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Motorcycle Travellers' News Report

March 2010, 80th Edition

Welcome to the 80th edition of the e-zine! For the first time this year, there isn't a major natural disaster in the news, so that's good! Weather has warmed up recently, which is always encouraging, and we're into serious planning for this year's HU Travellers Meetings. We have a bumper crop of 14 meetings this year, starting in Australia in just a few weeks (23-26 April). The first northern hemisphere meeting is in Ireland (28-30 May), followed by the big one, UK (24-27 June), which is filling up very fast - over 400 attendees already plus over 40 presenters! July is Europe's month, starting with Germany (1-4 July), Bulgaria (9-11 July), Italy (15-18 July) and the one and only motorcycle orienteering event, the HUMM in the Spanish Pyrenees (27-29 July), which is also filling up very fast!

In August we move to the other side of the pond, starting with British Columbia (12-15 August), Northern California (19-22 Aug), Colorado (26-29 Aug) and last but definitely not least, North Carolina (9-12 Sep). Registrations will soon be open for the late meetings in Europe - Portugal (3-5 Sep), Spain (9-12 Sep), and finally Germany (29 Oct - 1 Nov).

Does that sound like a busy summer? Grant and Susan will attend as many of the meetings as we can, logistics and budget allowing... But whether we're there or not, these are your events and you make them special, so mark your calendar and sign up now! Don't forget we always need volunteers and presenters - if you've done a trip and have pics to show and stories to tell, HU meetings are a great place to tell them ;-) And there are lots of ways you can contribute even if you're just planning your trip! More details below and on the meeting pages.

On the home front, most of 'Gear Up!' has gone to onlining now, so we're very happy about that, and it's shaping up nicely! We still have some whittling to do on the last few chapters to keep the length down to 6+ hours overall. As onlining, authoring and production stages will take 6-8 weeks (from past experience), we're still advising a ship date of early June.

So, where are our intrepid travellers this month? Lots of folks just leaving, now that the weather is warming up - fair-weather travellers like me! Those on the road are mostly in the southern hemisphere, but there's always a few cold-weather travellers. We've got great stories from Costa Rica, Bolivia, Spain, Argentina, India, New Zealand, Peru, Alabama, Cambodia, Alaska, Ecuador, Mauritania, Senegal, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mexico, Zanzibar, Brazil, Namibia, Chile and Montana! And Hubert is still in Mongolia! Remember to send us your stories and pics from wherever you are, even if it's just in the next country. This e-zine goes out to folks all over the world, so 'right next door' to you might be a really exotic location to someone from half way around the world! If you're out there having fun, tell us about it!

Susan Johnson, Editor

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Achievable Dream DVD series - The Motorcycle Adventure Travel Guide - DVD1 - Get Ready!

Have you been inspired by the stories you've read in this e-zine? Or perhaps you watched the 'Long Way' series and it's got you thinking of a motorcycle trip to distant climes – the markets of Marrakech, the Karakoram Highway in Pakistan, the salt flats of Bolivia, the Bungle Bungles of Australia, the Pan American to Tierra del Fuego?

Did you finally fork out for that dream bike built for high adventure, and you know every highway and byway within range of an annual vacation? Is something indefinable calling you farther afield... to the next country... the next continent?

We took what we learned from our own travels, and since then, from helping other travellers, to create the new 'Achievable Dream - the Motorcycle Adventure Travel Guide' series. We also asked the many veteran travellers who attend Horizons Unlimited meetings to tell us their stories, give us their opinions, and share their hard-earned knowledge from their amazing motorcycle trips to every country on earth. And they have lots of opinions, sometimes contradictory, so you'll get lots of great ideas. You'll hear from Sam Manicom, Chris and Erin Ratay, Greg Frazier, Austin Vince, Lois on the Loose and many others. We've even interviewed Ted Simon in California, and Peter and Kay Forwood while on location in Samoa! We've got a fantastic and entertaining bunch of contributors with many amazing stories to tell and hard-earned wisdom to impart, enhanced with demos, video clips and heaps of great photos. We think it strikes the right balance between information and entertainment!

What's covered? Everything you ever wanted to know about motorcycle travel!

  • Part 1- Get Ready! aims to inspire you to take the plunge, and start to prepare for the trip. Topics include planning, travelling solo or with others, money, paperwork for you and the bike, off-road riding, health and medical. Now Shipping!
  • Part 2 - Gear Up! covers the Kit - bike and other stuff, including what bike, preparing the bike, tyres, panniers and top boxes, riding gear, GPS and maps, what to take and how to pack it. This will be a 2-DVD set, approximately 6 hours! Shipping early June 2010.
  • Part 3 - On the Road! What is it like to spend weeks, months or years on the road? In this 2-DVD set (5.5 hours!), our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. You'll get the advice you need to help you cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike across oceans or war zones, and deal with the 'stuff' that happens such as breakdowns and emergencies. Demos include building a shipping crate and first aid for bikers. See the trailer here! Now Shipping!
  • Part 4 - Ladies on the Loose! Here, for the first time ever, is a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! An intrepid band of well-travelled women motorcyclists share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure - choose and maintain a bike, decide what to take and tackle tough terrain. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! This DVD is presented by Lois on the Loose, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose' and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles'. Lois' husband Austin Vince (Terra Circa, Mondo Enduro) is her director and cameraman for this production. Read viewer comments and see the trailer here! Now Shipping!

For this new series, we have invested in professional filming, editing and production. Filmed in broadcast quality wide screen, incorporating multiple cameras and with custom written vocals and music.

Recent comments / reviews:

"We have been watching a video series called Achievable Dream. Basically a four DVD set which will help the 'would be world traveler' cover just about everything they could possibly need, want or desire. Created by the folks that run the website HorizonsUnlimited.com, Grant and Susan Johnson, we were very impressed by their website and these well done and incredibly useful DVDs. The videos are an excellent watch, especially if you have ever dreamed of chucking it all and disappearing down the road for a few years, as many of these riders have." Backroads Magazine

"I have seen the others and they are great particularly 'Ladies on the Loose'. I have only had my licence for 15 months and am looking forward to a trip on Route 66 for my 50th birthday in 2013." Leanne, Australia

"We were able to view the (Ladies on the Loose) DVD - what a great job, congratulations! We were really impressed with it. It says so much and includes so much, and yet was easy to watch. We especially liked how you addressed how to choose a bike (and other gear) and yet emphasized that everyone will have a different need and thus different bike - and there is no one 'perfect' solution! The DVD definitely was fun to watch as I prep for my first solo moto ride to a town north of Mexico City (only about 3000 miles)." Roseann, USA

"We enjoyed it (On the Road) immensely and can't wait to watch the rest. Well done!" Lance & Cora, USA

"Many thanks for the (Ladies on the Loose) DVD which I received the very next day! Great service thank you. Obviously I'm not a woman! but I have to say it's one of the best motorcycle adventure travel DVD's I seen. I'm a great fan of Lois' having read her books and I thought the DVD was well presented, very informative and entertaining." Richard, UK

"I have bought Get Ready and on the Road and loved them. They are what I was looking for and more. Thank you for putting this together." Ximena, Australia

"They are excellent. It is such a pleasure to watch them and remember the road and what it feels like. Sometimes our trip feels like it was a million years ago! Anyway, it did cheer me up!" Maria, UK

Where can you get them?

We are taking orders now for all DVD's 'Get Ready!', 'Ladies on the Loose!' and 'On the Road!' are shipping now and we have both PAL and NTSC formats stocked.

