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Welcome to the 93rd Edition of the motorcycle travellers' e-zine! This is the September/October 2012 edition, first one since June/July in case you were wondering if you missed one!
First the medical report. Grant had his prostate surgery on Aug 28 (the day after we got back from Nakusp!) and the news is all good. The pathology report said the tumor had shrunk and no sign of spread, no positive surgical margins, and his PSA in mid-Sep is <0.04 (that seems to be as low as the test goes!) So the surgeon says no further treatment is needed at this time, though they will continue to monitor his PSA for years to come. There is a HUBB thread for anyone who would like more details, including his hospital escapade! He's trying to be more patient with himself, which is hard ;-) His doctor says he should expect up to 6 months to fully recover from such major surgery. We're walking every day again but building up slowly, no marathons for awhile!
We are very grateful for the clinical trial, which gave him better treatment choices and a great surgeon; for the Canadian health care system (the only cost to us has been prescription drugs during chemo, vitamins and $320 for a semi-private room at the hospital for 2 nights); and most especially for all our good friends everywhere who have been sending messages of support our way. Thank you all so much, and please guys, get your PSA tested annually and keep an eye on the curve.
What else have we been doing? Well, since the last edition, we have had another 6 HU meetings, some of which we actually got to! We made it to Nakusp for the Canada West meeting, which went very smoothly thanks especially to Kevan Ibbotson and volunteers. Ekke and Audrey Kok, our usual meeting organizers, were travelling this year, but skyped in from Lake Baikal, which was very cool! Gabe and Char Bolton did us proud in Mendip at the UK Autumn meet, then left on their long-overdue honeymoon! Mike Kilpatrick, Peter Bodtke, Steve Anderson and the North Carolina (Stecoah) team rose brilliantly to the challenge of running a much larger meeting at Iron Horse - well done guys!
Catharine St. Denis, Les Clarke and Jody Hatch from Dual Sport Plus launched the first meeting in Ontario (Barrie) in a field provided by Horseshoe Riding Adventures. I went to the Ontario meet, it was great to meet all our eastern friends. Weather could have been worse - it wasn't snowing... but I think we're going to do it earlier next year (and someplace with showers)!
Grant was recovered enough to drive down to California (Cambria), where Mike Dimond, John Button, Bill Miner, Carla King, Flip Morton and Allen Barnes worked with a slew of volunteers and presenters to make it almost effortless for us! We just got home last week, to discover that summer has long gone and winter is looming here on the wet coast.
Finally, the intrepid Jens Ruprecht has just hosted the autumn Germany meeting last weekend. According to Seb & Kim from Belgium, they had "sunny beach weather, 30+°C and a bikini contest... oh wait... that's just me dreaming..." Or maybe it was -5 C (look on the bright side - at least it wasn't -5 F ;-)
All the meeting reports have been excellent, so thanks to the organizers, the presenters, the volunteers and all the participants :) Planning is well underway for all the 2013 meetings, so stay tuned for announcements! Registration is open now for HUBB UK, Ireland and Canada West, Australia, Germany and UK Autumn details coming soon, and more to come. Dates and more details on meetings below.
Where are our intrepid travellers this month?
Wow, we've got heaps of folks out there, making us bitter and twisted with envy! We've got great stories from Argentina, Bolivia, Botswana, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Hungary, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, and even Arkansas and Texas!
...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! Seriously, there are so many travellers out there now that it's hard for me to keep up with them all. If you send me a couple of paragraphs and pics every month you'll have a much better chance of making it into the e-zine!
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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.' Buy direct from Sam here!
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Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba...
"The longest, most difficult, and most perilous motorcycle journey ever attempted" - in 1912
Motorcycling the Pan American Highway's Jungle Gap...
RTW in 1932!
A Septuagenarian Odyssey
Do you know of a good shop 'on the road,'
. in other words, somewhere there isn't a large number of shops? (Also of course any shop that specializes in travellers equipment and repairs is of interest.) But we're particularly looking for those rare items, good repair shops in South America, Africa and Asia etc. Please post your info in the Repair shops around the world Forum on the HUBB.
There are now 100's of shops listed in out - of - the - way places, from Abidjan to Ghana to Peru! Be sure to check out the HUBB 'Repair shops around the world' forum if you need work done!
Inspiration and information
Road Heroes Part 1!
Part 1 - Get Ready!
Part 2 - Gear Up!
Part 3 - On the Road!
Part 4 - Ladies on the Loose !
