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Motorcycle Travellers' News Report

October/November 2010, 85th Edition

Welcome to the 85th Edition of the e-zine. We're back from Intermot, and the last northern hemisphere meeting was in Germany last week, and although we missed it, we're advised it was a great success! Nick Poole writes: "Just a line to say thank you for a great 'Horizonsunlimited' rally in Germany. I met some old friends I last saw in Argentina at the meet in Viedma! Drank cloudy beer, ate giant sausages, had a close encounter with an Audi moment on the ride out, enjoyed frosty mornings climbing out of the tent, but generally had a ball." Thanks to Jens Ruprecht for making this event happen :-)

We've still not finished the paperwork for 2010 meetings, but we've been busy getting the HU 2011 meetings organised so you can start signing up for them! Ireland, Germany, UK, the HUMM, North Carolina, Canada and California dates are all set, and registrations are open for most, see below for details.

Following the success of the Achievable Dream DVD series, and responding to your demand for more titles, we've started editing a new (and continuing) series called 'Road Heroes - Motorcycle Adventure Travel Tales' based on presentations and other footage we filmed this summer. We're not expecting the new DVDs to be available before March/April of 2011, but we're editing them now and we'll keep you apprised of their progress and when they're available for pre-order.

We are also tackling some long overdue website redesign and upgrades. We know the site is hard to navigate and needs a facelift generally, so that's a high priority to get done this winter. Our wish list also includes: improved search functionality across the whole site; migrating the travellers stories to new blogging software which will be easier to use and personalize; replacing the shipping database with a map-based system; improving integration with social media such as Facebook; streamlining meeting sign-up and organising; implementing a proper shopping cart system for paying for products and meetings (you have no idea what Grant has to do to get sign-up forms etc. to work!); and last but not least, automating and simplifying sign-ups for this newsletter and other mailings. To allow us to do some of the above, we also need to upgrade the underlying site software. So, a big project and help needed! If you're a Drupal developer with vBulletin expertise, get in touch with Grant.

Funding all of this is a challenge, since we're still only half-way to recovering the costs of the Achievable Dream DVD project. So, we're selling our house to free up some cash. Of course, the obvious downside to this clever plan is that we will have to move house! Stay tuned...

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Where are our intrepid travellers this month?

We've got great stories from Mexico, Labrador, Korea, Pakistan, India, Mongolia, Nevada, Japan, Texas, Turkey, Morocco, South Africa, Australia, Bolivia, Switzerland, China, Ecuador, Chile, Laos and Argentina. And those are just the ones we tracked down! What about you? Get out there on the road and make your own adventure, and don't forget to write!

Susan Johnson, Editor

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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 - 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, 2010-2011. Mark your calendars and sign up now!

Viedma, Argentina, Mini-meeting. 10-12 December 2010. Registration open now!

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Ireland - 27-29 May 2011. Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Following the smashing success of the first Ireland meet in 2010, Liam and Drew have volunteered to do it again! Registration open now!

Germany Spring - (30 min north of Heidelberg), 10-13 June 2011. Registration coming soon!

UK - 23-26 June 2011. Ripley, Derbyshire. The biggest and best adventure traveller event in the world! Don't miss it! Early bird pricing until 31 Dec, 2010. Registration open now!

HUMM Spain, Llavorsi, 5-7 July 2011. The 5th Annual Horizons Unlimited Mountain Madness (HUMM) event. A three 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. The roads are amazing, the scenery is breath-taking, and the people are wonderful - so why not come on down with us in 2011?! Registration open now!

USA East - 5-7 August 2011. 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. Registration open now!

Canada West - 25-28 August 2011, Nakusp, B.C. It's the 10th anniversary of the Canada West meeting, the location is fabulous for riding and this meeting is now the second largest HU event in the world! Never mind cooking road kill, learn survival skills like how to avoid getting eaten by a bear! Registration open now!

California - 14-16 October, 2011. New Location! New Location - Cambria, Central Coast near Big Sur. Mark your calendars, more details and registration coming soon!

Germany Autumn, end October approximately. Registration coming soon!

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Dates subject to change, more dates and locations to come as we get them.


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, first aid, etc, lasting 20 minutes or more, would be great. Please contact us here to volunteer.

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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. And volunteering is always a great way to meet a lot of people!

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Grant and Susan

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Ian Moor, UK, Wrong Way Round The World, in Mexico, BMW F650GS,

"My first day in Mexico turned out to be a comedy of errors. In all the best western films the Mexican bandits get drunk on tequila in the cantina, sleep late, drink some more tequila and it's close to lunchtime before they are ready for any serious banditry. Therefore my cunning plan was to cross the border early and be well away from the troubled border area before any self respecting bandido was awake.

The first thing to go wrong was when I removed the USA / Canada memory card from the GPS and installed the Mexican one. There was no map displaying and the initial reaction is to panic. How can I possibly navigate without a GPS? It's amazing how reliant you become on having a machine to tell you which way to go. Fortunately I was going to be following one road, Hwy 16 for a couple of hundred miles so the navigation shouldn't be too difficult.

Canyon Along Hwy 16 Between The Border And Chihuahua City, Mexico.

I camped six miles from the border in Presidio, Texas and was up early enough to feed the mosquitoes. By 8am I was handing my B2 USA visa into The Department of Homeland Security at the border. Crossing the Rio Grande to the Mexican side I rode slowly past some officials trying to get their attention but they looked straight through me. I realised that they were customs and expected to reach immigration next but no, there I was in Mexico and more specifically Ojinaga High Street without my feet touching the ground. I remembered Grant's advice on the HU website about getting insurance at the border and sure enough there were a couple of offices just beyond the border selling insurance. Picking one at random I got sixty days of cover for $70.

Feeling that something was wrong, I should have got an immigration stamp in my passport and possibly completed some paperwork to take the bike into Mexico but also feeling relieved that I was in Mexico and through the bureaucracy so quickly I headed towards Chihuahua remembering that there was another check point 20 miles or so from the border. I was soon beyond Ojinaga as Hwy 16 climbed into the mountains almost completely free of traffic and totally free of bandidos, killers and kidnappers, my early start had obviously caught them all napping.

Tarahumara Women From The Chihuahua Region, Mexico.

Tarahumara Women From The Chihuahua Region

After 25 miles I was beginning to think that there wasn't going to be a second check point but a mile or two later there it was. A friendly guy came over who could thankfully speak English and wanted to see some sort of vehicle permit. Obviously this was something I should have got at the border but I thought and hoped I could get it at this second checkpoint but alas, no I would have to return to the border at Ojinaga.

