HU Travellers Meeting Germany Autumn 2023

Horizons Unlimited 27th Deutschland Travellers Meeting

Thursday November 2 - Sunday November 5, 2023
Naturresort Waldglück, Deutschland

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 Germany Autumn Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Thursday November 2 - Sunday November 5, 2023. Presentations will start on the first night. Rideouts will start the next morning. Organizers will be there most of the DAY BEFORE, if anyone wishes to arrive early and just hang out or go for a ride in the area. Please LET US KNOW you will be arriving early, and you must book with the cmaground separatly, on your own.

The schedule is subject to change - stuff happens! Check the latest schedule to be posted at the meeting on the day.

Presenters at HU Germany Autumn 2023 so far...

More presenters to come!

Werner Zwick

Werner Zwick

Georgia/Georgien
A hidden gem with towering Caucasus mountains, vibrant Tblissi/Tiflis, old traditions, and spectacular mountain roads

WERNER ZWICK lives in the western part of Germany and has travelled by motorcycle in many countries all over the world, but has explored some regions with different means of transport (campervan, 4WD, backpack).

Georgia offers friendly and hospitable people, huge mountains, great roads either asphalt or gravel, camping as you like, traditional as well as modern architcture, and great food. Georgia's culture is influenced by its mighty neighbors Russia, Turkiye, and, in former times, Persia. This created a fascinating mixture which seems to be more European than Asian. The presentation includes the southeastern semi-desert, the eastern wineland, the mountains of the high Caucasus, mysterious monasteries, ancient villages with old Svan towers in Svaneti, and the vibrant, modern, yet traditional, city of Tblissi.

Werner Zwick, Georgian village in forefront with snowy mountains in background.

Werner Zwick, Two motorcycle riders on grassy steppe.

Werner Zwick, Monastery in the mountains

More to come...

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 sign up here.

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Presenters at previous HU Germany meetings included...

Carola Moller Jurgen

Carola Möller and Jürgen Schmitz

Buddymoon to the Tip
An adventurous honeymoon trip through northern Australia on Oldtimer bikes

What comes to your mind when you think about a good Honeymoon trip? For us, it was clear to start our marriage with a big adventure and on bikes. With a bunch of friends we discovered Cape York. One of the most adventurous areas for offroad riding. Which bike would be best for this trip? Sitting on a couch with a beer planing the trip, we thought it seemed to be a good idea to do it on oldtimer bikes. A real Adventure, sometimes far away from our comfort zone, but with such great experience, landscape, and meeting great people were a perfect start for being married and growing stronger together.

CAROLA MÖLLER has had the travel bug for over 20 years. She started at the age of 21 with her first overland trip through Africa, from Namibia to Kenya. A lot of solo trips followed, including a 4,5-year solo trip around the world. Since 2012, she found her soulmate, Jürgen. Together, they are living the "normal" life and do longer trips to Africa, South America, and Australia. The next trip is planned for this summer.

Carola Moller, Men carrying motorcycle across a riverJÜRGEN SCHMITZ has been on the road with motorized two-wheelers since the tender age of 12. At the age of 20, with the first Enduro, illegal, on Sundays, in the rain on the military training area testing his off-road skills. Later, with the Goldwing through southwestern USA. Afterwards, various trips through Europe, a lot with the team to be able to take their daughters with them. Since he travels with the best wife of all, he has gone to Africa, South America, Australia, and criss-crossed over Europe... if possible, not on asphalt.

 

Carola Moller and Jurgen

Martin Brucker

Martin Brucker, Auf dem Weg

On The Way (Auf dem Weg): Part 01
A RTW motorcycle trip comes full-circle after 6.5 years

After 9.5 years as a woodwork intructor in Ethiopia, I gave myself a break (12-18 months) to find similar work in South East Asia (a.k.a. travel) and a bit further to Australia to visit my cousin near Brisbane. After 20 months, I reached in Australia after having ridden through many countries (Iran, Syria, Sudan, Jemen, Tibet, China, Vietnam), including some job interviews in Laos and Vietnam. When I learned I got the job in Laos, I had been in Australia for four months and now needed to make a decision: take the job or continue my journey.

