HU Travellers Meeting California 2024

THE PREMIER OVERLAND ADVENTURE TRAVEL EVENT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS

Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meeting

Thursday April 18 to Sunday April 21, 2024 - Mariposa, California

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.

Inspiring, Informing & Connecting

Some people value Horizons Unlimited events for what they learn from the unique line-up of presenters. Some people value the chance to discover new products and services at the trade stands. Some people value just kicking back with a beer among old friends and new.

Most people enjoy a little bit of everything, and everyone goes home fired-up for adventure with a smile on their face.

Group photo at HU South Africa.

The event will include a packed schedule of presentations and activities. All within the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that Horizons Unlimited is known for.

Horizons Unlimited California Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Thursday April 18 to Sunday April 21, 2024.

The Registration Desk will open for check-ins at about noon on Thursday. Presentations begin at 2 pm. The event will draw to a close at Noon on Sunday.

Over the course of the event there will be heaps of 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 will be available here approximately 1 week before the event!

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 2024 so far...

Lorraine Chittock

Lorraine Chittock

BODA BABES RIDE! [Movie]
Lorraine enlists two bike-loving babes to help deliver one bike to an award-winning ranger in Africa

This comedy/drama/road movie stars Tiffany Coates (who's ridden more miles on a motorcycle than any woman ever), Nicole Espinosa (motorcycle part designer), and adventurer/producer/editor Lorraine Chittock. The three women buy a used motorcycle in Uganda with the goal of delivering the bike to an award-winning wildlife ranger. Will these three motorcycle-loving babes make good on their promise? Watch the Boda Babes Ride!

Lorraine Chittock

LORRAINE CHITTOCK has flown from her current residence in Tanzania for the first phase of her world tour presenting BODA BABES RIDE! Horizons Unilmited California will be the first moto event of the tour! She's presented at HU South Africa, three times in California, once in Virginia, and once in Mexico. Previous adventures include crossing the Libyan Desert with 200 camels and driving an ex-surveillance van down to Ushuaia with two dogs. She first rode in 1976 on her dad's Bultaco before buying a 360 CB Honda, which she used for her first solo adventure across California at 18. The adventures never end!

Gene Sherman

Gene Sherman, AmboRV

Critical Fitness & Food for Adventure Riders
Your fitness and nutrition are critical to successful, long-term adventure riding

Adventure riding (and everyday life) is physically and mentally demanding. If our fitness or nutrition is neglected, bad things can and will happen. Strong, healthy, and properly fed humans withstand fatigue, are less injury prone, are more alert, are better riders, and are able to endure high stress situations.

I will cut through the BS that we are "fed" from the media, exercise experts, and fad diet people. I'll keep it simple and provide science-based solutions to the most effective exercises and eating habits. This critical information can be use before, during, and after you epic rides. I'll show you how to move from illness, to wellness, and then to fitness. Life-changing information in simple terms. I'll also share my most trusted sources for those who want to learn more.

GENE SHERMAN is a lifelong maker, inventor, author, teacher, public speaker, motorcycle rider, and Crossfit coach. His motorcycles have ranged from trials, to cruisers, and dual sports, but adventure bikes give him the most joy. He has ridden all over the southwestern U.S. and looks forward for his RTW trip in the future.

Gene Sherman

Gene Sherman

Chantil and Travis Gill

Chantil and Travis Gill, Viajar Moto

How Much Does Full-Time Travel Cost? /
3.5 Years in Europe and North Africa

1) How Much Does Full-Time Travel Cost?
Full-time traveling in Europe was less expensive than living in a home and raising a family. We share how much it cost us.

Full-time traveling is expensive, right? Not exactly. Travis and Chantil recently finished a 3.5-year overland tour of Europe and north Africa where they spent far less than what it cost them to live in a house in the United States and raise their family. They will share the complete cost of full-time motorcycle touring, including: accommodations, food, fuel, maintenance, ferry/parking fees, entertainment, and miscellaneous expenses. They will share their strategies for saving, budgeting, and getting the most out of a travel budget.

Chantil and Travis Gill

2) 3.5 Years in Europe and North Africa
We started a motorcycle journey of a lifetime in March 2020. After 3.5 years, 85k miles, and 53 countries, we're still loving it!

