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Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting

"Lost Coast", California

August 19-22, 2010

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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!

Grant demonstrates the fine art of bead breaking at the California 2009 meeting.

Grant demonstrates the fine art of tire changing at the California 2009 tech clinic.


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!"

The Plan

The plan is simple. Show up on Thursday or at the latest Friday afternoon, meet people and setup. Travel Presentations and Tech clinics 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!

 

2010 Speakers and Tech Clinics:

  • Breakdowns in Small Towns All Around the World
    • Carla King USA
      Carla will talk about her various trips on indigenous motorcycles: China on a cranky Chang Jiang, India on a Royal Enfield Bullet, and riding a Moto Guzzi in Italy and around the Adriatic. And why breakdowns aren't always a bad thing.
  • Trip of a lifetime...not a lifetime of savings!
    • Lorraine Chittock, famed for crossing the Libyan desert accompanied by 200 camels on an ancient caravan route, has just returned from a four year expedition through South America accompanied by two Kenyan-born canines. Their conveyance? A 30 year old Chevy van purchased for $750, and once used by the Arizona police department. Lorraine offers practical advice to women and men wanting to transform their lives with the rallying cry, "The trip of a lifetime does not take a lifetime of savings!" (Lorraine is the author of Shadows in the Sand and other books on the animal/human bond.)
  • A beginners guide to Mexico
    • Dale Boisclair, Canada
      A middle-aged, middle-class, middle of the road motorcycle trip through Mexico
  • Around the world on a V-strom
    • Erdem Yucel, Turkey/USA
      A first long trip, and it's around the world in 6 months!
  • Smitty's Trip to the End of the Road
    • Jeff Smith
      Solo trip through the wilds of Canada and Alaska to the end of the road at Inuvik, NWT Canada
  • Basic Roadside Repair
    • Kevan Ibbotson, Canada
      The English would call it bodger repair or us Canadians might call it a "farmer fix" but basically it means "How do I get my bike back on the road so I can get to the next town with a qualified mechanic to get it fixed properly". Designed for the novice rider who has little mechanical skills and who is concerned about having to make that dreaded roadside repair. Does duct tape or WD 40 actually fix everything? No, but you'd be surprised what will plug a leaking radiator. We will go over basic mechanical applications of the motorcycle: fuel, electrical and cooling systems, and how to diagnose their failure. What tools and repair materials to carry with you and how to use them to find out why your bike has quit working. More importantly we will review how to use on hand items to get yourself back on the road.
  • Where there is no doctor...
    • Molly Martin
      How to prepare for medical emergencies on your RTW - or any! - motorcycle trip.
      Bring a helmet and a foamie!
  • Women only
    • a very popular session - I'm told it's a must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there!
  • Fix that flat! How to change a tire anytime, anywhere
    • Grant Johnson
      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. Hand's on practical and tire changing contest for beginners to experts.
  • Photo Composition for Travellers, and a Critique of YOUR photos
    • Grant Johnson, Canada
      Transform your trip photos from boring to fabulous! Bring 10 photos on a USB key or SD card for discussion - what's missing, or not quite right, or just plain BAD - and how to correct the mistakes we all make. Bring some photos on a flash drive if you'd like a critique.
  • 11 Years on the Road, RTW
    • Grant Johnson
      Grant and Susan's show of their RTW trip hasn't been seen since 2000, so due to popular demand - well one or two - it's been resurrected with loads of never seen before pictures. Maybe...if there's time.
  • Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!
  • and more to come! 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. Please contact me here to volunteer.

HU California 2009 meeting.

Presentations and Tech Clinics

Here's what we had in 2009:

  • Around the world on a V-strom
    • Erdem Yucel, Turkey/USA
      A first long trip, and it's around the world in 6 months, ending here!
  • Wrong Way Round The World
    • Ian Moor, UK
      Why I'm doing it, how I'm doing it and why I'm thinking of spending the winter in Canada!
  • Where there is no doctor...
    • Molly Martin
      How to prepare for medical emergencies on your RTW motorbike trip.
      Bring a helmet and a foamie!
  • Morocco
  • Somerset to Siberia
    • Gabriel Bolton
      A 6 month solo trip from the UK to Magadan.
  • Women only
    • a very popular session - I'm told it's a must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there!
  • Solita through Mexico
    • Cynthia MacKay
      11,000 miles of magnificent Mexico, a woman alone, a very new rider on a very low budget and only barely mechanically inclined. But I did it... and you can too!
  • BRACUS-Building Relationships and Communication Using Stereotypes
    • Chris Brown, USA
      What people (maybe you) do who are especially good at establishing trusting relationships across cultures. Communicating with - and understanding - people from another culture!
  • How to make a molehill out of a mountain
    • Michael Anderson, UK
      How to pre-empt or react to an emergency
  • Body Mechanics for the Long Haul-- More Control, Less Stress.
    • "Coach" Ramey Stroud
      Ergonomics! Body Mechanics! When you pickup 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.
  • Fix that flat! How to change a tire anytime, anywhere
    • Grant Johnson
      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. Hand's on practical and tire changing contest for beginners to experts.
  • Photo Composition for Travellers, and a Critique of YOUR photos
    • Grant Johnson, Canada
      Transform your trip photos from boring to fabulous! Bring 10 photos on a USB key or SD card for discussion - what's missing, or not quite right, or just plain BAD - and how to correct the mistakes we all make. Bring some photos on a flash drive if you'd like a critique.
  • Off-pavement basics.
    • "Coach" Ramey Stroud!
      New to off-road riding, especially on a big trailie? Grant and Coach will talk about where the beginning dirt rider goes wrong and what to do about it. We will also conduct a basic training clinic - sign up on the day!
      • From BMWMOA magazine: "I could go on and on about what we learned, the techniques, the lessons, the close calls and Coach's wealth of knowledge he demonstrates with every breath he takes... I knew there was much more to tackle and I knew I had found my Motorcycle Guru. I highly recommend his instruction for anyone looking to take their on-road or off-road to the next level."
    • Off-Pavement: How Your Sphere of Movement Affects Traction

    There'll be a lecture first for an hour, then a short break followed by one hour of hands-on static practice in a parking area.


