The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
We're not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown a hobby into a full time job and a labour of love.
When you decide to become a Member, it helps directly support the site. You get additional privileges on the HUBB, access to the Members Private Store, and more to come as we roll out new systems. Of course, you get our sincere thanks, good karma and knowing you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. :-)
Travel BooksMotorcycle and travel books to inspire and inform you!
DVDs - Watch and Learn!
Horizons Unlimited presents!
Achievable Dream The definitive guide to planning your motorcycle adventure! This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series. "The ultimate round the world rider's how-to DVD!" MCN UK.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
Advertisers- Horizons Unlimited is well-established as the first source of reliable, unbiased information on all aspects of motorcycle travel.
We reach a dedicated, worldwide group of real travellers, and are the only website focusing exclusively on long distance motorcycle travellers.
If you sell motorcycles or motorcycle accessories, riding gear, camping equipment and clothing, transport motorcycles, organize motorcycle tours, or have motorcycles to rent, you should be advertising with us!
It is, in fact, just 130 miles to Vancouver. Not the world's most interesting drive, but easy enough. You'd pass right by my house and we could discuss the naming of the world and all its contents.
FWIW, if you refer to the PanAmerican Highway anyplace north of, say, Nogales you'll get only perplexity in response. That's because, unlike the two dozen countries to our south, we do not as a rule recognize our interdependence and shared humanity with the rest of the world. Even the word "PanAmerican" suggests connection, commonality, relationship. "Interstate 5" suggests shared interests within, but not without, our national borders. It's a NorteAmericano thing.
Back to the subject at hand, if I was going to have a quick look at the North Cascades (recommended, but only in season) or a ski at Mt. Baker (recommended during the other season) I'd drive I-5 to the border and ferry to Victoria from Tsawwassen. Otherwise, think about heading for Port Townsend and Port Angeles, with maybe a side trip to the Hoh Valley, Olympic National Park beaches, and/or Hurricane Ridge. Ferry to Victoria from Port Angeles.
I'm going to leave it to you to look up the schedules and fares. It's easy, and Google is your friend.
Markus writing here from the UK. I would ride up the 101 to Port Angeles and take the ferry to Nanaimo, it's beautiful along the 101, unlike your experience on the Ruta 38 which I just caught up on, yikes that was deep sand.
First of all a few "corrections". The ferry from Port Angeles goes to Victoria, not Nanaimo. Nanaimo is about 1.25 hours north of Victoria. There is a ferry to Nanaimo from Horseshoe Bay just north of Vancouver, but you'd have to ride through Vancouver to get to it. If you're into cities that might be a good option. Otherwise, it's basically a city with the usual traffic issues unless you hang out for a few days. Then it's actually a great city.
BC Ferries www.bcferries.com (from mainland BC to Vancouver Island and the Gulf islands and the Sunshine Coast, all within BC)
Washington State Ferries (google it) Operates the ferries near the Seattle area for the Olympic Peninsula as well as the ferry from Anacortes, Washington to Sidney, BC just north of Victoria.
Coho Ferry Black Ball Ferries (From Port Angeles, Washington ...Olympic Peninsula to Victoria, BC)
If you decide to come over to Vancouver Island and wish to continue north to Alaska you basically have two options:
Head back to the mainland via Nanaimo or even back via Victoria.
Head to the tip of the island at Port Hardy and take the 16 hour ferry to Prince Rupert and carry on from there. It's supposed to be quite scenic but of course does not involve any riding :-)
If you come to Vancouver Island be in touch. I live just outside of Victoria and I'd be happy to show you some nice rides around the south Island.
As others have pointed out above, it would be much easier, much more practical, and much more "normal" to just ride from Seattle to Vancouver on the highway. There is no need and certainly no benefit to attempting to cover this route on a ferry.
I am wondering if perhaps you might have confused Vancouver (the large city on the mainland) with Victoria (the provincial capital of BC, which is located on Vancouver Island). If you want to get from Seattle to Victoria, then you will need to take a ferry. Michelle has addressed all but one of the various possibilities for doing this in her post directly above.
The one additional possibility would be to take the Washington State Ferry Service ferry from Anacortes, WA to Sidney, BC. This is a pleasant but pokey little milk run of a ferry. Although it is slower and smaller than all the other choices that Michelle presented, it is probably the most scenic of the bunch.
If you choose to take this ferry, send me a private message - I live in Sidney, BC, which is the small town on Vancouver Island where this ferry arrives.
Thanks Michael for finally clearing up the Vancouver Island vs Vancouver issue? A detour to the island is well worth the visit if you are so inclined, but I was trying to figure out why anyone would want to take a ferry from Seattle to Vancouver since it is a 3 hour drive. Bjorn we live just outside Vancouver in Port Moody BC if you need help. Sara
"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA
"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada
"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia
"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders
10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!
Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!
Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle 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 (22 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.