Western Canada 2009: Eighth Annual HU Travellers Meeting

Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meetings

Eighth Annual Western Canada Travellers Meeting

Nakusp, B.C., Canada, August 6-9, 2009

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.

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.

See what it was like last year! Canada West 2008 Meeting Report here.

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

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. Detailed Schedule here.

 

2009 Speakers and Tech Clinics (so far, more to come):

  • Around the World
    • Ekke and Audrey Kok, Canada
      The story...
  • Around the World
    • Ekke and Audrey Kok, Canada
      Preparing for the trip?
  • Iceland or?
      • Andy Miller
        Tech prep.
  • Photo Composition for Travellers
    • Grant Johnson, Canada
      The one everyone SHOULD take, but no one does... We all want to take great photos of our trip - so why don't we? This easy clinic will transform your photos from boring to fabulous! There may also be an advanced class if enough interest - bring 10 photos on a USB key, CD or SD card for discussion and evaluation.
  • Fix that flat! How to change a tire anytime, anywhere
    • Grant Johnson, Canada
      How to prevent flats in the first place, and fix them when you get one. Grant's changed thousands, and will show you all the secrets to make it easy. 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!
  • 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.
  • Prep your bike for the long trip!
    • Grant Johnson, Canada
      Is your bike ready for long distance travel? Grant will conduct a hands on assessment and discussion of bike set up, ergonomics and prep, looking at YOUR bike.
  • Off-road basics!
    • Grant Johnson, Canada and others!
      Never ridden off-pavement? It's easy when you know how - and terrifying if you don't. We'll work on the basics to get you started right!
  • Women only
    • Group Discussion
      A very popular session - I'm told it's a must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there!
  • Motorcycle Therapy - A Canadian Adventure in Central America
    • Jeremy Kroeker
      An illustrated reading from the book "Motorcycle Therapy" by the Author.
    • need to confirm!!

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.

2008 Speakers and Tech Clinics were:

  • The Achievable Dream
    • Grant Johnson, Canada
      Learn from Horizons Unlimited's founder and 11 year round-the-world veteran everything you need to know to ride to the next country or the next continent. Sound scary? Get the inspiration and information so YOU can hit the road! In two parts.
  • Traffic Safety Away From Home
    • Ian Thomas, Canada (BC Safety Council)
      Keeping the ride tuned to avoid collisions and crashes
  • Another Cunning Plan
    • Brendon and Natasha Ball "Smilemenders" UK, en route...
      The first Cunning Plan involved a van, an aid journey and Chernobyl. We are now returning to Ukraine, the "wrong way round" it seems alright so far?
  • Solo Through Russia and China
    • Werner Bausenhart, Canada
      London-Vladivostok and back to London via China.
  • UK to Iran and back
    • Chris Stone, UK/Canada, R100GSPD
      The trip started as UK to Nepal - oh! how it changed.
  • Bike Prep
    • Chris Stone, UK/Canada, R100GSPD
      What you need to do to your bike to travel - and what don't you need to do!
  • Photo Composition for Travellers
    • Grant Johnson, Canada
      The one everyone SHOULD take, but no one does... We all want to take great photos of our trip - so why don't we? This easy clinic will transform your photos from boring to fabulous! There may also be an advanced class if enough interest - bring 10 photos on a USB key, CD or SD card for discussion and evaluation.
  • Fix that flat! How to change a tire anytime, anywhere
    • Grant Johnson, Canada
      How to prevent flats in the first place, and fix them when you get one. Grant's changed thousands, and will show you all the secrets to make it easy. 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!
  • 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.
  • Prep your bike for the long trip!
    • Grant Johnson, Canada
      Is your bike ready for long distance travel? Grant will conduct a hands on assessment and discussion of bike set up, ergonomics and prep, looking at YOUR bike.
  • Off-road basics!
    • Grant Johnson, Canada and others!
      Never ridden off-pavement? It's easy when you know how - and terrifying if you don't. We'll work on the basics to get you started right!
  • Women only
    • Group Discussion
      A very popular session - I'm told it's a must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there.
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Leaving on a big trip in 2009?

Plan on leaving from the Meeting - we'll make it a great send-off! Or coming home around the time of the Meeting? What a great place to arrive at!

Vendors

We would like to have a few more travel oriented vendors there. Vendors please contact me for details.

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

Rideouts

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

Ride leaders and sweep riders wanted! Contact Timo below.

Do-it-yourself Ride information.

to come - if you know of a good ride let us know!

Schedule

All times - and everything - approximate!

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

Thursday morning

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

Info for Thursday rides will be available on-site.

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.

Friday night

7:00 pm

Speakers presentations start, so be sure you've eaten early!

Saturday morning

7:00 - 8:30 - Breakfast

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

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

Rideouts - off-road runs details to come.

Saturday Lunch

noon-ish! :) Feed yourself...

Saturday afternoon,

Rideouts

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

Saturday evening,

7:00 pm sharp:

Speakers presentations

9:00 Door prizes - you have to be there to win!

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.

Last presentation Saturday night will be a panel discussion with all the presenters - so this will be the last chance to ask all those questions that have been bugging you!

Accommodation and meals are NOT included.

Not everyone wants to camp, people have different budgets and comfort requirements. For the most fun, you want to be at the official HU Campground so you don't have to go looking for people to talk to.

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Camping

INCLUDED!

Food

We've learned over the years that some people wanted meals all organized, others preferred to make their own arrangements or bring their own food.

For this year we have arranged meals with our hosts:

Breakfast & lunch: $9 each, served buffet style, with abundance of food. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dinner: $18 and you won't go away hungry!

All meals per day, $.