Travis and Chantil relocated to Europe for work in 2017 with nothing more than their two adventure motorcycles loaded with gear. While at their job in Germany, they realized they just couldn't travel enough with their limited vacation time, so they did what we all want to do เน‚€“ quit to start full-time traveling. However, their start date of March 2020 was not ideal. Despite a world-wide pandemic and the restrictions of a 90-day travel visa, they managed to ride through nearly every European country and a bit of north Africa.

They will share some of the highlights and challenges of full-time traveling over their last 3.5 years through 53 countries. They will discuss how to get insurance for a U.S. registered motorcycle, strategies for navigating the 90-day Schengen travel restrictions, and five tips for having a successful motorcycle adventure.

Chantil and Travis Gill

CHANTIL and TRAVIS GILL attended HU California 2015 where they were inspired to travel sooner than later. Since then, they've ridden most through Europe and a bit of north Africa over the past 3.5 years of full-time motorcycle overlanding. They share their adventures via UPSHIFT magazine and viajarMOTO.

John Button

John Button

Colombia, COVID... What Could Go Wrong?
Our story of riding through Colombia, one of the few countries open to non-nationals during COVID

Colombia is the best country in South America for motorcyclists. I have planned for years to ride there. During the COVID lock down, there were few places outside the USA open to visitors. Colombia was among the few. My wife and I took advantage to ride the country for about two weeks in January of 2021. Come join me to hear about our challenges and fun, and learn ideas to prepare for your ride in Colombia. Spoiler alert, it really is the best country to ride in South America!

John Button

JOHN BUTTON is a life-long rider since the age of eight, enjoying both on and off-road. Having ridden to every U.S. state and ten Canadian provinces, he's seen a lot of North America. Visiting other countries is his focus now, which, so far, has included Canada, Australia, Colombia, and Mexico. Living so close has enabled 30-plus trips to Mexico, mostly focused on the Baja peninsula.

Fred Walti

Fred Walti, The Restless Traveller

60 Days Through 10 European Countries /
Is There A Use-By Date for Motorcycling?

1) 60 Days Through 10 European Countries
Part travelogue, part practical guide

We had no plan and lots of time. My wife and I spent 60 days last summer riding through France, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam and England on a rented BMW. This wasn't our first rodeo, but it was the first time we went on an extended trip at our age (over 70), which makes it a different ballgame. Along the way we went to the Belgium Formula1 at SPA and the Goodwood Revival, two events that I would highly recommend for car/bike lovers. Not quite as good as the Isle of Man TT, but really good. In addition to a travelogue, there will be a fair amount of practical advice on renting a m/c, how to pack, how to figure each day's trip (we had no plans beforehand), what to look out for and what to look for.

Fred and Karen riding 2-up

2) Is There A Use-By Date for Motorcycling?
Getting older sucks, but does that mean we can't ride?

This question that I keep thinking about is, Am I just too old to ride a motorcycle anymore? Should I find something else to do? The question is nothing new as you'll, but here it is again. After all, motorcycling isn't like golf, if you hit it out of bounds you don't just take a Mulligan. Chances are, there's a more serious price to pay. Yet, for those of us who ride, it's a passion that's hard to shake off for too many reasons to explain here. I've been riding since I was 15 and its still a central part of my life. This session is for "more mature" riders who have/are contemplating this question. There might be a few slides, but most of it with be interactive with all of us sharing our experience and thoughts. BTW, my answer to this question is no.

Fred Walti's wife beside a small red sports car

FRED WALTI (the "speed dating version", according to him): Boy motorcycle racer, adult AdMan, Internet Titan, serial entrepreneur,and founding CEO of the most successful cleantech incubator in the world. He raced on the banks of Daytona and has travelled to 52 countries, mostly on a motorcycle.

Craig Haggart

Craig Haggart

Fly+Ride Mini Adventures /
Smaller Bikes for ADV Riding /
How NOT to Ship a Bike to Panama

CRAIG HAGGART operates an electron accelerator in Palo Alto, California, and enjoys minor adventures like riding a Ninja 250 to Baja, moto-camping in the southwest on a CBR600 sport bike, racing a 1966 Honda CB160, riding in Costa Rica and Nicaragua on rented bikes, and, of course, volunteering at Horizons Unlimited California.