'Gear Up!' is still being edited, but most of it has now gone to onlining. We expect to ship it in early June, but we'll keep you apprised of its status. It will also be a 2-DVD set, approximately 6 hours of content. Once it's in production, it will be $36.99 plus shipping, but for pre-orders it is only $24.99 and free shipping, so saving $12 plus shipping by pre-ordering, which hopefully makes it worth the wait...

However, if you have ordered it and don't want to wait, just let us know and we'll be happy to provide a refund. We will then notify you when 'Gear Up!' is ready so you can reorder at that time.

Watch the trailers and order now!

Special thanks to our generous sponsors of the Horizons Unlimited Achievable Dream Series, Touratech and Michelin!

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Part 1 - Get Ready!

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Sheonagh Ravensdale & Pat Thomson, 'Dusty Old Bags', Central America & beyond 2010, in Costa Rica, Honda Falcon NX400s,

Pat goes for a walk - read the T-shirt.

Pat goes for a walk - read the T-shirt

"'Jesus es el Senor de este Valle' was on a huge billboard as we came down off the Cerro de la Muerte (Hill of Death). This overwhelming faith in the power of the Lord would appear to absolve Costa Ricans of any responsibility for their own actions on the roads. It's the worst driving we've seen yet. The Cerro de la Muerte is over 3000 metres and is so called because of the numbers of people who died of cold and exposure in the old days as they made their way to trade their goods in the capital, San Jose.

Costa Rica topes.

Costa Rican Topes ... the first of thousands of horrid speed restrictors in Central America

The road is now paved but still very winding and quite narrow, and when we stopped for a snack in a rare safe place, we watched transfixed as a fully-laden bus lumbered up the other side of the double yellow line, past a huge container lorry, towards us. Just behind us was a blind bend...

On the other side I picked up a 3-inch nail in my back tyre. Pat had to demolish her panniers to get at the tent poles to prop the bike up so she could get the back wheel out, and find the tyre levers to get the inner tube out, 90 minutes later I was back on the road!

Puncture!

Puncture!

My contribution was to make encouraging noises, ward off the mangiest dog I have ever seen from weeing on our piles of luggage and help with the pumping up of the new inner tube with our small hand pump. I warmed up nicely during this exercise. Pat wants to know why I only get punctures over 3000 metres... my last one was on the Peruvian altiplano in 2006."

Ed. See Sheonagh and Pat's blog here on Horizons Unlimited for more great stories and pics!

Daniel Shell, UK, in Bolivia, Harley-Davidson,

"...I made my way slowly up the twisting, slippery roads to the top of the mountain, and then even more slowly descended the other side, where, unbelievably, the rain was falling even harder. It wasn't raindrops that were falling on my head, but bucket loads of ice cold water.

The water stung my face, and once again, I cursed myself for not having tried harder to find a visor for my open face helmet, even though I knew in truth that I had searched high and low throughout Central America. Then I remembered, Jacquie's helmet, complete with visor and chin protector was strapped to the back of the bike. I pulled over, and for the first time on the trip, donned a full-face helmet.

Excited about the possibility of a dry face, I pulled down the visor and set off. About 100 yards further along the road I pulled over. The visor had steamed up and I couldn't see a thing. On top of that, the visor was tinted, so even when it wasn't steamed up, my view was limited. But the fact was, every time I pulled down that visor, it steamed up in seconds, and I had to try sticking a wet finger of my glove inside to try to wipe away the moisture. When this technique proved to be about as useful as, well, wiping wet glass with wet leather, I tried riding with the visor half way open, which meant that the rainwater was directed straight to my cheeks, and the cold, wet air went straight into my eyes.

I soldiered on, alternating between wiggling my wet fingered glove along the inside of my visor, and changing the angle and width of the opening of the visor. The rain continued to fall, my 'waterproof' gloves showed their true colour, rainwater dripped down the back of the helmet, down the gap in the neck of my jacket, to the seat of my pants, where it pooled around my arse, giving me that same feeling that I had in my boots, of flesh soaking in puddles of cold water. I sloshed around like this until I reached the lake that I would have to cross to be able to reach La Paz.

The road worsens approaching Bolivia.

The 'Ferry' across the lake.

The road worsens approaching Bolivia
The 'Ferry' across the lake

I pulled up to the shore and was waved towards a collection of wooden planks with a motor attached at the far end that was to be my passage across the lake.

I gingerly rode Garth down to 'ferry' and onto the planks, and stopped as directed at the end of the boat. After me came a couple of local taxis, and with out further ado, the young man that had waved us onto his boat, started up the motor with a couple of pulls on the starting rope, and we were off. Coming in the other direction we passed another ferry, no more than just a wooden platform with a motor at one end, barely large enough to fit a coach on the planks. From where I was looking, it appeared that the coach was floating along on the water unaided.

Coach floats on water!

A short while later I reached the other side of the lake, and after a not inconsiderable amount of effort, I managed to wiggle the bike round and ride off onto the shore, barely keeping it from falling when the platform lurched back towards the water while I was half on land and half still on the boat."

Ed. See more great stories and pics in Daniel's blog here on Horizons Unlimited!


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Peter and Kay Forwood, Australia, reunited with their Harley Davidson, in sunny Spain,

"Spain Vera, or really Garrucha, is just another seaside development that is suffering from a withdrawal of funds, either holiday makers or unit investors, so our accommodation today is in an apartment, almost new, underground parking, with modern facilities including washing machine and dishwasher along with the usual lounge furniture, kitchen and bathroom, overlooking a complex of pools and spas, all for only 35 Euro a night. The couple of hundred apartment complex has less than ten residents even at this price. The owner investors would be having difficulty just covering the apartment costs. This whole region is suffering from too fast growth, shoddy workmanship, and now a lack of maintenance. We walked the grey sand beach, sighting just a couple of permanent residents, retired Dutch, German, settling here either permanently or for the winter.

Graffiti in Benidorm.

Graffiti a problem in Spain, here in Benidorm.

Pleasant enough ride, past Murcia, inland, barren countryside despite recent rains, onto Alicante, and a Saturday visit to the local H-D dealer, whom we had previously visited over three years ago, on our way to Algeria. Saturday morning here is coffee and croissant morning and there was a small gathering of riders and customers indulging. The economic downturn is severely affecting H-D dealers in this region also. Our next cheap accommodation is at a different seaside location, Benidorm, just north of Alicante, longer established, more high rise, more atmosphere. Again we took the cheapest option, a bed sit apartment, overlooking the beach, 25 Euro a night, in an older block of 20 apartments, comfortable on this colder day."

Ed. Horizons Unlimited is proud to host Peter and Kay's complete RTW story and pictures here! Check out their travel tips in the 'On the Road!' DVD, shipping now!

Kev and Lorraine Hatchett, UK, RTW, battling the wind in Argentina, BMW R1200GS Adventure,

"I have tried to find the wind speed on the internet for the days we travelled the R40 without success. The pictures, although few, do little justice to the power that the wind has over mere motorcyclists. I think we were travelling in wind speeds of over 160KMH at points. Anybody that thinks it is going to be a fun ride along the Ruta Cuarenta should think again, it is anything but fun.

Bike on side.

I'd kick it if the wind wasn't going to blow me off my feet.

