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Bulgaria Summer Travellers Meeting

27-29 May, 2011

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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 area.

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?

"I'm so looking forward to another UK meet. My only problem is that I simply can't get to every talk I want, such is the amount of terrific presentations on offer. Each year I've been astonished at how articulate, intelligent, informative and entertaining the speakers are. I'm willing to help with anything that doesn't keep me from a talk - and my timetable will be full to bursting!" More comments here.

The Plan

The plan is simple. Show up on Thursday or at the latest Friday afternoon, meet people and setup. Travel Presentations and Tech seminars are planned throughout the meeting, starting Thursday 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!

2011 Speakers and Tech Seminars (so far, more to come):

  • The Middle East
    • Doug Wothke
      On a what?
  • A winter ride
    • Andreas Altmueller
      Tauernmeeting 2011, riding with two old 2-stroke hacks from Ankara to Austria in January and participating in a high-Alpine winter meeting
  • Securing your valuables when travelling
    • Doug Wothke
      So where DO you stash your money while on the road?
  • Bikepacking on a budget through Europe
    • Ruud Wessels "rwubbels"
      How to do it on a dime! Or on the cheap... or for peanuts...
  • and more to come!
  • Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!
  • and more to come as we get closer to the date.
  • 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 me here to volunteer.
To give you an idea of what we plan to have for you, here's the seminars for the 2010 Meeting:
  • Around the World
    • Doug Wothke
      Around the world on a 60's Harley chopper - rigid rear, extended front-end and suicide shift!
  • James Bay Road
    • Ilian Valchev, Bulgaria
      the most northern part of Quebec - east side of Hudson Bay. A solo 4 day trip.
  • Canadian Maritimes Provinces
    • Ilian Valchev, Bulgaria
      A solo 12 day trip.
  • Europe
    • Steve Coleman, USA
      6 months, 16 countries, 18,000 kilometers, plus details on a month in Ukraine
  • Panniers / Alu-boxes
    • Ilko Ilchev, Bulgaria
      Panniers - make your own! It's easier than you think.
  • An exotic Neighbourhood - Moto Turkey 08-09
    • Ilko Ilchev, Bulgaria
      Two trips in this huge and exotic country that cover it's main sight-seeing places: Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Mira, Antalya, Duden waterfall, Kekova underwater city, Oludeniz, Bodrum, Efes, Kuskayasi Road Monument, Amasra, Sinop - birthplace of philosopher Diogen, The walls of Sinop, Trabzon, Dogubayazid, Ararat Mountain, Ishak Pasha Palace, Van lake, Mount Nemrut, Black Sea coast, Mediterranean Sea coast, Aegean Sea coast, Marmara Sea, Narrow roads, Exotic places, Incredible views!
  • Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

There will be slide shows and talks Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, as well as Saturday afternoon, so come early and make it a great weekend!


Rideouts are limited to 6 or 10 people per ride, no exceptions.

All rides will be back on site at or before 5.00pm

Road Rides - details to come.

Ride 1 on Saturday is to an old monastery and a couple of other sites in the mountains, also maps will be available to do it yourself. Very nice riding, about a 100km loop, or less if desired.

Off-road - we could use some help - any ideas, locations, routes, off-road tracks?

The cost of going on any ride is included in the registration fee.

All rides are "register on the day." There will be signup sheets for each ride posted the evening before. First in best dressed.

Travel Equipment Vendors

We're looking for Travel Equipment vendors to come and display your products, and sell as well. Please contact Grant.


Camping is INCLUDED in your registration fee.

Other Accommodation

Schedule will be posted here when it's ready...

...so check back and plan what you want to see. 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.

All times - and everything - approximate!

An up-to-date schedule will be posted at the Meeting.


CHECK-IN and sign up! You MUST be registered to go on a ride or for entry to any events, seminars etc.


08:00 - Breakfast, all morning, €4

CHECK-IN and sign up! You MUST be registered to go on a ride or entry to any events, seminars etc.

09:00 Ride briefing. Be gassed up and ready to ride if you're going.

Friday dinner

Typical local Bulgarian meals, only €5!

Friday night

19:00 sharp: Speakers presentations, so be sure you've eaten early!