Part 5 - Tire Changing!
Belinda Sinclair, UK, Gobi Gals, in Mongolia,
"Checked out of the hotel, in which we had had to stay after not being able to get our Chinese visas until later than expected on Wednesday. That meant that our plans to visit Khustain National Park were also scuppered because there was no time. So we dumped the bags at the ger before going to the Oasis to borrow some tools to dismantle the scoots.
Unfortunately, I dumped myself too, on a steep gravelly hill. The roads are so rough that you have to really rev it to get up slopes but it makes the bike bounce almost uncontrollably - and passing bitey dogs know this. Plus I had the bags on the back, so the front end was light. Consequently, one charged, I revved, almost made it but then hit a big bump and was catapulted off. Had a softer landing than expected though - right onto the partial carcass of a dead animal - possibly a goat or another biker who'd not got as far as me - which was lovely and smelt great. Not. By the time Nads appeared, I was just picking the last of the matted decaying flesh off my arm and shoulder. Nasty.
By the time we left the Oasis, the sky was green and the heavens were about to dump on us. Could we make it back before it hit? Nope, not a bit of it. The road was 10cms deep in water in no time - mud, dust and debris flowing out of nearby streets and ditches and into the road. Not that it stopped UB's drivers though; they sped past as they always do, drenching us further. The only consolation was that the water was warm, if filthy.
We almost made it back to the ger, but then 100m short we both came off, and this time, it hurt as there was no soft landing. Again it was on a steep gravelly hill, but this time, no dog was involved. The torrential rain had soaked the track so much that it became unstable and the surface started to slip down the hill. We were lucky though and were both flung off as we slipped with it. The bike stopped quite quickly but we didn't, somersaulting backwards back down the hill until getting hooked on some rocks. It must have looked funny though - two whities, soaked through, covered in mud and now lying in a mud river. The bike was hard to pick up because it had landed with its wheels higher than the engine, but after several goes, we managed it ok."
Sherri Jo Wilkins, Australia/USA, RTW, in Colombia, KTM 690 Enduro,
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!
The Road to Getting Yourself Out of the Way
At the age of thirty-one Annette Birkmann quits her job as a lawyer in Denmark, sells her belongings and travels to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to fulfill a childhood dream: to ride a motorcycle. The book is about the author's solo motorcycle journey through Latin America and her search for an effortless approach to living. It describes the lessons she learned living her dream and her realization that in every experience there was something familiar: herself. Get it here!
The University of Gravel Roads...
Join the adventure as 33-year-old Rene Cormier politely removes himself from the working world that surrounds him and cashes in what few possessions he has to finance a three-yearlong motorcycle journey around the world. Never one to let excessive planning get in the way of a good ride, Rene runs out of money half way through the tour and ultimately takes five years to cover his 41-country, 154,000-kilometre (95,000-mile) route. Get it here!
Lois' 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!
'Into the den of the Bear and the Lair of the Dragon on a Motorcycle'. Werner Bausenhart 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:
'Into the den of the Bear and the Lair of the Dragon on a Motorcycle'
The Producers of Mondo Enduro present Terra Circa, Around the World by Motorcycle
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!
See the recent interview with Austin and Gerald on Vimeo here.
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Part 5 - Tire Changing!
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not to name any names, than some whole countries, as another example, Japan.
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Brad Cougle, Canada, Calgary to Argentina, in Uruguay, Suzuki V Strom 650 ABS,
"Boat time! Up very early to make it to the ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia, Uruguay with a new plan to head up to Paraguay and possibly sell the bike. I found out after a good search that it is impossible to sell a foreign bike or car in Argentina due to their government restriction which similarly apply in Chile, Brazil and Uruguay. But not Paraguay.
Stupid Side Story: On the way to the boat in reasonable traffic, about 30m ahead of me while a parked car sat in the lane where it shouldn't have, the driver of the car directly in front of me proceeded to climb the back of the parked car in a fantastic crash scene. It was like a miniature BigFoot exhibition and I had a front row seat. My only disappointment was I didn't get any photos as the traffic was too thick and I was more concerned about leaving my now blocked lane. It was very surreal that's for sure. A good lesson to the guy who didn't read the parking sign and just did what he wanted parking there in rush hour, stupid.
Once at the ferry terminal it all went pretty smooth, even though I only had about 20 minutes until the boat departed. Thank god it was during the week and in the off season or I wouldn't have made it. I hadn't even purchased a ticket ahead of time so when I arrived I had to do it all (safe play considering they do not give refunds or transfers if you miss your scheduled boat. That's crazy!).