After trying to get away from the border area as quickly as possible I was now riding the first 27 miles three times! Once back in Ojinaga I got some Pesos from a cash point machine (ATM) and realised I hadn't a clue what a Peso was worth. I got the temporary vehicle import paperwork and an immigration stamp in my passport at the border. The system seems to be that you are supposed to know that you have to park and chase after the stamps and paperwork on your own volition. If you don't you will find out 27 miles later!"

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

Dom Giles, UK, Alaska to Panama and then some, in Nevada and Utah, BMW 1200GS,

"How the hell did this happen? How did I get myself into this situation? Alone, scared and afraid for my life. I wasn't being held up by bandits, in fact there wasn't another human being for miles. I wasn't stuck in appalling traffic, in fact there weren't any other vehicles on the road. I was on America's loneliest road (route 50) heading across the Nevada desert in the middle of a thunder storm.

The day had started so well. I'd left northern California and was making my way across Nevada on the aforementioned loneliest road. Lonely because there is absolutely nothing else out there. 40 miles out of Fallon the skies turned black and it started raining. It was clear that the rain was travelling against me and I was going to head right into it. 10 miles later and I heard a crack of thunder. Now under normal circumstances I would probably be a little worried but carry on. However, a few years ago I was stuck by lightning and ever since I've been absolutely terrified whenever I hear thunder. So when I realised I was riding right into a storm, well, let's just say, I panicked.

I didn't know what to do. There was very little other traffic around, and as I was on the loneliest road I was by far the tallest (and only metallic) object in the desert. A sitting target for a bolt of lightning. And then it happened, a huge crack of thunder and then I saw a streak of lightning off to my right. It's hard to describe what was going through my mind. I was stone cold petrified. There was nowhere for me to pull over, nothing to hide behind and no one to seek help from. I was, quite literally, totally on my own.

Am I the tallest thing out here?

Am I the tallest thing out here?

My only options were to either turn around and head the 50 miles back to Fallon, but that would be going into the storm I had just passed through. Or carry on an estimated 60 miles to the next settlement. However, I had no idea what lay ahead. Had the worst of the storm passed me by or would I be heading into more trouble?

I'm not sure why but I decided to carry on, I gripped the throttle a little tighter and prayed that I wouldn't get hit. A few cars and RV's passed me going the other way but that didn't make me feel any better. Just as I was beginning to think that I might have made it through I heard another roll of thunder. A few seconds later two bolts of lightning. One some way off to my left and the second much closer. It cracked right across the sky ahead of me and right across the road from my right to left. I actually ducked down on the bike (as if that was going to make any difference). Should I speed up? Slow down? Get off the bike and lie down in the middle of the desert?

I guess that unless you've been struck by lightning you're reading this and thinking it's funny and I'm making a mountain out of a mole hill. All I can say is that for about 30 minutes I feared for my life and it's the most scared I've been in my whole life. I remember thinking, what a stupid way to die.

Obviously I made it through but I look back at that and just wonder how I got myself into such a stupid situation. Totally exposed, unprepared and exposed to the whim of the elements.

On the bright side, when I did finally make it through I ended up at West Wendover, Nevada. Famous as the base for the aircrew who flew the Enola Gay in 1945 which dropped the first atomic bomb. But I was there to head onto the salt flats and watch the Bonneville Speed week.

Bike on road.

Riding out onto the salt was a weird feeling. I can't say I broke any land speed records, but I enjoyed riding out to the pits, having a look at some really cool machines, chatting to a few people and taking in the whole event. That's life on the road for an adventure traveller. No two days are the same. One day I'm in the middle of a thunderstorm afraid for my life and the next I'm riding across the salt to see some of the fastest machines on the planet. Sometimes it's just too much to take it all in.

Speedy Triumph.

From Bonneville I headed into Utah and the National Parks area of the US. I was going to see Zion, Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, and the Grand Canyon. October was going to be a great month. That's if I don't get struck by lightning!"

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Tiffany Coates, UK, RTW, in Labrador and Maryland, BMW R80 GS,

"I'd always thought North America would be the safest continent, somewhere to relax and not to worry too much about dangers that may lurk when travelling, the past couple of months have shown how naive that was.

After the wolf chasing incident in Labrador (they were chasing me not the other way around), I had headed south for warmer weather, camping wild along the way as I went. One night a big storm hit just after I'd climbed into my tent, it was a classic one with dazzling bolts of lightning which lit up the sky followed by incredibly loud thunder claps and massive gusts of wind. There was a loud crash and I peeked out from my tent to find a tree had toppled over right next to me, terrified I grabbed my jacket, boots and helmet and dashed out into the rain, whispering a little sorry to Thelma for abandoning her. I ran out to the middle of the field where I found a small shed to huddle next to as the storm worsened and the rain became a deluge.

After the hurricane.

An hour later and it had all cleared, I walked back to find that several more trees had fallen, I realised I couldn't see Thelma or my tent just branches, foliage and tree trunks, fearing the worst I walked around it and discovered my tent crushed but Thelma didn't have a scratch on her, the trees had all amazingly fallen around her. I dragged my tent out and somehow put it back into shape and set it up in the middle of the field not wanting to trust those trees that were still standing.

I was thinking things couldn't get any worse when I felt a piercing pain shoot through my foot, in the dark I couldn't see what had caused it, on closer inspection back with a torch in the wet, bedraggled tent I could see a puncture mark, something had bitten me, I was concerned it may have been a snake bite but there was nothing I could do out here when I couldn't even approach Thelma to go and look for help, I went to sleep comforting myself that even if it had been a snake, I don't think I've heard of anyone dying after being bitten on their bunion. Over the subsequent days the foot swelled up and developed a purple rash, I decided if the rash reached my knee I would go to a doctor, luckily it didn't, some research showed that I must have been the victim of a Black Widow Spider.

Tiffany after the crash!

What is it they say about things happening in threes? A week later I had that most scary of experiences, a high speed tyre blow-out on a busy highway and yep, it was the front tyre and I had a pillion rider! Terrifying and then over so quickly as we skidded down the tarmac on our sides with the cars desperately trying to avoid us. The Highway patrol, ambulance, fire brigade (?) and the good old sheriff were all rapidly and efficiently on the scene, as we were carted off to hospital strapped to back boards. X-rays and examinations showed we were OK and they let us go again. Retrieving Thelma was another story altogether.

Mexico is safer!

I'm heading off to Mexico now to dodge the banditos and the federales - it can only be safer than here."

Ed. See Tiffany's BMW clip on YouTube. And check out Tiffany's tips and stories in the 'On the Road!' DVD, shipping now!