To be honest, it was an easy decision - I kept going. And kept going I did, to South America, Cuba, and waiting for the spring season again. At one point, it came to mind that it would be really cool to return to the Black Forest in Germany on the very same motorcycle I first left with. After crossing six continents, about 70 countries, and covering about 255,067 km, I came full-circle to the very same spot I left 6.5 years ago... at the doorstep of my mother's house in Welschensteinach.

From Germany's Black Forest, MARTIN BRUCKER traveled from March 2010 to October 2016 around the world on his trusty BMW G650 Xchallenge. He covered about 255,067 km crossing about 70 countries "On The Way".

Water transport of bike and gear

Rob van Rijnswou Ward Platzbeecker

Rob van Rijnswou & Ward Platzbeecker, It's Time For Adventure!

Jungle of South America by 3 Motorcycles
Rough adventure in a remote area? go to South America!

After our first motorcycle tour in 2001 travelling from Holland to Australia we, Martin, Ward, and I decided to go for a somewhat rougher tour to South America in 2005. Starting from Suriname, we continued through British Guyana, Venezuela, Brasil, Bolivia, and ended on the coast of Peru. We had to struggle with damaged engines, customs clearance, transport over the Amazon River, but worst of all was plowing through the sludge and mud in Brasil. The different cultures, landscape and wildlife cannot be compared to any other trip we made. South America was, for me, the most exciting journey of my life. Our presentation and the video we made with Ward's helm camera will give you a fine impression of our trip.

ROB VAN RIJNSWOU // WARD PLATZBEECKER - Through our hobbies, we met, along with another friend Martin, in 2001. The three of us decided to make a long motorcycle trip to Autralia . It took us four months. We learned a lot about each other and experienced the different cultures in the new countries we visited. It went so well that it inspired us to take future journeys together.

Unloading a motorcycle from a boat

A wet and muddy motorcycle ride

Dylan Samarawickrama.

Dylan Samarawickrama

When the road ends - Beating the Darien Gap on a Boatercycle

Then you arrive at a point where there is no road to continue. Between Panama and Colombia, there is one of the most dense jungles of this planet: The Darien! Stretching from the Pacific coast from the West to the Atlantic coast on the East, the Darien is home to many different groups of guerrilla fighters, drug smugglers and randomly scattered but notorious tribal groups which makes it to one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on Earth.

A perfect challenge for Dylan! As the first man ever he sails, solo, 650km around Darien, on the Pacific Ocean from Panama into Colombia on a self-built raft propelled by a motorcycle and experiences one of a kind adventure! A journey that is not only takes him across country borders but also tests his personal limits.

Click to see a video excerpt of Dylan Samarawickrama crossing the Darien Gap on a boatercycle!

Constant break downs, storms, currents and zero sailing experience were some of the challenges of his incredible journey. When things go from bad to worse, dolphins come to his rescue! Watch the video excerpt of his trip.

Dylan Samarawickrama has travelled around the world for three and half years and modestly says he has 'done some interesting adventures'.

Dylan's book 'Am Ende der Strasse' has now been published in German, the English version 'When the Road Ends' is promised for this year! Ask him to autograph your copy at the meeting!

Joshua Steinberg

Joshua Steinberg, Wetzlos Weltwärts

Africa East Coast
Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa

We travelled the African East Coast from October 2020 until February 2022 with two Honda CRF250L on our own. We covered 50.000 kilometers with 40 percent offroad tracks. Our focus is always on the exchange with the amazing people we meet along the road. Against all odds, we had a wonderful time on the road and the world is still as amazing as it was before. Covid virus, civil war, corruption, and violence could never change the fact that the people of this world are just great and the hospitality is even greater where you least expect it.

We want to tell the stories of all those who inspired us, all those who helped us, all those who will always be in our hearts and travel with us ever since we met them. Some positive vibes don't kill anybody these days, so come around and listen to our stories.

JOSHUA STEINBERG travelled western Africa, South America, eastern Africa, and parts of Asia and Europe by motorcycle. All in all, 150.000 kilometers and 60 countries. Less is more for us. Small budget, small bikes, small tent. Ride on!

Joshua Steinberg, Night camp

Sjaak Lucassen.

Sjaak Lucassen (Netherlands)

2 Decades World Travel & Adventure

A tour through all the travels and (winter) adventures, done on sports bikes, by a mad Dutchmen.

