HU Travellers Meeting Germany Summer 2013

Horizons Unlimited 10th Deutschland Travellers Meeting

Friday May 17 - Monday May 20, 2013 - Ober-Liebersbach, Deutschland

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It's All About Overland Adventure

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

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

Horizons Unlimited Germany Summer Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Friday, May 17 to Monday, May 20, 2013. Organizers will be there most of Thursday, hopefully Thursday evening, if anyone wishes to arrive early and just hang out or go for a ride in the area. There is no problem arriving even a couple of days early, our hosts will be happy to see you and feed you, and camping is free. Please LET US KNOW you will be arriving early.

Schedule will be posted here, with a print version as well, when it's ready...

...so check back and plan what you want to see. The schedule is subject to change, so don't hold our feet to the fire - stuff happens! But we will try very hard to ensure that it goes off as planned. Check the latest schedule to be posted at the meeting on the day.

All times - and everything - approximate!

An up-to-date schedule will be posted at the Meeting.

Friday afternoon (May 17)

CHECK-IN and sign up! You MUST be registered to go on a ride or entry to any events, seminars etc.

Friday night

21:00 Speakers presentations start sharp at 2100, so be sure you've eaten early!

Saturday morning (May 18)

8:00 - Breakfast, all morning, €5

8:30 - 9:00 Late Check-in.

9:00 Ride briefing. Be fueled up and ready to ride if you're going.

Saturday Lunch

From 11:30, served all day. Payable to the venue on the day. Range of specials from the blackboard served all day, various excellent prices. Vegetarian meals available.

Saturday afternoon,

Ride-outs - details here if you're riding on your own.

On road runs - we'll post a sheet of paper up for you to add your name to a destination, volunteers to lead appreciated!

Tech Seminar, details to come. If you want to volunteer to lead a seminar or breakout session, on any appropriate topic, please contact us. We have had lots of interest in seminars, ranging from 30 minutes to several hours, on subjects from GPS to packing lists to tire changing.

Saturday, dinner

See Saturday lunch above.

19:00 sharp:

Speakers presentations

21:00 (not sharp) - Door prizes - you have to be there to win!

Sunday morning (May 19)

8:00 - Breakfast, all morning, €5

8:30 - 9:00 Late Check-in.

9:00 Ride briefing. Be fueled up and ready to ride if you're going.

Sunday Lunch

From 11:30, served all day. Payable to the venue on the day. Range of specials from the blackboard served all day, various excellent prices. Vegetarian meals available.

Sunday afternoon,

Ride-outs - details here if you're riding on your own.

On road runs - we'll post a sheet of paper up for you to add your name to a destination, volunteers to lead appreciated!

Tech Seminar, details to come. If you want to volunteer to lead a seminar or breakout session, on any appropriate topic, please contact us. We have had lots of interest in seminars, ranging from 30 minutes to several hours, on subjects from GPS to packing lists to tire changing.

Sunday, dinner

See Sunday lunch above.

19:00 sharp:

Speakers presentations

21:00 (not sharp) - Door prizes - you have to be there to win!

Monday (May 20)

Breakfast served from 8:00, €5

Clean up and head home, or for more interesting places!

Presenters at HU Germany Summer 2013 include...

Uli Steinmann.Annaleen Steinmann.

Uli and Annaleen Steinmann

Silk road

Pictures and short movies from our trip through Iran, Turkmenistan, Kirgisistan, Uzbekistan, China and Pakistan.

Wie viele Kamele sind auf dem Bild.

Wüstencamp.

Donato Nicoletti.

Donato Nicoletti

Lone Ride Around

A guy, his Harley, 14 months, 23 countries and 60.000 kms to take a long breath across Asia: Caucasus, the 'Stans, China, Pakistan, India, Thai, Lao, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia and Russia.

Crossing a bridge in Pakistan.

 

Jan van Gulik

Silk road Uzbekistan and Kirghistan

Slideshow of a trip from Kazakhstan through Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Russia.

Jalal-Abad.

Martin & Pepi Jungowski.