Please PRE-BOOK food either with your registration if camping, or with your room if booking a room. There will be limited amounts extra for late-comers available.

You can, of course, cook for yourself, or go to restaurants in Nakusp.

Pre-Register and save $10!

Pre-registration fee C$45 per person, C$55 at the door. Includes admission to all slide shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Tech Clinics, Rideouts, and all other HU events. Accommodation, camping and meals are NOT included.

Payment and Registration details BEFORE August 1, 2009,

1. Please fill in the form below and click the button below it. NOTE: Use one form per person!

2. 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. ;-)

3A. 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..

OR:

3B. PRINT off the e-mail confirmation (or write it out by hand) and MAIL it with a check (in US$ or CDN$)

made payable to Grant Johnson

(NOT Horizons Unlimited!!),

BEFORE August 1, to:

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

Payment and Registration details AFTER August 1

1. Please fill in this form below to let us know you're coming. NOTE the registration fee is + $10.00 at the door!

2. 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. ;-)

3. Print the emailed confirmation form and bring it to the meeting.

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Please register at the Meeting! See you there!

First Name * (*=required field)

Last Name *

Email *

HUBB User Name

City, State

Country

Are you a Member? *(HUBB or Ezine doesn't count)

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

Please choose your Meeting package (camping is included)

Prices are for PAID
PRE‑Registration,
+ C$10 on the day

Choose one *

Meeting only (includes all slide shows and tech sessions, and 2 Horizons Unlimited stickers)

$45 (all prices in CDN$)

Meeting and Cotton t-shirt (includes slide shows, Horizons Unlimited cotton t -shirt, and 2 Horizons Unlimited stickers)

$60

Meeting and SYNTHETIC t-shirt (includes slide shows, Horizons Unlimited Synthetic t -shirt, and 2 Horizons Unlimited stickers)

$80

Meeting entry PLUS Support HU Membership, NO t-shirt, includes stickers, PLUS 1 year Horizons Unlimited membership!

$60

Support HU Membership Package - includes everything: Cotton t-shirt, stickers, slide shows and tech sessions, PLUS 1 year Horizons Unlimited membership!

$75

Support HU Membership Package - includes everything: SYNTHETIC t-shirt, stickers, slide shows and tech sessions, PLUS 1 year Horizons Unlimited membership!

$95

If ordering T-shirts, PLEASE enter sizes and quantities - it will make ordering a lot easier for us, AND ensure you get your T-shirt at the Meeting! Tshirt Details down the page here.

There will be a VERY LIMITED number of extras available!

Synthetic, sweat wicking T-shirts in black or grey now available. These are VERY nice travel or riding shirts.

An extra Cotton T-shirt is $15, extra synthetic, $35.

Small
Medium
Large
X-Large
XX-Large
XXX-Large (NOT available in synthetic, cotton only)

Choose your material / colour:


Choose colour and type!
Note: No guarantee
your colour choice will be
available if you order less
than 4 weeks in advance)

Want food? You'll get grumpy without some! And it's good and plentiful, and you can talk to people at the same time!
Or you can cook your own, your option, but you'll miss a lot if you go to town for it.
You MIGHT be able to get food on the day, but it's first come first served and they won't have a lot extra, so order now!
(Note that these are our COST prices.)

Eight meals package: Thursday dinner to Sunday breakfast:

Thursday Friday and Saturday dinner:
Friday and Saturday Lunch:
Friday, Saturday and Sunday breakfast:

$99
* Please
Select one of the options *

Five meals Friday food package: Friday dinner to Sunday breakfast:

Friday and Saturday dinner:
Saturday Lunch:
Saturday and Sunday breakfast:

$63

Help us plan future Meetings!

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 No *

Comments, notes?

Do you want to volunteer to help as needed at the Meeting?
Would you like to put on a Tech Clinic or slide show?
Any special requirements, e.g. food, any comments?

If you chose a T-shirt package don't forget to put in your t-shirt size!


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

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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 Member. In addition to recognising your contribution through your status, this will allow you to upload a custom profile picture and custom avatar, store up to 50 private messages, upload more pictures (10 MB maximum storage) and create polls.

Another benefit we can provide is if you decide you want a t-shirt, mug, fleece jacket or other Horizons logo product from the Souk, you can purchase Member logo products at the basic price. Just let us know and we can arrange access to the Members Private Store.

T-Shirt Deal

Top quality heavy cotton t-shirts in black, or grey if pre-ordered. We will have a range of sizes available, but quantities will be very limited, so if you wait till the day, there might be none left in your size.

The new Synthetic 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 black or grey at most meetings. MUST be pre-ordered.

Note that we will have a few black cotton t-shirts extra at each meeting, but anything else must be pre-ordered and paid in advance.

2011 Tshirt slogan "Wherever your mind wanders....Ride after it!"

Back:

Wherever your mind wanders...Ride after it!

Wherever your mind wanders...Ride after it!

Front:

Front Pocket 2010 tshirt

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You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download the posters ( 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 (886kb) full colour 2009 poster. (You may need to right click and choose "save target as...")

Thanks for the help!

The Meeting Location

Nakusp, BC

The "Official" Campground / Meeting spot / Rooms:

Nakusp campground

We have an area reserved just for us, so just show up, no need to reserve in advance. Thursday through Saturday night.

Accomodation options:

There are a few hotels within walking distance.

Location Map

Facilities:
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Other Accommodation Possibilities

 

 

Information about the area

Attractions include national parks all around, fantastic roads, lakes and more, so plan to spend a few days!

Local Hosts

Contact Ekke Kok for questions on presenters and local questions, meeting logistics etc.

For help on accommodation, contact

See you at a meeting this year!

Grant and Susan



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