We had read about the fierce wind speeds and the difficulties that they bring, whether you are on a BMW GS or a Suzuki DR 350, but until you are actually in it you cannot appreciate the difficulties it is going to bring. Even without the wind it is not an easy ride, the ripio is (at the moment) extremely bad in places, also you can leave your overnight stop on a very calm wind free morning and soon find yourself struggling to keep the bike upright with absolutely no shelter from the unforgiving wind. We hit some bad days and we were lucky. Listen to the locals and other travellers who have JUST travelled the road (old info is useless info).

Warning - Fierce winds.

We have heard from very few people we have met travelling that have done the R40 with little or no wind, some have, but they are the minority rather than the majority.

Do it once, only if you have to, preferably in a 4x4, you guys that do it on bicycles need your bumps feeling! Good on you for trying but you are mental!"


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Cam Brookes, Australia, in India, Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark,

"Finally finding the very helpful Classic Accessories on South Coovam Rd who made up a luggage rack for each bike within a few hours, INR800 each.

Classic Accessories.

Classic Accessories

All kinds of motorbike parts and works can be sourced on Audithanar Rd, which is the extension of Police Commissioner road, running south west from near Egmore station). I wish I could explain to the other bikers out there how to get to Classic Accessories because they seem like the only people able to do 'Tinkering'. The best I can do is this: Heading north on Audithanar Rd, take a left at an intersection that looks like this:

Chennai Classic Accessories turnoff.

Chennai Classic Accessories turnoff

Leaving Gaur we headed 5km further south hoping to convince some border guards to let us cross into Bangladesh without the necessary visas. Needless to say, we had little luck. Discussions with the first border man were successful and he gave us permission to go one step further, but we hit a brick wall and turned around. 'We are not friendship country with Bangladesh, we are responsible for you. We cannot let you even ask the Bangladeshi if they will let you. We are responsible for you any problem you have.'

Back road near the border between India and Bangladesh.

Back road near the border between India and Bangladesh

A day later and further up the road I was hopeful that if we wound our way through some back roads and avoided an official border post we would be able to get through. We ran straight into an ominous looking fence right near a border control post and were promptly bundled off to the military check post and given a minor questioning.

In India pedestrians don't walk across the road, they run!"

running pedestrian sign.

Running pedestrian

Road sign.

Donate blood road sign.

Ed. See more of Cam's stories and great pics here on Horizons Unlimited!


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Peter Hendricks and Su, in New Zealand,

"Our trip is nearing its end. We have rounded both islands of NZ and are now back in Northland. It has taken us a long time, lots of deliberations and several changes of mind, but we have finally decided to stay in NZ. In the end the decision was made easy by Thailand: I'm not allowed to work there and I am much too young to retire.

Su is now applying for a work permit, followed by permanent residence, as soon as we have all papers together. Apparently, it is quite normal for a final decision to take 2-3 years.

We have been looking to buy a small camping ground or hostel. However, one has just been offered for us to rent. We don't have any details yet, but we should find out in the next few days.

Thai family on bike.

Family carrier

It's been a little wet the last couple of days, so we have updated our web site for you. There is a page on West Timor and two on Timor Leste. The NZ pages will have to wait a little, as usual...

In the afternoon we meet a young Spanish lady riding a Honda CT110 postie bike, who has not travelled far yet, but she already has quite a story to tell: in the Australian outback her licence plate fell off, so she just got another one from a bike wrecker. (The number is wrong, of course...) She then shipped her bike to East Timor and was somewhat surprised when Customs asked for her carnet. (What's that?). A few days of sweet talking and they let her in. Then the same performance on the Indonesian border. Her plan was to ship the bike to Singapore, leave it there while she completed her studies in Spain, then return to continue her trip. We advised her that she wouldn't get her bike into Singapore without a carnet and leaving it there wasn't really an option, either. It's amazing how far people can get when completely ignorant of how things are supposed to work.

Local houses in Indonesia.

Indonesian houses in the countryside

According to our guide book the round house is the traditional one. The government forced people to relocate into the new houses on the right, but the locals don't like them and just rebuilt the old ones.

Filling gas tank.

Gas station - Timor Leste

The ramp makes the car lean away from the pump. When the tank is almost full the driver jumps up and down, trying to expel as much air from the tank as he can, so the tank can be filled to the brim!"

Colourful graveyard, Indonesia.

Colourful graveyard

Leaving Baucau we continue East, all the way to the end of the road, the pier in Com. This is a bit of tourist destination with a number of guest houses and a beach. Walking along a dirt road a little further along we explore the ruins of a Portuguese villa and there is a very colourful graveyard.

Tutuala.

Tutuala

In Bauro we find tar seal again and turn East. The road gets progressively smaller and quite bad. Finally, we pass Tutuala.

Interesting vegetation.

Interesting vegetation

There is some interesting looking vegetation lying on the ground. The outer shell is hard like wood. A local boy shows us that the black seeds can be cracked open and eaten. I don't like the taste; Su takes my word for it. No idea what this is called or what you can use it for."


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Hubert Kriegel, France, Sidecar-ing the world, in Mongolia,

"...Back on the road, I ride from ger to ger in the Gobi desert. I went to visit my friend Pourou. I slept in his ger last December, we were very happy to see each other again. Pourou was very proud to put the photo I brought him on his commode. Immediately, he fire the stove to cook some welcome food.

Pourou inside ger.

Pourou inside ger

He had 2 visitors who stayed for a tea but could not stay longer. They left on their motorcycle through the open steppe. We all go our way, but I know I will come back to visit them in the future.

motorcycle in Mongolia.

We crossed Lake Baikal from the delta of the river Selenge - coming from Mongolia - at the village of Ranjurov where we slept last night, to the village of Buduldeika on the the West side of the lake. We drove north to the island of Okhlon where we are sleeping tonight. The delta was complex to get out of it, the crossing was magnificent but the landing was quite difficult.

campfire at Lake Baikal.

Campfire at Lake Baikal

Principles (of cold weather clothing): What to do and not to do!
* At -40ºF the air is very dry and it's easier to manage the cold than humidity
* Dress by the onion principle, 2 thin layers are better than a thick layer
* Your worst enemy is the humidity created by your own sweat
* Cotton will absorb humidity and its fiber and will never dry
* Modern materials are working really well; they evacuate humidity from your transpiration outside, and they will dry quickly.
* If your clothing is too tight, your blood will not circulate and you will be cold in no time
* If your clothing is too loose, you will consume your body heat to heat the empty space
* Your helmet must not leave marks on your face when you wear it on top of the balaclava you choose
* Your shoes must be comfortable with the 2 pairs of thick socks you are wearing
* If your motorcycle jacket fits you well but is too tight when you have 3 or 4 layers underneath, it's too small
* Never listen to sales people, they never lived by -40ºF and have no clue of what you need
* When shopping, read the stickers, don't believe what people say
* At -40ºF if you are doing stupid things, Goretex will not save your life."

Ed. Check out Hubert's website for lots of great pics including his photos of crossing Lake Baikal twice and how to dress in -40ºF!


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Peter Russell, Canada, in Peru, KLR's,

"Abancay to Andahuaylas - We were heading to Ayacucho in the central highlands, but didn't really get underway until 11am - it's a 400km stretch of ripio so there wasn't much chance of making it all the way today. The road was incredibly sinuous leaving Abancay - after riding for 50km's we could still see Abancay clearly as though it were only 5km away.

Poinsettia.

That's a poinsettia growing next to the house

At times we were riding above the clouds, and other times we were in them again, although not nearly as bad as yesterday. Compounding the snail's pace we encountered a few temporary construction closures, where traffic was stopped for up to an hour.

Sharing cookies.