Saturday morning

8:00 - Breakfast, all morning, €4

8:30 - 9:00 Late Check-in.

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

Saturday Lunch

From 11:30, served all day. Payable to the venue on the day. Range of specials from the blackboard served all day, various excellent prices. Vegetarian meals available.

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 Seminar, details to come. If you want to volunteer to lead a seminar or breakout session, on any appropriate topic, please contact us. We have had lots of interest in seminars, ranging from 30 minutes to several hours, on subjects from GPS to packing lists to tire changing.

Saturday, dinner

Typical local Bulgarian meals, only €5!

19:00 sharp:

Speakers presentations

21:00 (not sharp) - Door prizes - you have to be there to win!


Breakfast served from 8:00, €4

Miscellaneous notes:

Organizers will be there most of Thursday, hopefully Wednesday evening, if anyone wishes to arrive early and just hang out or go for a ride in the area. There is no problem arriving even a couple of days early, our hosts will be happy to see you and feed you, and camping is free. Please LET US KNOW you will be arriving early.

Pre-Register and save €10!

  1. IMPORTANT - This event is limited to 60 people, and that's all we can handle. BE SURE to pre-register to guarantee entry. We really hate turning you away at the door because you didn't pre-register.
  2. Register and PAY before 15 May, entry fee is €20. Includes admission to all slide shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and other events during the day Friday and Saturday. Camping is also included in your entry fee for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. If you arrive early there is generally no problem finding a spot to camp, no charge. Just eat there and they're happy! Accommodation (other than camping), and meals are NOT included.
  3. At the door, admission is €30. IF there is space!

How to Pay

Please PRE-BOOK by filling in the form below and click the "Count me in" button below it. NOTE: Use one form per person!

Option 1. Pay by PayPal

a. You will shortly receive an e-mail confirmation. Check to ensure the details are correct. If you don't receive an e-mail confirmation within a few minutes, it means your e-mail address wasn't correct, (or the Internet has eaten your e-mail). Try again. A human being will actually get a copy of the e-mail, and we promise we won't sign you up multiple times. ;-)

b. After you have filled in the form and submitted it, you will have an opportunity to pay by Click to go straight to the PayPal Payment link.. Please be careful calculating the amount, the form isn't that smart yet!


Option 2. Pay by cheque

a. You will shortly receive an e-mail confirmation. Check to ensure the details are correct. If you don't receive an e-mail confirmation within a few minutes, it means your e-mail address wasn't correct, (or the Internet has eaten your e-mail). Try again. A human being will actually get a copy of the e-mail, and we promise we won't sign you up multiple times. ;-)

b. PRINT THAT EMAIL (or write out the important bits by hand if you don't have a printer) and MAIL it with a cheque for € Euros OR £ or US$ or CDN$, (Exchange rates) made payable to Grant Johnson, and mail to:

Grant Johnson
102-15910 Fraser Highway
Suite 472
Surrey, BC   V4N 0X9


Grant Johnson
Suite 621
24 St. Leonards Road
Windsor, Berkshire SL4 3BB

Payment and Registration Details AFTER 1 May

a. Please fill in this form to let us know you're coming. NOTE the registration fee is + €10 at the door!

b. You will shortly receive an e-mail confirmation. Check to ensure the details are correct. If you don't receive an e-mail confirmation within a few minutes, it means your e-mail address wasn't correct, (or the Internet has eaten your e-mail). Try again. A human being will actually get a copy of the e-mail, and we promise we won't sign you up multiple times. ;-)

IF you have ALREADY registered and just want to pay, go here!

Meeting Registration

Couples, groups, buddies etc - One registration form per person please! EVERYBODY must register.

Your details

First Name * (*=required field)

Last Name *

Email *

HUBB User Name


State / County / Province / District etc


Mobile or Phone number (in case we need to find you)

Meeting Options

Please choose your Meeting package (camping IS included)
Prices are for PAID PRE‑Registration, + €10 on the day

Package Description Camping Slide Shows Tech Sessions Stickers Membership Price Choose *
Meeting only yes yes yes yes   €20

Annual HU Membership         yes €15


NOT included.

