HU Travellers Meeting North Carolina 2018


Horizons Unlimited 15th North Carolina Travellers Meeting

Thursday Sep 20 - Sunday Sep 23, 2018 - Stecoah, North Carolina

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 Switzerland 2018.

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 North Carolina Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Thursday, Sep 20 to Sunday, Sep 23, 2018.

The Registration Tent will open for check-ins at 1 pm on Thursday, Sep 20, with the first presentations beginning at 6 pm. Last presentations will be Saturday night.

There will be slide shows and tech clinics on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and all day Saturday. Come early and make it a great weekend! We recommend riding on Thursday and Sunday, and participating in the presentations and clinics in the evenings, Friday and Saturday.

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.

We do get some characters at Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meetings!

Presenters at HU North Carolina 2018 so far...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below

Toby Shannon

Toby Shannon, Around The Block Moto Adventures

Budget Ride South America on a 250cc /
Chasing the Dakar in South America /
Youngest Rider Ever Around South America

Budget Ride South America on a 250cc
Navigate the countries and borders of South America on a local bike

There's definitely a strong "South America" theme going on here! Don't have six months or a year to ride all the way down to South America? Will a $5,000 round-trip bike shipping fee kill the budget for your hoped-for "Epic Ride"? Toby shares the ins and outs of buying a NEW bike in South America and successfully navigating possible pitfalls of a 1-3 month journey, including all other expenses... for less than the shipping cost alone!

Chasing the Dakar in South America
Plan and follow your own Dakar race

For many of us, the chance to get up close to the most famous race in the world is on our bucket list. We may find out roughly where it is going, but how can you follow and spectate a race whose route is pretty much a secret? Toby teaches how to make sense of the many route data and clues, how to keep up with the pace, and how to get close to the action. Do this just for the Dakar or as part of a larger journey in South America!

Toby Shannon's water crossing on a motorcycle

Youngest Rider Ever Around South America
"Coming of age" after 10,000 km on a father-and-son ride around South America

Someone gave Toby the idea that a young man needs an Epic Journey (with danger!) to "become a man". What better mode than on motorcycles? So Toby and 16-year-old son Luke set off on a 42-day, 10,000+ km, 4-country ride on two 250cc on/off road bikes rented from friends. With little research, they rode from central Peru to Iguazu Falls and back. Accidents, flat tires, running border crossings, and getting lost trying to get to the original site of the Lost World/Jurassic Park were just part and parcel of the adventure!

TOBY SHANNON grew up (on motorcycles!) in the Amazon of Peru. He was a motorcycle adventure guide. He and wife Sara now run a stop-over in the Peruvian Andes for RTW "motoqueros" where they lodge riders and fix bikes! They also prepare local motorcycles for those wishing to do their own "Epic Ride" of South America.

Ron Youngs

Ron Youngs, Ron's Retirement Adventure

Across Russia on a VStrom
Riding to the Sahara Desert in Mongolia
Exploring Turkey by Motorcycle

Across Russia on a VStrom
From Germany to Vladivostok, with a side-trip to Mongolia

After riding through Europe for the past five summers, I decided to bring my motorcycle home to Illinois by way of Moscow, Siberia, Mongolia and Vladivostok. Riding through Russia is a marvelous experience, but you must be prepared for a very long trip. Russia is vast, and the cities and people are friendly and fun. Some highlights would be breaking my ankle while trying to navigate gravel roads in Mongolia, and being briefly held in a Siberian jail when I rode into the city where Russia is building its newest spaceport.

Ron Youngs in Greece.

Riding to the Sahara Desert in Mongolia
From Germany, through France and Spain, and onward to Morocco

For the past five years, Heidelberg, Germany has been my base where I keep my VStrom. I have explored all of Europe and Turkey. Last summer, I rode through Spain and Morocco to the Sahara Desert. Exploring Morocco by motorcycle is marvelous. Highlights include the famous "Blue City", the imperial city of Fez, the Atlas Mountains, staying in Souks, and riding camels through the Sahara sand dunes.

Exploring Turkey by Motorcycle
It should be on everyone's bucket list

Turkey is a country of contrasts: modern, yet mysterious. Riding there lets you visit some of the most beautiful mosques in the world, explore the Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Even the ancient Romans enjoyed traveling to Turkey where they visited the ancient city of Troy, the honeycombed city of Cappadocia (where today's tourists stay in caves and ride hot air balloons in the early morning), and hiking at night to see the burning mountain fires of which many myths were told. Part of the experience, if you can visit at the right time of the year, is celebrating the end of each day's fast with the locals during Ramadan.