At one of the closures, I made friends with three young brothers and their sister from the nearby village, They were really cute and loved pushing the motorcycle horn and having their picture taken so that they could see themselves on the small screen. I shared some oatmeal cookies with them, and played around a bit and then it was time to go."

Tormod Amlien & Klaus Ulvestad, Norway, King Croesus Contempt for Death Tour, RTW, in USA, on 1937 Nimbuses with sidecars,

"We headed for Waterbury, Connecticut to meet up with a real sword swallower and see some old brass mills (while the world is lost in the eco-tourism, which nobody really knows exactly what is, I've introduced the industrial tourism which is all about visiting old industrial and environmental hazardous places and ghost towns like Chernobyl, Butte, Kurchatov, Detroit, Pavlovdar, the Aral Sea and so forth. Much more interesting and you don't get troubled with other tourists).

eastern tip of Long Island.

Eastern tip of Long Island.

...(Montauk, Long Island) was also the location of Camp Hero, a US Army base that is said to have hosted some really scary and evil projects back in the day. The ground is pretty much like a Swiss cheese, with secret and evil catacombs. The crazy scientists went around here all day and laughed evil, disappeared man-of-war's into hyperspace like just magicians are supposed to do, inter-locked and freed people from hyperspace, teleported soldiers and other cool stuff. I suppose all of this is absolutely true, and the evil ambience is still present though the camp is open to public now. For more info check out Wikipedia, everybody should know this kind of stuff.

Radar - Camp Hero.

The evil radar that were used at evil projects at the evil Camp Hero

...We're currently in Huntsville, Alabama and heading on tomorrow. We'll be going down to Birmingham, New Orleans, Houston, Austin, Las Vegas and then to Los Angeles. This is pretty much the last fixed destinations for the trip in the USA. We'll be pushing on quite a bit and take pretty much the shortest possible way. If you're along the route and got a space for us to spend a night please contact me or write in the guest book."

Alexandros Papadopoulos, UK to India, in India,

"Entering Gujarat from the NE one tends to hit its biggest city, Ahmedabad. We didn't want to stay in a city, so we looked in the guide book for alternatives. It mentioned a Bird Sanctuary not too far from there. Now that was a good idea indeed, so we headed to Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary on the spot.

Friendly villagers.

Very friendly villagers on the way to Nal Sarovar - some people just love having their picture taken

On our way out of Ahmedabad Ping-Yi noticed a 'hyper-market' and we thought 'could it be?'. Well, it could, and it was. It was a proper huge grocery store with any *vegetarian* foodstuff we could want. Fruit, vegetables, bread (unheard of!), rice, pasta... oh bliss!

Ahmedabad hyper market.

Bliss is an Ahmedabad hyper market!

We had been forced to do our shopping from off-the-road stalls and street vendors that usually had 3 cabbages, all looking battered and miserably small, and now we were back in foodland! Our shopping frenzy was only moderated by how much we could carry on the bike. But we were happy. Oh, so happy to finally have proper supplies to cook with!"

Ed. See Alexandros' blog here on Horizons Unlimited for lots of great stories and pics!


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Motorcycle Therapy, by Jeremy Kroeker.

Motorcycle Therapy, by Jeremy Kroeker

From the Canadian Rockies to the Panamanian Jungle, Motorcycle Therapy rumbles with comic adventure as two men, fleeing failed relationships, test the limits of their motorcycles and their friendship. Get it here!


Red Tape and White Knuckles: One Woman's Motorcycle Adventure Through Africa

Lois' new adventures in Africa!

"Alone. No support vehicles, no fancy GPS and no satellite phone. Leaving from London, finishing in Cape Town - and the small matter of tackling the Sahara, war-torn Angola and the Congo Basin along the way - this feisty independent woman's grand trek through the Dark Continent of Africa is the definitive motorcycling adventure." Get it here!


Distant Suns, by Sam Manicom

Adventure in the vastness of Africa and South America

"Sam Manicom's dynamic third book transports you to Southern Africa, South and Central America in an action-packed three year voyage of discovery... a thought-provoking mix of scrapes and encounters with people which illuminate some moments of true darkness... acute observations on everything from human behaviour, to remote and stunning locations. Distant Suns grabs you, enthrals you and spits you out as a convert to the dream of overlanding these amazing continents." Buy direct from Sam here!


Adventure Motorbiking Handbook.

Adventure Motorcycling Handbook, by Chris Scott


Into the Den of the Bear and the Lair of the Dragon on a Motorcycle.

Into the Den of the Bear and the Lair of the Dragon on a Motorcycle. Werner, 66, was born in Germany and worked in Canada until his retirement. He has authored a number of books since getting bit by the motorcycle travel bug, including

-8 Around the Americas by Motorcycle,
-Into the Den of the Bear and the Lair of the Dragon on a Motorcycle
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-Africa Against the Clock on a Motorcycle
.
All his books are available directly from Werner. Tell him we sent you and get US$5.00 off the regular US$20 price!

For details on his books see here.


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The Producers of Mondo Enduro present Terra Circa, Around the World by Motorcycle (6 x 20 minute episodes).

Regular readers of this newsletter will remember Terra Circa's adventures around the world, and especially the Zilov Gap. Now's your chance to see it in video. Austin Vince is a very funny guy and the video is hilarious, as he leads his intrepid crew through misadventure after misadventure.

"This is adventure motorcycling" says Chris Scott, who wrote the book, so he ought to know!

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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 fear 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!

Also importantly, the meetings help to make HU more than just a website, but a community of motorcycle travellers - real people, not just e-mail addresses ;-) And last but not least, they make a significant contribution to HU revenue, thus helping us to keep the HUBB and website going! So thanks to everyone who comes!

Meetings and Events, 2010. Mark your calendars and sign up now!

Australia - 23-26 April, Cooroy, Queensland. Registration open now!

New for 2010! Ireland (North) - 28-30 May. Liam McIlhone and Drew Millar are organising this event near Enniskillen. Registration open now!

UK - 24-27 June. This is the event of the year for motorcycle travellers - with 50+ presenters, demonstrations in 3 separate rooms over 4 days, and of course, activities like Yoga for Bikers and the Road Kill Cookout that you won't find anywhere else! Numbers are limited to 500, we've got over 400 registrations by mid-March, and we always sell out, so register and pay early to avoid disappointment -we really hate to see grown men cry ;-) Register here!

Germany - 1-4 July. Jens Ruprecht is our local host for this event, near Heidelberg. Full details and Register here!

New for 2010! Bulgaria - 9-11 July. Doug Wothke is our local host, at Moto Camp Bulgaria, near Idilevo. Registration open now!

New for 2010! Italy - 15-18 July, near Lake Garda. Details to come very soon, but get it into your calendar and be sure to register early, it's a small venue and the numbers will be very small, only 60 people. The riding in the area is truly spectacular, so if you've never been, now's a great time! Registration open now!

HUMM - 27-29 July. The 4th Annual Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness (HUMM) event. A two and a half (riding)-day, no GPS, orienteering event in the eastern Pyrenees of Catalunya, Spain and Andorra. Test your map reading and navigation skills, find hidden secrets and enjoy the fabulous riding. This event is presented in partnership with Austin Vince (Terra Circa/Mondo Enduro) and Lois on the Loose (Red Tape and White Knuckles), who lay out the off-road course. As usual, Austin and Lois have outdone themselves again in 2010 and laid out even more markers for the off-road HUMM in an all new area!

Austin indicating off-road HUMM checkpoint.