Note that there is limited amounts of food - if you don't register and let us know you want food, there may not be any left over!

Served all day, buffet breakfast and lunch is €4 each meal every day, dinner is typical Bulgarian local specialties, including vegetarian, at around €5. Pay on the day.

* Food: Please choose:
NO Food  
Yes I want to eat with everyone else! Please CONFIRM here, and Book on check-in, and Pay on the day for ALL Food.
Food is NOT included!
There will be vegetarian alternatives IF anyone requests! Please let us know your preference. If Vegetarian or Vegan
let us know:


I would like a room please. Polly will contact you for details and to book.
IF you don't hear from her soon, be sure to contact her!
"Stuff" happens, and there's a very limited number of rooms.


If ordering T-shirts, PLEASE tick your size and colour choice - it will make ordering a lot easier for us, AND ensure you get your T-shirt at the Meeting!


AND you must order at least 4 weeks in advance!

Details down the page here.

If you want more than one tshirt of a size, please indicate in the Comments box below and we'll contact you to sort payment and the order.

Cotton T-shirts, €20.00

Quality brand name heavy duty 100% cotton, pre-shrunk. European Sizing!

Medium Grey Black
Small Grey Small Black
Medium Medium
Large Large
X-Large X-Large
XX-Large XX-Large
XXX-Large XXX-Large
Synthetic T-shirts €33.00

Synthetic, sweat wicking T-shirts. These are VERY nice travel or riding shirts. European Sizing!

Small Black Small Navy Small Orange
Medium Medium Medium
Large Large Large
X-Large X-Large X-Large
XX-Large XX-Large XX-Large
Royal Blue
Sunflower Yellow
Small Red Small Royal Blue Small Sunflower Yellow
Medium Medium Medium
Large Large Large
X-Large X-Large X-Large
XX-Large XX-Large XX-Large

Help us plan future Meetings! (optional)

Also used to print your meeting badge/conversation starter :)

Which travel bike do you use?

Past bike travel destinations?

(For more than one location hold down the
control key and click on your choices)

Future trips planned? Where?

(For more than one location hold down the
control key and click on your choices)


I have read and agree to Horizons Unlimited's terms and conditions for entry to this event. I understand I will also be asked to sign a written waiver at the event before I can participate.
Yes spacer No

Comments, notes?

Please Volunteer to help out at the Meeting!

Would you like to put on a Tech Clinic or slide show?
Any special requirements, e.g. food, any comments?

Greyed out? Click YES to the Terms and conditions - yes, again!

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!"


(large, full back)

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


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.

(You may need to right click and choose "save target as...")

Poster in pdf format, English (450kb) full colour Event poster.

Thanks for the help!

The Meeting Location

Motocamp Bulgaria, in Idilevo, Bulgaria

"Moto Camp is located in Idilevo, a small village only 15 km from the small town of Sevlievo, and 35 km. from the beautiful historical city Veliko Tarnovo. It's easy to find, just take the highway Sofia-Varna, but at the same time it is private, hidden in the lap of the Balkan Mountains, far from the madness of the daily round. It looks like time stopped here more than 100 years ago. Beautiful wild nature, less than 200 people. The village is surrounded by big and small hills, many small streams, a beautiful lake good for fishing, many forest tracks with incredible views and places for picnics. Wild fruits - forest strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, mushrooms and many wholesome herbs growing in the meadows around the town."

Lots of photos and information at Motocamp Bulgaria's website.

GPS coordinates: N 43 02.238 E 025 14.951

Getting There - GPS, Maps

GPS-Coordinates: N 43 02.238 E 025 14.951

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If you have any links or details for the area please let us know.

Other Accommodation Possibilities

There are 11 beds in the hotel, and more rooms very nearby. €10 per person per night. There's also a couple of apartments for rent in the village at good prices, ideal for couples, and hotels 15km away. No problem for somewhere to sleep, but do register early, and to get your choice.

If you have any other accommodation information for the area please let us know.

Information about the area

Local Hosts

Doug and Poly are the lead organizers of this event. A big thanks to them for volunteering to bring Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meetings to Bulgaria, and all their hard work!

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

See you at a meeting this year!

Grant and Susan

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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