From the moment that it all started until the ultimate goal, a ride to the North Pole, in the near future, that's what the presentation, enlivened with videos, photos and a healthy dose of humour will cover. In between we experience a 3 years and 160,000 kilometre lasting World Travel on a Fireblade, during the time that communication with the home front still went by fax! We travel 250,000 kilometre around the world on an R1 on a very extreme way! We tackle the North Cape successfully - in the winter – after an earlier attempt had to be broken off due to worn homemade studs.

Sjaak Lucassen at Pyramids, Egypt.

We visit the USA and Canada for a ride through temperatures colder then minus 30 and we ride over the Polar Ice north of Alaska, towing a huge sledge. Info on www.R1goesExtreme.com

Because motorcycle vacations felt always too short I started to travel. Before I knew it I got bitten by the travel bug. The result was that I spent about 10 years of my live on the road, using rather unusual bikes. I ride sport bikes. The reason is simple. I find it more important to use the right bike for my heart then the right bike for the terrain. During time my travels became more and more extreme. The last one was on the Polar Ice north of Alaska. The next one hopefully to the North Pole.

Josephine Flohr and Daniel Rintz

Josephine Flohr & Daniel Rintz, Open-Explorers

Putting Off the Finishing Line
The highs and lows of 6 years motorcycling around the world. Can a favourite place in the world be found?

Daniel set off to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle many years ago. Halfway into the trip (Germany – New Zealand), he found the love of his life, Josephine. Like Daniel, Jo loves travelling and it didn't take much to get her excited about motorcycles. On two bikes they continued the second leg of the journey together (Alaska – Argentina). At some point, enjoying dinner, camping on the beach somewhere, another traveller asked us: "What will you do when you've reached your destination (Ushuaia) in a few days? Return home?" Our souls were filled with wonderful experiences while our pockets were running out of money. Daniel and Jo had only played with the idea of shipping the bikes to Cape Town and ride home through Africa. Without giving his answer too much thought, Daniel replied: "We're more afraid of going back home to a regular life than facing Africa without money." Josephine and Daniel talk about the highs and lows of six years motorcycle travel, covering five continents, 100 countries - riding solo and as a couple.

Daniel and Josephine are from Germany. He's been riding motorcycles since he was 7 years old. When he was first allowed to ride on the road at the age of 18, the bike naturally became an essential instrument for exploring the world. Josephine has loved travelling for as long as she can remember. She used to be a backpacker, but became a motorcycle traveller when she met "someone". They have been riding around the world on two bikes ever since.

Elephant camp visitors.

Leonie Sinnige and Peter Scheltens

Leonie Sinnige and Peter Scheltens, Amsterdam to Anywhere

Trip Report
Our Packing List

1. Amsterdam to Anywhere: Trip Report

Leonie and Peter quit their jobs and rented out the house to travel around the world riding their two trusty Honda CRF250Ls over 100,000 km through more than 50 countries on 5 continents. They explored Africa, rode through the Americas and zig-zagged across Asia to arrive back in Europe three years later. Visiting 56 countries, meeting friendly people and experiencing true hospitality. And all along the way: amazing wildlife, beautiful nature, delicious food and great riding! An amazing journey they want to share with you! During the presentation they will give you a seat on their bikes to ride around the world together. Telling you about the amazing hospitality in Libya, the hippos next to their tent in Kenya, New Years celebrations at the most southern tip of the world, exploring ancient Inca routes in Peru, plowing through the snow in Canada, using the Motorcycle Highway in Malaysia, riding through ever-smiling Myanmar, making new friends in Pakistan and riding on top of the world in the Himalayas. All of this, of course, with lots and lots of pictures! They hope to inspire you to get on your bike and start exploring our beautiful world!

Leonie Sinnige and Peter Scheltens on the road.

2. Amsterdam to Anywhere: Our Packing List
What to take and how to pack? Inside information about our packing list, the gear and the luggage system.

How many pairs of socks? Do we need a satellite telephone? Which tools are you using? What tent do you sleep in? Where to pack your gas stove? Which medication did you take? Why did you use soft luggage instead of hard panniers? Where did you keep your laptop? How many kilo's did you carry? Before Leonie and Peter left on their trip, they had hundreds of questions like this. They asked friends who had been on the road, read travel reports and visited an HU Meeting to find answers. The information helped them enormously to prepare for the trip.

