HU California Travellers Meeting 2016

THE PREMIER OVERLAND ADVENTURE TRAVEL EVENT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS

Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting

Thursday Sept. 22 - Sunday Sept. 25, 2016 - Yosemite, California

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It's All About Overland Adventure

Whether you're a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn't matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle, or drive an expedition vehicle...

Horizons Unlimited meetings are for everyone who dreams of adventure along the road less travelled.

Horizons Unlimited California Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Thursday, Sept. 22 to Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016.

The Registration Desk will open for check-ins at 11 am on Thursday, Sept. 22. Lunch (pre-booked) will be served at 12 pm, with the first presentations beginning at 2 pm. The event will draw to a close at Noon on Sunday, Sept. 25.

Over the course of the event there'll be over 50 talks, demonstrations, workshops, Q&A's, challenges and competitions, with many presentations being repeated so you won't miss out.

As well as hearing inspiring stories of overlanding adventure from around the world, you'll get the low-down on preparing for your journey, navigation, first-aid, photography, filming and a host of other essential topics. Whatever your past experience or future plans may be, there's something for everyone.

The draft schedule is available here!

PLEASE NOTE: The schedule will change! All the presenters are volunteers and travelling, thus they may be delayed or unable to get there. Some may have anxiety attacks and be unable to perform! ;-) And sometimes travellers show up unexpectedly with great pics and stories, so we try to fit them in! Details of changes to presentation times or other matters of note will be posted at Registration and other locations.

Presenters at HU California 2016 included...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below
Lorraine Chittock.

Lorraine Chittock

AFRICA—Mud Huts & Malls—Myths & Reality

Why do so few riders take on the challenges of Africa compared to other continents? Lorraine thinks she has some answers.

Ever wonder why so few riders take on Africa? Lorraine might have some answers. Hint: it's not Boko Haram, ISIS or Ebola. Lorraine is on a mission to lure the ever-increasing stream of motorcyclists touring past her cabin in Chile, to the magic of A F R I C A. Lorraine will ride you through the myths and realities: from mud huts, shopping malls, Chinese cities, the motorcycle invasion, wild lives, and wildlife.

Lorraine Chittock.

Lorraine also reveals details of her fall in Uganda. After 5 1/2 months of isolated concussion recovery, Lorraine can't think of better therapy than being amongst riders, and to celebrate nearly 15 years as a HU supporter! Find out why she's eager to return to the crash site, and if the accident has changed her film, Rallying for A Wild Life—Motorcycles in Africa.

Lorraine Chittock.

Lorraine made her first solo trip age 18 on a Honda CB360. She's ridden with 200 camels across Sudan and traveled the Americas in a Chevy. 2014 marked a return to Africa to work on her first motorcycle film, Rallying. Lorraine is the author of 6 travel books. Her cabin overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Chile is now a haven for travelers in the HU community.

Chelsea Southard.

Chelsea Southard

Unleash the Kraken - A woman's tale of art, adventure and her journey around America

At 24 years old, almost two year ago, I finished my Bachelors at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Before leaving I sold everything I had, went and got my motorcycle license, got involved in a Burning Man project and flew across country to build art and a new lifestyle for myself. After Burning Man I went to San Francisco, bought my first motorcycle which I named the Kraken, worked as a courier for two weeks and with just about 1000 miles under my belt embarked on an almost two month journey across America.

Chelsea Southard.

A year later I rode back across, going the northern route this time. Now I am in San Francisco preparing for the next chapter, RTW. I will present to you a collection of stories, some of laughter, some of fear, joy, sadness, courage and perseverance. But most of all love. The love of life, the love of adventure and the love of this beautiful world. I will also talk about the plans, route and vision that make up the next steps of this journey.

Chelsea Southard.

Chelsea Southard has traveled solo across America twice on her motorcycle. She is an artist, a maker, and dreamer who seeks to inspire others with hopes of instilling change and growth throughout the world. Chelsea and her partner Alex Goldman are currently in San Francisco preparing for next years departure of their four year RTW journey. Since they are both artists and share the love of adventure; their mission is to travel by motorcycle to the major hubs of the world, building art in public spaces in collaboration with communities and the indigenous materials that surround them while having the adventure of a lifetime and inspiring others have one of their own.

Jenny Morgan.

Jenny Morgan

American Idyll - exploring rural USA

Coast to coast and back again - the evolution of the Trans-America Trail

The sheer diversity of geography on offer in the United States offers the dual-sport adventure rider an unrivalled challenge and world-class scenery. In the early summer of 2015, Jenny rode solo from the west coast to the east, then back again via the latest incarnation of the Trans-America Trail. Travelling through the the heart of rural America, the TAT offers the adventure rider a unique glimpse of life away from the traditional tourist traps of tinseltown USA.

Jenny Morgan.

Double or Nothing! - Do you really need it, and will it fit in 39 litres - compact packing tips for a life on the trail.

A wise man once said: 'Overweight is underprepared' - Jenny Morgan takes up this challenge, and shows you how to pack everything you need for an indefinite period on (and off) the road, into a minimalist luggage system. This practical demonstration includes tips on camping equipment, clothes, tools, spares, tech and navigation - and illustrates that with careful planning and consideration, a little can actually go a very long way indeed.

Jenny is an experienced solo adventure overland traveller and occasional rally raid racer. She has ridden in North and South America, Europe and North Africa. She is also a key member of the Rally Raid Products/Honda CB500X Adventure bike development team.

Jeremy Kroeker.

Jeremy Kroeker, Motorcycle Therapy

Through Dust and Darkness - KLR 650 through the Middle East

Through Dust and Darkness - Crappy KLR through Europe, Middle East & North Africa.

Jeremy is a Mennonite with a motorcycle. When his seemingly unflinching faith in a Christian worldview begins to shift, Kroeker hops on his bike to seek answers from another perspective. After shipping his ride to Europe, Kroeker discovers that the machine wobbles back and forth worse than his own opinions about spirituality. Still, he caries on, oscillating through Europe—Germany, Austria, Croatia, Albania—and into the Middle East - Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and, ultimately, Iran.

It is there, in the theocratic nation of Iran, that Kroeker finds himself on a forbidden visit to a holy Muslim Shrine. Once inside, invisible hands reach into his chest and rip from his heart a sincere prayer, his first in many years. And God hears that prayer. For before Kroeker can escape Iran, God steals into his hotel room one night to threaten him with death. At least, that's one way to look at it...

Jeremy Kroeker.

Jeremy Kroeker is a freelance writer, a speaker, and the award-winning author of two books, 'Motorcycle Therapy: A Canadian Adventure in Central America' and 'Through Dust and Darkness: A Motorcycle Journey of Fear and Faith in the Middle East.' With his motorcycle, he has traveled to 30 countries while managing to do at least one outrageously stupid thing in every one. He has evaded police in Egypt, tasted teargas in Israel, scrambled through minefields in Bosnia and Lebanon, and wrangled a venomous snake in Austria. One time he got a sliver in El Salvador.

Jeremy's most recent book is 'Motorcycle Messengers'. Ask him to autograph it for you!

Mark Donham.

Mark Donham, Radioman Rides the World

Africa Calling and Side trip to northern India

Africa Calling

During a RTW trip, "Africa Calling" shifted my plans.

Taking time to share my experiences riding in Southern Africa! Covering about 3 months of my RTW ride. How it all started, logistics, 2-3 videos (2-3 minutes each) and lots of personal stories.

Mark Donham at Cape Agulhas.

Side trip to northern India

2 months in Northern India!! Flying into Dehli, India, renting a bike and riding into the high Himalayas was a big dream. come and listen to how this all began, having others join me, and how a "adventure within and adventure" can take shape. From Dehli to Manali over Rohtang pass and up to Lei. Riding the highest Motorable road, to the top of Khardung La. All on a rented Royal Enfield.