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

Rideouts

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

Off-road ride leaders:

 

Ride leaders and sweep riders wanted!

Do-it-yourself Ride information.

 

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

 

Schedule

All times - and everything - approximate!

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

As presenters may or may not get there on time - or at all - this schedule is seriously subject to change.

Thursday morning

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

9:00 Ride - no scheduled guided ride, so be gassed up and ready to ride with whoever wants to go - there's always a group going somewhere. Garmin gdb file with loads of info here.

Evening dinner 5:30, then introduction and presentations.

Friday

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

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

Friday night

7:00 pm Speakers presentations start, so be sure you've eaten early! Order subject to change.

Saturday morning

8:00 - 9:00 - Breakfast

9:00 "Coach" Ramey Stroud and Grant Johnson

  • Off-pavement basics - if you've never ridden off-road, or you have and oyu're feeling pretty shaky - we'll cover all the basics to get you going with confidence. Be gassed up and ready to ride if you're going. We will TRY to do it on location, but as it's a new location we're not sure if we can. Coach will talk about where the beginning dirt rider goes wrong and what to do about it. We will also conduct a basic training clinic - sign up on the day!

Saturday Lunch

1:00 Lunch

Saturday afternoon,

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

  • 2:00 Fix that flat! How to change a tire anytime, anywhere
    Grant Johnson
    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. Hand's on practical and tire changing contest for beginners to experts.
  • 3:30 Your bike doesn't fit you!
    "Coach" Ramey Stroud
    Ergonomics! Body Mechanics! When you pickup 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.
  • 5:00 Women only - a very popular session - I'm told it's a must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there!

Saturday evening,

7:00 pm sharp:

Speakers presentations

Sunday

Breakfast

Head for home, hang around and chat, or head out for a last ride!

Miscellaneous notes:

Organizers will be there most of Thursday, hopefully Wednesday too, if anyone wishes to arrive early and just hang out or go for a ride in the area. NO camping on-site until Thursday night! There is an RV park less than a block away to camp at if you're early.

The Meeting Location

The Mattole Grange, Petrolia, California
36512 Mattole Road, Petrolia, CA 95558

Climate
COOL at night so bring the warm sleeping bag! Ideal riding temperatures! :)

Maps and distances

Distances:

San Francisco- 266 miles, 5 hours 17 mins
Los Angeles- 639 miles, 10:48
Portland OR - 459 miles, 8:29
Bend OR - 403 miles, 8:50
Medford OR - 243 miles, 5:04
Salt Lake City UT - 929 miles, 15:05
Las Vegas NV - 836 miles, 13:56
Seattle WA - 634 miles, 11:11

Google Map

From Petrolia, head west on CA-211/Mattole Rd toward Sherman Ave, the Grange is on the left at 36512 Mattole Road.


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Camping

  • One price, only $6 per night per tent, no reservations required. (Not included in registration fee, so only campers pay)
    • Pay on the day when you arrive and check in.
    • Grassy field right at the meeting room
    • Toilet facilities
    • Great views etc
    • Shower facilities - the river that flows right by the Grange is very refreshing! :) or...
  • Showers at one of two nearby RV parks, pay-as-you-go. We'd like better, but it's the best we can do at this time.

Other Accommodation

Links to local Hotels and Motels. There isn't anything very close - it's 1:15 to the nearest ones in Ferndale, (north) or 1:45 to the East in Redcrest or Myers Flat on Hwy 1, so plan on camping. Neither route is recommended after dark.

There is free camping on BLM land, but it's a fair distance - the miles you will need to get there and back will eat up any savings.

A. W. Way Campground, a block from the Grange

$18 to camp per night, 30 spaces only. BUT $3 for day use and 1 cold shower!

Information about the area

www.mattole.org
www.mattolenews.com
www.honeydewfire.com
Weather forecast

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


Local Bike Shops

Let us know any good dealers nearby!

From David Bany, Windsor CA:

"...a little motorcycle shop in Point Arena, CA called The Zen House. It's quite a way south (157mi.) of the site of the HU meeting in Petrolia but I thought it might be helpful to list it in the links for anyone that might be passing through on Hwy 1. The owners, David and Kelley Harris, are real nice people."

From Duncan Thomas, Fortuna, CA:

The closest motorcycle shops to the Meeting are:

  • In Eureka about 1hr to the north:
    • Eureka Motor Sports (KTM, Kawasaki, Suzuki 707-445-3093)
    • Humbold Motorsports (independent repair 707-269-0991)
    • Pacific Motor Sports(Honda, Yamaha )
  • To the south is:
    • Dazey's Supply (Yamaha 707-923-3002) in Redway about 45 min away

Most normal supplies and tires can be found at these shops. There are some additional small independents not listed here.

Local Hosts

is the local host for this event - we're VERY grateful to him for stepping up and really making it happen with a lot of legwork and effort, there were a lot of complications to make it happen. We could REALLY use some help on the day too - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours!

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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