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Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting

Ninth Annual Australia Meeting, Qsld

Friday 8 June to Sunday 10 June, 2012

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Why Come to a Horizons Unlimited Motorcycle Travellers Meeting?

You can meet people who don't think you're crazy for wanting to ride your bike to South America or Africa or across Asia, or even around the world! Admit it, all your 'normal' friends and most of your family fears for your sanity! So, this is your opportunity to meet the people who will encourage you in that craziness, share their experiences and advice on how to do it, and maybe you'll meet them again in Mongolia or Timbuktu!

Camping
Dayboro Camping

 

How you can help - put up a few posters! NEW Poster available! Event poster available! Please post it everywhere!

Want to know what people thought of other HU Meetings? Is it worth coming to the Meeting?

Mark Hoskings, in Australian Road Rider:
"Horizons Unlimited is a life-changing website and travellers meetings, as well as being a bloody good time, are inspirational and informative, and most surely launch a thousand trips!"

Andrej Kadacik on Facebook:
"Thanks everyone for fantastic meeting, (Aus 2011) especially to organisers. Well done! Very inspiring! Can't wait for the next one! :) Will see you all then... :)"

John Skillington on Facebook:
"my thanks to everyone for the great weekend (Aus 2011) of meeting, greeting, eating and a little drinking with new and old friends! hahaha. Should be more of it and am looking forward to the next one if we aren't on the road!"

The Plan

The plan is simple. Show up on Friday morning or afternoon, meet people and setup. Travel Presentations and Tech clinics are planned throughout the meeting, starting Friday night. More Detailed Schedule here.

We can always use some help! If you want to assist, please sign up to volunteer to assist on the day or here for advance work or to ask questions. Thanks!

 

2012 Speakers and Tech Clinics (so far, much more to come):

  • Our 500,000 km ride through 193 Countries on a Harley-Davidson ElectraGlide,
    • Peter and Kay Forwood
      Riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle into every country of the world over 12 years - How this motorcycle became the World's Most Traveled Motorcycle.
  • The Harley and Peter riding the muddy roads of the Congo.

    The Harley and Peter riding the muddy roads of the Congo.

    Kay Forwood, the other half of the famous Australian motorcycle travellers!

    The other half of the famous Australian motorcycle travelling couple!

  • Simon and Lisa Thomas, 2ridetheworld
    • Around the world! An amazing tale, and full of fabulous photos!

  • Russia and Mongolia for beginners
    • Martin Williams
      A compilation of the things I learnt during a 3 month trip last year - and wished I'd known before I started. Topics include:
      (i) Vladivostok Customs and why it takes 4-5 days to get your bike,
      (ii) Russian motor cycle clubs - and how they are your best friend.
      (iii) Toilet etiquette
      (iv) Buying petrol - and how to get a full tank.
      (v) Road conditions.
      Focus of the talk is the practicalities of the travel in Russia / Mongolia rather than the tourist information.

  • Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Rideabout, places & people.

  • How to be a chicken in Turkey...
    • Helen Black
      How a novice made her way around Turkey and Iran on a cheap English Dominator.

  • Motomonkey Adventures - A Live Interview with Danielle Murdoch,
    • Danielle (currently in Africa!) will be available for a live interview about what life is like on the road after 18 months on the road. Danielle will have photos to display while people ask questions.

Danielle Murdoch crossing the Equator near Nairobi, Kenya.

Danielle Murdoch crossing the Equator near Nairobi, Kenya.

  • ATW - getting into contact with local motorcycle travellers in the americas
    • Frank and Simone Panthoefer
      Our two years through North and South America with an extra chapter: how to get into contact with local motorcycle travellers / most-motorcycle friendly people / places!

  • Crossing the Australian continent via the Tropic of Capricorn on a Postie Bike
    • Frank Wheeler
      Double crossing of Aus riding a Postie Bike: Honda CT110!