This time carrying an extra pair of boots and hand warmers David left behind. Oh and a used tire to replace my trusty Tourance which had done 16,000km."
Kieran Elliott and Patrick Mullen, Ireland, RTW, in Mongolia, BMW F650GS,
Overland to India
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
Road Heroes - Motorcycle Adventure Travel Tales, features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (Challenges of travelling to 193 countries 2-up on a Harley Electra-Glide), Dr. Gregory Frazier (5 times RTW on a variety of bikes), Tiffany Coates (RTW traveller recounts her Mongolia Mayhem) and Rene Cormier (5 years in the University of Gravel Roads). Not to be missed!
If you've been inspired by the stories you've read in this e-zine and are keen to get on the road yourself, the Achievable Dream is the definitive 'How To' series on long-distance motorcycle travel.
This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series: "The ultimate round the world rider's how-to DVD!" MCN UK.
The series features interviews with veteran travellers, such as Ted Simon, Austin Vince, Greg Frazier, , Chris and Erin Ratay, Peter and Kay Forwood, Tiffany Coates, Sam Manicom, 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 'Collectors Box Set' is also available - all 5 DVDs (18 hours of informative and entertaining content!) in a custom box at a gift price of $139.00. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
After selling over 6,000 DVDs, we're pretty confident you'll like them. If you're not completely happy with them, just let us know within 30 days of purchase for a full refund or exchange. And you don't even have to send them back!
"I've been a member of HU for years now, reading and dreaming, being inspired by all of you who take the plunge and go all in on that RTW trip, leaving behind everything you've built up to chase the four winds.
So here's our story, at last:
Neda and I got our motorcycle licenses together in spring of 2004, as an engagement present to ourselves. We thought it would be a neat thing to do. We took day trips, hung out at motorcycle meets, rode on group rides, did track days, took longer motorcycle trips, rode dirt bikes, became motorcycle instructors, took even longer trips, and then dealt with the aftermath, the ensuing ennui of 'real life' - the anchor of a home, the jobs and the bills; the maintenance of everything we've accumulated in our collective seven decades on earth.
So the solution seemed logical to us: quit the jobs, sell our home and everything in it, and set out on THE motorcycle journey with no route planned, no end in sight and no return date in mind.
...Not too much to say about the ride to Quebec, we've done these roads tons of times, and we've decided to superslab it to see some new sights. We stopped off in Montreal to get a new rear tire fitted on my GS, something I could have done at home, but just didn't have enough time with all the preparations, had a quick grocery store lunch and then off to Quebec City, our first campsite (KOA!) Streets were deserted during the morning ride through old Quebec City.
I've always wanted to ride through the narrow streets of the old city, soaking up the European atmosphere. We passed through the city walls, remnants of the military presence in the 1600s and found the streets were soaked from the rains the night before. After a quick spin, the bikes were parked and we toured the rest of the town on foot, taking lots of pictures.
...We stopped in Rimouski to eat our lunch in a parking lot of a grocery store and we saw what looked to be a motorcycle school. We thought it was just a basic licensing course until they started doing stunts!
...The fog was pretty thick in the early evening as we rode the steep and windy road out to Cape Speer, the eastern-most point in Canada. It's just outside St John's, and Neda remarks how understated our tourist attractions are compared to the US. No wall-to-wall T- shirt/hot-dog stand/souvenir stalls here, just the beauty of the eastern Newfoundland coast. We stared out at the Atlantic ocean together and wondered what we'd see and where we'd end up next."
Ed. See Gene and Nada's story and more great pics on the HUBB Ride Tales Forum!
"Approximately a year ago Sam and I met through the wonderful world of the internet (what would we do without google nowadays - bosh in what you want and voila!) With Sam stupendously passionate about motorbikes and me being so desperate to learn to ride it seemed inevitable that our combination would be perfect for a motorbiking duo! This, coupled with the desire to travel and do something mega for charity, we figured 'What the hey, let's go all out and do a charity round the world trip on motorbikes' and that's just what we're doing!
I have never been on a motorbike before! I did have a scooter 10 years ago when I was 16 but had an unfortunate incident whereby a lorry didn't take time to look where he was going and ended up making me mount a roundabout to save myself from becoming a pancake! Due to this and my history in the police witnessing many bike incidents, close family and friends never encouraged me to get on a bike and excuses were made leaving me all dreamy eyed and a bit sad my bike love would probably never happen!