Sheonagh Ravensdale & Pat Thomson, 'Dusty Old Bags', UK, in Korea, Honda Falcon NX400s,

"...You are never alone in South Korea – the Koreans have to be one of the friendliest, most hospitable people on earth. Not many travellers spend time in this truncated half of a country with its lunatic nuclear-armed brother to the north. Most motorcyclists use Korea as a mere jumping off point for Russia, and in so doing miss out on a perfectly delightful small country, with its seemingly impenetrable language and unique hangul, which has been described as the best phonetic script ever invented.

This one is telling you to go slowly (I think!)

This one is telling you to go slowly (I think!)

...Our lovely Korean rice farmer in Japan, Paco, posted news of our imminent arrival onto his 2500 member internet bike club website in Korea. Next thing we know is we've been invited to their club meeting on a campsite half way up the country. Moreover, we are to be met on arrival in Busan...The group was incredibly tolerant and refused to leave us, despite our entreaties, the first instance of the strong Korean community spirit we were to come across. They didn't even seem irritated, which amazed us. We were very late arriving into Seoul that night, where we found ourselves billeted on Ki-sook Lee and his wife Sunsook on the 18th floor of a massive apartment block with amazing views.

Pat, Sheonagh and Sherri Jo Wilkins.

Pat, Sheonagh and Sherri-Jo Wilkins

Our hosts spoke barely more English than we did Korean, so we had a hilarious time trying to communicate using Yahoo's Babelfish translator – which I can confidently declare is ok on odd words and utterly unintelligible for whole sentences like 'what would you like to do tomorrow?' So they internet phoned their daughters in Australia to interpret for us.

We thus had no idea what was going on when Lee's 'sworn brother' turned up the next morning to deal with Pat's bike. He whipped the offending lever off, took mine off as a model, disappeared for several hours, and returned with a brand new bit with the right number of splines welded onto Pat's old lever. Perfect job. We were so grateful, then embarrassed as he refused to take any payment at all.

road to Panmunjeom, Korea.

Lee Ki-souk took us out to a poignant place – the road splits here, with Panmunjeom being in North Korea, but it is blocked off with numerous barricades. Seoul is within easy missile range

Guardian stone.

These guardian stone statues are found all over Jeju and Marado Islands. They are called Dolhareubang or grandfather stones

...Jeju is a very popular holiday destination, especially for honeymooners and is particularly renowned for its seafood. Delicacies include very fresh abalone, and a fresh one wriggled on my plate. Despite being told this was only a reflex, I couldn't bear to eat it. I did cautiously eat another one that Pat had pre-checked for activity – it has a strange crunchy texture – but left it at that."

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Pascal (Nish) and Abby Leclerc, Hong Kong, RTW, chilling in Morocco, Kawasaki W650,

"As soon as we entered the limits of the city, we spotted some dudes on the roadside waving keys at us. We had heard about them being the best providers of flats for rent which was exactly what we were after. I stopped the bike next to one guy and, sure enough, he suggested to show us some places.

We told him what we were roughly looking for and he took us to a couple of furnished apartments before taking us to a place, slightly off city limits, where we discovered a cute bungalow sort of place in the middle of a garden, far from any mosque and with a spot to park our dear grand-mothership.

The flat's got a bathroom, a kitchen with gas and fridge, a bedroom, a living-room with satellite TV, what else could we ask for? Ah yes, the price... not cheap, however far cheaper than a month rent in Hong Kong. We'll take it then, for one month. We wanna visit the region for awhile, take some rides in the wild a bit, get off-road, try the Moroccan 'pistes' we heard so much about, see how good the Transalp can handle it.

It's nice to settle in one's own place for a change. We totally unpack the bike, decorate our place a little with the sarongs we took along with us, making it feel home a bit.


The beach is five minutes away from our place. It's a huge one, it's got camels, horses and quads racing on it. The sea sees kite-surfers racing, above it mostly. It's a perfect place for this sort of sport because of the wind that blows almost non-stop from the ocean.

Camels on the beach, Essaouira, Morocco.

It's not that we're freezing really but it isn't very hot frankly. We easily could do with a few additional degrees. There's tons of seagulls everywhere, the sound they make reminds me of Brittany... the temperature as well actually. There's a dove in our garden that could be singing from any French garden. If I smell pancakes I'm straight out of here to Mauritania!

Essaouira, Morocco.

Abby and I are watching the seagulls on the beach for a long time with the watch towers of the medina in our back. We walk around in the little streets, surrounded by, once again, the same display of Arabic touristic gear then go shopping at a nearby supermarket to fill up our empty fridge.

Essaouira, Morocco.

A quick look at the internet gives us an idea of what sort of pistes we can find in the region. But no map to check them with. We decide to ride South, towards Agadir. The wind is quite frightening, I have to slow down several times and hold the bike tight. After a dozen kilometres, we spot a road on our right that seem to head back to the coastline. Soon the tarmac disappears. The path is covered with rocks, pebbles and sand. After a few kilometres a crossroad gives a purpose in life to a road sign that points to a certain Zifouane beach on my right. Let's try that. The path gets worse. There's now holes among the rocks. In some parts the sand seem to have piled up to form quite a good layer. The Transalp couldn't care less. I try the third gear and give some gas, it doesn't care either. Good bike ! The landscape around us is amazing, we're surrounded by mounts and we can spot the sea shining in the sun in the background. We cross the path of a few camels, a few kids mounting donkeys and a flock of goats and sheep that seem on their own.

Pistes around Essaouira, Morocco.

The road takes a nice long curve around a valley. Abby gets off and decides to film me riding it. While I'm gone, three vagabonding camels arrived by the road and seemed unhappy to see her standing there, They stared at her and yelled loud. Abby was glad to see me back, I think.

Soon the path took a distinct downward attitude and as we rode and slid the slope down, I spotted a little river at the bottom. Ah ! There we are, I thought, finally, time to get wet!

Contemplating beach.

The way forward must have been in use at some time but it had become obviously too deep now and another path to the left, and then back around, seemed to be the new favorite in town. I try. The stream of water looked much more shallow and sure enough, the Transalp went through happily. Then it was all downwards. The ocean got closer and closer until we reached a deserted but huge beach laid at our feet, down the cliff. The immensity of the sand, plain and untouched since the last tide, seemed to be moving in the sun light as if sucked into the flood. A small boat coming from behind a cape touched ground and disembarked piles of cases of freshly assassinated fishes that were loaded on a donkey's back and carried up towards us. The dead silver bodies passed in front of us, aligned in their plastic coffins while we watched silently, holding our helmets in our hands.