  • The Heroes Journey
    • Marty Convey
      A presentation on the philosophy, the high's and the lows, doing it for dirt cheap, forage of the free foods, motorcycle maintenance. From England to Afghanistan, the Himalayas and parts of Asia. To freely travel the vast landscapes and to see the people and cultures change as the landscape changes. Beautiful pictures and stories to tell, loads of info intact for Europe, Middle East and India.

  • Keeping a travel blog that someone might like to read
    • Mike and Jo Hannan, Team Elephant
      Lots of folks keep a travel blog but most of them are boring even for close friends. By taking a little time and learning a few writing secrets, your blog can be nteresting to every reader. This is a "how to do it" presentation on writing a blog. The tech stuff is well taken care of these days, but if what you write is execrable not even your mother will really read it (she will probably say she does but that isn't the same).
      I managed to get my blog compressed into a book and published by New Holland (The Elephant's Tale due out 1 May this year). To get this to happen took a lot of work and I learned a lot about what works and what doesn't.

  • Photography for travellers
    • Simon and Lisa Thomas, 2ridetheworld
      You've seen their photos and they're amazing, so be sure to attend this workshop to learn how to make exciting photos that your friends will want to see!
  • Technology. For examples, what websites etc to refer to during your preparation, how did you keep in touch, what IT did you use on the trip, do you store your photos on Flickr, Google/Gmail, Yahoo, etc. Access to the Internet, what sort of phones: Android, Windows, iPhone etc. This could be done be several people all pitching in. Anyone interested?
  • Bodging it! How about YOUR best bodges!?

  • Packing Discussion
    • Squeezing it all in
  • Stove Cook-off
    • Everyone bring your stove and lets see what works - and what doesn't!
      The Pros and Cons of stoves, fuels and pots, recipes, pans etc
  • Bedding Discussion
    • Discussion in the camping area
      What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you warm and comfy!
  • Tent Discussion
    • Discussion in the camping area
      What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry and comfy!
  • Breakdown Diagnostics
    • The bikes stopped at the side of the road. :(
      Now what?
  • For Women Only
    • Panel discussion.
  • Tire Changing!
  • And more how-to's of course!
  • Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!
  • How about YOU? We're all here to learn, and there's LOTS to learn! We want to do more presentations and clinics - 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. Tell us about your trip, or area of expertise. Sign up here!

How to change a tire, seminar by Jim Stanley.
How to pack all that crap in, pic of previous seminar by Carol and Ken Duval 2008

Previous (2011) Presentations and Tech Clinics were:

  • UK to Nepal
    • Mark Hosking
      Two-up on a Vstrom, 38,000kms, 22 countries!
  • London to Capetown 2009
    • Luke Steele, XTLuke
      Three Kiwis down the West Coast of Africa on XTZ/R.
  • What is Wheel2Wheel?
    • Morgan Parker, Wheel2Wheel
      Learn about Morgan's transcontinental solo motorbike expedition in support of 10 charitable organisations throughout 10 countries.
  • Two old blokes across Russia - Half the World in One Summer
    • Ian Gregory and Mike Jones
      Anyone can do it - story about two 60+ guys riding unsupported thru Korea, Siberia, Mongolia and finishing in Finland. Very much a story about the people we met!
  • Motomonkey Adventures Australia to Africa
    • Danielle Murdoch
      A Q&A from Danielle who is currently on the road - if we can make the connection!
  • Brisbane to Amsterdam - at least, most of it!
    • Michel Verheem
      My 1999 trip of 13 months in 45 minutes. Or, how you can do this without any technical knowledge!
  • Motorbike Medical
    • Dr. Peter Nelson
      What to pack in your first aid kit, and basic first aid whilst on the road.
  • Six weeks in the USA
    • Dorothy Henderson
      For those on a time budget!
  • GPS - what's it good for?
    • Andrew Roberts
      Instructional session and discussion
  • Packing Discussion
    • ?
      Squeezing it all in
  • Stove Cook-off
    • Everyone bring your stove and lets see what works - and what doesn't!
      The Pros and Cons of stoves, fuels and pots, recipes, pans etc
  • Bedding Discussion
    • Discussion in the camping area
      What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you warm and comfy!
  • Tent Discussion
    • Discussion in the camping area
      What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry and comfy!
  • Breakdown Diagnostics
    • The bikes stopped at the side of the road. :(
      Now what?
  • For Women Only
    • Panel discussion.
  • Tire Changing!
  • And more how-to's of course!
  • Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

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

Rideouts

Rideouts - will be limited to 10 people per ride per group.