I am incredibly lucky to have Sam as my lovely other half for this trip as he already has completed a half-way RTW trip on his motorbike in the past. A few years back Sam and his mate took themselves from Dubai all the way up through the Middle East, Europe, Canada to Alaska before heading back to the UK. Despite riding for the past 8 years and having been half way around the world, his Dubai licence cannot be transferred to the UK soooo he has to take all the tests again! Utter bummer! However, he's keen to see what habits he has picked up and correct them. Right now though, his riding skills and knowledge of travel are proving to be invaluable!
With Sam to advise, we're plodding our way through all the relevant paper work (carnets, visas etc), finances and planning out a pretty hard core training program (both riding and fitness) for the next 6 months. Being an utter n00b myself I have been liaising with the national campaign Get On for some time now and they are giving us their full support in getting me up and running and Sam back up to scratch! Much of our trip will be followed by Get On through their website as they're hoping to promote lady riders, road safety and adventure planning. I'm chuffed as nuts about their support and excitement in the adventure - it's a bit of a booster for us lady riders and what's achievable if you put your mind to it!
We're doing this all to raise awareness of three main charities:
22 Feb - we PASSED! Hoorah! It was a bit of a damp and dull day heading over to Swansea and I was awash with sleepiness, nerves, want-for-a-pancake (shrove Tuesday) but it was a lovely day all the same! Smart Motorcycle Training in Swansea were phenomenal. Ianto, who we have met a few times before, cracked me up so much throughout the day! He really knew how to blow away the nerves! With very clear, concise and simple instructions the guy was full of beans and keeping us on our toes all day! We made our way out onto the road and things seemed much easier gear changing than they had in the car park... I'm guessing this was due to more room for acceleration and movement! I was constantly chatting away to myself in my helmet though reminding myself of the actions (alongside Ianto talking to me all the time on the comms... he was such as star at reassuring me, such an absolute star). I did, however, manage to stall three times on my first roundabout...
First Stall... Me: 'Oh Bugger bum poop and fudge... right... must be the nerves... start her back up again... brumm'
Second Stall... Me: 'Seriously!? Seriously! Maybe too much clutch again!?'
Third Stall... Me: 'Whaaat the Monkeys is going on!?! Getting biting point... accelerating enough... why?! WHY!? I need to get my butt into gear.. oh. Oh hang on... gear. FUDGE I've been sat in second! You Pratt Southern!' Hahahaha! I felt like such a muppet! I think that was probably my only major glitch (on the busiest roundabout in history too... what a nincompoop!) I did have the odd boshing the gear into neutral as opposed to second but after an hour or so out I was much much smoother!
1 June - Managed to have the most tremendous birthday ever! Not only was it a gorgeous day, but we had the fun of tootling out and about on the bikes (Sam at the time had a courtesy bike of a KTM 990 SMT which was beautiful!)
When stopped off at our favourite lake (Blagdon) we took pew on a log in a nearby shaded wooded area to cool down.... when Sam completely threw me and popped the question! All caught on camera too as we were testing the Contour ROAM cameras we had. Needless to say I said yes!
22 Sep - Good news AHOY! After a few more meetings with the Docs we finally had a letter come through confirming that I have the all clear and do not require an op! Despite the fact it was only a minor op I was still not looking forward to the potential of it so am SUPER happy at this news! I'm still sad we had to delay things because of all the above shenanigans but it's best to be safe than sorry. Big thank you to my lovely hubby to be for being super supportive. Bad news though... we need to have pretty much every jab going for where we're heading!
After talking through various routes and looking closely at time scales, our route has changed for the last time! We've decided to chase the weather... always a plan batman! So leaving around 20th - 24th November (date to be confirmed in next 2 weeks!)"
Ed. Clare and Sam have been planning this trip for many months - minor details like learning to ride a bike, getting married(!), and some medical issues have delayed their starting date. See the HUBB Ride Tales Forum for their description, pics and video of the planning process thus far. We're looking forward to the trip reports!
"...It had been a full day of riding when I came upon a small village. I guess that it was a bit unusual to have a traveler visiting this area... let alone a guy on a motorcycle. I mean, why would anyone stop in this small village that lay along a dirt road in the middle of nowhere.