RON YOUNGS has ridden through Alaska, Europe, parts of Africa, and Australia over the past five years. You may have seen him at previous HU North Carolina Travellers Meetings, HUBBUK and HU Germany (where he presented). He's here to share the highlights and insights of his most recent adventures.

Tammy Perry

Tammy Perry, On The Go

Jungles of Cambodia: Beyond Angkor Wat
GPS: How Do They Work and Do I Need One?

Jungles of Cambodia: Beyond Angkor Wat
Four strangers become the Laptop Sherpas in Cambodia

Sometimes the planning is the funnest part - maps, routes, gear, and accommodations; winter nights up late ordering parts and dreaming of the people, places and things you'll get to see and do. For some solo travelers, the freedom of not having to plan is what makes the trip an adventure. Other times, though, adventures happen because of the "flow". My original plan was to go to Thailand to find a co-working space and get down and dirty with a work project, then rent a little bike for some solo weekend tours. I asked an online moto friend about riding Thailand and somehow, months later, I found myself on a rented motorcycle, with three strangers, on a three-week ride through the jungles of Cambodia delivering laptops and training to a makeshift school in a tiny village. Have you ever traveled with a stranger? Two men and two women travel in close quarters for three weeks. There was some blood, lots of sweat and a few tears. Find out what happened...

Laptop Sherpas and class in Cambodia.

Tammy and two other riders.

GPS: How Do They Work and Do I Need One?
Handheld, turn-by-turn, cell phone, tracker... help me decide!

GPS technology changes every year. If you are trying to decide whether you need to buy or upgrade your GPS, this is the presentation for you. In 40 minutes, we'll cover what the different models do, how they work, and what's best for your particular needs. Maybe you don't "need" one at all!

In 2014, TAMMY PERRY quit her job, sold and gave everything away and set forth on the life adventure of location independence. It's about thinking of yourself as part of a unified engine for creating a better world and a better future for humanity. It's about resisting everything that divides us and uniting beyond petty ideas of borders, nationalities and religions. What do I stand for? Peace, understanding, collaboration, multiculturalism, lifelong learning, love, epic adventures, acceptance, and all of this, right now, in this moment.

Tammy has been on her KLR from St. John's to Vancouver, and back through the northern U.S.. Then to Guatemala via HU California. She rode the Great Divide from Banff to Mexico on her Super-Sherpa, returning to Newfoundland. Her recent adventure in Cambodia was on a rented Honda 250.

"You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all." - Maya Angelou.

Mike Fitterling

Mike Fitterling, Road Dog Publications

Writing and Publishing Your Story
What makes a good book? And, once written, how to go about getting your story published

Mike describes what makes a good adventure travel book that will appeal to more than just fellow riders. He covers the writing process, including technical dos and don'ts on building your book. Once you've written a good story, you have many options for getting it out to the public. Mike outlines your options, including the pros and cons of the different paths you can take. He explains what's involved in producing a traditionally printed book and eBooks (Kindle or Nook). Following this introduction, he's opening the floor for Q&A.

In 1997, MIKE FITTERLING was working for Lost Classics Book Company and later became Managing Editor, acquiring the company in 2010. Finding himself owner of a publishing company, his natural inclination was to turn to publishing books on motorcycling, and so in 2011, the Road Dog Publications imprint was started. In 2013, Mike became Editor of Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Magazine, the official publication of the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of North America, where he also currently serves on the Board of Directors.

Mike Fitterling with his bike.

In 2009, Mike discovered a forgotten 1968 Honda in a dusty corner of a relative's shop and applied himself to learning about fixing and riding them, which provided him a new means of adventuring. He still owns the Honda CB350, a 2011 Bonneville, and a 78 Suzuki GS550. Everything but the Triumph have been project bikes. Mike loves long-distance riding and tries to get at least one long ride in a year. Between 2009 and the end of 2016, he has put close to 150,000 miles behind him riding in the U.S. and Canada.