Susan and I laid out the HUMM on-road course, two up on our ancient R80 G/S, riding the many well-paved, twisty and fantastic tarmac roads in the area for over two weeks, loving every minute. Awesome roads, from first gear slip the clutch hairpins to high speed sweepers, with amazing views, minimal traffic, some roads you'll see one car in 10 minutes or more - and some less than that - roads you dream of...

Fabulous views in the Spanish Pyrenees.

OFF or ON road, it's the most fun you can have on two wheels ;-) Registration is open now and numbers are strictly limited!

Canada West - Nakusp, BC. 12-15 August. (NOTE date changed!) Ekke Kok and Andy Miller are the local organizers for this event. Grant and Susan will be there. Full details and Registration open now!

California - 19-22 Aug, the 'Lost Coast' north of San Francisco. Grant will be there, and we hope, Ted Simon, after missing last year due to illness. Full details and Registration open now!

Colorado - 26-29 Aug, Silverton. By popular request, and after a lot of negotiating with the venue, we're returning to Silverton! Grant will be there. Full details and Registration open now!

North Carolina - 9-12 Sep, Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge is located near the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap and the scenic Cherohala Skyway, two of the best motorcycle destinations in the United States. Full details and Registration open now!

Malaga, Spain - 9-12 Sep. Alison Makin is the local organizer for this event. Registration coming soon.

Germany (Autumn) - 29 Oct - 1 Nov. Same location as summer event. Registration coming soon.

Presenters

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 us here to volunteer.

Volunteers and Hosts

Volunteers for all meetings are needed, just a couple of hours of your time makes it all a lot easier - and fun - for all. You can volunteer a few hours of your time for any meeting here.

If you'd like to host an HU Meeting in your area, please see the How To Host a Meeting page for details.

See the Meetings page for more details on all events.

See you there! Grin!

Grant and Susan

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Graham Holden, UK, RTW, in Cambodia, R100GS PD,

Angkor Wat statues.

"...the scale of this site is amazing along with the quality of carvings and scale of the buildings or what's left of them, it must have been a fantastic discovery all those years ago when most of it was overgrown, as the jungle had claimed it back, now they seem to be removing most of the tree's, and in some ways I really like it as it is, with nature and man made objects entwined!"

Simon Gandolfi, Old Man on a Bike, in India, Honda Stunner 125,

Bus crash - Puri.

Bus crash - Puri

"I long to experience fresh territory and mountains. The North East States beckon, Darjeeling, Assam, Sikkim, perhaps Nagaland, then west again to Lucknow and north into Kashmir and Ladakh (if the road is open and snow-free).

Kolkata first. Bypassing Chennai takes three hours,then up National Highway 5, dual carriageway and a good surface with the usual crop of crashed trucks, countryside flat, mostly reaped rice paddy.The Honda cruises happily at 80 KPH and I manage 420 kilometers to a reasonable hotel in Vijayawada.

Another day on Highway 5 northward across the same flat countryside from Andra Pradesh into Orissa. Orissa is poor. Frighteningly poor. Depressing. The Highway is being widened. Ungraded dirt deviations bypass bridges and culverts under construction with one logjam after another as truck and bus drivers jostle senselessly for non-existence space. The setup on the Stunner is more pain-giving on bad roads than the Cargo I rode through the Americas. The seat angle throws the rider's weight forward onto his hands and I end a ten hour day at Srikakulam with bruised palms and a pain in the butt. The hotel is overpriced at 650 rupees. A dhossa for dinner at a workman's cafe costs 20. I set the kilometer trip to zero this morning. It registers 522, good going for an Oldie in his dotage."

Greg Frazier, in Alaska, trying to get to Russia,

"I hatched a plan to see if I could budget travel a way around the world, make an adventure out of trying to circle the globe by motorcycle within a reasonable budget. Sleeping and eating cheap was part of the plan. So was using inexpensive motorcycles, good solid runners, but not the well known heavy weight budget busters.

... I kept wondering how to find an inexpensive and reasonable way across the water to Asia. Looking at a map of the world I saw Alaska was very close to Russia if I could get to Nome.

...Nome had been on my personal adventure motorcycle travel screen for nearly a dozen years. Every time I looked at a map of Alaska, my eyes would wander to the far northwest corner of the huge state, and see Nome and the lines representing roads on the map going out of Nome to end in the bush or at small villages. The furthest western point was Teller, an Alaska Native village at the end of the road northwest. I drove to Teller to inquire about hiring a boat or booking some space from there to Russia.

Motorcycle down on the road to Teller, AK.

Motorcycle down on the road to Teller, AK

The road to Teller included an optional route along the beach, where I learned that when a wave washed a log into the front wheel at the wrong angle the result was 'down, again.' Where was my Roadside Assistance Plan when I needed it, or the camera crew and support team following me in the chase vehicles to pick it up for me? The answer was 'In my color filled expedition dreams.'

Once I got to Teller I discovered what I wanted to do could be done, but illegally. Instead, if I chose to wait, it was suggested that I might be able to go to the Native trading days when Natives from Alaska meet Natives from Siberia to trade goods on the Island of Big Diomede. While I was told from there I could likely find space for me and the motorcycle, once I got to mainland Russia I was going to have a rough go of it to find a ground route south or west. Again I would be paying mega dollars for air cargo space and likely neither I nor the motorcycle would be legally in Russia.

Another option was to load my motorcycle on a small fishing boat at Teller, go across the sound, then ride the footpath to Wales, and try from there. The end result was to toss in the towel at Teller and head back to Anchorage."

Ed. Read more about Greg's 'vision quest' and his many RTW and other trips here on Horizons Unlimited!

Simon Buckley, Australia, RTW, in Peru, KLR 650,

"The Katuwira Backpackers on Pimentel beach near Chiclayo was an interesting setup. The beach itself was very barren, as was the town, but there were a lineup of little shacks selling lunch and drinks along the beach. Katuwira was just a few meters away from the beach boasting Japanese and English speaking staff. ...the beds in the tipi were straw mattresses, as were the pillows which made for an interesting sleep, but it was nice to spend a day at the beach. I was interested at the setup of the place. It reminded me of an old Greek Island resort, off season. Empty but with a lot of infrastructure.

Katuwira Backpackers.

Katuwira Backpackers

Unusual accommodation.

Unusual accommodation

It seemed that Bobby (the owner) was trying to recreate some kind of Asian shanty town with buildings on top of each other, each one more dilapidated than the last, all made from bamboo. There were little huts stacked full of broken furniture and rubbish, strange bee hive huts out the back, full of rubbish, an empty nightclub building. It was as though the place was set up to take 100 people, but no one comes anymore. Unusual."


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Frank Butler, PNG, RTW since 2002, in Bolivia, BMW F650 GS Dakar,

"After meeting up with Isa and Fernandez we decided to head for Lake Titicaca, over 12,000 feet up in the high Andes, on the border between Peru and Bolivia.

Titicaca.

Since then I've crossed the Andes from Peru to Argentina with the Dakar Rally, and moved on to Uruguay- more rain-on the way to Brazil and the Iguacu Falls.

...I have just left Buenos Aires where I picked up new tyres, a chain and sprockets, rebuilt the front shocks and fitted new brake pads..now I am good to go. I will spend a few days here in Mendoza looking around... it's mostly wine country. Then I will cross back into Chile and head for Santiago and start the arrangements to get Beem on a plane or a ship, then we will take a quick whiz down to Patagonia and back up, and catch a flight to Sydney.