Now, after having been on the road for almost three years, they want to help future adventurers to prepare for their trip and answer all of these questions. There are 1001 different ways to pack your bike for a long trip, so there is no 'perfect way'. They will focus on the gear they chose and packing all your stuff on the bike. They will share their packing list, show you their favorite items, tell what you should not forget, but also what you should definitely leave at home. Lots of practical information, with pictures and opportunity to see and feel the gear from up close.

Alexander Conrad

Alexander Conrad

Northern North America
From New York across Canada to Prudhoe Bay - The Dalton Highway

After shipping his motorcycle to the United States, Alexander started out from New York City to explore the wild and remote parts of North America. During five months of his journey, he rode up north along the historic "Alaska Highway" where he discovered the wilderness of Alberta, the Yukon Territory, and Klondike by also driving the lonely "Top of the World Highway". When he got to Alaska, he made it all the way to the northern end of the continent by reaching Deadhorse and Prudhoe Bay after accomplishing the remote stretch of the "Dalton Highway". Escaping the quick approaching winter, he then headed south along the "Stewart-Cassiar Highway", crossing British Columbia and the Rocky Mountains back into the US.

He will share his experiences and encounters from the northern parts of North America and will give you some ideas of how to behave and what to do if you encounter a bear or other wildlife, which gear to choose and what the best time might be to explore Canada and Alaska. Join in for some great pictures and stories from America's north.

ALEXANDER CONRAD has traveled more than 180,000 km over the last seven years, across numerous countries in Europe, western Asia and, lately, North America. Born and raised in Germany, he is now living in California and giving "home" a short visit.

Alex on the Dalton Highway

Werner Zwick

Werner Zwick

Oman: A Relaxed Arabian Country
A country between 1,001 nights and modern life

Oman straddles the northeastern tip of the Arabian peninsula. Great mountains, deep wadis, vibrant souqs (markets) and a rich cultural heritage characterize the country. Omanis are friendly and welcoming. Only six hours flight from central Europe away, it is a great place to escape the winter for some time.

WERNER ZWICK has travelled between Alaska and Patagonia, in parts of Asia, the southern part of Africa, and in many parts of Europe.

Werner's bike

Dan Skeates.Rolf Lange.

Dan Skeates and Rolf Lange

RTW: The most important things to bring

Whether you are a well-organised German or a careless Englishman, here is what you really should prepare for a wonderful journey.

Dan - I left England without a drivers license, essential tools and the wrong clothing and still I thought I was prepared. By meeting more prepared riders (mainly German) I realised that being under prepared didn't detract from my experience but enhanced it.

Rolf - Having had 2½ years before I started out for my round-the-world trip, I felt well prepared and organised: off-road trainings, vaccinations, first aid course, photo workshops, and interviews with mechanics – I did it all. Being prepared in a pretty much perfect way made me feel safer, but it did not teach me what is really important on a long journey through foreign countries.

Rolf Lange.

Being open-minded, having a positive attitude and permanently wearing a smile are prerequisites to maximising your enjoyment. It's all about the people; those daily random encounters wherever you stop or whenever you need help make the adventure perfect.

In an entertaining way, Dan and Rolf will describe why your pack list is not the most important thing before setting out and how the wonderful people of the world made their amazing adventures so unique. Come with an open mind, ask many questions and contribute as much as you want to make this presentation the one that makes you say 'It's my turn to feed my soul'.

Dan from England and Rolf from Germany, typical stereotypes of their home countries. Dan under prepared and carefree and Rolf fully prepared & organised. They both rode for over 500 days but only 15 together; they had amazing experiences in a combined total of over 50 different countries on 5 continents.

Frank Voellm.

Frank Voellm

Holy Cow! – Going Naked in India
and Zig-zagging from Ushuaia to Alaska

Holy Cow! – Going Naked in India

Double-crossing India and Nepal. 33.000 km, 15 months. From Ladakh to Kanyakumari , from the Punjab to Nagaland and through Nepal. Twice.

