December 04, 2011 GMT
In Search Of Santa

It's that time of year - the shops full to bursting with stuff - when the Magician of the Skies, the Lone Pilot with the Biggest Flight Plan, has to be tracked down to make sure his map has the grandchildren's chimney clearly marked for the Big Night.
But where to find him? Where to start?

Somewhere ancient and undisturbed. Where his route will have remained unchanged for millennia.

The Ashdown Forest.
It's the oldest open space around here. And there are extensive views from the top, I'm bound to spot something up there.

No, not a single red nose.

Here's another spot to try, right on the old London to Lewes Roman Road. He should be zooming up and down here at this time of year.

If he's out there anywhere, has must have equipped himself with a stealth sleigh.

The chief oracle around here is Winnie the Pooh - he's in Hartfield - he'll know for sure. Especially as the North Pole is close by....
No, at Pooh Corner they tell me he's been searching for Mr. Crimble too, all week.

I know! With his schedule of deliveries he'll definitely have a Blackberry.
We'll try here:

No, another wild goose chase.

I need some help here, an expert co-pilot, someone who knows about the man in the big red coat.

Well, you saw him here first, back in April '09, trying to stow aboard for a free trip to Cape Town:


Now he looks like he's ready to be our navigator.

So off we go with Oliver, looking for transport with two seats, to find this elusive Father Christmas.

Something like this:

"There should be enough seats in this. I wonder if the engine can keep up with Santa's sleigh - I'll go and have a look just as soon as I've finished this icecream!"

"This thing is stuffed with so much coal, steam and mince pies, Santa must be around here somewhere keeping warm."

"No wonder that little motorbike couldn't find him".

"Steaming along now, will soon catch up with his reindeer."

"This strange dog just gave me a telescope. That'll help."

"Or is it a tube of smarties? Maybe Santa is inside."

"Right, this must be Santa's station. - Mind The Reindeer!"

"HERE he is!"

"I'll have an XT600 please, all fitted up for going around the world. I'll borrow your maps as well."

("I hope grandad's got my address in his pocket, otherwise we've wasted our time!")

Posted by Ken Thomas at December 04, 2011 05:53 PM GMT

Renedian Adventures

HU DVD Summer Special!

Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only. Get On the Road! Learn the tips to staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure!

Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.

"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."

"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

Story and photos copyright ©

Sorry, you need a Javascript enabled browser to get the email address and dates. You can contact Horizons Unlimited at the link below. Please be sure to tell us WHICH blog writer you wish to contact.

All Rights Reserved.

Contact the author:

Editors note: We accept no responsibility for any of the above information in any way whatsoever. You are reminded to do your own research. Any commentary is strictly a personal opinion of the person supplying the information and is not to be construed as an endorsement of any kind.

Hosted by: Horizons Unlimited, the motorcycle travellers' website!
You can have your story here too - click for details!