1) Fly+Ride Mini Adventures

It's a common dream to ditch everything and go on a round-the-world ride, but that dream just isn't practical for many of us due to career and family commitments. There is an option, however, for scratching that adventure-ride itch: fly somewhere and ride a rented bike for a few weeks! The focus here will be on Latin America, but if you have recent experience with other destinations, please feel free to join in and share any practical details that might help fellow riders.

Craig's Kawasaki Ninja 250 in dirt mode.

2) Smaller Bikes for ADV Riding

Most of us have probably heard the truism that nobody comes home from an adventure ride saying, "I wish I'd ridden a larger bike." While that might not match everyone's experience, it is clear that lots of people do amazing trips on small -- sometimes VERY small -- motorcycles. If you've ever wondered about the practicality of doing a bit of adventure riding on a bike that you could actually pick up if it falls over, please join this discussion about the pros and cons of preparing and riding smaller bikes for travel. If you have personal experience to share, all the better -- audience participation is gladly encouraged!

Craig's 400cc Kawasaki motorcycle, fully loaded and fully capable.

3) How NOT to Ship a Bike to Panama
As they say, adventure starts when your plans go awry

I've always wanted to ride from my home near San Francisco, California, to the end of the road in Yaviza, Panama, but never had enough time to make the trip there and back. So for my big 65th birthday, I tried to arrange shipping my Honda CB500 to Panama and riding it home. The bike, however, never made it beyond Florida. I ended up unloading the bike from its crate in a Miami warehouse, then riding to Guanajuato, Mexico, over to Mazatlan, and up the eastern coast of the Sea of Cortez, and back home. Shipping to Panama may not have worked out, but riding in Mexico was excellent!

Craig's bike, Bike in a crate.

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...

Stay tuned for more tech talks scheduled here!

Ryan Austin

Rob Day, Adventure Motorcycle Professionals (AdvMotoPros.com)

Off-Road Skills Training - Learn to Ride Like the Pros

ADVMotoPros

Rob Day of Adventure Motorcycle Professionals (AdvMotoPros.com) will be offering basic clinics for adventure riders at this event for only $69/rider, a $200 value you won't want to miss!

Rob began riding adventure motorcycles in 2012. This led to a much deeper involvement in the adventure community, and in 2018 he left his 20-year career with Fox Sports to pursue this passion full time. He has ridden several Backcountry Discovery Routes including the CABDR-S, COBDR, IDBDR (twice), and parts of the WABDR, ORBDR, AZBDR. He has also ridden in central Mexico and Colombia twice.
Rob spent seven years with a private company as a Senior Coach and Tour Leader, starting in 2015. During that time, he trained hundreds of riders and led many tours. These included the Continental Divide, Death Valley, Baja, and others. He takes great care to ensure his clients enjoy their trips and arrive safely at each destination.
Rob is also a member of U.S. Motorcycle Coaching Association with certifications for dirt and street. Membership includes a federal-level background check, and additional First-Aid/CPR endorsements for cardiac, concussion, and heat related injuries.
Rob is also a state-certified Total Control Training Inc. basic and intermediate riding instructor, and Harley-Davidson certified Riding Academy instructor. He recently received a commendation from the California Highway Patrol for his continued efforts reducing motorcycle accidents and fatalities while working as the Chief Instructor for Bartels' Riding Academy.
Along with his extensive expertise with BMW's R1200/1250 GS platforms, Rob is also a Harley-Davidson Pan America product specialist and has been involved with this project since before the bike was available to the public. He was a Lead Coach at the Pan America Experience in 2021 in the Mojave Desert, and his team managed the success of the Pan America press launch. They also trained Harley-Davidson corporate and dealership personnel how to ride these machines off road throughout 2021.
Rob continues this work as an independent contractor for Harley-Davidson, traveling to events around the country including the Tennessee Motorcycles and Music Revival, and the 120th Anniversary Homecoming Celebration in Milwaukee. He also travels to different regions providing training in local adventure communities for dealerships in those areas. At the current time, no single person has trained more riders on the Pan America than Rob has.
Rob's safety record is unparalleled in this industry, something he is very proud of.
He also loves to make training fun, and loves to share that fun with his students. He has a knack for getting even the most anxious students to relax and enjoy themselves. Relaxation is the key to adventure riding, and laughter is often the first step to get there!