That's plan number 1... the other is to go stay on a farm in San Rafael and do some work and catch up on the website and other stuff for the PNG project... I will have to wait and see what happens there..."

Alisa Clickenger, USA, to South America, in Ecuador, DR650,

"...I'd read about the Market in Otovalo, so I decided to go there are check it out. The moto- adventurer said you could find everything there, including shrunken heads. Great! This I gotta see...

Bizcocho sign.

So on the way I kept seeing all these signs for bizcocho... this usually signifies a regional specialty, and I stopped to check it out.

Otavalo market - jewelery stall.

Otavalo market - jewelery stall.

Unusual street lights.

Unusual street lights

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Miquel Silvestre, Spain, in Mauritania and Senegal,

"Senegal, at last. It is like landing on a different planet. Here ends up the desert and starts the malaria disease. But on top of it, it is the end of the hostile feeling. Mauritania was unfriendly but here is the happy and colourful Africa. And there is good beer, sexy women and strong men. The city of San Louis was French, so it is like a old African New Orleans. It's full of life. I hope to be arriving soon to my goal: Dakar.

San Louis, Senegal.

Saint Louis, Senegal

Mauritania is the desert of the movies. That of the sea of gold, That of the kidnappings. That of the lack of gasoline. I ran out of petrol in the worst possible place, the north of Mauritania. I knew that in the direction of Nouakchott there was a service station - the first in 300 km since Morocco. Fortunately a Coca Cola truck appeared and took me to the city."

Road sign - animal crossing.

Road sign - animal crossing

David Radford, Canada, in Sudan and Ethiopia, BMW R1200 GS Adventure,

"Once we got through the chaos and masses of people at the border, we thought that we'd be able to continue on much as we had in Sudan. Not a chance.

People in Ethiopia.

People in Ethiopia

The border between Sudan and Ethiopia is one of those 'instant change' borders where it seems the laws of physics change right at that invisible line. The Arabic script and language is replaced by Ge'ez and Amharic, the calendar goes from Gregorian to Ethiopian Coptic, the religion goes from primarily Sunni Muslim to Ethiopian Orthodox, the time goes from the 24 hour clock to a 12 hour one (1 is at 7am and then again at 7pm, except they don't use am or pm), and having a beer is no longer a jailable offence. Everything changes in an instant, but after being on the road for a while they're easy changes- big changes (beer), but 'Nice to know, but how does this really affect me?' kind of things (beer).

It took a while, but we learned that it wasn't going to be any of these prosaic, functional, changes (beer) that would most affect us. No, it would be something completely different, something coming from my first sentence... People, masses of people. We'd stopped for a quick p.p. (photo/piss) break in the middle of nowhere, and while I climbed up a hill for a better view, the hills came alive with people. Inside of 5 minutes over 30 people, mostly kids, were at the bikes. It was crazy, but it was to prove normal. We weren't in Sudan anymore and we needed to do a complete reset."

Bas, Roel & Steve (Dutch Dangleberries), Netherlands, Americas 2010, XT Yamahas, in Mexico

"Next day (12th March) we headed for La Ticla, a place not on our map, but known to surfers.

A tiny village at the beach where we could stay in a beach cabana. Next day we did a similar tour to a similar but even better place, La Nexpa. Again we could get a beach cabana and enjoyed the hammocks and most beautiful sunset.

La Ticla, Mexico.

Life's a beach in La Ticla, Mexico

Distant Suns

by Sam Manicom
Distant Suns by Sam Manicom.

Sam Manicom's dynamic third book transports you to Southern Africa, South and Central America in an action-packed three year voyage of discovery... a thought-provoking mix of scrapes and encounters with people which illuminate some moments of true darkness... acute observations on everything from human behaviour, to remote and stunning locations. Distant Suns grabs you, enthrals you and spits you out as a convert to the dream of overlanding these amazing continents.'

Reviews

"It's been a pleasure to read as it makes me feel as if I'm there seeing the people and landscape that Sam describes. He has a gift for painting pictures with words, which is rare amongst long-distance riders... In summary, a damn good read, not to be missed." Dave - BMW Club Journal

"...as the book progressed and the story unravelled, it developed into a truly involving and enthralling read. Distant Suns doesn't just document the journey, Sam also describes cultural differences, traditions and lifestyles of the various countries they cross, whilst painting a vivid picture of the terrain they cross... A really great read that'll doubtless give you itchy feet..." TBM - Trail Bike Magazine

"Distant Suns' is based on what Sam acknowledges are Birgit's wonderfully descriptive diaries. The result is a strangely powerful combination of Sam's already masterful writing with the added perspectives of a travelling companion who is both in-tune and adding a different melody line to the rhythm of their journey together." Nich Brown - The Road Magazine

Signed copies available directly from the Author here.
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Belinda and Patrick Peck, RTW, in Zanzibar and Ethiopia,

"When we last posted we were on our way back to Zanzibar to pick up Miss Adventure II from the ship from Oman. We went directly to the shipping agent in Zanzibar and he didn't know anything about our motorbike coming from Oman and it wasn't on the ship that had just arrived! The agent, Leo Colaca was still not answering his phone or email! After 4 days of pushing we finally found out it was still in Oman and would not get there for another 30 days! We were forced to relax in Zanzibar! It was wonderful, we read, we beachcombed, we swam, we met the locals and other travellers staying at the glorious Echo Beach Hotel.

Two days before the bike was due to arrive in Zanzibar we get a message that they cannot release our bike till the agent, Leo Colaca, releases the money that we paid him and no-one can find him!? We wrote to everyone we met in Salalah and Tim Seed, who is a HU member in Muscat and high up in security there, to help us. Tim got to work for us straight away and it turned out that Leo Colaca was an illegal immigrant in the country and had disappeared to India with our money! Great! Tim found out he was due back in the country in 9 days time and told his company that he would not be allowed back until he paid this money. Miraculously the money appeared the next day and we picked up Miss Adventure off the ship the day after! How can we ever thank Tim enough? It's amazing the contacts you can make in the HU community!

We were on the next passenger boat to Dar es Salaam with our beloved bike! We met Peter Stanley and Steve Luker, the HU members in Dar and had a ball staying at the Sea Cliff Hotel at a drastically reduced rate as the GM, Kevin was a biker! It's amazing the windows that open because we are friendly bikers and not hairy bikers!

The plan now is to continue tomorrow to Yabello and do an oil change. Then to Moyale the next day, crossing into Kenya the day after. The standard advice then is to do just 80km of 'the dreaded road' as practice, stopping the night at a popular campsite, in preparation for the long haul to Marsabit the next day. We have been, off and on, in the company of three groups of travellers in 4X4s, and met one of them in the supermarket this morning. In fact, Caroline has off-loaded some of her luggage ('the library') onto a large ex-military truck carrying a couple of German charity workers that we first met in Luxor (I think). And we are all juggling timetables to maybe traverse 'the road' together, or as together as possible. We'll see."

Ken Thomas, UK to Cape Town, in Ethiopia, Yamaha TTR,

"in Ethiopia The owner of the campsite in Addis, Wim, is Dutch and knows a Dutch flower-grower with extensive grounds in Koka, about two hours south. 'Anyone who stays here is welcome to stay there for free!' Wim tells us. So as we still had things to do on our departure day and didn't leave until about 3:00pm that was useful. The owner of the farm was away at the time but his manager looked after us very well, with beers and teas all round. We departed for lake Langano the following day.

Campsite at Lake Lagano, Ethiopia.

Campsite at Lake Langano

Local fishermen in a little canoe catch a lot of Tilapia here, so we bought a kilo for 50p which went down well. About half an hour from lake to plate!"