Mark Donham at Khardongla, highest motorable road in the world. Mark Donham measures Africa.

Mark's motorcycle journey was 2011-2014, riding around the US and Canada before venturing south through Mexico, central and South America with side trips to Galapagos and Antarctica, then onto India, New Zealand, across Australia and Southern Africa mostly on his F800GS. 31 months of riding, covering 26 countries, 6 continents, and 93,000+ miles!

Sam Manicom.

Sam Manicom

Under Asian Skies - The most colourful and culturally diverse part of the world?

Under Asian Skies - The most colourful and culturally diverse part of the world?

Asia and the Middle East frequently have the reputation for being one of the most troubled parts of the world. Should an Overlander fear this reputation and stay at home? Common sense says not to expect smoke without fire, but that frequently the fire is tiny and should not extinguish dreams of travel across this stunningly beautiful continent. The terrain and cultural diversity make it almost impossible for a traveller not to be enthralled, challenged and delighted. This is a true continent of the unexpected. Give it enough time and respect and it will reveal its delights to you. Is Asia the most colourful and culturally diverse part of the world? I think so. But why?

Sam Manicom.

Travel Addiction - It's a dangerous thing isn't it?

Parents, lock up your children! Don't let them anywhere near Horizons Unlimited! They will come away having a taste for something dangerous! This addiction will make them afraid and uncertain, and will bring things out of them that you may well prefer to remain hidden. It needs expensive long term care and careful handling. Be warned, your medical insurance company provides no cover for this. Travel. It's a downright dangerous, mind altering drug of the worst kind... isn't it? So how do you cope with the uncertainties and the risks?

Under Asian Skies by Sam Manicom.Sam made his first solo trip age 16. He's travelled by bicycle, sail, backpack & has hitchhiked across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. His longest trip was 8 years & 200,000 miles by motorcycle around the world. Sam is a travel writer & author of 4 motorcycle travel books.

Excerpt from Sam's best-selling book, Under Asian Skies:

"... the blue van smashed into the bike from the left. It hurled us across to the central reservation, and I ended up wedged under the bike with petrol pouring out of the carburettors onto my legs…. On the other side of the reservation cars sped past, just by my head. I could hear them and feel their draft, but trapped under the bike I couldn't twist enough to see them or get further away. The first three people to get to me roared up on bikes. They were Australian Hell's Angels..."

'One of the best story tellers of adventure in the world today!'
'Gripping from start to finish. 'Truly inspiring writing!'
Alex Chacon.

Alex Chacón

Making your Dreams Become a Reality

Have you ever dreamed about going around the world, starting up your own business, begin the overwhelming video editing process, getting over your personal fears and uncertainties about yourself or a specific country or place, or find yourself without the knowledge, tools, examples, or inspiration and motivation to succeed in your business or personal ventures in life? Are you overwhelmed, anxious, lazy or lacking self confidence?

Alex Chacon.

This presentation is a motivational and inspiration multimedia talk that will teach, empower, inspire and give you the tools you need to follow to succeed in your dreams and goals in your personal life, your motorcycle adventure, or the beginning of your online video presence. Finding your passion and motivation to follow your dreams is a difficult process if you don't have the right tools or knowledge to leverage and cultivate your ideas into a reality, it may never see the light of day. This presentation will open your eyes to the possibilities of success in your own life and goals despite the uncertainty you may have about it.

Alex Chacon up close and personal with the king of the jungle!

Alex will share his guidelines, mental preparation processes, inspirational stories, motivational examples and experience to teach and educate you on everything you need to know to take that first, seemingly impossible first step to make your weekend ride or accomplish your trip around the world for a year, or get started on using social media, creating videos, or finding what format or process is right for you.

This talk covers: Leadership in teams, and personal life. Self-empowering techniques and tools. Visual examples of trends and starting points for your own life. Organizational techniques and methods for success. Personal examples of failure and success. Proven techniques for progress personally and professionally and more.

Alex Chacon.

Meet Alex Chacón, the 28 year old, University of Texas Graduate and medical student who sold all his belonging 3 years ago to travel around the world on a motorcycle across 200,000+ Km, 41+ Countries, 75+ borders and 5 continents to work directly with and raise awareness for charitable causes. He is a Social Media Influencer, YouTube Talent, Video Producer, Professional Photographer, Inspirational Speaker, Global Motorcycle Adventure Rider and International Traveler/Blogger.

Joe Berk.

Joe Berk, CSC Motorcycles

Moto Colombia and Riding China

Exhibitor Information

Moto Colombia!

Joe Berk's ride through Colombia's Andes Mountains was more than just another adventure tour…it was an exposure to one of the largest motorcycle markets on the planet and a first-hand, up close look at the Colombian motorcycle industry. Motorcycling is huge in Colombia for a variety of reasons – motorcycles are so popular there's a motorcycle for one in every eight Colombians. The Colombian motorcycle industry has been growing 20% annually for the last several years, and the Colombian motorcycle market is bigger than ours. In Colombia, motorcycles have gone from being drug cartel assassins' tools to the country's dominant form of transportation.

Invited to participate in an 8-day circumnavigation of the Andes by AKT Motos (one of the largest manufacturers in Colombia), Berk rode with Juan Carlos Posada (founder and editor of De Motos magazine) from the shores of the steamy Caribbean to the smoldering rim of the Los Nevados del Ruiz volcano (an active volcano that killed 23000 Colombians just a few years ago). Anteaters, monkeys, giant iguanas, rustic villages, jungles, beaches, a ferry ride on the Magdalena River to historic Mompos, and more – the photo ops, the roads, the riding, the scenery, and the cuisine were incredible. Berk rode AKT Motos' version of the CSC RX3, a 250cc adventure touring motorcycle earning a reputation as a world-class touring bike.

Joe's presentation will focus on his ride through Colombia, the Colombian motorcycle industry, and the AKT Motos organization. Those wishing to gain an advance look can do so by reading Berk's book, Moto Colombia! Copies will be available at the Horizons Unlimited CSC Motorcycles booth.

Moto Colombia by Joe Berk. Riding China by Joe Berk.

Riding China - 8,800-kilometer ride across China on 250cc Zongshen motorcycles

Explore China with CSC Motorcycles' Joe Berk as he describes the ride of a lifetime across 8,800 kilometers of excitement, altitude, freezing cold, relentless rain, and sweltering humidity. Ride the Tibetan plateau at 14,000 feet, take a camel ride across the Gobi Desert, follow the Silk Road, parallel the Great Wall of China from its western end all the way to Beijing, see Xi'an's Terra Cotta soldiers, walk the courtyards of Beijing's Forbidden City, stroll the ancient streets of Pingyao, meet Chinese motorcyclists, and swim in the Yellow Sea at the very spot Berk's US Army missiles targeted more than 40 years ago. Berk recently returned from a photo expedition across China on his 250cc RX3, and he wants to share the adventure with you.

Joe Berk.

Joe Berk writes the CSC blog. He has written 14 books including several on motorcycle travel. Berk has been riding for more than 50 years. In the last 12 months, he completed rides on his 250cc RX3 in China, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States.

Tom Medema.

Tom Medema

Rally for Rangers - Mongolia

In 2014 and 2015 a total of 35 riders embarked on a rally across northern Mongolia to bring new Yamaha AG200 motorcycles to park rangers who desperately needed them. These rangers are attempting to protect some of the last pristine land in Asia from development, poaching, and mining, and were doing so on horseback and 40 year old Russian motorcycles held together with baling wire and duct tape.

Tom Medema.

All 35 bikes were delivered and are now in use helping rangers stop poaching, illegal mining and other detrimental activities in Lake Hovsgol National Park and the Darkhad Valley.