Rob Day, training class

The drills we will be working on are:

  • Safely lifting a dropped bike
  • Riding standing and weight shifting on the footpegs
  • Using the clutch friction zone
  • Relaxed, slow speed balance and control
  • Braking, including skidding
  • Slow speed turning and counterbalancing
and there's always more!
Sign up EARLY, when you register, as we expect to be fully booked for these classes!

If you have ALREADY registered for California 2024, and would like to add a training class, go HERE to register for training.

LOTS of presentations to come! As people register to present we'll list them here.

How about you? We're all here to learn, and there's LOTS to learn! We want to do more presentations and seminars - but we need volunteers to give them! Any topic you can contribute having to do with motorcycle travel, maintenance, planning etc, lasting 20 minutes or more, would be great. Please contact us here to volunteer.

Previous Presenters at HU California have included...

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?

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?

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.

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.

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'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!

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 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.

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!

Gene Sherman

Gene Sherman

Critical Fitness & Food for Adventure Riders
Your fitness and nutrition are critical to successful, long-term adventure riding

Adventure riding is physically and mentally demanding on our bodies and if our fitness or nutrition is neglected, bad things can happen. Fit and well fed humans withstand fatigue, are less injury prone, are more alert, are better riders, and are able to endure long distances safely. In this presentation I will cut through the BS that we are "fed" from the media, exercise experts, and fad diet people. I'll keep it simple and provide science-based solutions to the most effective exercises and eating habits. This critical information can be use before, during, and after you epic rides. I'll show you how to move from illness, to wellness, and then to fitness. My goal is this: By sharing these simple suggestions I want to extend your life, extend your rides, and (if you cannot yet) get you to pick up your big adventure bike!

GENE SHERMAN is a lifelong maker, inventor, author, teacher, public speaker, motorcycle rider, and Crossfit coach. His motorcycles have ranged from trials, to cruisers, and dual sports, but adventure bikes give him the most joy. He has ridden all over the southwestern U.S. and looks forward for his RTW trip in the future.

Gene Sherman

Jenny Morgan

Jenny Morgan

The Western TAT 'n' Back /
Double or Nothing (with follow-up workshop session: A Serow for the 21st Century)

1) The Western TAT 'n' Back
The best of the west and the evolution of the Trans-America Trail

A unique celebration of dual-sport and adventure riding on the west side of the United States, this presentation is guaranteed to inspire fellow travellers who are aiming to explore this part of the country using the roads and trails less travelled. Highlights include the forests of the Pacific Northwest, the red rocks of Utah, the epic Colorado Rockies, and the unforgiving Nevada desert, as Jenny and her travelling companion Juan Browne (host of the popular Blancolirio YouTube channel) navigate their way from the Oregon coast to the heart of the country and back again - following their own interpretation of the original and current Trans-America Trail. There will also be plenty of opportunity to discuss the evolution of the 'official' route, together with further tips and suggestions to help you plan your own multi-day cross-country adventure, on two or four wheels.

Jenny Morgan

JENNY MORGAN is a British adventure rider and former Dakar rally racer. In recent years, she has travelled extensively all over North America and is now permanently based in California. She continues to work with UK company Rally-Raid Products helping to develop their upgrades and accessories for a range of adventure-travel bikes including the Honda CB500X, BMW G310GS, and the new Yamaha Tenere 700.

Sue Taylor

Sue Taylor

Can I Get Paid to Do This? /
What's On Your Bucket List? /
Are You Ready for Your Red Carpet Night?

Can I Get Paid to Do This?
Ever wonder how you can make money with your passion for riding?

Want to help new riders learn to riders? Want to fine tune experienced riders to ride better? Safer? Want to improve your own riding abilities? Want to get paid for this? Then becoming a motorcycle instructor might just be for you. Please come and learn to what it takes to become certified, what's required, and find out all the details. There are sites throughout the U.S. and many are looking to hire instructors, mechanics, site managers, and admin staff.