Ed. Follow the adventure at Ken's blog here on Horizons Unlimited!

Overland to India

Overland to India book by Gordon May

by Gordon May

Paperback, 21x14.8 cm 234 pages incl 8 pages of colour photographs. £9.95.

Synopsis:

In 2008, Gordon May set off on an 8,400 mile ride from Manchester, UK, to Chennai, India, on his 1953 Royal Enfield. Despite encountering intense heat, suffering a crash in the Baluchistan desert and battling against some of the worst roads and driving standards on the planet, Gordon and his old Bullet did make it to Chennai.

In Overland to India Gordon describes how he restored his beloved motorcycle, the build up to departure, the larger-than-life characters he met and how he tackled the many challenges that came his way. He also recounts the more personal highs and lows of life on the road. Above all, Overland To India is a heart-warming book that reveals that there is much human kindness and hospitality to be found, sometimes in the most unexpected places and situations.

Review:

What I really liked about Overland to India was the sheer determination of the rider. Gordon's love of his motorcycle shone through too; he often thanks it for getting him to his various destinations along the gruelling route and I liked reading about his running repairs. I felt his joy, his euphoria, at being out on the open road. I also felt his exhaustion. When Gordon suffered a crash I could almost feel those bruises and also his fear following an attempted highway robbery. What was also really striking was the generosity, friendliness and humility of many of the people he met along the way, who Gordon describes with real warmth. It's uplifting to discover that it's a welcoming world out there. Overland to India is a lesson to all of us who have a dream and want to pursue it. Inspiring. Judith Coyle

£9.95

 

Oliver Abrahams, UK, in Brazil, on a Honda XL650 Transalp,

"The day finally arrived when I had to put my motorbike in a crate and leave it in a warehouse whilst Brazilian customs decide its fate. The sales manager (Victor) of my Brazilian shipping agents came with me to make sure I found the location and everything ran smoothly. This meant an early start because I had to ride to his office in the centre of Sao Paulo (10 miles) by 8.ooam so I could follow him in his car to the crating company in Santos (50 miles away) by 9.30am.

Fortunately Sao Paulo's motorcyclists ride like maniacs so cars generally try to give them a wide berth. Sometimes enough for me to squeeze my bike with hard luggage through. This meant I only had to leave at 6.30am to cover the 10 miles to the office in 1.5 hours! Sao Paulo traffic is bad. We made it though and I'm pleased to say that no one lost a wing mirror or had their car scratched.

Bike strapped down.

I removed the battery, windscreen and wing mirrors and then left them to it. Well, left them to it if you call 'leaving them to it' hovering around, taking photos and intervening if I thought they were doing something that might harm the bike... Generally being a nuisance. Having said that, if I hadn't intervened a couple of times they would have put my bike on its centre-stand. They also would have strapped the bike down (not using the centre -stand) to the full depression of the suspension. Again a potentially bad thing for a motorbike in transit. For those that are interested Horizons Unlimited give good crating instructions."

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Michelle Eisele, Canada, in Mexico, writes to the HU Mexico communities:

"Hola, I'm from Canada on my way down into Central America. I'm now in Mazatlan and looking for route suggestions and inexpensive places to stay along the way. I'm thinking of staying along the coast and heading inland on the way back north. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Gracias para su ayuda."

Jemma Voisin, UK, in the USA, writes to the HU El Paso Community:

"Hi, I'm a solo British female biker doing a road trip eastwards towards New Orleans (keeping south to stay warmer at the moment!). I was just looking to find out about any great routes/must sees you'd recommend or meet up for a cuppa/ride if anyone's about. Cheers Jem"

Bjoern Holland, Germany, wrote to the HU La Paz Community,

"Wondered if tyres are cheaper in Bolivia than Argentina and the HU community came through with an answer: Tires are cheaper in Bolivia than they are in Argentina. So I'll get a new front when I'm there. Also, a friend of mine just found a 18 inch, 140 rear here in Paraguay for less than 80 Euros."

Twisty roads.

Mike Rafferty (and daughter Heather), USA, South America, in Peru, BMW R1200 GS 'Sport' and BMW F650 GS,

"We're on the coast of Peru now, headed for Bolivia. Best gadget goes to Cardo bluetooth intercom - been truly terrific. Least useful, for us, camping gear. Hotels cheap and safe in Latin America."

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2010 Photo Contest is now on!

The contest is now an annual event, where you can showcase your best photos, and they can help inspire others to get on the road too. Your photos could also be in the "Achievable Dream" DVD series! The best 13 photos will be used in the calendar, and those photographers will share equally in half the proceeds. Winners will also get a free 2010 calendar, and 1 year Gold Member status on the HUBB.

Prizes (two categories)

First place NON V-Strom / KLR photo prize is generously donated by Touratech.de, the popular "Trackpicker Qstarz BT-Q 1000 X"! By simply pressing a button you can store your favourite places as waypoints!
(Winners responsible for any customs and duties payable. Touratech is awarded rights to use the Photo in promotion and advertising)."

Trackpicker Qstarz BT-Q 1000 X

Trackpicker Qstarz BT-Q 1000 X

First Place KLR or V-Strom photo wins a Progressive Suspension Makeover, approx value US$650, shipped to your door.
(Winners responsible for any customs and duties payable. Progressive Suspension is awarded rights to use the Photo in promotion and advertising)."

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Submit up to 6 photos, in high resolution jpg or tif format. To be a winner, so we can publish the calendar, you must have available at least 2300x1800 pixel or greater files, at a high jpg quality. Either dimension - or both can be larger! Photos must clearly portray Motorcycle Travel. The whole bike doesn't need to be in the picture, but it must be obvious that it's a motorcycle trip. If you are NOT THE PHOTOGRAPHER - please don't submit it!

Note: Copyright remains with the photographer, but Horizons Unlimited (HU) requires the right to:

  • publish the photos on the Horizons Unlimited website as we see fit,
  • in Horizons Unlimited DVDs, and
  • in the Horizons Unlimited Travellers Calendar. If used in the Calendar, you will receive a portion of the proceeds.
  • You will always get credit for your photo wherever it's used.

Remember, contest closes September 1, 2010, so get your entry in soon! Anyone can win!

First Prize 2009 Contest: Stefan Cedergren, Sweden; Dades Gorge, Morocco, waiting for the traffic to pass.

First Prize 2009 Contest: Stefan Cedergren, Sweden; Dades Gorge, Morocco, waiting for the traffic to pass

The 2010 calendar is still available! Check it out and get your copy now, for some terrific travel inspiration! The calendars are available through CafePress, and the price is US$24.99 plus postage. The cost to us from CafePress is $14.99, and we split the $10.00 profit with the photographers.

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Ronnie Borrageiro, South Africa, RTW, in Namibia, BMW 1200 GSA,

"...The road surface was for the most part pretty good, and I was able to bomb along at about 80km/h. The bike was handling well, with only the occasional twitch when we lost traction in the areas where there were plenty of loose stones. Then the drifts started appearing. These are little sections where dry river beds cross the road, and they carry thick sand. Most of them were only a few metres wide, and as I reached them, I opened the throttle wide and we literally flew through them without a pause. About 45 kms into the dirt, I came across a much bigger one. It was about 30 metres wide and with a scream into my helmet, I pinned the throttle right back and we hit the sand at about 100 km/h. How we got through to the other side, I will never know!

Ronnie and bike.