Today, these rangers can cover vast territory without fear of breaking down, all through the efforts of the Mongol Ecology Center's Blue Waves Motorcycle Rally and the 20 volunteers who raised the funds to purchase the bikes, fly to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and ride 1000 miles through the vast steppe of central Asia to personally deliver the bikes.

Rally for Rangers is gearing up for another delivery in 2017 and is seeking interested riders. Join RfR founder Tom Medema for this inspiring film and information about next years Rally.

Cliff Danger.

Cliff Danger

Travels with Lucy - Cuba, SE Asia and the USA

Lucy and I - Cuba

Finding transportation to Cuba. Requirements for registering your motorcycle in Cuba. Meeting with Cubans in and outside Havana. Our route and photos taken on that route. Fun little stories of Communism.

Lucy and I- SE Asia - travels through Vietnam and Cambodia.

Lucy in Cuba. Lucy on a farm road in SE Asia.

Lucy and I- United States - from Oregon to Key west Florida.

Cliff: "My motorcycle Lucy-a 125cc 2-stroke Minsk motorcycle- and I have been traveling together since I Purchased her in Vietnam. After traveling through Vietnam and Cambodia, I shipped Lucy back to the U.S. Since the rebuild we have travelled from Oregon to Key West Florida. We just spent two weeks in Cuba and will be continuing our travels up the east coast of the U.S."

Joe and Garrett McCullough.

Joe & Garrett McCullough

Across America to swim with sharks! and
Area 51 and the line of death!

Across America to swim with sharks!

We start off with a Iron Butt Saddle Sore 1000, 1000 miles in 24 hours from Scottsdale AZ to Austin TX for the US MotoGP. But our real goal was Key West FL by following the coast along the Gulf of Mexico. We fought rain, hail, tornados, mosquitos, bad drivers, and breakdowns. All to swim with sharks in the Keys. Along the way we discover the good in people, how to camp for free, and can we get along without killing each other for 46 days, 24 hours a day! This was a journey of discovery, and a chance for a father and son to reconnect and bond again. We have some great pictures, real world information, funny stories, and will entertain you with our travels.

Joe and Garrett McCullough on the Extraterrestrial Highway.

Area 51 and the line of death!

We travel the mysterious Area 51 to look for aliens and UFOs! Close to the end of our 8,500 mile trip across America we decided to go see Area 51. We wanted to see for ourselves what's really going on there. Are they hiding aliens there? Will we see UFOs? We will show you details very few have seen and even caught one of the infamous "Cammo Dudes" trying to spy on us! We went to the front main entrance, found the mysterious "Black Mailbox", went to the famous Little A'Le'Inn, camped at the main back gate, stepped across the "line of death", and found a secret back gate and a sniper! We saw strange lights and found out maybe there is something going on there! We will give you a presentation you won't soon forget.

Joe & Garrett McCullough are a Father and Son team that travel across the country on their motorcycles. They just finished a 46 day 8,500 mile trip across the southern US with many adventures and overcame many obstacles.

Christopher P Baker.

Chris Baker

Cuba: Land of Eccentricity and Enigma

Yes, motorcycle touring in Cuba IS possible!

In 1996, travel writer and motojournalist Christopher P. Baker shipped his BMW R100GS PD to Cuba and rode 7,000 miles to research the Moon Cuba guidebook. His literary travelog 'Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba' was published by National Geographic Press.

Christopher P Baker at the Bay of Pigs Museum, Cuba.

In 2012 Christopher led the first group motorcycle tours of Cuba for U.S. citizens since the Revolution. In this visually stunning presentation, Christopher recalls that journey... provides a sensual portrait of this communist island of eccentricity, eroticism, and enigma... and profiles his most recent two-wheel journeys around Cuba.

Cuban cars photographed by Chris Baker.

Adventure motojournalist Christopher P. Baker has written about motorcycle touring for such publications as Adventure Motorcycle, BMW ON, BWM Motorcycle Magazine, CNN Travel, Motorcyclist, National Geographic Traveler, and Rider. He famously rode his BMW R100GS around Cuba in 1996, and currently leads group motorcycle tours of Cuba.
Alain Despatie.

Alain Despatie

Riding to Ngurrumpa - A motorcycle journey through Australian aboriginal land

It all started like the ordinary round-the-world adventure. The bike is set, there is a timeline, an itinerary, a budget. He has said his goodbyes to his wife and friends. All was well for the first week, until Alain meets a senior aboriginal uncle who thought of a different ride. On a two-wheel walkabout, Alain is about to discover what blackfellas call "Connection to Country." Interweaving between white and black world, the lessons at times are difficult to hear. Alain never left the country on that trip, keeping on pulse on "singing the land" wherever the motorcycle took him. It is hard to know if he has ever returned...

Alain Despatie in Australia.

Alain unhooked from life in 2013 after a layoff from the computer world. He spent one year exploring Australia to return to California and replenish the bank for the next leg of the journey. When not travelling Alain busies himself building a tiny-house-on-wheels for the returns from the road.

Alain Despatie.

Carla King and Jonathan Ehly.

Carla King and Jonathan Ehly

Navigating Magical Baja

We like to describe central Baja as a combination of the Galapagos Islands and Namibia that's only a day and a half's ride from San Diego. Its natural beauty and the opportunities for exploration by land, sea and air are endless. Baja has always been friendly to tourists and expats, and tourists flock to the northern and southern ends of the peninsula. But it's the central area between the Sea of Cortez and Scorpion Bay on the Pacific that calls to us, as it retains the original feel of old Baja.

Carla King in Baja California.

Ride your dirt bike, your adventure bike, heck, even your Harley. There's no wrong way to explore Baja. Lately we've been trailering our KTM dirt bikes along with inflatable paddleboard-kayaks and camping gear to keep our options open.

We look forward to showing you a lesser-known network of dirt and tarmac through landscapes that range from the rugged and pine-scented Sierra San Pedro Martir Mountains to desert ranchitas to glittering seas. We'll explore seaside wonders like Bahia de Los Angeles with its hundreds of thousands of dolphins frolicking in the sparkling blue waters among stark islands rising from the Sea of Cortez and Scammons Lagoon on the Pacific Coast for spectacular whale watching.

Carla King in Baja California.

Travel with us through the Catavina Desert with its thick-trunked elephant trees and Boojum forests, a surreal landscape borrowed by Dr. Suess to illustrate his children's books. Further south we bump along arroyos and oasis to the 7000-year old San Borjitas cave paintings. These are just a few of the opportunities we'll show you to inspire a plan for your ride to Baja's undiscovered treasures.

ALSO, How to set up a 4x4 vehicle with camping and motorcycle/bicycle hauler for less than $5000

Carla King is an adventure travel author who has specialized in solo explorations of the world on a series of cranky indigenous motorcycles. Jonathan Ehly is also a world traveler and he has been exploring Baja for over 30 years by motorcycle, 4x4, boat and small aircraft to seek out hidden trails, remote valleys and secluded bays. We've spent the last year exploring Baja together, and have chosen Mulegé and Bahia Concepcion as our base for continued explorations.

Workshops and Tech Sessions

Because Horizons Unlimited events are about informing, not just inspiring, we also have a great lineup of educational sessions for you...

Gerard Ungerman.

Gerard Ungerman, Respectful Revolution

Respectful Revolution: Media on 2 Wheels

"Respectful Revolution" is the pet project of a couple from Northern California who have had it with bad news and fear-mongering in the mainstream media. Equipped with experience in public communication and documentary filmmaking, Gerard Ungerman and Stacey Wear decided to interview people from all walks of life who have taken action to somehow make the world a better place. To date, they have produced about 180 5-to-7 minute mini documentaries they post online and incorporate now into a brand new TV series.