A crowd started to gather. There were old men, women, teens and some kids. It was hard to make out the expressions on the people's faces because it was so dark, but they seemed to be enjoying the experience of watching this extranjero (stranger) set up camp. Of course I got the usual questions... Where are you from? What are you doing here? Do you like Bolivia? Where are you going? How much did your motorcycle cost? How much did your tent cost? Are you Chinese?
When people ask me if I am Chinese I always share that I am ethnically Chinese, but that I was born in the United States... a Chino Americano. Some people get it, some people don't.
I asked the group, now numbering about 15 people, if they had even had ever seen an actual Chinese person. Most of the group said... no. There were three teens that raised their hands eagerly and said that they had seen Chinese people before. I asked them where. They said that they studied in Sucre and had seen Chinese tourists in the city. Cool, I pondered a bit.
I asked the group if they had ever eaten Chinese food. There was silence. Nobody responded. Then one lady asked me what was Chinese food. I tried my best to explain. I said that there are basic ingredients like chicken or beef, vegetables like carrots, onion, scallions, and that all the ingredients are cut up into small pieces then cooked together in a big pot called a wok. She said that it sounded like some of the food that they made. I said that the seasonings and flavors might be different. One lady was really curious and asked if I knew how to cook Chinese food. I said that I knew how to cook a few dishes. She asked if I could teach her. Without really thinking... I said yes.
I asked her if she was serious. She said that she really would like to learn. I asked her... right now? She said that I could do it the following day. Well, I was not really planning to stay around this small town for much time. But, I was so overcome by the eagerness and openness of this small village that I said... okay.
I inquired if they had chicken... yes... rice... yes... onions... yes... carrots... yes... salt... yes... pepper... yes... oil... yes. And then I said we had all the ingredients, but usually I would use a sauce we call... soya (soy sauce). The lady said with great eagerness... we have soya! Wow, I knew that there were many places in Bolivia that had soy sauce, but I was surprised to that they would have it in this small village. We live in a global village.
We continued to talk while I set up my camp. But it was settled... I would teach the village how to prepare Chinese food the next day.
...The next morning I awoke. This is the house/store/yard where I had camped for the night.
I packed up my things and prepped my motorcycle.
Some of the townspeople were hanging around watching me. I asked them kind of half heartedly if they still wanted me to teach them how to cook Chinese food. Yes! the ladies replied. Okay, brunch would be served!
So I rattled off a list of the ingredients and asked them to compile them. I asked them how many people might be interested in cooking and eating. The one lady that was kind of the coordinator said... Oh, probably about 15.
Wow, 15 people. I have cooked for 8 to 10 people in my house before, but never 15. And I've always had all the proper ingredients, utensils and kitchen space. This was going to be interesting.
It took the group a little time to run around the village and gather all the ingredients. We moved to another house to do the cooking.
As I walked through the open courtyard and up to the house, I saw this scene. Two of the young girls had killed a chicken, boiled it to remove the feathers and were plucking the remaining feathers. It was probably the freshest chicken that I had ever cooked.
I then proceeded to show the group how to cut the vegetables and chicken into small pieces. They had all the basic ingredients and most of them had been grown right around the village. If you look closely you will even notice that they had a bottle of soy sauce. For some reason they had brought mayonnaise and catchup. I told them that those ingredients would not be necessary.
After a little time, we had all the food prepped and we were ready to begin cooking.
I had never cooked Chinese food over an open fire. It was definitely a new experience. The heat was intense. I found it difficult to get close enough to the fire to stir fry the ingredients. Eventually, I turned over the responsibility of stirring the dish to one of the ladies.
In the end, it all worked out. We made a big pot full of chicken fried rice. I think that there were about 10 people that showed up to eat. They all said that they really enjoyed it. I do not know if they really enjoyed it or if they were just being polite. But... in the end... all the food was finished.
Here is the core group of women that I taught how to cook the meal. People that I have encountered along my way have been so willing to share their culture with me, it was nice to share a little bit of my culture with this community."
Ed. Fantastic pics, videos and stories from Troy on the HUBB Ride Tales Forum!
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! People who will encourage you, share their experiences and advice on how to do it!
Also, 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!
Argentina (mini-meeting) - 7-9 Dec, 2012, the 10th Anniversary meeting! Registration open now!
Thailand (mini-meeting), Chiang Mai, Jan 11-12, 2013. Registration open now!