Guy Basile knows all the tiny paths back to front, and will be organizing mud maps with points of interest and food and petrol stops. Sign up to ride on the day.

A dual sport ride through Mount Mee State Forest is planned. More details to follow.

We are looking for volunteers to take a road ride over Mount Mee, Mount Glorious, Brisbane Valley etc.

Ride leaders and sweep riders wanted!

Do-it-yourself Ride information and pass information.

More ride info to come. Send in any you have!

Charity Draw

2012 Charity Angel Flight, through the sale of raffle tickets and the generous donation of prizes from all the vendors on site and from afar. If you'd like to donate a prize for the charity raffle, send it direct to Shane.

Shane said: "I believe that Angel Flight represents the help-your-mates ethos that is so Australian as well as dealing with a real problem of our geography and population spread."

In 2011 you raised $448.85 for them with your raffle ticket purchases - an excellent effort!

The draw will be held at 5 pm on Saturday, and numbers will be matched to prizes. Prizes will be available to pick up from 5 pm Saturday until 10 am Sunday, so no need to be there to win! The raffle for any uncollected prizes will be redrawn at 10 am on the Sunday - so don't throw your tickets away.

Vendors

The following companies will be on site with products and have generously donated raffle prizes. Vendors can register here, or if you have any questions, please contact me for details.

Confirmed:

  • Moto-Tech Diagnostics, Battery chargers/testers. Workshop equipment! Toys for the boys...
  • Motorcycle Adventure Products, Adventure, Cruising, Commuting, Sport or Touring products! They will also display one of their bikes and give a short presentation on points to consider in preparation for hard travel.

Schedule

Printable version to come!

The schedule is subject to change, so don't hold our feet to the fire - stuff happens! But we will try very hard to ensure that it goes off as planned. Check the latest schedule to be posted at the meeting on the day.

Meeting place for all events is at the grounds.

All times - and everything - approximate!

This is an overview of what's happening - A detailed up-to-date schedule will be posted at the Meeting.

Friday

A great time to arrive and get the best spot, check out the area, and get a little riding in. There will be lots of people arriving early. There will be presentations Friday night!

Saturday morning

Feed yourself!

9:00 Ride briefing. Be gassed up and ready to ride if you're going.

Rideouts - off-road runs details here if you're riding on your own.

Saturday Lunch

Feed yourself!

Saturday afternoon,

Rideouts - details here if you're riding on your own.

On road runs - we'll post a sheet of paper up for you to add your name to a destination, volunteers to lead appreciated!

Tech Clinics. We have a number of informative and exciting tech clinics planned, so check the schedule Friday on-site for latest details.

Saturday evening,

6:00 Dinner on site

7:00 pm sharp:

Speakers presentations

Sunday

Breakfast

No presentations scheduled, but great day for a rideout or head home!

Miscellaneous notes:

Organizers will be there all Friday, if anyone wishes to arrive early and just hang out or go for a ride in the area.

Pre-Register and save!

The admission price is on a sliding scale to encourage early registration and help us organize facilities better.

Admission pricing (for PAID pre-registration):
  • Register and PAY before Jan 1, admission is only $35. Includes admission to all slide shows, Tech Clinics, Rideouts, and all other HU events. NOTE: Accommodation and meals are NOT included in the registration price, but dinners may be purchased below.
  • Register and PAY after Jan 1 and before June 3, admission is only $45.
  • At the door, IF space is available, admission is $55 for both days.
    • Friday ONLY $30 at the door.
    • Saturday ONLY $30 at the door.