Gerard Ungerman travels mostly solo on a motorcycle, carrying everything he needs for up to four months at a time. How to produce an an-going video series for TV and the Internet to "Save the World" while crisscrossing the U.S. on a motorcycle? How is it possible to produce such an ambitious project independently with limited resources? How is it possible to travel for such an endeavor on a motorcycle, let alone a small Harley-Davidson Sportster 883? How can we grow an audience and keep afloat for years even such a crazy, idealistic project? Gerard will discuss challenges and achievements and explore the benefits of rooting one's career in pure passion despite obstacles and nay-sayers.

Gerard Ungerman.

Gerard Ungerman is an independent journalist, world traveler and career documentary filmmaker from Northern California. Since 2012, he's been producing a web and TV series about people contributing positively to society all across America: "Respectful Revolution". His mode of transportation: a motorcycle for fun, adventure and fuel efficiency.

Nicole Espinosa.

Nicole Espinosa, Rugged Rider

Working on the Road - round table discussion

Find out from seasoned working travelers how they succeeded in funding their journeys from the road and after they returned.

What happens if you run out of road funds while you're still on the road? Or, stumble across the place of your dreams in the far corners of the Earth and want to stay past your road budget will allow? Come listen to seasoned working travelers in this round table discussion, and discover the concepts they've come up with to work on the road and even after they've come home.

Nicole Espinosa.

Living on the road on her DRZ400 over the past six months, Nicole embraced the new chapter life had dealt her. Squeezed out of the house financially, she took to the road with no plan and no funds. What happened next was astounding. Road magic mapped out new healing, purpose and new friends.

Alex Chacon.

Alex Chacón

High-Impact Video/Picture Creation and Viral Marketing Training

High-Impact Video/Picture Creation and Viral Marketing Training

This course provides training for users who need to create highly engaging professional video/pictures using the current trends in Video Production, Social Media, Marketing and Attraction.

During this class you will learn to develop viral marketing techniques in an authentic way that connects new hardware, software and effective marketing methods.

This course includes a combination of lectures, hands-on labs and instruction:

  • Use software and apps for rapid video production and post-production(Lecture and hands on training)(Professional training on Adobe Premeir Pro, After Effects and Photoshop along with 3rd Party Editing Apps)
  • Learn about current trends in camera equipment and gear, including drones, DSLR's, and gimbals along with 4K quality and how they can effectively tell your story
  • Learn effective techniques for viral video editing, including stop motion, time remapping, fast edits, time-lapse, 360 video, selfies, branded content and more
  • Understand production costs vs. output and gain from a business and marketing perspective
  • Effectively and safely leverage your brand in your viral video efforts, including vlogging, professional pre and post productions and concept development
  • Learn to monetize on digital media with content and videos
  • Maximize views through attraction methods and distribution networks.

Alex Chacon video on Iceland - Why it's the most beautiful country on Earth!

See Alex Chacón's fantastic short video on Iceland - Why it's the most beautiful country on Earth!

Social Media - Everything you Need to know about Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat + Q&A

This class will take you through the basic fundamental understanding of every major social platform, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat and more.

We will discuss current trends, how to have success with your content, how to monetize your channels, how to connect with brands, creating your own brand, types of content to create for sharability, marketing and distribution of your content, creating viral content, becoming famous and recognized, raising money or making money, and more.

The last part of this class will be a lengthy and specific Question and Answer session with the King of Selfies, and one of the most recognized motorcycle adventure riders on the internet today who will share his secrets to success with you.

Alex Chacon on YouTube - Selfie 2015.

Watch Alex's 3 Year Epic Selfie - Part II

Meet Alex Chacón, the 28 year old, University of Texas Graduate and medical student who sold all his belonging 3 years ago to travel around the world on a motorcycle across 200,000+ Km, 41+ Countries, 75+ borders and 5 continents to work directly with and raise awareness for charitable causes. He is a Social Media Influencer, YouTube Talent, Video Producer, Professional Photographer, Inspirational Speaker, Global Motorcycle Adventure Rider and International Traveler/Blogger.
Helen Horn.

Helen Horn

Tai Chi for Bikers

Staying fit and comfortable while on the road, working out those aches and pains

Learn some of the basic movements of modern Tai Chi. Increase your sense of balance, help relieve muscle stress and mental anxiety. As a Tai Chi practitioner I will lead the group through a series of movements that I have used on my travels and that can be easily practiced on the road.

Helen Horn practising Tai Chi for Bikers.

Solo female motorcycle traveler across the USA and Canada, partnered up for a 7 country trip to Panama. Gave up on cars 6 years ago, daily biker.

Walt Fulton and Nancy Foote.

Walt Fulton & Nancy Foote, StreetMasters

When You Get to the Road Less Traveled
and "Dirty Streetmasters"

When You Get to the Road Less Traveled

Riding off-road on a large Adventure bike or a smaller Dual-Sport bike is unquestionably a unique skill. When the pavement ends, the hard work starts. So, what can you do to prepare for that big (or small) adventure?

Walt and Nancy will share some tips and tricks learned over a million plus miles both on and off road: suggestions on gear, technique, focus, awareness, pitfalls, surprises and will address anything that comes up during the 40-minute presentation.

Streetmasters.

Walt Fulton and Nancy Foote, owners of Streetmasters Motorcycle Workshops, are focused on rider safety - both on and off the pavement. Walt is a retired (and resurrected) motorcycle road racer, dirt tracker and continues to teach and ride off-road. Nancy has been an avid on-road rider for the last 30+ years whose love of the sport brought her to her involvement in Streetmasters. They have traveled much of the western US, including Alaska, and are going back to New Zealand for a third time in 2017 or 2018.

Streetmasters.

"Dirty Streetmasters" paid training

Streetmasters Motorcycle Workshops is best known for offering Advanced Cornering Techniques for the past 10 years, but for the last three years they have combined on-road and off-road skills in a class called "Dirty Streetmasters". Streetmasters is offering a "Dirty Streetmasters" class at the HU California Travellers Meeting. If you ride a Dual-Sport or Adventure bike and would like to get off the beaten path, join us for a day-long workshop on Saturday, September 24th. Dirty Streetmasters is designed for riders that want to explore the path less traveled, but haven't yet kept going when the pavement ends. Walt Fulton, former professional dirt track racer and long-time off-road rider, will help you obtain the skills you will need to be comfortable riding your bike in the dirt.

Already ride in the dirt? This is an excellent opportunity to refresh your skills under the watchful eye of an avid off-road instructor. The day will start with an hour or so working on dirt-specific skills before heading out to some local dirt roads. You must have an adventure/dual sport bike with dual sport tires to participate in the Dirty Streetmasters workshop. Class size is limited, but we do need a minimum of 6 riders, so sign up soon to ensure your spot! The price is $100, which is an incredible deal JUST FOR THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE HORIZONS UNLIMITED TRAVELLERS MEETING CALIFORNIA 2016!

Use this link to sign up for the "Dirty" Streetmasters class.

David Rankine.

David Rankine, USA

Riding from South Korea to Europe AND Your Alaska Journey

Riding from South Korea via Russia to Europe

Getting your bike to South Korea, taking the ferry to Russia and riding to Europe. The emphasis is on things you need to know to make the trip yourself. It's easier than you think. The road is all paved, gas is not an issue. People are really friendly. You will see.

Dave Rankine in Russia.

Your Trip to Alaska

Dave Rankine is a former Anchorage resident. His slideshow shows the various routes to Alaska and suggests what one may do there. The emphasis is on tips about climate, distances and timing for your trip there.

En route to Alaska, by David Rankine.

Dave Rankine is a long time motorcyclist who has been around the world two and a half times. His presentations emphasize things you need to know for your trip to the same places.

Eric Hall.