The Big Fella reared his head as I poured the power on and despite keeping the throttle wide open, the bike went haywire. My legs came off the footrests, but I held on grimly for the few seconds it took to get to the other side. I stopped a few kilometers further on, my heart still beating wildly, and not for the first time today, asked myself, 'What in the name of Heaven and all things good, are you doing here, Borrageiro?' Sure, it was exciting, and definitely gets your heart beating and the adrenaline flowing, but keeping control of over 300 kgs of bike, over such long distances was taking its toll.

Potholes sign.

You might wonder why I was riding so fast, and the answer is simple! On sand or gravel, speed is your friend. You need to maintain forward momentum to keep your front wheel up out of the sand and gravely bits, and if your bike starts to wobble, by opening the throttle and increasing the power, the bike magically straightens up under you, giving you back the control. That's if you're not leaning too far over. By then, extra power is irrelevant, and you're about to get a face full of gravel anyway. Which reminds me of a photo of a guy lying face down under his bike in the sand, that Jock told me about. The caption under the photo read as follows: 'When wanking with a cheese grater doesn't do it for you!'"

Ed. See Ronnie's blog for lots of great pics and stories about his trip. Parental Guidance suggested ;-)

Matthias Kuhlmann, Germany

... plans to be passing through Damascus, Syria in April on the way to Cape Town

Carsten Grimm, New Zealand, writes to the HU Santiago Community:

"!Hola HU-Community Santiago! Me llamo Carsten, soy de Nueva Zelandia. I will be in Santiago from Monday 28 March to buy a motorbike! I am looking for a Honda Falcon 400cc or similar. I want to tour all around Latin-America for about a year. I have read all the HUBB posts on buying a bike in Chile, y me gusta mucho!

Estoy en Buenos Aires ahora, pero voy a Santiago el domingo por la tarde. If anyone is available to help me look for a bike, or mechanically inspect the bike when I find it, or can help me with paperwork at the Government offices - then that would be awesome! I will buy you a beer or three for sure! Looking forward to meeting some of you."

Ed. Jaime Chereau Ossa and Juan La Rivera have responded with lots of info and the offer of a DIY workshop. Thanks guys!

Brian and Deya Mendoza Dominguez, Canada/Mexico, Americas north to south,

"For years now, many more than you might imagine, I've wanted to get on my bike head off into the sunset, leaving behind all those things that matter; jobs, money, family, friends, familiarity, comfort and security. I've wanted to leave all these things of value for just one thing, perspective. It's not so important what you do as it is what you know and what you become. Life as you've been told, but may not yet realize, occurs in just a moment of time and is gone faster than you might have though possible. I think people call this regret and I'm sure it's a bitter pill to swallow when you've got it. I haven't got it and neither will Deyanira, so the plan we've hatched is fitting and honourable.

Deya in the Arctic.

Deya in the Arctic on a 'short' trip

We've decided to mount our iron horses and head north, north until the sea stops us then west to taste the salty air of the Maritimes and listen intently to the sound of the ocean crashing in from the Atlantic. Once we've had enough or once the cold of winter starts its march across Canada we'll turn to the south and zig zag our way through the mighty USA. After a short while we'll enter Mexico, we'll tour the mother land extensively and end up spending Christmas with Deya's family in Veracruz. From here, after some technical work on my language skills, we'll head south until we're halted by the Darien Gap. Once that's been defeated Colombia will await and a meandering sojourn south, hopefully through the vineyards of Chile, onto Tierra Del Fuego and the southernmost part of South America. The return route will loop up back towards Colombia, onto the Central American stretch with a triumphant return to Mexico which we'll call home for a few more years. This trip should take us about TWO years and a lifetime of experience and new opportunities."

Johnnie McGlashen, NZ, writes to the HU San Francisco Community:

"Gday, Three New Zealand boys + me will be arriving in LA in late June 2010, looking to buy four bikes, kit them out and ride to Argentina. Sounds simple when I write it like that...

The biggest hurdle for us at this stage is a contact in the LA area. Someone who's got a similar passion for adventure riding and can point us in the right direction to buy bikes and where to stay while we find our feet. If you can help, let me know - it'd be a massive bonus to know someone when we arrive. Much appreciated!"

Diego Carmona, Colombia, writes to the HU San Francisco Community:

"Hello, I'm Diego and I will spend time in San Francisco. I've been traveling all over America for a year, and want to share bike experiences while I'm in town. Greetings."

Trevor Wilson, Canada, BMW GS1200, writes to the HU Dublin community:

"Hi. My wife and I will be flying our bike to Ireland on July the 8th of this year for the start of a RTW trip and would love to meet with any one interested in giving us some pointers on Ireland. Places to see and things to do. We plan to be in Dublin for a couple of nights then go off and ride the ring of Kerry. We would love to hear some of the local music. Trev"

Marcelo Leite, Brazil, writes to the HU Caracas community:

"In June we will be entering Roraima in Venezuela for Caracas. What is the best route? Any recommendations? We are 2-up on a BMW GS. Are there restrictions riding 2-up in Caracas? Thanks"

Raul Cobelo, Argentina, writes to the HU Lima and Quito Communities (Google translation):

"Hello everyone, a pleasure to write. I will be starting my dream ride to Alaska 12 April 2010. My question is whether I can find service for my BMW in southern Peru near the border with Chile coming out to the side of Lake Titicaca. I hope I can meet some of you for a few beers."

"Hello, I expect to be in Ecuador around 28 April 2010. I plan to go with a Garmin GPS and am looking for any map type link that has maps to download for free. It's my first visit to Ecuador so I'd love to know the best local places to visit. I hope for a companion along the roads of Ecuador. Un fuerte saludo."

Chris and Erin Ratay, USA, write to the HU Madrid Community:

"Hola, y buenos dias. My wife and I will be flying to Madrid around June 7 and would like to rent/borrow motorcycles for a couple of days. Do you have any friends that can help us? If you are curious about who we are, our 4-year 163,000km trip is here, and we just finished 2-months in southern Africa. Gracias por su ayuda! Chris & Erin Ratay"


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Ian Moor, UK, Wrong Way Round The World, not quite home but spending the winter in Montana, F650GS,

"After a trip to Costa Rica to renew my visa I'm now back in Montana where most of the snow has melted and it is getting warmer. As soon as it is warm enough to travel and camp without freezing to death I will be heading off. There are a number of western national parks I want to visit, I would like to get up to Alaska and travel on the Pacific Highway. I'll probably dash south during a warm spell then slowly travel north as the weather improves then journey south again for Mexico and my exit from the USA in September."

sign - Beware of rattlesnakes

Visa crisis over, it's back to risking life and limb in Montana!

Ed. Follow Ian's adventures in his blog here on Horizons Unlimited!


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New Communities:

We've now reached an amazing 646 Communities in 106 Countries as of March 17, 2010!

A big thanks to all those who took the first step and established the Community in their area. New Communities are too many to list!

If you are on the road, do check out the Communities - don't feel like you're imposing on people! They signed up for a Community because they want to meet travellers - that's you! You'll have a great time, so go to the Communities page and let them know you're coming. Please remember that they are volunteers and offering to help because they're great people - common courtesy helps! When you write, tell them who you are, that you're passing through, and would like to meet them. Let them know if you need anything, and I'm sure they'll help as best they can.

For details on how you can join a Community in your area, or use the Communities to get information and help, or just meet people on the road or at home, go to the Community page. Send me some photos - with captions please - and a little text and you can have a web page about your Community! A few links to web pages about your area would be useful too.

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