Martin & Pepi Jungowski

Cambodia two-up on a Baja 250

Three weeks, two people, one backpack, one bike, twofifty cc - a quick dip into Cambodia. As part of a longer five week journey through south east Asia we spent almost three weeks in Cambodia on a rented 250ccm Honda Baja, travelling through the country two-up. From Phnom Phen to Angkor Wat, Kratie, Banlung, via the joungle route to Sen Monorom, and back.

Martin Jungowski.

Pepi Jungowski.

Alex Conrad.

Alex Conrad

There is another choice!

After working as an engineer in the US and Germany, 'burned out' and depressed, Alexander found Jupiters Travels, bought a motorcycle, left everything behind and took off, though southern Europe and into Asia. He'll tell you how he came to the decision!

Alex Conrad.

Educational Sessions

--- First Aid Course for motorcyclists ---

It will be on Saturday around 10 - 12 AM. We got one person from the ASB (Arbeiter Samariter Bund), very well known in Germany, similar to the Red Cross. It won't be an official Course, that means no papers for nobody, but the person who runs it, also runs official courses, that means he gives very good and updated information. And - it is for free!

Hanno Krusken:

--- Tooling workshop... get dirty ---

"I will show you all tools you need to fix your bike without carrying a full grown workshop or trailer behind. We will discuss what minimum tools are needed, simple tricks and lots of knowledge... usually this workshop will extend to very individual FAQ after the main workshop and is open ended. Workshop will be held in English and German crossover if needed..."

--- How to get a 2nd set of legal German Documents ---

"How to get two complete legal sets of Passports, international driving licences, international vehicle registration, double green card and so on... yeah German bureaucracy... don't be scared..."

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 contact me here to volunteer.

Here's what we had in 2012:

Get Inspired!

  • 2-wheels 1-world 0-money
    • Daniel Rintz
      A day-dreamer rides around the world on a motorcycle, surviving on the money he makes on the way, until he finds what he what he wasn't even looking for.
      War zone borders, engine trouble and the difficulties of making money to survive couldn't outweigh the thrill of adventure and discovery I encountered while motorcycling around the world for over two and a half years. This is an intimate portrait of the changes a man experiences after numerous encounters with foreign cultures and beliefs.
    • Daniel, born October 30th '77, Filmmaker, Designer, Handy-Harry, and who is known to be creative, spontaneous, curious, impulsive, restless and yet sometimes absent-minded.
      Why am I an Open-Explorer? Traveling is my passion. It always appeals to me to expose myself to difficult situations. I'm convinced that this will make me grow. Experiences from extensive previous travels have changed the way I see the world today. With the Open-Explorers project I hope to take things a step further and attempt to prove to myself that it's possible to travel this world under the least luxurious circumstances which inevitably are going to make me dive into different lifestyles more deeply.
      I'd be delighted to find other people encouraged to travel themselves and therefore lead the world's course towards more goodness. I believe that the exceptional and intense experiences made during a journey lead to a pattern of behaviour that is defined by tolerance, understanding and good nature.

    Daniel

  • South America to Ushuaia
    • Richard Winter, TravellingStrom, Australia, on RTW,
      Heading south, destination Dakar Rally and the southern tip

  • Social media on travels (Live Podcast),
    • Claudio Gnypek (muthoka) and Sonja Ritter
      Welche social media kann ich für Motorradreisen nutzen? Erfahrungen und Praxistipps von Teilnehmenden sind erwünscht.
      What can I use social media for motorcycle trips? Experiences and practical tips from participants are welcome.

  • Claudio Gnypek and Sonja Ritter social media workshop, HU Germany 2012.

  • "theotherway" to Asia
    • Marc Wibbels
      From green woods to dry deserts -passing the deepest salt lakes and highest mountains in the world.

  • Arizona to the Panama Canal
    • Lynn Brown (USA) & Thomas Beez (Germany) will share their eight-nation tour from Arizona to the Panama Canal. The trip lasted five weeks and covered 10,000 km (6,200 miles), exploring eight countries and negotiated nine international border crossings. Lynn and Thomas visited colonial cities, rode the Devil's Spine (one of the 10 best motorcycle roads in the world), explored old mining towns and ancient Mayan ruins in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. The trip also included Costa Rica, Belize, and crossing the Bridge of the Americas over the Panama Canal. We plan to continue the journey in 2012 into South America.
  • Alles klar, my best friend?
    • Martin and Pepi Jungowski
      A trip around Tunisia in October 2011, right before their first free elections after ousting Ben Ali.