Includes admission to all slide shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Tech Clinics and demonstrations.


Sorry, Advance Registration is now closed for this year. There is loads of space, so please come, and register on the day!

 

Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!

Just to clarify the membership situation: Currently there is no requirement to be a member to access the website, the HUBB or to receive the monthly e-zine. For now, 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.

We will also upgrade your status in the HUBB to Contributing or Gold Member. In addition to recognising your contribution through your status, this will allow you to upload a custom profile picture and custom avatar, store more private messages, upload more pictures, add events to the calendar and create polls.

If you wish to buy a t-shirt, mug, fleece jacket or other Horizons logo product from the Souk, you can purchase Member or Gold Member logo products at the basic price. Just let us know and we can arrange access to the Members Private Store.

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.

T-Shirt Deal

Cotton: Top quality heavy cotton t-shirts in black or grey.

Synthetic: (Dri-Fit) t-shirts are in a beautifully made wicking material, and make great travel / riding t-shirts as well as all-round wear t-shirts. Available in a variety of colours at most meetings, and always black or grey. The order section will list the colours available.

Note that we will have a very few t-shirts extra at each meeting, but very limited - we can't carry many! So please pre-order and pay in advance so you can be sure of getting what you want.

2012 Tshirt slogan "The open road is calling, and I have a world to ride!"

Back:

(large, full back)

The open road is calling, and I have a world to ride!

Front:

Front 'Pocket patch' logo on all tshirts

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 (450kb approx) full colour HU Australia Travellers Meeting poster. (You may need to right click and choose "save target as...")

Thanks for the help!

The Meeting Location for 2012 (same as 2011)

Dayboro showgrounds
Memorial Showgrounds
Corner of Don Kerr Memorial Drive and Mount Mee Road,
Dayboro, Queensland

There will be signs along the road as you approach the area to get to the exact spot. Watch for the HU logo!

Maps

Distances:

Brisbane - 46 km
Sydney - 983 km, 12.5 hours
Melbourne - 1750km, 21.5 hours

GPS Coordinates of Site: -27.189,152.8229 according to google!

Note: The green arrow is us!

Layout of venue

Dayboro showgrounds layout

Camping

  • $10 Powered Site (2 adults) There are many powered sites available in a number of places throughout the grounds. Those wishing to use powered sites need to make sure they have appropriate length power leads. The powered sites between the pavilion and the arena will be put aside for vendors.
  • $7 Non-Powered Site (2 adults)
  • $3 each for additional campers per night
  • Pay John the caretaker direct, we don't handle the camping fees at all. The caretaker's van is parked near the pavilion. Payment is strictly cash and correct money would be appreciated. There is no camping in the area.
  • No rooms or cabins available onsite
Security:

There is a caretaker onsite. The local police are close nearby and will come through a few times across the weekend.

Other Accommodation

Accommodation is available:

Each of these venues offer different styles; some cater for couples, some for families and some for groups. Dayboro is not a large town. If the address is in Dayboro, it should be within walking distance. Check when booking. If the address is Mount Mee Road, chances are it is a short but very pleasant drive/ride. I've never stayed in any or these, so can not make any recommendations. (Shane)

Blue Ridge Lavender Farm & Retreat
Dayboro Sherree Matthews 3336 Mt Mee Road, Dayboro QLD From $175 Double Room/Night Credit Cards Accepted: Visa Mastercard Eftpos 1 cottage Telephone: 07 3425 1936 Mobile: 0413 458 788

Brockhurst Cabins Farmstay and Retreat
Murray and Debbie Baker 2250 Mt Mee Road, Ocean View, Queensland, Australia Phone: (07) 3425 3314 International: +61 7 3425 3314

Dayboro Cottages Dayboro Cottages & Llama Walks
3229 Mt Mee Rd Dayboro QLD 4521 Telephone: 07 3425 2774 Fax: 07 3425 2714 Email: dayborocottages@bigpond.com

Glengariff Estate
3234 Mt Mee Rd Dayboro Valley Qld 4521 Phone:07 3425 1299 Fax: 07 3425 2255