Eric Hall

How to Attract & Retain Ride Sponsorship

How to prospect for sponsors, develop your social media networks and maximize your photography/videography

Riding your adventure for the sake of adventure is reason enough, but if you're good with a camera and can tell a story, chances are there's a sponsor out there willing to help equip your journey. And you won't have to sell your soul to do it! My research will show you what constitutes effective social media for other sponsored riders and will give you ideas on the tools and tactics you'll need to employ to attract and retain quality sponsorships.

Covered will be key elements of a blog/website, Facebook page, Instagram account, YouTube channel, photography/videography, how to pitch your adventure journey to industry sponsors, contracts, how to showcase your sponsors' gear, etc... You will see who the top sponsored adventure riders are & find out what they are doing that gets them so many followers and sponsors.

Eric Hall.

Cooking off the bike

This is a work in progress but will attempt to show an adventure rider what equipment they can use to camp off the bike as well as ingredients for tasty nutritious meals. I will live demo-cook a few items for the audience.

Eric Hall is a big bike evangelist and senior editor of XLADV.com. He has traveled via motorcycle throughout the Western US, Mexico as well as Baja. Eric says he prefers a bit of a challenge when riding so he opts for more dirt routes and prefers to call that style "adventure enduro" riding.

Carla King.

Carla King Kilsby

Publishing Your Travelogue - How to self-publish or attract a publishing partner

For all you budding authors, Carla will run a 2-hour workshop on self-publishing your travel adventures! Get all the information you need to publish your book in print and ebook formats. Learn how to set up your website to sell books. How to distribute your books in online retailers. How to market your books using social media tools, blog tours, mailing list newsletters and media outreach. Especially exciting are very new options this year for easy-to-create full-color ebooks for the iPad and Kindle Fire.

How to Self-Publish Your Book, by Carla King. Self-Publishing Boot Camp, by Carla King.

Carla King's motorcycle misadventures began at age 14 in rural North Carolina when she identified the broken down Honda Enduro in the barn as her escape vehicle. Her dad told her, "If you can fix it you can ride it," unaware that he was setting her up for a career in adventure travel. She started with day-long jaunts through tobacco fields and creeks and, when the family moved to California, the coast and the mountains throughout the state.

A six-week solo journey through France in the 80s led to months-long sojourns in Europe, China, Africa, and India. In the mid-90s Carla combined her love of travel, technology, mechanics, writing, and publishing to create the first realtime online travelogue (now called blogs), and began publishing her work and helping others self-publish. Wherever she is, you can find out more about Carla and her writing at CarlaKing.com.

Reg Kittrelle.

Reg Kittrelle

"I didn't see him!" ...and here's why

Looking vs. Seeing. Not understanding the difference can get you hurt.

A common excuse found in accident reports is, "I didn't see him!" There are physical and psychological reasons why this can actually be true; they really DIDN'T see that motorcycle they just plowed into. I will explain these reasons, and show you how to help avoid being the subject of an accident report, either as the victim, or the one causing it.

Reg Kittrelle - Motorcycles and our 2nd 50 Years.

A rider of 51 years standing with a background of motorcycle writing, publishing, and editing. Author of "Motorcycles And Our 2nd 50 years."

Ginamarie Austin.

Ginamarie Austin

The journey should begin now...not later! and
You Rode What? Traveling on a small bike

The journey should begin now...not later!

Life is too short; so don't wait for the right time to go on an adventure. In this class, you will hear how life can throw a curve ball in your plans and how to change course while still pursing your dreams of an overland adventure. Learn how to deal with budget and plans that were made as a couple and revise them for a solo rider/driver. Also learn how to use resources from friends, social media and even from strangers. On top of that, you will also learn how to gain confidence and strength to strike out on your own.

This will be a round table style presentation...to engage the audience into thinking and maybe start planning for their own travel.

Ginamarie Austin.

You Rode What? Traveling on a small bike

This "show and tell" demo of Ginamarie's Yamaha TW200. She will explore the "small-bike" philosophy: Go light, go simple— that's the theory behind a small-cc adventure bike. Many riders have successfully accomplished epic rides using this philosophy. This demo will cover the advantages and disadvantages of the all-conquering uber-bike route to motorcycling freedom. Is it the right way for you?

Ginamarie Austin, a motorcycle rider who is learning how to stand on her two feet again after losing her husband to cancer. Now, she is learning how to maintain her own motorcycle and rode a 200cc Yamaha dual sport bike on a trip of a lifetime on the back roads of North America. She also will be sharing her experiences, strength and hope with others on the road.

Jeff Kurtz.

Jeff Kurtz

Life on two-wheels - a 22 month journey AND
Two-Up and a Toy Hauler

Life on two-wheels - a 22 month journey

Relive the discoveries and humor of going it alone cold-turkey.

22 months of cross country adventure on a G650GS and a tent. He will fill you in with tips on FREE camping, camp hosting, close encounters, photos/videos of the adventure, and his legendary PVC tubes (not available in stores!).

Jeff Kurtz.

Two-Up and a Toy Hauler - Maintaining relationships with a non-rider, a BMW and a lifestyle.

Full-time MC traveler meets non-rider g/f to take on the challenges of sharing the road(s). The story of how we spent 15 weeks and 10,000 miles of 2015 sharing scenery, friends and much wine, while managing to evolve from six-wheels (one Toyota and one bike) to ten-wheels and combinations thereof. To be discussed: traveling vs vacationing and vehicle management.

Jeff Kurtz retired into a life of full-time M/C touring, only to find that the missing relationship was 53,000 miles ahead. A retired engineer (gadget-guy) turned photojournalist, he blogs and enjoys BMW dual-sporting wherever the gravel leads him. This is his third year speaking, new stories and his girlfriend in tow (figuratively speaking.)

Darryl VanNieuwenhuise.

Darryl VanNieuwenhuise, Cyclops Adventure Sports

The LED auxillery light Lumen myth

Exhibitor Information

Do you really need high wattage and large lumen ratings for quality daytime conspicuity or night time riding lights?

Cyclops Adventure sports takes a little different approach to quality motorcycle lighting than most. Its our belief that we can offer much better overall lighting with much less power draw than what most feel is necessary. With a proper lighting setup you will get unequalled long distance sight, daytime conspicuity and not be blinding oncoming drivers, all at a cost that doesn't break the bank.

Darryl VanNieuwenhuise has been an avid motorcyclist since the age of 5 He has extensive experience in 24hr racing on both Dirt and Adventure bikes, This last year he completed his 26th 24hr race, the last few years that has been aboard a KTM 990 racing against 450 class dirt bikes. Darryl Founded Cyclops in 2002 out of a personal need for high performance lighting when nothing was really available. Since getting into Adventure riding Daryl has logged close to 30,000 miles a year on his favorite bikes the KTM 990

Ben Slavin.

Ben Slavin

Advice for riding the Americas - I wish I'd known that! and
Not another helmet camera video... How to tell your travel story though film.

Advice for riding the Americas - I wish I'd known that!

Ben Slavin set off on a 6 month motorcycle ride spanning more than 20,000 miles form his home in New Hampshire to the southernmost city in the world - Ushuaia, Argentina. Unlike most of you veteran motorcyclists, before throttling away on his first big adventure, he had only done one overnight motorcycle trip and never more than 200 miles a day in the saddle. He made a lot of mistakes but still had a lot of fun along the way. Join Ben for an entertaining presentation that will make you laugh, cringe, and genuinely want to ride off into the sunset ASAP for your next grand adventure. Bring a notebook because you'll get a goldmine of information for riding the Americas.

Not another helmet camera video... How to tell your travel story though film.