Sue Taylor with her motorcycle

SUE TAYLOR has been riding for about 25 years. She has travelled to many countries, from Alaska to Africa to Iceland to Bolivia, and many more. She's a CA Motorcycle Instructor - Advanced Level 1. That means she teaches the basic, intermediate, advanced (and track), Harley Davidson-specific, and three-wheel.

Jason Len

Jason Len

Exploring the UK and Isle of Man

Riding around Ireland, England, the Scotland 500, and Isle of Man. Will talk about shipping your motorcycle to Europe and exploring the UK. Will also talk about the sites of the UK and a visit to the Isle of Man to see the Classic TT and Manx TT.

JASON LEN has been an avid motorcycle traveler his entire life. He's ridden as far north as the Arctic Circle, as far south as Mexico City, all over western U.S. and Canada, three times around Europe, five times over the Alps, twice around the U.K., and twice to the Isle of Man.

Last cafe in England with motorcycles parked in front.

Kathy Storin and Richard Battles

Richard Battles, RKA Luggage

RKA Presents Luggage Applications /
RKA Presents a Communications Seminar

1) Luggage Applications
Getting ready from luggage to communications

This seminar will enlighten you on how soft luggage works and how to make it work FOR you. This means we talk about, HOW it attaches, WHAT you can put in it, WHERE to put that stuff, hard case liners (WHY they can be a must have item), wasted space, and how to pack them to your advantage.

Kathy and RKA-loaded bike

2) Communications Seminar
The future of communications is NOT the future - it is here.

Remember when you all walked by our booth and said, "Bluetooth is not here yet"? Then years later you now say, "Bluetooth is too complicated". This seminar shows you that Bluetooth is "here" now and is only as complicated as you make it. There are choices for you now. Think outside the box. MESH … this is the NEW communication platform, BUT even Bluetooth hold-outs can join in and I will show you how.

RKA bike dashboard

RICHARD BATTLES and KATHY STORIN are the founders of RKA motorcycle luggage, designed and manufactured in Sonoma County, California. Started in Mom's garage in 1985, RKA grew to offer many products, including a communications tankbag, SENA Bluetooth products, luggage, and more. Richard is possibly the most SENA-savvy person outside of the SENA offices.

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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!

Tool Kits - Show us your favorite tools. Toolkit discussion.

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

Farkle Walk - Take a stroll and talk about 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

Test Your Mettle at the HU California Skills Course!

Looks what's back in 2024! The HU California Skills Course is always a big attraction, giving you the opportunity to practice your skills on a fun and challenging course, and to learn new skills from other riders. From the Slow Bike Challenge to the Keyhole, Slalom and much more, you'll have a blast. Practice and Challenge on Saturday.

Alain Despatie, California Skills Course

Jocelin Snow, California Skills Course


Exhibitors TBC

RKA Luggage

Co-owner Richard Battles of RKA Luggage is on-site for your motorcycle luggage and communications needs. Bluetooth and mesh communications set-up? No problem. Check out their functional, beautiful, and highest quality luggage - designed and manufactured in Sonoma County, CA. Don't miss their presentations and seminars.

Legendary Bill Mayer Saddles

Talk to Adrian Mercado of Legendary Bill Mayer Saddles on-site about the ultimate craftmanship in custom motorcycle saddles. It's a serious upgrade to your riding experience.

If you know of any other motorcycle or travel equipment vendors or tour operators who should be there, please suggest it to them!
Exhibitors
, more details and registration here. Please contact us if you have more questions.

If you'd like to secure your place in the Adventure Travel Zone, please complete the booking form for Exhibitors.

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Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

Mariposa County Fairgrounds
5007 Fairgrounds Road,
Mariposa CA 95338

Bikes of all size and shapes!
A wide range of bikes at HU California

  • Free Parking
  • Free WIFI
  • 12 showers plus other bathrooms
  • Great 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

Beautiful camping areas at HU California.

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.

HU California 2016 bikes and tents.

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. There will be no individual camp fires allowed. There may be a group camp fire.

The HU California 2016 official bonfire.

The official bonfire!

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

Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park is just down the road!

Food, glorious food!

For 2024, we're pleased to announce that Caroline Briese of BB's Catering will be returning! Typical comments from past events:

"Great caterer!"

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

For 2024 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.

Mealtime conversations at HU California 2017.