Kirnicama Bed and Breakfast
106 Woodward Road, Armstrong Creek, via Dayboro, only 5 minutes from the township. Telephone: 07 3425 2526 Mobile: 0407 704 060 Fax: 07 3425 2527

Oceanview Estate Winery
Dayboro Address: 2557 Mt. Mee Road,, Dayboro QLD Credit Cards Accepted Visa Mastercard Eftpos Opening Hours: Thursday-Saturday from 10am; Sunday from 8.30am Wineries Phone: (07) 3425 3900 Fax: (07) 3425 3800

Hill House Bed & Breakfast
14 Roderick Street Dayboro QLD 4521 Phone: 07 3425 2446 Web:

Dayboro Crown Hotel
McKenzie St, Dayboro, QLD, 4521 Phone number: (07) 34251101 Accommodation unknown

Alternative Accommodation in and around Petrie

To get to Dayboro from Brisbane you travel through either Petrie or Samford. Petrie has several hotels and the ride from Petrie to Dayboro takes about 20 minutes on sealed roads. The Sunday Markets at the Pioneer Village are great fun and there is accommodation and a museum on-site as well.

Alternative Accommodation in and around Samford

Samford is about 20 minutes on good sealed roads from Dayboro. Samford is at the base of Mount Glorious, a famous ( or should that be infamous? ) motorcycle road.

Other Alternative Accommodation

The next towns and cities such as Kallangur, Lawnton, Strathpine, Caboolture, Woodford and Redcliffe all offer the full range of accommodation. If I was after a good ride each morning and and evening there and back, I would be looking for either Woodford and Caboolture and going over the top of Mount Mee each time.


Information about the area

Closest Bottleshops
Alcohol.

No licence for this event and strictly BYO. Crown Hotel is in walking distance

There is a drinks fridge and bar there in the pavilion and you can leave your stuff there, but it will be on a non-policed honesty-scheme basis.

We should have bottled water and soft drink to sell, any profits going to the charity, Angelflight.

Closest Restaurants/Eateries

Dayboro is within walking distance and lots of options!

Pitstop Cafe is a motorcycle cafe on the tourist route of Mt Mee Rd. and has great views, coffee and other refreshments as well of lots of motorcycling memorobilia and bikes on display. it is situated at 2070 Mt Mee Rd, Dayboro. Facebook. Tell John we sent you!

Other Useful Information
Local Shops and Fuel.
IGA is open seven days, time to be confirmed. Otherwise there are full amenities in either Caboolture, Kallangur or Petrie.
ATM

There is an ATM at the IGA and one at the Crown Hotel. Otherwise there are full amenities in Caboolture, Kallangur or Petrie.

Within 30 minutes ride/drive Petrie, Kallangur, Lawnton and Strathpine shopping areas D'Aguliar Pub and General Store across the top of Mount Mee, but I'm not sure if this is an easy 30 minutes, never timed it before.

Petrie markets in Pioneer Village are on Sunday morning and should be interesting to some.

Pioneer Village Country Music Club quite often have some good acts.

Mobile Phone and Internet Access:

Telstra and Optus mobile phones and Internet work fine at the showgrounds.

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

Security

There is a caretaker onsite. The local police are close nearby and will probably come through a few times.


Local Motorcycle Clubs and Dealers


Local Hosts

Shane Kuhl, (plus a lot of others, especially John Skillington, who has volunteered to act as presenter liaison, and Dorothy Henderson has volunteered to be the Volunteer coordinator) 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.

If you have any questions, contact with rideout registration, vendor, venue and speakers questions.

We can use help on the day too in order to make it all work smoothly and keep the costs down! If you want to join in the fun, please sign up to volunteer to assist on the day or tick the volunteer box when you register above.

Editors note:
We accept no responsibility for any of the above information in any way whatsoever. You are reminded to do your own research. Any commentary is strictly a personal opinion of the person supplying the information and is not to be construed as an endorsement of any kind.
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