Seafood, Morocco.

On the way back, the Transalp showed signs of thrill, as we crossed the little 'oued' again, by splashing Abby and me from head to toes. Or maybe I was speeding, I dunno but I ended up with my feet swimming in my shoes for the rest of the day. Next time I'll wear my boots.

Abby has now learned the skills of spaghetti cooking so our nutritional future is ensured. The wind still blows hard, it would be a signal 3 if we were in Hong Kong. I've got to find a garage and change the oil of the Transalp, last time was in Carcassonne. Apart from this terribly worrying task, well, we also plan to have siestas, naps, relaxation periods, slow cruising rides and as much of a good time as we can get. Life's hard."

Ed. Nish and Abby have posted a number of videos on YouTube, and photos are here.

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Mark and Bronwyn Hosking, Australia, Europe to India, in Pakistan and India,

"We stayed at Faisalbad for 2 nights and had a lovely rest. Well earned I think. We went into town had a look, not too impressed with the town so just relaxed. The police turned up to find out what time we would be leaving the next day and Bron flew at them. (I actually felt sorry for the police at this point). After Bron had finished I had a gentle discussion with the police and told him our issues. We felt that the police time was being wasted escorting us. He told me that unfortunately the politicians had told the police that all foreigners must be escorted throughout the country due to the bad publicity whenever one gets kidnapped or killed.

I started to understand from that point that the police and Pakistan were damned if they did and damned if they didn't. It's a tough position to be in for them and for Pakistan. The media get into a frenzy whenever a foreigner gets hurt in Pakistan but there are numerous Pakistanis hurt or killed every week. I found all this tough because they were making my life worth more than a local's but due to the media attention to the Pakistani government my life is worth more. Horrible. If only all the resource hours that are put into escorting tourists everywhere could be put into chasing terrorists and or creating a better Pakistan.

Road to Lahore, Pakistan.

Road to Lahore, Pakistan.

Road to Lahore, Pakistan

...We went straight to New Delhi because the Commonwealth games start there in a few weeks time and we want to be well clear of the city by then. The Hotel we stayed in was ok but new and pretty poor standards of service and setup. The bike was locked away for a few days and all transport was by the old 3 wheeled buggy.

Delhi compound.

Delhi compound

India street traffic.

The traffic mayhem was everywhere and after rubbing up against a few cars who just moved into me I decided that I couldn't allow the risk of being pushed into another car any longer. So some Indian drivers now have some dented doors courtesy of my wonderful steel cap boots. Also I showed some drivers where their side mirrors were with a whack (that is if they did have side mirrors). Gee it makes a difference, they really back off, and give you some room and respect.

Darjeeling hillside.

...From Bagdogra we rode towards Siliguru but the road was so poor that we chose to head straight to Darjeeling. The road was fantastic (for most of the way) and there was some really lovely scenery and some tea plantations on the way.

Bandipur street sign.

Three quarters of the way to Darjeeling we were stopped as there has recently been a landslide here which took out the road and the rail track. We initially thought we may have to go all the way back down to the bottom to come up another way but the locals steered us in the right direction over a road made for 4WDs with low ratio. We eventually made it to Darjeeling and the hotel that we thought would be good was out of our price range so we looked around at the seemingly hundreds of hotels here and found one that met most of our needs."

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Kevin and Karen Browne, England, RTW, in Japan, Moto Guzzi Spada,

"This morning we head for the caves, the signs are elusive but the road is great no traffic and really twisty. Arriving close to where I think we should be we spy some people in a car park so I go to ask. Hope answers me in perfect English you are here she says, it turns out she and her brother Nathan are spreading the Bible round Japan. Their mother is Japanese but their father is American so they both have American accents but speak perfect Japanese. They have an 'army' of helpers on mopeds delivering leaflets and they use loud hailer's on their vehicles which is fairly common in Japan. They give us a spare detailed map with a camping spot and some apples and pears, we wish each other luck and head for the cave entrance. We have to admire their dedication they cover every road in an area before moving onto the next and are away for weeks at a time.

The cave appears shut but a sign says open at nine it's five past. We watch an elderly lady cycle up the hill park her bike on the side of the road and kick about in the undergrowth, looking for mushrooms or chestnuts we surmise, she knows we are watching her but seems unbothered, she gradually saunters up to the cave and starts to unlock everything, the garage area reveals the gift shop some food and a postcard or two. Now ready we have to don plastic hard hats and she seems pleased we have head torches we part with our cash and enter.

It is in terms of beauty a very disappointing cave - very dull colours and few stalactites/mites but is a great adventure cave especially as we are the only people in it and left to our own devices, there are few steps and lots of crouching and clambering a low budget cave with only a few strip lamps. It reminded me of Swildons a cave at home in Somerset but with lighting. It is the largest cave in Japan we only did 700m the rest needs equipment.

Japanese drain cover.

Japanese drain cover

Heading now for Miyako we detour off on a peninsular to view the craggy rock coastline but resume to Miyako. We find wi fi and lose a couple of hours catching up on things. I search again for rider houses in the area but these are mainly in the north. As seems to becoming normal for us we find ourselves in a town when we're just losing the light only this time we're not too worried as we have the campsite to head for. As we sit in a traffic queue a Honda C90 pulls alongside 'do you have time for a chat' the rider asks? We stop round the corner at the 7/11 Mr Yoshima backpacked round the world 30 years ago including England and would like to help us, 'where are you staying?' We reply probably camping he disappears off to make a phone call, he has secured the floor of a 'pub'. We follow to Torito Moto a biker friendly restaurant/bar. We are expected to spend about £20 in the restaurant (not difficult in Japan) in order to stay the night, after a quick discussion we say thank you but we are on a tight budget we will camp.

There seems to be a bit of confusion and Mr Yoshima comes back saying would you like to meet the owners. We relent knowing it's going to rain tonight and not wishing to be rude. After being shown an upstairs store to put our stuff in we are expected to bathe before eating the public baths are just round the corner. I'm really not keen and drag my heels grumbling and muttering under my breath. We share a bathroom roll so only have one of everything shampoo etc. I can't see how it will work when we will be separate. We duly arrive and have to pay £4 each for the privilege. Kev takes the shampoo bottle I'm left with two little free sachets from our last hotel. As usual it is shoes off almost as soon as in the door our boots are so large they don't fit in the small cubbyholes so go on top. Now in a largish room with lockers a couple of chairs and a mirror on on wall I am given a basket for my clothes. Next is the bathing room dominating the room are two large deep hot water filled baths all around the edge are taps and shower fittings at regular intervals. Two ladies are on opposite sides at the taps. I go nearish one to copy the procedure. Collecting a bowl I kneel at the tap and proceed to wash myself after washing my hair twice I now have no more shampoo I'm now at a loss the lady next to me is intent on washing herself about twenty five times. I decide right or wrong to jump into the bath bit it's lovely really hot and soothing I try the next one even hotter and deeper, after what seemed like 15mins I get out and rinse off the lady is still washing. I give up and leave I can't get any cleaner.