Pre-book pricing - breakfasts 19.50, lunches 22, dinners 33.50 (including yummy dessert!)
ALL TAXES AND TIPS are included! And that's our COST price.
You won't go away hungry, and can always go back for more - try that in a restaurant!

 

Confirmed Menu

Thursday

Thursday dinner - Mexico Mexico flag.

Chicken enchilada with green sauce & flour tortilla. Ground beef enchilada with red sauce & corn tortilla. Spanish rice, refried beans and green salad

Dessert - variety of delicious baked cookies and ice cream

Iced Tea/Lemonade/Water

Enchiladas. Source: https://helynskitchen.com/2013/05/bean-enchiladas-and-mexican-rice-quick-red-enchilada-sauce.html Salad.

Friday

Friday breakfast

Biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs and fresh fruit salad
Juice/Coffee/Tea/Water

Friday lunch - Germany Germany flag.

Brat and Sauerkraut, potato salad, green salad, chips. Iced Tea/Lemonade/Water

Friday dinner - Italian Italy flag.

Pork Tenderloin with a dry rub topped with a whiskey praline sauce. Grilled Chicken with alfredo on the side as sauce- toasted rice pilaf, sautéed vegetables & herb focaccia bread with cubed butter. Dinner salad. 

Dessert - Crème Brulee of course!

Iced Tea/Lemonade/Water

Grilled chicken. Creme brulee. Source: https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/creme-brulee/67864cdb-de54-48b0-adca-02b9839ba033

Saturday

Saturday breakfast

Croissant Egg Sandwich - 2 fried eggs, 2 slices of ham, one slice cheddar cheese, served with fresh fruit salad & breakfast potatoes

Juice/Coffee/Tea/Water.

Saturday lunch - Burger Bar USA flag.

Oil topped bun, grilled hamburger- toppings- pesto mayo, regular mayo, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, grilled onion, fresh onion, condiments- served with chips & garden salad

Iced Tea/Lemonade/Water.

Burger bar. Source: http://blovelyevents.com/2013/06/22/hot-dog-and-burger-bars/

Saturday dinner - USA USA flag.

St. Louis Style Ribs & California Grilled Chicken (topped with garlic cream sauce, tomato, bacon, green onion, jack cheese & avocado) – accompanied with garlic mashed potatoes & sautéed green beans with toasted garlic almonds - Dinner Salad & garlic bread

Dessert - Peach & Blueberry Cobbler

Peach and blueberry cobbler. Source: https://iamahoneybee.com/2013/08/30/peach-and-blueberry-cobbler/ Breakfast burritos. Source: http://www.mymomsrecipe.net/2012/09/veggie-breakfast-burritos.html.

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 - be sure to PRE-REGISTER to be SURE, or at the latest when you register on the day. Also TELL the SERVERS you've asked for a special meal, and give them your name, and they'll get it for you.

Alcohol

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

I've already registered - I just want to pay!

PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING FOR FULL PASSES

Includes admission to all slide shows, tech clinics, demonstrations, workshops and exhibitor areas on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Camping is priced separately. Meals are priced separately.

Pre-Register & Pay:

Event Price

Before December 16, 2023

Before February 1, 2024

From February 1, 2024 to April 11, 2024

69

79

89

AT THE EVENT PRICING (APPLIES AFTER April 6)

Pay Cash or PayPal on Arrival

Full 4 Day Pass

Weekend-Only Pass (arrive after Friday 6PM)

109

79

MEALS (see menu above)

We recommend pre-booking meals. There MAY be individual meals available at a higher price at the event. There will be vegetarian alternatives, so let us know your preferences when you register.

NOTE: Prices include tax and gratuity. These are OUR COST.

Thursday Dinner - Chicken enchilada with green sauce & flour tortilla. Ground beef enchilada with red sauce & corn tortilla. Spanish rice, refried beans and green salad. Dessert - variety of baked cookies and ice cream

33.50

Friday Breakfast - Biscuits, sausage gravy, scrambled eggs & fresh fruit salad

19.50

Friday Lunch - Brat and Sauerkraut, potato salad, green salad, chips.