HUBB UK - 30 May-2 Jun, 2013. Our intrepid organisers Sam Manicom and Iain Harper have re-invented the UK Summer Travellers' Meeting to create a brand new event for overland adventure travellers called HUBB UK. The premier overland adventure travel event for motorcyclists, cyclists, and drivers of 4x4 and other expedition vehicles is also supported by our good friend Dave Lomax at Adventure-Spec.com. This greatly expanded event is in an exciting new venue next to the famous Donington Park Racing Circuit. Pre-registration is open now!
Ireland, Enniskillen, 12-14 July, 2013. Same great location! Registration open now!
Colorado Campfire meeting, Grant, Colorado, July 12-14. Our old friend (not that he's old, just that we've known him for years!) Greg Frazier has volunteered to host this event, in addition to the Thailand mini-meeting - thanks Greg!
Canada West, Nakusp, BC, Aug 22-25. Same great location! Registration open now!
UK Autumn - Mendip, Sep 7-8 - Gabe and Char are hosting this again! Assistant volunteers needed!
Australia (North), Dayboro, Queensland. Sep 26-28. Registration open soon!
Australia (South), Cavendish, Oct 11-13. To be confirmed.
California, Cambria - October 17-20. Same great location on the Central Coast near Big Sur. Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, CA is set in 13 acres of Monterey Pine forest overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Numbers are strictly limited!
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.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. And volunteering is always a great way to meet a lot of people!
If you'd like to host an HU Meeting in your area, please see the How To Host a Meeting page for details.
Vendors/Traders sign up here to join us at a Meeting.
See you there!
Grant and Susan
"On July 17, I did not feel good after lunch, I could not swallow and I felt fever coming on me...
...I had multiple scans including a head to toe pet scan, they checked all my organs - heart, liver, stomach, lung etc - for a source of infection, but it came back clear. At least I had a full check-up of my body and I am in pretty good shape beside my neck and throat.
I saw the professor of the service who told me 'you are a case of Fibrosis Radiation. The tissues of your neck radiated 17 years ago hardened making a cast iron that strangled your throat and stop you from breathing normally and eating or drinking'. In my 60 days of hospital, I lost 44 lb and all muscles being in bed 24h/day and I still could not eat!
Now we have a name of my problem 'Fibrosis', Lorraine went on internet and overnight found Doctor Sylvie Delanian at hospital St Louis of Paris who researched fibrosis for 15 year. I left the hospital and went to her office the next week. After looking at my medical file, she said 'I have my computer full of cases like you. There is no cure for fibrosis, but I have a treatment. Will you recover 100%? I don't know, how many month will it take?, I don't know either, but I guarantee you that in 90 days, you will feel much much better'.
I started her treatment the same day and 48 hours later my cast iron opened enough to allow me to eat full meals. 3 weeks later, I already gained 12 of the 44 lb I lost at the hospital.
Each bite I was eating was penetrating my body to all the pores of my skin from my toes to my hair. Each meal was a revival. On top of that it is all about protein like eggs, meat, fish and dairy products, all my favorite food in life!
My voice is still off, but it does not bother me as long as I can still tell my silly jokes. Eating and drinking required a lot of attention to swallow correctly but the breathing is open and life is good! Thank you Dr. Delanian.
Later, recuperating with family...
Between the shopping, searching the best recipe, the cooking, the eating and the dishes, time flies!"
We've now reached an amazing 734 Communities in 110 Countries as of October 31, 2012! A big thanks to all those who took the first step and established the Community in their area.
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.
Remember that although some HU communities are very small, many others are large and could be more active in getting together for rides (even just to the pub!) or other activities. It's a great way to meet other travellers in your area - who knows, you could meet your next travel partner! All you need is for someone to suggest a place and time, kick it around a bit and make it happen. If there aren't any HU Travellers Meetings in your area, perhaps it's time there was one? A Community could do a Mini-Meeting, (just a get-together in someone's backyard or at a restaurant), or a full meeting! Let us know about it and we'll help promote it :)
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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All contributions will be acknowledged and gratefully accepted. If you later decide you do want a t-shirt or other member logoed merchandise from the store, let us know and we will arrange access to the Members Private Store.
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Thanks, Grant and Susan
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I am working on a listing of people who have ridden around the world, as well as what I call 'significant journeys' e.g. the first across Africa. Any information you may have on this topic, please let me know. Preferably e-mail me direct. I currently have information on over 800 world travellers listed, but there are many more. Have YOU done it? Let me know!
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.
We'd like to think that Horizons Unlimited; the website, the HUBB, the Communities and this newsletter help to push back the fear through knowledge and connecting with others, and teach all of us about the world and its wonderful people.
See you on the road!