At first glance the little KTM Duke 390 might not be the perfect bike for dirt roads and white water crossings in the Himalayas of India and Nepal, but she's naked alright, and on her I managed to dodge all the holy cows the traffic mayhem of the two Hindu countries could throw at me in 1 ½ years. Trust me, many a time I shouted expletives of a stronger nature than just an astonished 'holy cow' into my helmet. In the end, it was all worth it, though!

Incredible India is the official slogan, and truer words were never spoken! From the Taj Mahal to the beaches of Goa, the soaring, ancient temples of Tamil Nadu or the splendid forts and palaces of Rajastan, that's what comes to mind when India is mentioned. There is a very different India too, little visited, hidden and difficult to get to - harsh passes and bad roads leading over high passes of the Himalayas to Tibet. This presentation will have you itching to saddle your steed and head east asap!

Frank Voellm on the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

Zig-zagging from Ushuaia to Alaska

Three years. 150.000 km. If I wanted to have a good look at the Americas a 2nd time, that's what I'd do agian!

Crossing an ocean by ship was one of my childhood dreams. The opportunity finally came when I was in my mid-40s and boarded the Grimaldi freighter in Hamburg bound for Buenos Aires. That was in 2010, just two months after I had been here at my first ever HU meeting in Germany.

Juri Klusak.

Juri Klusak

Towing - two bikes, one engine

Ever broke down in the middle of nowhere with no way of fixing? If you're with a buddy, towing bike by bike is the way out.

After getting stuck on a Laotian dirt track last year, having to tow bike to bike for two hours on dirt in the dark and then towing over 100k to the next city, our so far basic towing abilities had to improve rapidly. Having towed about 200k on part of our RTW trip, we'd like to share what we've learnt, see how you address the issue and discuss the pros and cons of different techniques.

Towing is an awkward way of riding your bike, but practice and know-how can save your day - or even more. This workshop will start with a short introduction, video footage and a bit of theory basics and then give a demonstration of towing "peg to peg". You can bring your own bike and give it a go, to get a feel for it and help if needed.

We believe that everyone riding as a team should be able to tow each other - so get a rope and practice!

Juri Klusak's bike.

Juri says: "I am 26, study geography in Kiel. Travelled a month on an old Heinkel Tourist scooter through Norway in 2011 and spent the last 20 months on the road attempting an RTW - then my Mom got a heart attack and I had to return prematurely from Malaysia. I am quite into photography and luckily could get a bunch of sponsors for my trips - travelling is not easy at 600€ a month... My website is currently being rebuilt, if you like check out my pictures on Flicker.

Angeluss Gruenner

Angeluss Gruenner

Safety on the Road
Coming back in one piece

Nach mehrfacher nachfrage präsentiere ich euch nach langer Zeit wieder das "SAFETY ON THE ROAD". Um möglichst lange zu leben muss man alles tun damit einem sein Leben nicht künstlich verkürzt wird. Daher: SICHERHEIT UNTERWEGS IST DAS HÖCHSTE GEBOT!!!!!! Besucht meinen Vortrag um euch mit dem Wissen zu rüsten wie man Gefahren am wirkungsvollsten abwehrt.

Angeluss has circumnavigated the world on a boat with his parents for 24 years. Then he traveled South America for eight years on a motorbike.

Items for staying safe on the road.

Filippo Fania

Filippo Fania, 2 Live The Dream

Solving Mechanical and Electrical Problems
No worries - all you need is some basic knowledge and lots of creativity.

This will be an interactive workshop where we will focus on what people are interested in. Bring your questions and problems, and together will try to find a solution - in particular for electrical and electronics issues. Bring your bike and show us also your modifications and special fixes. Filippo will explain and present some modifications that have proven very helpful during his world-trip with his wife, Heike.

Filippo has extensively travelled the world by motorcycle, truck, 4x4. He has huge experience in motorcycle mechanics and, in particular, the electricals and electronics. He's also organiser of the HU Meeting in Switzerland.

Filippo riding

Sjaak Lucassen

Sjaak Lucassen, R1 Goes Extreme

Travel Tips
Inventive tips which have proven to be great value

Being on the road, you need to be creative, especially when you have to repair your bike or gear in the middle of nowhere. What we think that does not work in 'civilised' countries seems to work if you need it to! Looking at a 'problem' while throwing the conventional (conservative) thinking away and by seeing it as a challenge rather than an annoying issue will bring you, in the end, not only a good result, but also a great story to tell. Sjaak will give several examples that were of great value to him. Presented with his usual humour, Sjaak also hopes you'll bring in your experiences and stories.