Ben Slavin has made some terrible videos. Thankfully he learned from his mistakes and has since made some awesome ones too. If your friends and family hate watching your travel videos, join Ben for this presentation to see what it takes to put together a visually stimulating tale of your travels. Spoiler Alert: It's easier than you think, but it does require some forethought. Filming techniques, editing tips, narration, flow, graphics - it's all in this easy to follow presentation packed with video examples. Best of all, you can make a great film with the gear you already have. There's no need to go buy new gadgets... But if you have cash to burn, Ben will also talk about some really cool technology!

Ben Slavin at the Hand in the Desert, Chile.

Ben Slavin has ridden extensively throughout Latin America and produced several motorcycle documentaries including the popular www.MotorcycleMexico.com and www.TheNewWorldRide.com. When he's not riding around the world, he can be found working in the Bay Area and saving every penny for his next big ride. Check out www.AFewMoreMiles.com to keep up with his travels.

Richard Battles.

Richard Battles, RKA Luggage

Communications: "The R.I.D.E." and
So you got a camera, "Whatayagonnadonow?

Exhibitor Information

Communications: "The R.I.D.E."

Things to think about, The R.I.D.E. Research, Integration, Decision making, Expansion

Whether you have communications, want communications or improve your communications come to this seminar about the RIDE. Richard will enlighten you on these things to think about and do. You want to make sure you put your money and time in the correct direction and get what you WANT.

Richard Battles ready for a trip.

So you got a video camera, "Whatayagonnadonow? - Video 101

What is DPI, and why do I need to know? Inserting audio (Narration) editing software. Inserting music

No matter what brand, model video camera you have there are some things you need to know. How do I turn it on? How do I charge it? How do I install media? How do I get media out? How do I edit the media? How do I post it on You Tube? Richard will enlighten you on these things to think about and do. You want to make sure you put your money and time in the correct direction and get what you WANT.

Richard Battles is the owner of RKA a manufacturing company that for 31 years has produced textile motorcycle luggage and offers other products like SENA, Schuberth SRC-System Bluetooth items. Richard is most knowledgeable about how Bluetooth works and has been doing seminars on communications for over 15 years and now focuses on Bluetooth applications.

Joe and Garrett McCullough.

Joe & Garrett McCullough

How to Wild/Stealth/Free camp in the US

We give details on how to wild/stealth camp and free camp in some of the most populated states in the US.

Come follow the Adventures of Joe and Garrett McCullough, a father and son team as we travel across the southern US and find out if you can actually wild camp or camp for free. We found out a lot of information some that's true and some not. We will give you detailed reports on what works and what doesn't trying to camp for free across America. We will give you resources that work and show you our setup for stealth camping, wild camping, and campground camping. We spent 46 days on the road and only stayed with family or a motel 8 nights. We have some great stories about the experience and what works and what we would do differently. This is a very informative presentation that you will come away with real world usable information.

Joe and Garrett McCullough in Mississippi.

Joe & Garrett McCullough are a Father and Son team that travel across the country on their motorcycles. They just finished a 46 day 8,500 mile trip across the southern US with many adventures and overcame many obstacles.

Panel discussions at most HU events include...

Border crossings - How to get through borders with minimal stress and cost!

Packing light - Tips and techniques from experienced travellers to reduce weight and bulk.

Regional discussions - e.g. travelling in South America or Asia.

For Women Only - A must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there! A chance to talk to experienced travelling women without the men around!

Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

Walk arounds / Show and tell!

Tents and Bedding discussion (in the camping area) - What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry, warm and comfy!

Bike mods - Show off your best bike mods - homemade saddle bags, toolbox mounts, GPS mounts, seats, side stands, tank panniers, cup holders, etc.

The Adventure Travel Zone

  • Equipment Specialists
  • Manufacturers
  • Tour Operators
  • Adventure Travel Authors and Film-Makers
  • The HU Store

Exhibitors Confirmed

Lance Thomas will be conducting classes: Beginner to intermediate: Off-Road Training for Adventure / Dual-Sport Bikes. There will be 2 classes - 9am-noon Friday or Saturday. Each class will last approx 2-3 hours. Cost $50 per student will be collected by the instructor at the class.

Classes are limited to 20 students, and will focus on three fundamental off-road riding elements:

Lance Thomas.

Standing while riding - We will discuss the importance of standing while riding off road. Demonstrations and skills practice will be conducted with emphasis on proper technique.

Slow speed skills - The nuances of low-speed handling will be discussed. Riders will then receive demonstrations on the fine nuances of these techniques, followed by practice of the skill sets under supervision.

Turning in the dirt - Riders will employ their newfound skills in learning to properly turn their bike in an off-road environment. A building block approach will be employed to help each rider understand the subtleties of lean, balance and control actuation, with focus on a progressively more challenging skills course.

CSC Motorcycles - High-Tech meets performance and Value in a 250cc water-cooled Dual-Purpose Motorcycle. CSC is the exclusive distributor in the U.S. of the RX3 Cyclone.

Joe Berk of CSC Motorcycles will describe the company's recent group rides through Baja and the western US on the new 250cc Zongshen RX3 adventure touring motorcycle.

CSC Motorcycles.

Racer Gloves USA - Your hands are the most important connection between you and your motorcycle... they're the connection to your soul. We're Racer. Outstanding fit and protection is our business. Guaranteed to be the best fitting motorcycle gloves you've tried, or your money back. Industry-leading fit. Designed in Austria. Did we mention free shipping?

Racer Gloves, best fitting motorycle gloves you can buy.

CycleWipes offers a simple solution to, "How do I clean my visor?" WIPE then BUFF… & RIDE! 2 steps and 30 seconds to a bug-free visor. 12 soapy wet wipes per pack. Clean your visor, face-shield, lights, and bike. Re-sealable, safe, and gentle. Use around camp and for general clean-ups.

Cycle Wipes - a simple solution to cleaning visors, face-shields, lights and bikes!

Giant Loop Moto.

Giant Loop sells adventure proof packing systems, designed by riders for riders. Made in USA. Ridden worldwide.

A great opportunity to obtain training with Walt Fulton and STREETMASTERS! Walt Fulton and Nancy Foote will be conducting a day-long training on precision cornering. Their techniques for teaching advanced cornering for street riders will help you get to your far-off destinations with more confidence and skill. Discounted price of $100 to HU California meeting attendees. Use this link to sign up for the 'Dirty' Streetmasters class.

Streetmasters

Atlas Throttle Lock has created a bolt on throttle lock that fits on most bikes and takes up no grip space. Try it out on your bike at the event!

Atlas Throttle Lock.
Cyclops Adventure Sports. Cyclops Adventure Sports takes a little different approach to quality motorcycle lighting than most. Its our belief that we can offer much better overall lighting with much less power draw than what most feel is necessary. With a proper lighting setup you will get unequalled long distance sight, daytime conspicuity and not be blinding oncoming drivers, all at a cost that doesn't break the bank. Based out of Seattle, Cyclops has grown to be a top LED company.

Mosko Moto sells soft bags for hard travel. We build our gear to accompany you through the roughest terrain and craziest places you'd ever want to ride. It's tough-as-nails and built to take a beating, and we stand behind it with a lifetime guarantee. We want you to ride harder, travel further, go deeper, and push your boundaries, whether riding the dirt close to home or exploring some far-flung region of the globe. See you there.

Mosko Moto.

ADV Motorcycle Magazine Adventure Motorcycle Magazine
will be attending, giving away free copies of the magazine, so look for Nicole Espinosa if you have any questions or just want to talk about the magazine. And they'll be snapping pics and writing a story about the event too!
Rugged Rider sells innovative dual sport motorcycle parts, dual sport accessories, dirt bike accessories, dual sport apparel, dirt bike apparel, camping equipment and original dual sport aftermarket parts. Rugged Rider also provides dual sport and camping tips and tricks and an entertaining dual sport blog. Rugged Rider, innovative dual sport parts and accessories.
RKA Luggage - Richard Battles will discuss all aspects of two wheel communications and cameras, luggage attachments, positioning and packing. RKA Luggage.
Adventure Pockets. Adventure POCKETS - Combining great technologies for simple solutions. Bob Allen will be there: "We make a bag that attaches to the inside of a motorcycle windshield via a 3M velcro type pad. We also make bags that attach the same way for side-cases and top-cases."