    Tunisia 2011
    Tunisia 2011


  • On 50 Euros to the Mediterrean Coast (as written about in Tourenfahrer)
    • Jens Ruprecht, Germany, HU Germany meeting organizer and Edelweiss tour guide
      Durchgebissen: Für 50 Euro ans Mittelmeer?

  • The Frog Princess
    • Benedikt Frank
      Germany to Nepal: The story of a little green motorcycle on the way from Germany to Nepal - via Iran, Central Asia, China and Pakistan
  • Patagonia
    • Jens Ruprecht, Germany

Learn!

  • GPS Technical Seminars:
    • "Bertrand"
      1 - Adding Google Earth IMGs to GPS
      2 - Getting and adding maps from OpenSource
      3 - Creating Custom POI's
  • Electrical Gremlins workshop
    • Workshop, by Ben Frank

  • BMW F650 Modifications
    • Workshop, by Bertrand
  • Cheeky, sneaky, legal backup preparation - German Documents
    • Hanno Krusken (spooky)
      I came back from my local vehicle registration office today, for extension and renewing some of my documents for traveling. Lots of cheeky tips on how to get a 2nd or even 3rd set of all travel documents in Germany, that including a 2nd Passport, 2nd int.driving license, 2nd int. vehicle license and how to get some more original green-cards for free out of the insurance companies, all perfectly legal. So there would not be any need to colour copy and laminate any of this papers for the risk of being called a fraud to fool foreign police officers. Now this workshop is very heavily regarded to the German documents and authorities, how to get them legally. This workshop would be most interesting for the international HU members on the meeting as well to listen, that the Germans are not that over correct as they may appear to be... :) Anyway, the international HU-members on the German HU-meeting would be able to use this workshop, to adapt for there own needs and national conditions, so I will hold this workshop in English with German inlays for the Germans for better understanding.
  • DIY tools workshop "help-your-self"
    • Hanno Krusken (spooky)
      With this DIY-workshop I would like to support other HU members to do their own service, show what minimal tools they need to be able to actually do their own service or emergency repair, not being worried about getting dirty or helpless in such situations.
  • Fix that flat! How to change a tire anytime, anywhere
    • Workshop
      How to prevent flats in the first place, and fix them when you get one. The best tools and how to use them for tube and tubeless tires. Hands on practical and tire changing contest for beginners to experts!

    Jens Ruprecht demonstrates tire changing, HU Germany meeting.
    Tech session

  • How to write and publish your travel book!
    • Jens Ruprecht, Germany
      Want to get your story published and on Amazon? Jens did it, and here's how!
  • Women only
  • a very popular session - I'm told it's 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!

The only picture from the HU Germany women only session.

Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

Have Fun! Field Events

Not sure what they're doing, but looks like fun! HU Germany 2012 event.

Not sure what they're doing, but it looks like fun!

The fine art of the helmet toss, HU Germany meeting.

The fine art of the helmet toss

Horizons Unlimited Germany 2013 Ride-outs

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?


The cost of going on any ride is included in the registration fee.

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

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

The event will be held at:

Gasthaus „Zur Schneeburg“
69509 Ober-Liebersbach
(30 min. north of Heidelberg)

Gasthaus Zur Schneeburg, Ober-Liebersbach, Germany. Garden at Gasthaus Zur Schneeburg, Germany.

Participants at the HU Germany 2012 meeting.

Enjoying the nice weather at the HU Germany meeting.

Enjoying the lovely summer weather!

Tech session in the big tent, HU Germany meeting.

Tech session in the big tent

Camping

Camping IS included in your registration. There is lots of room for camping!

Evening at the HU Germany meeting.

Food

Is NOT included in your registration price.

Served all day, breakfast €5 from 08.00 every day, then hot meals from 11:30 till 22.00, a wide and varied menu - typical dishes of the area (Odenwald), including vegetarian, at reasonable prices. Try the Odenwald Äppelwoi! (applewine).

Good hearty food! Salad plate.