Sjaak started to travel because motorcycle vacations always felt too short. Before he knew it, he was bitten by the travel bug, resulting in about 10 years of his life on the road using rather unusual bikes. Sjaak rides sport bikes. The reason is simple: he finds it more important to use the right bike for his heart than for the terrain. Over time, his travels became more and more extreme. The last one was on the polar ice north of Alaska. Next goal is to reach the North Pole with the bike that he is currently building, 'aRctic1'.

Sjaak Lucassen riding on polar ice.

Angelus Grunner

Angelus Grunner

HJ-KC!
Nahrung für unterwegs (Food for the Road)

(GE) Der Lebensmittelexperte Angelus bringt einem in einem unvergesslichen und hinreisenden Wörkschopp bei wie man in der Wildnis sich ernährt. Seien Sie dabei bei diesem hinreisenden Thema rund ums Essen!

(EN) Food expert Angelus teaches you how to feed yourself in the wild in an unforgettable and adventurous workshop. Be part of this enthralling topic all about food!

ANGELUS GRUNNER: 23 Jahre fuhr ich zur See, 10 Jahre zu Land.
Angelus has sailed for 25 years and 10 years overland.

Werner's bike

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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

Exhibitors (To Be Confirmed)

In Time Forwarding and Courier.

In Time Forwarding & Courier - Das Unternehmen wurde im April 1997 gegründet mit dem Grundsatz der individuellen Kundenbetreuung. Wir bieten Luftfrachttransporte ebenso wie Seetransporte und Lkw-Verladungen - im nationalen wie internationalen Bereich, import- wie exportseitig. Unsere Lagerflächen werden individuell innerhalb und außerhalb des Freihafens angemietet. Ein optimaler Transportablauf und ein reibungsloser Kommunikationsfluss ist fester Bestandteil unserer Firmenphilosophie. Hieraus entstand im Jahr 1998 die Sparte der Motorradtransporte.


Our enterprise was founded in April 1997 in line with the principle of individual customer support. We offer airfreight and maritime transport as well as truck loading - in national and international business - for import and export. Our depots are rented inside and outside the free port of Hamburg. Optimal transport and smooth communication are integral parts of our company's philosophy. In 1998, this was the origin of our division Motorcycle Transports.
Overland Adventure - our passion for technical perfection and quality standards make your dream trip possible.

Overland Adventure

Overland Adventure is a motorcycle expedition company specializing in parts and accessories for Touring and long on and off road travel. Our passion for technical perfection and quality standards make your dream trip possible. We offer you the best you can get on the market!

Lone Rider logo

Lone Rider - Brings you the highest quality equipment for adventure motorcycle riders, without compromise between form and function. Adventure motorcycle equipment, including the MotoTent, ADV Tent, and motorbike luggage system.

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

If you'd like to secure your place in the Adventure Travel Zone, there's a pre-registration form for Authors & Film-Makers and a booking form for Trade Stands.

Horizons Unlimited Germany Ride-outs

Some folks will be going on ride-outs in this awesome riding area. You are welcome to join them! Note: These are NOT organised by Horizons Unlimited.

Ride-outs are limited to 6 or 10 people per ride, no exceptions.

All rides will be back on site at or before 5.00pm

  • Road Rides - two planned, details to come.
  • Off-road - we could use some help - any ideas, locations, routes, off-road tracks?

All rides are "register on the day." There will be signup sheets for each ride posted the evening before. First in best dressed.

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Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

The event will be held at:

Naturresort Waldglück (formerly Campingplatz Pfrimmtal)
Pfrimmerhof 3
67729 Sippersfeld
Telefon (06357) 9753 -80

Campingplatz Pfrimmtal. Campingplatz Pfrimmtal.

Jens has found a great venue! Official Campground in beautiful surroundings features:

  • Separate Camping Area for Groups
  • Fireplace
  • Great toilets and real showers – finally!
  • German/Greek Restaurant on the spot (lunch, dinners and breakfast)
  • Swimming in several lakes possible (depends on the weather!)
  • Good for hiking
  • Fishing possible
  • Absolutely quiet – no traffic around!
  • Great Barn for slide shows
  • Cabins/mobilhomes and apartments are also available

Campingplatz Pfrimmtal.