If you know of any other motorcycle or travel equipment vendors or tour operators who should be there, please suggest it to them! Exhibitors please contact us for details.

Authors & Presenters

Sam Manicom will have only a few books to sign, so don't miss out!

Carla King will bring her self-publishing books - get her to sign your copy!

Jeremy Kroeker will have a few books...

Reg Kittrelle will have his new book - Motorcycles and our 2nd 50 years!

Joe Berk has several books published, most recently 'Riding China' and 'Moto Colombia!' Joe will be presenting on both China and Colombia, and will have books available for sale at the CSC exhibitor stand.

 

If you'd like to secure your place in the Adventure Travel Zone, there's a booking form for Trade Stands.

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

Yosemite National Park.

Mariposa is on the doorstep of Yosemite National Park

  • Free Parking
  • Free WIFI (subject to conditions)
  • 12 showers plus other bathrooms
  • Beer & Wine on site
  • Great Value Food
  • Hotel Accommodation <2 miles away
  • 10amp Power Hook-Ups

Presentation Rooms

Largest presentation room at Mariposa Faigrounds - capacity 400! Covered outdoor presentation area at Mariposa.

Largest indoor room - capacity 400! Large covered outdoor pavilions and more!

Campsite & parking

Shady camping areas in Mariposa Fairgrounds. Lots of flat camping areas!

The extensive campsite area is on flat, well-drained, ground with a few 10amp power hook-ups and water outlets. There are a number of secluded areas nestled next to woodland as well as RV parking around the perimeter of the main camping area.

If you need to use the electric hook-ups there are some through the grounds.

Motorcycles will be allowed to park in the camping area. RVs will have a separate parking area. Cars, vans & trucks with trailers must be parked in the main parking lot. Please help to conserve the fields for future events by not skidding, wheel-spinning, etc. The organizers reserve the right to restrict vehicle movement and parking subject to weather and ground conditions.

Note: Camping prior to Thursday is $20/night and payable in cash to the fairgrounds.

No Fires

There's a strict 'no fires' policy across the whole site, but camping stoves and BBQs are allowed.

Noise

Our contract with the venue has a midnight noise curfew. This applies to music and also if you're staying offsite, please leave quietly after midnight and be considerate of the older folks who are trying to sleep. ;-)

Showers & Toilets

There are 12 showers in 2 separate buildings by the camping area as well as the many toilets. The toilets and showers, and all the areas within the grounds have wheelchair access.

Children & Dogs

Horizons Unlimited is naturally keen to inspire the next generation of adventure travelers so you're welcome to bring your children along if you wish, but do bear in mind that the event is for adults (with adult themes and language) and we won't have any specific kids' activities. Children under 14 years old get in for free. Please note that the health and safety of your children is your responsibility and they must be supervised by you at all times. Children will not be allowed in any of the presentations from 8pm onwards each evening.

You'll need to ensure your pet remains on a lead at all times and doesn't damage or foul the site. Owners of noisy or aggressive dogs may be asked to leave.

Relaxing

Mariposa Fairgrounds. Mariposa Fairgrounds.

Lots of places to sit and chat

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park.

El Capitan

Food, glorious food!

For 2016, we're pleased to announce that Caroline Briese of BB's Catering will be returning with several new dinner menus! Typical comments from 2015:

"Great caterer!"

"The catered food was very good and the staff was awesome!"

For 2016 you will also have the option to prebook breakfasts and/or lunches on site. We recommend you pre-book the meals with your registration. There will be limited amounts available for purchase at the event. You can, of course, cook for yourself, or go to cafes or restaurants in Mariposa.

Pre-book pricing - breakfasts 10, lunches 15, dinners 20

Thursday

Thursday lunch

Chicken Pesto Sandwich - toasted hoagie roll with provolone, sundried tomatoes, spinach, grilled sliced chicken & pesto mayo- accompanied with pasta salad (fresh parm, sundried tomato, olives, spinach & artichoke hearts) & caesar salad. Iced Tea/Lemonade/Water.

Thursday dinner

Mexican! Chicken enchiladas, black bean and corn salad, ensalada, chili and Mexican rice, chocolate mousse. Iced Tea/Lemonade/Water.

Friday

Friday breakfast

Frittata- choice of:

  • Denver (ham & green bell peppers topped with cheddar cheese),
  • Meatlovers (bacon, sausage & ham topped with cheddar cheese) OR
  • Veggie (mushroom, spinach, sweet peppers & zucchini topped with fresh parmesan)

All with country fried potatoes. Juice/Coffee/Tea/Water

Friday lunch

Tostada Bar - Toasted Flour Tortilla, refried beans, toasted spanish rice, salsa chicken, seasoned ground beef, shredded lettuce, sour cream, shredded cheddar blend, olives, cilantro & onion, salsa & hot sauce. Iced Tea/Lemonade/Water.

Friday dinner

BBQ St. Louis style ribs & BBQ chicken. Accompanied with Corn, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Mashed potatoes & roll with cubed butter. Dessert. Iced Tea/Lemonade/Water.

Grilled chicken.

Saturday

Saturday breakfast

Croissant Breakfast Sandwich - toasted croissant, grilled ham, fried egg, cheddar cheese- accompanied with fresh fruit. Juice/Coffee/Tea/Water.

Saturday lunch

BB's Classic burger - grilled CAB burger, toasted bun, pesto mayo, cheddar cheese, lettuce & tomato- topping on side to include pickle, grilled onion, fresh onion, ketchup & mustard. Accompanied with spring mix & romaine blend salad with tomato, cucumber, shredded carrots and red onion & assorted chips. Iced Tea/Lemonade/Water.

Salad.

Saturday dinner

Italian! Chicken Parmigiana with noodles, veggie pasta, sauce, Caesar salad, buns and creme brulee, coffee, tea or soft drink. Iced Tea/Lemonade/Water.

Sunday

Sunday breakfast

Breakfast Burritos- Scrambled Eggs, cheddar cheese, country fried potatoes & sausage rolled in a toasted flour tortilla. Juice/Coffee/Tea/Water.

Veggie burrito - Scrambled Eggs, cheddar cheese, country fried potatoes, & sauteed zucchini, sweet bells & spinach in a toasted flour tortilla. Juice/Coffee/Tea/Water.

Vegetarian and special diets

There will be a vegetarian option offered at each meal - we will need numbers for these, so please indicate when you register if you wish a vegetarian meal.

Special diets may be accommodated with advanced notice within reason.

Drinks.

Alcohol

A selection of Micro-Beers & wines will be available from the on-site bar Thursday, Friday & Saturday afternoon to late evening. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol to the event, but we reserve the right to expel without reimbursement any attendee who becomes intoxicated and/or causes a disturbance.

Mariposa Beer Garden.

Ye Olde Beer Garden



 

What happens at HU events?


HUBBUK

HUMM is Everywhere!

HU South Africa

HU Supported Charity

Do Good as You Go.

For 2017, the HU Supported Charity is 'Do Good As You Go', Volunteer Programs for Independent Travelers Around the World, which is run by the Muskoka Foundation.

"Do Good as You Go is a network that connects individuals that are traveling and volunteering to quality small to mid-sized organizations making significant, positive impact on their local community.

The objective is to fulfill the needs of the organizations as well as leverage the unique skill set of the travelers.

By lowering the barriers to high quality, meaningful volunteer opportunities we look to encourage people traveling for all different reasons to Do Good as they Go.