Kev soon joins me at the restaurant and we go to eat. The owner is madly into bikes he and his wife have done some travelling in the past, he brings us a bewildering but delicious array of food including mussels which we have never tried before and are surprisingly tasty. It gets to a point we have to say no more as we are full. Mr Yoshima has surprised us with his generosity by arranging to pay the bill in advance with the owner.

Dinner at Torito moto thanks to Mr Yoshida.

Dinner at Torito moto thanks to Mr Yoshima

It turns out when the restaurant owner produces a visitors book for us to sign that this is one of the elusive rider houses we were looking for. They clear up then leave us alone in the restaurant showing us where the loos are and light switches. We are offered the floor of the restaurant area, no shoes ever touch this floor but as we have everything we need in the store room we stay there. It rains absolute cats and dogs in the night are we are thankful to be in the dry. We leave some money for Mr Yoshima towards the bill and write our thank you's it has been an amazing experience only possible from the outstanding generosity of these people. To trust strangers alone in your restaurant with nothing locked away could only happen in Japan thank you. The streets are still flooded from last nights rain so donning our waterproof trousers we head for Tono."

Buddha, a sense of scale.

Alexandra Klier, Germany, in Australia,

"In Kathryn Gorge, in the Nitmiluk National Park too, swimming is still not allowed. The survey for the big saltwater crocodiles is going on for additionally 4 weeks. The rental of canoes is not possible either so we stay just one night. In that short time, we see many animals.


Looks innocent, but is not!

Wallabies and Kookaburras are meeting at campground and used to humans. But this is not always nice. Those bastards are always searching for more delicious food than the grass and leaves. And, of course, we are getting robbed. A Wallaby rips off the side tank bag on Alexandra's bike to get the apples, oranges and bananas while we are at the pool or at the BBQ. And it looks like poor, harmless fellow when we chased it away.

Bird bike robber.

Bird bike robber

And what the Wallabies left over at night gets stolen by the birds in the morning. There is no time when your food is safe.

Aboriginal dance.

Aboriginal dance

Next stop is Barunga. A little village at the edge of Arnhem Land. Arnhem Land is a big territory that has been given back to the Aborigines and where you need a permit to drive through. There is every year in the beginning of June a big Aboriginal Sports and Culture Festival."

Sherri Jo Wilkins, Australia/USA, in Mongolia,

Empty spaces in Mongolia.

"...The paved road lasted about 30 km. And then I spotted the thriving city of Olgiy.

Olgiy, Mongolia.

Olgiy, Mongolia

Knowing I was going to be facing 220 km of even less used dirt tracks tomorrow, I plan on staying the night here.

Just on the edge of town and little car with a man and woman are flagging me down. I refuse to stop. I don't want to be forced off the road for them to sell me something. Then he gets in front of me putting on his brakes to make me stop. I just go around him. I ride through town slowly having a look at what Mongolian culture is like and trying not to notice these crazy people in the car. I must stop to get some money changed and something to drink at the shop.

They followed me all the way, jumping out of the car when I stopped and by now I'm a bit ticked off. He finds that I speak English, so he gets his notebook out and flips to the "English" page where somebody has hand written his name and a total sales pitch to come and stay at his guesthouse, meal etc etc. I tell him no. I had the hotels on my GPS from Walter's waypoints, and I wanted to check them out instead.

Long story short, I gave in to his plea for me to at least have a look. But not until I had sussed out the hotels. They looked really scary, right in the town and nowhere safe to park the bike. When I followed the man home, I got a complete little guesthouse to myself, with my bike parked right outside the door. I didn't like the pressure from the man, but it did seem the better choice.

Mongolia hostess.

His mom and Auntie got to work straight away in the kitchen to make my dinner."

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Bruce and Jean Porter, UK, to Patagonia, in Texas,

"...The Hill Country was good, but this is better, the bends are more sweeping and faster, which is better for the Pegaso, also each bend opens up onto a new view. Yes, a desert with mountains. We both like it.

We are heading to Big Bend National Park tomorrow, and then on to Presidio to cross into Mexico. We're not sure when we will next have Internet access, mobile phones have been useless for a week, so I may be quiet for a while.

Rio Grande - USA to the right, Mexico to the left.

Rio Grande - USA to the right, Mexico to the left

...The park is as low as 2000 feet, and raises to 7000 feet in the middle, temperatures can be in the 35-40 range on the camp site at the bottom, to a cool 24 at the top.

The ride is from desert to lush green trees and pines. We went for a hike into the Chiso Mountains, we reversed what we do in Wales, we walked down to the view, a waterfall drop off... when there is water, and then back up to the top.

It is a vast, open, wide space, with big rocks and big sky.

The camp store owner commented to me 'It look like it will be a fine day today', I said 'Isn't it always?'. He paused, thought for a moment and replied with a smile 'Well, it does get a bit warmer in the summer, and a little windy in the winter, but we like it.'

A warm up for what lies ahead, I hope.

Texas desert.

It also has bears, mountain lions, tarantulas and rattle snakes.

We missed seeing a bear by 10 mins, a rattle snake by 5 mins and a tarantula by the width of my bike tyre. Coyotes would howl at night, and wander through the camp site in the morning.

The whole place felt like we were in a movie set for the weekend.



It's big
It's beautiful
It has many faces
They all wear stetsons, and all have guns (in their cars)


It's big :-)
It's beautiful :-)
Not met an unfriendly person.
We have left a trail of jealousy, 'Boy, I've always dreamed of doing that' was a common statement
The east and south can be as good as the West."

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

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Zoran & Tamara Gricar , Slovenia, in Turkey, Yamaha 750 XTZ Super Tenere,

"...We continue towards Derinkuyu, another old small village built in beautiful rocky area with thousands of caves all around, and then to Soganli, where we find a nice restaurant with the beautiful garden full of apple trees. The owner is very nice and allows us to camp for free if we eat dinner there; and beside we have free entrance to Cappadocia (Soganli Kapadokya Restaurant, Nuri in Yilmaz Ablak).

Cappadocia caves.

