, you certainly will after being enthralled by his presentation.
As with Sam, if you have experienced Liam’s presentations in previous years, you will be beating the door down to get in. If you haven’t, you are in for a treat.
Born in Fermanagh, Paddy currently works for Motorcycle Action Group
as the national campaigns co-ordinator, is an adviser to the Ted Simon Foundation
and is the editor of OVERLAN
D magazine. He also drinks a lot of tea!
Geoff Hill and/or Gary Walker
Geoff and Gary will continue the Carl Stearns Clancy Centenary Run
which started in Dublin on 23 October 2013. They hope to complete their RTW in New York in June 2013 and should be back on these shores by July to relate their adventures to us in Enniskillen.
An Aussie who rode his yellow R100GS PD from Kathmandu through China, the ‘Stans” and Iran to finally reach his gaol, St. James’ Gate in Dublin (see, I told you there would be Guinness!) During his journey he rode the Karakoram, Pamir and Wakhan highways. Have a look at his blog to read more about his 15000km journey –
The rider | briansworldtour
Brian flew himself and his bike home from Dublin but we have persuaded him to come back and regale us with his stories and photos of his travels.
Paul will be telling us about his recent trip around South West America and has titled his presentation “USA and PSA—From Folsom Prison to the Cancer Ward
” The clue is in the title. Do come along as Paul has some great travel stories and also has some very important information to share with us all.
Roddy works for James Cargo Services
, a freight forwarding company which has a department specialising in moving 2,3 and 4 wheeled vehicles all over the world. Roddy is the man to talk to if you want to discover how to get your precious bike to anywhere in the world.
There will be many other presentations. The arm-twisting and requests are already in progress (are you listening Kev?) to assemble an eclectic (like that word!) mix of interesting, inspiring and informative people to give us the benefit of their experiences. Watch this space!
magazine (arguably the best UK magazine on the market for those who travel, or dream of travelling, by motorcycle) recently introduced a subscription scheme (£25 for three issues and a rather nice t-shirt!) As an incentive each subscriber will be entered into a draw to win a set of Stahlkoffer luggage to fit their bike. The draw for the winner of this fantastic prize, valued at over £600, will take place at the Horizons Unlimited Ireland gathering in Enniskillen on 13 July. Co-incidentally this will also be Overland’s 2nd birthday so you might be able to cadge a cup of tea from Paddy Tyson, the editor!
As many of you may know, Grant Johnson
, joint founder of Horizons Unlimited, was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer in 2011. Thankfully, after many rounds of tough chemotherapy, followed by surgery, Grant is now continuing an optimistic recovery. Raising awareness of prostate cancer in our biking community is both important and timely and the Horizons Ireland team have therefore decided that our nominated charity for 2013 should be “Friends of the Cancer Centre
” a local charity based at the heart of the Cancer centre at Belfast City Hospital.
Friends of the Cancer Centre - Home
This charity has one clear objective…to make a real and meaningful difference to the thousands of local cancer patients and their families. A charity raffle will be organised over the weekend of the event and you can make a donation on the day. In keeping with our anarchic spirit, this charity initiative will be known as “Help the FOCCers
Numbers we can cater for are, of necessity, limited so why not get the diary out, put the date in and register now.
Registration form is here:
Horizons Unlimited Motorcycle Travellers' Meeting, Ireland 2013
For those who would wish for a non-camping (or glamping ) weekend I have a list of all B&B accommodation within a 5/10 mile radius of the event. Contact me or check on the site if you need these details.
Now that you have your diary out here are a few other UK dates for you.
After many successful years in Ripley, the UK Horizons Unlimited gathering has been re-invented and is now known as HUBB UK. The gathering will take place near Donington Park from Thursday 30 May to Sunday 2 June 2013. The new format will encompass motorcyclists, cyclists and drivers of 4X4 and other expedition vehicles and is guaranteed to be a cracking and inspiring weekend. To register and for more information on this exciting event go to:
HUBB UK 2013 Donington Park - 30th May to 2nd June
magazine Ireland Rally will take place in the beautiful Mourne Mountains on 10-12 May 2013. Sure you know it makes sense. The registration thread is:
ABR Ireland Rally 10 to 12th May 2013 - Official Sign up Thread