Great riding in one of the best riding areas of Germany – the Pfälzer Wald! The famous Motorcycle Meeting Point "Johanniskreuz" is just around the corner... Endless turns with nearly no traffic! Plenty of attractions in the area - see list!

Tech session in the big tent, HU Germany meeting.

There will stil be the big tent!

Camping

Camping is €15 per person per night, which is our cost, no markup, and a super bargain. There is lots of room for camping!

Campingplatz Pfrimmtal. Campingplatz Pfrimmtal.

Cabins/Mobilhomes and Apartments

NOT included in your registration fee. You must book soon if you want a cabin or other accommodation, as they WILL FILL UP!

Please book directly through the campground - Telefon (06357) 9753-80 and pay them for your cabin.

PLEASE NOTE: Booking a cabin DOES NOT register you for the meeting, you will still have to register as usual and pay the full registration fee.

Food

NOT included in your registration price. There is a Greek/German restaurant serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

 

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

PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING FOR FULL PASSES

Includes admission to all slide shows, workshops and demos.
Camping is NOT included. Meals are NOT included.

Pre-Register & Pay before:

Event Price

1 September 2023

€39 (saves €16)

24 October 2023

€49 (saves €6)

AT THE EVENT PRICING (APPLIES AFTER 24 Oct)

Pay Cash on Arrival

Full Pass

€55



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"So many trips, tips, subjects, discussions, questions, answers, experiences, insights... I could go on and on. I will be back, and back, and back."

"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."

"You'll see and hear the most useful ideas on so many subjects that it boggles the mind."

"Full of very inspiring people who got me fired up again and motivated for my next trip!"

"What a fantastic inspirational weekend...we will be back."

"I have picked up so much information... and met some new friends and wonderful people."

"...a new league of awesomeness."

"Great atmosphere and camaraderie, especially at dinner time, and interesting presentations."

"I have learned so much, made some great mates and met some of the best people. I was buzzing by the time I got home. I have a little trip planned and just can't wait to get out there."

For more about HU Events, see some magazine articles here.

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.

Deutschland flag. Deutsche

Poster in pdf format, Deutsche (1.6 MB) full colour Event poster:

HU Germany autumn 2023 meeting poster, Deutsch.



UK flag. English

Poster in pdf format, English (1.5 MB) full colour Event poster:

HU Germany autumn 2023 meeting poster, English.


Postcard in pdf format, English (487 kb) full colour Event postcard, can be printed
4 to a page (1.3 MB):

Horizons Unlimited Germany autumn 2023 postcard - English.

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

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, greets arrivals at HUBB UK.

"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.

Advertise at HU Germany!

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

Germany Venue Location

Naturresort Waldglück
(formerly Campingplatz Pfrimmtal)
Pfrimmerhof 3
67729 Sippersfeld
49°33'07.0"N 7°57'38.0"E
49.5518078, 7.9589811

Information about the area

Located 35 km west of the City of 67549 Worms Rhein, just at the entrance of one of the best riding areas of Germany – the Pfälzer Wald!

The famous Motorcycle Meeting Point "Johanniskreuz" is just around the corner... Endless turns with nearly no traffic!

If you have any links or details for the area please let us know.

Local Host

Jens Ruprecht is the lead organizer of this event. Thanks go to Jens for volunteering to bring Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meetings to Germany, and all his hard work!

Jens Ruprecht, HU Germany local host.

Jens Ruprecht

If you have a problem contact Jens here.

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"

Next HU Eventscalendar

HU Event and other updates on the HUBB Forum "Traveller's Advisories" thread.
ALL Dates subject to change.

2023:

2024:

  • California: April 18-21
  • Virginia: April 25-28
  • Germany Summer: May
  • CanWest: July 11-14
  • Switzerland: August
  • Romania: August
  • Ecuador: September
  • France: Septembert
  • Austria: September
  • South Africa
  • Queensland: Oct 4-7
  • Germany Autumn: Nov.

Add yourself to the Updates List for each event!

Questions about an event? Ask here

HUBBUK: info

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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.

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.