Cappadocia caves

We enjoy Cappadocia very much, it's like a dwarf town, with many well preserved churches and millions of pinnacles and caves. Once again we discover oil on first wheel – this time the left fork is leaking. Once again Zoran puts it apart and fix it. We don't know where exactly a problem is; there is no visible mistake, just leaking?!

Cappadocia caves.

Cappadocia - more caves

In Kas we stayed one night at Olympos camp (12 euro for a tent and 2 persons). At first we planned to stay longer but after we meet David from HUBB community (which we contacted in Pamukkale about our problems with forks), who generously invites us to stay with him and his wife Juliet for few days, we pack and follow him to Kasaba, where they have a beautiful home (hosting also 7 dogs and 6 cats) in the middle of nature. We had a really nice and warm stay with great company of David and Juliet and all the animals, which you simply have to love.

David and Juliet, Kas.

David and Juliet

The next day we empty the bike and David takes us to a nice ride across Akdaglar mountains. It was really a marvellous trip crossing so many beautiful valleys and hills in the quiet and peaceful landscape. David knows this area very good and he takes us to the most beautiful places. We really have a good time and it's so nice to be on a ride without all the heavy luggage."

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Honda's new "Crosstourer"

Honda has given us the first look at their new "adventure" bike, the "Crosstourer." A concept version, that's clearly almost production ready, was shown at the Milan show last week. It's not a true adventure travel bike, it's a VFR1200 v4-engined bike with off-road style. Honda Project Manager Yosuke Hasegawa says it was created by listening to customers who "like the image of the adventure bike but wanted the performance of a more conventional, multi-cylinder road engine and comfort for both rider and passenger".

Expected to have about 160 bhp, performance should be good. I do wonder about the fuel mileage as the road version isn't impressive, (though it's main problem is a too-small tank.) Metal panniers, tall screen, topbox rack, carbon-fibre fender etc all give it the right look.

Since many "adventure bikes" never - or extremely rarely - go off-road anyway, it could fill a nice niche for travellers. I look forward to trying one out!

Intermot News

Wandering through the vast cavernous halls of Intermot I spotted a small booth with Australia on it, and (since we're adopted Aussies) wandered over to see what was up. Adam Rockett of Strike told me all about the new "Strike Genius Motorcycle GPS" they've released, especially designed for motorcycles and thoroughly tested in the Aussie heat, bulldust and torrential rains (yes it rains in parts of Aus, in a BIG way). Looks good, all the right details covered, including a sun shade, and it's a good price too! I'm looking forward to testing it, and I'll be sure to let you know what I think.

Tourenfahrer in English!

Our old friends at Tourenfahrer, a great German language motorcycle travel magazine, have (at long last) come out with a new version in English - 'Motorcycle Rider' and it's available as a multimedia iPad or iPhone app from the iTunes store! How cool is that?! Check it out!

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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?

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The series features interviews with veteran travellers, such as Ted Simon (Jupiter's Travels), Austin Vince (Mondo Enduro), Greg Frazier (5 times RTW), Lois on the Loose, Chris and Erin Ratay (Guinness World Record), Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley), Tiffany Coates, Sam Manicom (Into Africa, Totems to Tortillas), Sheonagh Ravensdale and Pat Thomson and many others. Over 150 contributors from all over the world tell their fantastic and entertaining stories, sharing their hard-earned knowledge from amazing motorcycle trips to every country on earth. Includes thousands of great photos, video clips, presentations and demos by experts.

The series was filmed in broadcast quality wide screen, with multiple cameras and custom written music. Filming took place at Horizons Unlimited Motorcycle Travellers meetings and on location in the USA, Canada, UK, Switzerland, Spain, Germany and the South Pacific.The Achievable Dream Series - the Motorcycle Adventure Travel Guide!

  • 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.
  • 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 is a 2-DVD set, almost 6 hours!
  • 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.
  • 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, answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road!
  • Part 5 - Tire Changing! On a long-distance motorcycle trip, you will find that nail, usually in the most inconvenient time and place. When you're venturing off the beaten path, you can't just call your friendly automobile association! Fear no more - Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair in this 1.5 hour DVD full of expert tips and information to help you STAY on the road!

Grant's tire changing demo at the HU UK 2010 meeting - photo by Bob Goddard.

Grant's tire changing demo at the HU UK 2010 meeting - photo by Bob Goddard

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up to top of pagespacerShorts.

Ken Thomas, UK to Cape Town, in South Africa, Yamaha TTR,

"The tarmac road ends at L'Agulhas, you can go no further on it, but a little gravel track continues past the lighthouse and marker cairn and then another four miles to the very end of the road at Suiderstrand. So it's nice and remote.

Agulhas marker, South Africa.

Now, if the longest journey starts with but a single step, what does it end with?"

Ed. Congrats on getting to Cape Town, Ken! Read Ken's story in his blog here on Horizons Unlimited!

Bob and Sheila Oldfield, UK, ATW 2010-2011, in Australia,

"First day of spring, and we're still crossing the Nullarbor. Bad weather is hampering any view of any landscape unfortunately, but we know it's out there. But the road-signs are interesting and possibly unique.

Oz road signs.

...crossed into Queensland today. Still hot and humid and the sides of the road are littered with termite mounds, like you expect to see in Africa. Our tally of wild Australian wildlife so far include wombats, kangaroos (grey and red), wild pigs, kookaburras, camels, emus, eagles, bustards, dingos, lizards and snakes. The road-trains throughout Oz have been constant – giddy-big trucks (up to 53.5 metres long) that don't want to brake for anything and hammer along at 70mph. Wildlife doesn't stand a chance against them (and neither probably would motorcyclists!)"

Jay Kannaiyan, USA, Latin America and Africa, in Bolivia, Suzuki DR650,

"Bolivia is a landlocked Andean nation, known for its breath-taking altitude and its lesser known share of the Amazon. I wanted to take a tour of the country before heading north for Brazil. However, I had a mechanical breakdown, cutting my time short in Bolivia. I got a taste for life in the country and vowed to return before leaving South America as I didn't get to see the Salar de Uyuni on this visit. However, I had an exciting ride down the Andes, through the Yungas onto the flat dry savannah heading north. I met many warm people and felt very welcome.

Panorama, La Paz, Bolivia.

La Paz panorama

Peering over the edge, Death Road, Bolivia.

Peering over edge of Death Road, Bolivia

...I didn't get to see what I really came for in Bolivia, the Salar de Uyuni but I had a wonderful time here, nonetheless. The people were warm and the food was good. I was shown lots of generosity from mechanics who helped me out with sanDRina and farmers who let me stay with them. It was a rough journey north of La Paz, but the experience will linger."