By working closely with the directors of our partner organizations we work to develop relationships and programs that are sustainable and provide a deep local impact."

See below for a short slide show on how this works.

You can support Do Good as You Go by getting raffle tickets for our Saturday evening charity raffle.

Thanks for your support.

Join the Volunteer Crew

From welcoming travellers at the gate, to taking care of the campsite and making sure all the presentations run smoothly, the success of every HU event relies on the enthusiasm of its volunteer crew.

Dee Masters, volunteer extraordinaire!

"What a wonderful bunch of people. I had no idea how much fun I'd have by helping out!"

"It was my absolute pleasure to be able to give something back to the HU community and working with such great folks really made the event special."

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, get more involved with Horizons Unlimited and have loads of fun! You can sign up to volunteer when you register for the meeting, OR click here if you have already registered and want to add volunteering.

You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download the poster (Adobe pdf format) and print off a few and hand them round your club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.

Poster in pdf format (438kb) full colour 8.5 x 11 Event poster:

HU California 2016 Poster.

POSTCARD - NEW!

Postcard in pdf format (620kb) full colour Event postcard, can be printed 4 to a page:

Horizons Unlimited California 2016 postcard.

You may need to right click and choose "save target as..."

Thanks!


AMA Sanctioned Event.

Sanctioned Event

Be a Presenter

We're inviting submissions for presentations, so whether you're attending the event or exploring a distant continent, if you've got a story to tell or expertise to share we'd like to hear from you.

We love to hear stories about your travel adventures, especially if you have great pics! Also, practical how-to sessions such as roadside cooking, navigation / GPS, trip prep and planning, adventure motorcycling medicine, packing light, setting your bike up, communications / blogging from the road, self-publishing your story, yoga for bikers, bodging / bike maintenance, self-defense, photography, videography, tire repair, safe riding techniques, how to pick up your bike, off-road riding, all are of interest.

There are 40 and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats, plus a new Pecha Kucha option (20 slides x 20 seconds each).

Click here to submit your ideas

PLEASE NOTE:

Submitting a Presenter registration DOES NOT mean you will automatically be included in the schedule, as we often have more presenters than available presentation slots. We will confirm one way or the other as soon as we can (but not immediately!).

In order to get FREE entry to the event, you are expected to either REPEAT your presentation OR do TWO or more DIFFERENT presentations.

Comments about HU California

"I loved the event, the people, the presentations, the food, I loved it all!"

"The catered food was very good and the staff was awesome!"

"The friendly atmosphere was fantastic and even though I arrived by myself and only knew one person there I felt among friends. Keep up the good work."

"I think you all do a great job with this event. I appreciate the effort."

"It was really well organized and the meeting rooms were perfect - even the outdoor ones."

"SO Many Friendly people!"

"Great new venue, much more space. Camping was excellent. Big presentation rooms."

"...everyone left their egos at home, because it's all about the adventure."

"Nice location- good rides and town near by. Large space- easy to get around and nice to be able to camp next to your bike."

"People were very friendly, open and easy to talk to. A great way to network with other travelers."

"Excellent mix of different types of presentations."

"It was like being with family...a friendly group with shared love of adventure."

"Everyone was humble, genuine, and encouraging, and I really needed that kind of 'we're all just people' kind of atmosphere."

Departing or Returning?

If you're planning an expedition, why not make the Horizons Unlimited meeting your official start point? Or maybe you're nearing the completion of a journey and would like a very public welcome home? Of course you might just be passing through and fancy marking a key stage of your travels?

We'd love to make you a big part of the meeting, so feel free to get in touch and tell us your plans.

Book your Trade Stand space

Over the course of four days, this Horizons Unlimited event offers a unique opportunity to build awareness of your brand and talk directly to potential customers.

The Adventure Travel Zone occupies a central position at the event site and is exclusive to trade stands representing the overland adventure travel market.

Choose between our Premium and Standard packages, both of which include on-site advertising and Pecha Kucha presentations about your products and services.

Click here to book your trade stand

Advertise at HU Yosemite

Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HU Yosemite but can't take a Trade Stand? Send us a vinyl or roller banner and we'll display it in a prominent position.

Click here to arrange advertising

California Venue Location

Mariposa County Fairgrounds
5007 Fairgrounds Road,
Mariposa CA 95338
37.465408,-119.944230


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Mariposa is:
167 miles from San Francisco (via Hwy 99S)
294 miles from Los Angeles (via Hwy 99)
70 miles from Fresno and the Central Valley

Mariposa distances. Click for larger map.

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Other Accommodation

If you'd rather not camp, there are other options. There are a number of hotels in Mariposa (approx 2 miles from the Mariposa Fairgrounds), but they will fill up fast!

We have negotiated a good rate at the following recommended hotel:

Best Western Plus Yosemite Way Station - $139.49
4999 Highway 140
Mariposa, California, 95338
Phone: 209-966-7545

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Information about the area

From wineries to zip lines, gold panning to horseback riding, there's heaps to see in the Yosemite area! You should plan to stay a few days.

Adventures & Tours

Cave & Mine Adventures - caving, rappelling and rafting in Black Chasm Cavern, California Cavern and Moaning Cavern Park.

Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch - gold panning, challenging aerial adventures, zipping - yikes!

Zip Yosemite - experience and hand-braking NOT required! Fully guided tours.

Horseback Riding at Yosemite's South Entrance - ranging from 1 hour to 1/2 day.

Yosemite Close Up Tours daily guided tours, including hiking and custom tours.

Grant rock climbing in Yosemite Park.

Grant climbing in Yosemite ;-)

For something a little less strenous,

Try the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, scenic steam trains.

California State Mining and Mineral Museum is located right at the Fairgrounds. It contains 'an unforgettable collection of the State's many gem and mineral resources.'

Butterfly Creek Winery is a boutique winery and gift shop just set on 200 acres just outside Mariposa.

When all that activity tires you out,

Go for a massage! Grant and Susan can personally recommend:

Olga's Massage Therapy
5115 Smith Rd
Mariposa, California
209-872-4707

Really Hungry? the Happy Burger Diner has the largest menu in the Sierra, including vegetarian, and their burgers are great!

Local Bike Shops

Let us know any good dealers nearby!

Cycle Specialties BMW/Triumph

1201 North Carpenter Road
Modesto, CA
Phone: 209-524-2955

BMW Ducati Triumph Indian

Herwaldt Motorsports 5615 E. Westover Fresno, CA 93727 Phone: 559-292-2269 Toll Free 866-811-4269

Honda Kawasaki Yamaha Suzuki

Merced Powersports 265 West 15th Street Merced CA 95340 Phone: 209-722-8055

Local Hosts

 Flip Morton.  Nicole Espinosa.

Flip Morton is the local host for this event, ably supported by Nicole Espinosa of Rugged Rider, Craig Haggart, Bill Miner, Allen Barnes, John Hein, Beth Anderson and Carolyn Ficklin. We're VERY grateful to them for stepping up and making it happen with a lot of legwork and effort.

We can always use help on the day - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours when you register!

HU Events Refund Policy

We know 'stuff happens', and you know we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!

If you're unable to attend an event, please let us know (by e-mail reply to your confirmation e-mail from us) so we don't worry that something has happened to you...

Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) fee for handling and PayPal charges.

Up to 15 days prior to event start, we will refund camping/accommodation and food packages in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee. We will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

Within 15 days of the event start, there will be no refunds, but we will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

New to Horizons Unlimited?

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle. The website, HUBB forum and regular events across the globe have inspired thousands of people to follow their dreams and take the road less travelled.

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

Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love overland adventure 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 such as this one (18 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.

You can join at a reduced rate as part of your meeting registration. Note that new Memberships with your Meeting Registration are applied as of the Meeting date or as soon as possible thereafter, not earlier, unless you make a special request in the Comments box when you register.