22.00

Friday Dinner - Pork Tenderloin with a dry rub topped with a whiskey praline sauce. Grilled Chicken with alfredo on the side as sauce- toasted rice pilaf, sautéed vegetables & herb focaccia bread with cubed butter. Dinner salad. Dessert - Crème Brulee

33.50

Saturday Breakfast - Croissant Egg Sandwich - 2 fried eggs, 2 slices of ham, one slice cheddar cheese, served with fresh fruit salad & breakfast potatoes

19.50

Saturday Lunch - Burger Bar - Oil topped bun, grilled hamburger- toppings- pesto mayo, regular mayo, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, grilled onion, fresh onion, condiments- served with chips & garden salad.

22.00

Saturday Dinner - St. Louis Style Ribs & California Grilled Chicken (topped with garlic cream sauce, tomato, bacon, green onion, jack cheese & avocado) – accompanied with garlic mashed potatoes & sautéed green beans with toasted garlic almonds- Dinner Salad & garlic bread. Dessert - Peach & Blueberry Cobbler

33.50



ACCOMMODATION

Camping is available on site at a good price. Price (per person) for Thurs, Fri and Sat is as follows. NOTE: Camping prior to Thursday is $20/night and payable in cash to the fairgrounds.

 

3 Nts

2 Nts

1 Nt

Camping

50

40

20

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Comments about HU California

"This was my first HU meeting and I had an absolute blast meeting so many like minded folks who just love their motorcycles. The presentations were great and I am looking forward to next year!"

"That was SO MUCH fun!! When can we do it again??"

"WOW!! A ton of info and $$$ well spent! So many trips, tips, subjects, discussions, questions, answers, experiences, insights... I could go on and on. I will be back, and back, and back. Next time hopefully I can contribute as a presenter. Thanks Grant & Susan"

"Thank you all for such a superb extended weekend. So good to see everyone, to hear so many stories, to learn so much, and just to feel so at home with my tribe. Thanks to you my batteries are fully recharged and rarin' to go!"

"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."


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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 (1.5 MB) full colour 8.5 x 11 Event poster:

HU California 2024 Poster.

POSTCARD

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Horizons Unlimited California 2024 postcard.

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Thanks!

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.

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 45 minute and 100 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats.

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 can have more presenters than available presentation slots. We will confirm one way or the other as soon as we can (but not immediately!)

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 Exhibitor 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 can include a presentation about your products and services. Be sure to let us know you want to do a presentation when you register.

Click here to book your trade stand

Advertise at HU California

Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HU California 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.

Click for larger map

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. Craig Haggart.

Flip Morton is the local host for this event, supported by Craig Haggart, Anja Seitz, Jeff Stewart, Karina Guerrieri and a great team of volunteers. 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

Like adventures, life can throw surprises our way. Stuff happens. While we would love for you to join the fun and connect with everyone at our events, we understand that you (and the funds) may be needed elsewhere. We'll catch up later!

On our side, we know you appreciate that we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!

The best way to let us know that you're unable to attend an event is to reply to the Registration Confirmation Email you got from us when you first signed up.

Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee and PayPal charges. At your request, we can apply your Event Registration and all fees to any subsequent HU event you wish in that year or following year.

Up to 15 days prior to event start, we will refund only the camping/accommodation and food packages in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee and PayPal charges. At your request, we can apply your Event Registration fee (with no handling fee) to any subsequent HU Event you wish in that year or following year. If you purchased a t-shirt, we will ship it to the mailing address you provide.

Within 15 days of the event start, there will be no refunds. At your request, we can apply your registration fee (with no handling fee) to any subsequent HU event you wish in that year or following year. If you purchased a t-shirt, we will ship it to the mailing address you provide.

If WE cancel an event:

We are constantly evaluating the situation for every event, and very much err on the side of caution. We will endeavour to announce "Final" decision one month or more before the event, but the situation COULD change closer to time, and we could be required by law to cancel.

If we are forced to cancel for COVID or natural disaster, we will roll your registration over to next year automatically.

If you want to transfer your existing registration to any other HU event in the world, just let us know.

Need a full refund? PLEASE REPLY to your original Registration Confirmation email to make it easier for us to find. If you can't find it, please email a request to: events-c (AT) horizonsunlimited(-)com with the subject line: "Refund event-name event-year"

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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.

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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.