Ed. Lots of great pics on Jay's site.

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

"Kriegel - in Geneva - After 9 months in Mongolia, I arrived in Geneva on September 14, 2010 to prepare to cross Africa this winter (for a change) with Jean-Louis.

Geneva motocross.

Everything is going well in Geneva. I went with Giorgio and Louis to watch the last motocross race of the year for the Switzerland championship. Dominique Miele, 15, the son of a friend, was racing for the championship position, he ended 2nd and that is brilliant, congratulations Dominique."

Ed. Hubert is a Horizons Unlimited 2010 Photo Contest Winner, and his winter photo on Lake Baikal will be on the cover of the 2011 Calendar! Check out Hubert's website for lots of great pics! Can't wait to see the Africa pics!

Colin and Ryan Pyle, two brothers from Toronto, Canada, BMW F800GS,

have just completed an epic 65 day – 17,674km – motorcycle odyssey around China on BMW F800GS motorcycles. Here's an excerpt from an interview with the Shanghaiist, a popular blog in Shanghai:

"...If you could impart one piece of advice to anyone who was also to attempt a giant trip through all of China, what would it be?

I think my advice to anyone interested in a journey like this is that you need to make sure you are physically and mentally fit. The off-road riding in remote parts of Xinjiang and Tibet is extremely physically punishing and the variations in weather and bike breakdowns will leave you in tears some days; but no matter how bleak things get you still have to have the resolve to wake up every morning, put on your helmet and try to get to the next town or village. To some people that sounds like hell, to others it sounds like the world's greatest holiday. Know thyself and execute accordingly."

Mark Lamsdale and his wife,

... are on their way from Alaska to Chile/Argentina on two Yamaha XT600s. They stopped off in Vancouver BC to replace chains and sprockets.

Alex Kok of Australia,

... was going through Malaysia into North Sumatra and then Java and shipping the bikes back to Australia.

Lorenz Padberg from Bern, Switzerland,

... is on his way from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego and was stopping in Cancun to do some bike repairs.

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Jill Maden house sitting her way around Australia

"My name is Jill Maden and I'm in Australia for a year. I shall be house-sitting my way round the country and plan on motorcycling from one house-sit to another using whatever highways and byways I'll need to take me there. So I should end up taking quite an interesting route round Oz.

...Droughts, Floods and Plagues of Locusts - Riding across the Mallee Highway from Tailem Bend to Ouyen involved travelling through what is obviously flour country - miles and miles of wheat fields criss-crossed by railway tracks and flour silos at each station. But as soon as I reached Swan Hill this changed into fruit country - vineyards and fruit farms for as far as the eye could see. Australia has been suffering from drought for the last 10 years, but this winter, the drought finally broke and the country has been experiencing flooding in a number of places. Lake Boga, where I'm staying, is now full for the first time in 10 years.

As I rode into Lake Boga there was a sign saying 'Pull over if locusts impair your vision'. At first I thought I'd mis-read this, but my hosts assured me there are indeed plagues of locusts everywhere and even pointed out some hatchlings as we took the dogs for their first walk. Within the next month these should grow into huge swarms capable of stripping whole fields so the council is doing what they can to kill them off as soon as possible. Hopefully I'll be long gone by then."

Ed. Read Jill's stories on her blog here on Horizons Unlimited!

Adrienne Denham of Vancouver, BC, Canada writes to the HU Quito community:

"Hi, I'm travelling into your area within the next 2 days and thought I'd touch base. I'm Adrienne from Vancouver, riding a Suzuki DR650, and I'm just leaving Colombia tomorrow morning. I think I'll be in Quito in 2 days. Wondering if you have any recommendations for safe, economical hostels/hotels? Also wondering if you might be going on a local ride that I could join... to maybe see something a bit out of the way? Finally, is there any place you recommend in Quito to meet other riders? Would love to chat and swap stories. Best, Adrienne"

Ben Slavin, USA, writes to the HU Zacatecas community:

"My name is Ben and I'm currently in Mazatlan. I'll be passing through Zacatecas shortly on a ride to film a documentary about motorcycling through Mexico. It would be great to meet up with local riders if anyone is around. Cheers."

Ed. Ben has some good video clips on his site, including a classic on how to park your bike inside a hotel lobby for those who haven't tried it ;-)

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For OTHER nationalities it is currently a little more complicated. There IS a Foreign National Plan, but you can't enrol online. It's a faxable enrolment and subject to underwriting approval. The rates are the same, but transport is restricted to 'back to home country - hospital of choice' rather than 'anywhere in the world - hospital of choice'. We are working on improving that, but at least it IS available! Go here to contact MedjetAssist and inquire about the Foreign National Plan. Be sure to mention Horizons Unlimited.

Michael Paull adds his endorsement of MedJet (and he DID use their services - twice!):

". After an additional three days in Beijing, I was deemed stable enough for air evacuation back to the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA, in the company of my wife Aillene (who had flown in from Japan), and an air transport trauma nurse provided by the company that I had procured medical evacuation insurance from, MEDJET Assistance - without doubt, the best insurance coverage I have ever purchased in my life. A small plug here - these people were remarkable. If there was ever a better case for '. don't leave home without it.', MEDJET Assistance is at the top of my checklist, no matter where I travel (and I hope to do a LOT more)."

Note: Per the Medjet Assistance site: ". a medical transport between Europe and America can run more than $35,000. Middle East and South American flights range from $60,000 to $80,000. Transport from Asia often exceeds $100,000." Sounds like $205.00 for a single is pretty cheap insurance!

Holger and Anja Gockel from Germany are in Santiago:

"We are a German couple riding the world on our 2 BMW F650GS since 2007. We have arrived in Santiago now and certainly I have to do some maintenance on the bikes. I'm in need of new batteries, oil filters (maybe there's another option than the BMW store). Maybe you have any idea where to get the stuff - especially the batteries. If you have some riding tips for Chile would be good as well :-). Thanks for your help, Holger and Anja"

Ken MacKenzie from Victoria, BC writes to the HU Puerto Vallarta, Mexico community:

"Howdy! We are 2 people riding to Panama on 2 GS m/c's & are curious if we may take you up on your very kind offer of accommodation for 1 or 2 evenings max. We expect to be in PV app Oct 25.we are presently in Vista CA & will enter MX tomorrow. Many thanks & best regards, sparky"

Mick Høy from Denmark writes to the HU Santiago community:

"My name is Mick Høy, 32 years old and travelling around the world on a Honda VFR 750. I left Denmark in 2009, travelled down through Africa and now in Argentina. My girlfriend from Spain is flying out to visit me in Santiago from 03-11 Dec. I would like to hear if it is possible to stay somewhere in Santiago where I can put up my tent or stay in a motorcycle club for a week. I am travelling on a very small budget. I normally sleep on the street or in gas stations during my trip. I promise you we will be good entertainment so you wouldn't regret meeting us. My girlfriend speaks perfect Spanish. Thanks so much for your help. Kind regards, Mick"

Tam and Xander Kabat from Australia write to the HU Laos Community:

"Hi there, we are two people travelling on a Honda Africa Twin. We've been through Europe and western Africa and are now touring SE Asia. We are heading to Laos in a few days, currently in Kratie, Cambodia. We'd love to met up with anyone living in Laos for a meal or drink. Let us know if you are around, we'll be in your area in about 1.5 to 2 weeks. Cheers, Tam and Xander"

Jessica Guida from England,

... made it all the way up the Dempster Highway in Canada to the Arctic Circle and now is hoping to find bike storage in Calgary for the winter while she goes back to the UK to sort out visa issues.

Bas van Heeringen from Amsterdam, is looking for info on buying insurance in Argentina:

"Hello! Currently we're travelling South America and heading into Argentina in approx 1 month. In our search we can't find a third party insurance for less than 400 dollar per bike. Does anybody have a suggestion for insurance in Argentina? Thx, Bas"

Ed. note: Please post any replies on the HUBB where all can benefit. Thanks.

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.


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.


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


Leaving soon below...

up to top of pagespacer2010 Photo Contest for 2011 Calendar

The 2010 Photo Contest is over, and the results are in! Congratulations to the 2010 Photo Contest winners: Hubert Kriegel, Eric Starling, Darius Skrzypiec, Peter Russell, Erdem Yucel, Iza Gamanska, Heike Pander, Adam Lewis, Martin Hák, Scott Kindleysides, Matthias Kuhlmann, Matjaz Prosen and Peter Cullen!

The 2011 calendar is now 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.

Cover by Hubert Kriegel, France, Crossing the frozen lake Baikal in Siberia, during my 'Ten Years on the Road!', 2WD Ural.

January by Eric Starling, USA, Under dark skies at Muley Point, UT, Wet West Ride, XR650L, F650GS Dakar, F800GS.February by Mary Jane Skrzypiec, of Darius Skrzypiec, Germany / Philippines, Endless possibilities with loading a bike in Cambodia, RTW tour, Africa Twin.March by Peter Russell, of Petra Russell, Canada, Riding on the coastal dunes outside Huarmey, Peru, from Buenos Aires to Toronto, 2009 KLR650.April by Erdem Yucel, USA, Cornered by a herd of goats on a mountain pass in Greece on my RTW trip, Suzuki DL1000.

May by Iza Gamanska, of Kamil Gamanski and Eugeniusz Frycz, Poland, Going nowhere in the Andean sands of Northern Argentina, on our RTW, KLR650 and Africa Twin.June by Heike Pander, Germany, Large elephant intruding in campsite in Livingstone, Zambia, during our Africa trip, Honda Dominator NX650 and BMW R80GS.July by Adam Lewis, UK, Me on my birthday, camping on the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia during my RTW trip, F650GS/Dakar Hybrid.August by Martin Hak, Czech Republic, A beautiful morning in Jotunheim, Norway, BMW R1150GS Adventure.

September by Scott Kindleysides, UK, Marrakech is in sight, taken during my UK to Morocco trip, Vespa.October by Matthias Kuhlmann, Germany, Sunrise at Spitzkoppe Campsite, Namibia, on our Africa trip, BMW R80GS and Honda Dominator NX650.November by Matjaz Prosen, Slovenia, 'Gas station' in high Atlas mountains, riding through Morocco and Mauritania, KTM 690 Enduro.December by Peter Cullen, UK, Crossing the Kyzyl Art Pass, Tajikstan, part of my Central Asian Tour, BMW R1200GS.

2011 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. 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 2012 calendar, and 1 year Gold Member status on the HUBB.

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 DVD's, 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, 2011, so get your entry in! Anyone can win!

up to top of pagespacerLeaving soon, or just left.

Els and Merijn Hendricks from Amsterdam,

... left Holland in September on a Transalp and an Africa Twin in the direction of Tasmania. They're in Tehran and temporarily hooked up with Thierry Wilhelm who's on his way to the Philippines.

Momir Jeremic from Cyprus writes to the HU Damascus community:

"Hi, we (4 of us with Serbian passports living in Cyprus) are planning a trip from Cyprus via Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and back in late November - I have a couple of questions I hope you can help with. SO far we are doing reasonable OK with organizing entry visas here in Cyprus. However, we could not get any tangible information about the paperwork needed to enter Syria on our own motorcycles. Wondering if the Carnet is necessary (we have issues getting it here in Cyprus). Also looking for GPS maps for Garmin. Official Garmin maps do not cover Syria. Are there any other Garmin compatible maps that we may buy?"

Duncan Smith of Seattle,

... leaving for a year+ trip around the Americas in a couple of weeks and still scrambling on last minute preparations.

John and Sharan Brown of Texas are heading for the Galapagos:

"Hi! We are a husband and wife team traveling south from Colombia. We are currently in Otavalo and will be in Quito in a few days. We are planning to go to the Galapagos so we are looking for a place to store our motorcycle for one week. Can anyone help/send suggestions? Also looking for a sticker of the Ecuadorian flag for our pannier! :) Would love to meet up with anyone for a cerveza grande, cheers!"

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up to top of pagespacerTraveller's Community News.

New Communities:

We've now reached an amazing 663 Communities in 106 Countries as of October 25, 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!

Community News:

Adam Shani, from Israel had a drive shaft break near the Serbian border and sent out a call for help to the HU Budapest Community. Gergely Fatrai was there to offer help and assistance.

Ed. Thanks, Gergely. Hope all is now well and you're continuing on, Adam.

Roger Arnold broke his leg in Guatemala just after crossing the border. He reached out to the local community for help and Julio Hartmann responded with bike storage space while Roger's in the hospital after leg surgery.

Ed. Thanks, Julio, and good luck, Roger. It can only get better from here.

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.

Just a reminder to all, when you Join a Community in your area, send a note to the Community introducing yourself and suggesting a meeting, or go for a ride or something. It's a good way of meeting like-minded individuals in your own town.

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We hope you've enjoyed this issue, and do please let us know your thoughts. It's your newsletter, so tell us what you want to know about!

It is not the unknown, but the fear of it, that prevents us from doing what we want.

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