Curtis Nugent

Curtis Nugent

Do I Really Want To Do This?
Shakedown trip to Alaska

Find out if adventure travel by motorcycle is for you by heading to Alaska! Have you watched "Long Way Round" every winter since 2005? Still don't know if a RTW is the right thing for you? How about a shakedown trip to Alaska? Riding to Alaska will provide experiences that give you a feel for long distance motorcycle travel. A typical ride to Alaska from the lower 48 will give you four border crossings, experiences in dealing with foreign currency, and you will be able to do it all in your native language of English (unless you choose to ride through Quebec!). This presentation is of my first real long, long distance trip (10,248 miles). I made a lot of mistakes (most of them laughable) and I want to help you make your first long distance ride memorable!

Curtis Nugent

CURTIS NUGENT is living proof that you don't have to be a rich movie star (or have one as a friend) to travel the world on a motorcycle. He has been riding internationally for more than 40 years. His first global ride was from Germany to Denmark on a BMW R90S. He has ridden extensively in Europe, North America, and Mexico. Now retired from teaching, Kurt is living the dream!

Mark Carrera

Mark Carrera

Cultural Challenges in International Travel
Round-Table: Safety & Security

Cultural Challenges in International Travel

You will interact with many cultures while traveling by motorcycle. Whether it's a positive experience depends greatly on your ability to understand your encounters, endure the environment, and adapt to differences. Traveling by motorcycle opens many doors to new cultures. However, dealing with specific areas of extreme or even subtle change to your personal routine and comfort zone can be a big challenge; it can be a show-stopper. So, imagine navigating through the chaos of Bangkok at a snail's pace and the smells-sights-sounds of this extremely congested foreign world. Imagine sipping an unrecognizable beverage with herders in the vast expanses of the Saharan Desert, revel in the harshness, feel the squeak of sand under boot and tire, and the extreme isolation. How does it affect you, can you adapt, will you 'freak out' (and you will, at some point)?

At the heart of this presentation is inspiring, informing and connecting through awareness and increasing your cultural intelligence. It goes beyond using the correct handshake or donning the appropriate headwear - it's about increasing your ability to interact with someone or something that challenges who you are. You will be asked, at some point in your travels, to 'do the impossible', either literally or figuratively. Mark wants to put another tool in your pannier of knowledge to help you to meet those challenges. ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION ALSO SCHEDULED.

Round-Table: Safety & Security

Join this discussion to address your questions about adapting to and experiencing international travel with cultural intelligence.

Mark Carrera, Shafer Travel, Utah

Mark Carrera with bike

MARK CARRERA spent some of his earliest years (7-12) traveling throughout the U.S. with his 'hippy' mom using only her thumb (hitchhiking) and her wits. By his teenage years, he was exploring the west coast of Canada and the United states alone, sometimes by his own thumb and eventually by motorcycle. In 1993, Mark embarked on a six-year odyssey in central Asia, Nepal, and India. In 2010, Mark and his significant other, Luisa, roamed around Costa Rica two-up as an introductory ride to Central America. Cultural immersion and exploration is a large part of who Mark is: a global villager on the move.

Grant and Susan Johnson.

Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

How it all began. The story of Grant and Susan's 11-year trip around the world, without a plan or a clue!

Way back in 1987, before the Internet, two young and naive Canadians set out from Vancouver to ride around the world on a motorcycle. The plan (and budget) was for 3 years, but it didn't quite work out that way!

Grant steers around a road hazard - aftermath of flooding on the Pan American Highway!

Workshops and Educational Sessions

...because Horizons Unlimited meetings are about information, not just inspiration!

Farkle Walk-About / Tent+Gear Walk-About

ANNETTE STOUT is the Go-To Gal who will chat you up during the Farkle Walk-About and the Tent/Gear Walk-About. Who wouldn't want to be around that brilliant smile of hers? She's leading a group(s) around the campsite and on-site to check out how others have set up their bikes, what gear and tent they're packin', and why. Definitely a relaxed and most enjoyable way to meet new people, takes the guess work out of gear shopping, and can save you a bunch of moolah by avoiding costly purchase mistakes later.

Annette Stout and Andrew Pain at an HU Travellers Meeting

Here's Annette with Andrew Pain who could tell you a thing or two about minimalist motorcycle travel.

Grant and Susan Johnson.

Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

4 Easy Steps to Overland Travel! You can do it - we can help! Finding your way around Horizons Unlimited, other resources. Lots of great pics and video clips.

"Grant and Susan Johnson are icons in the round-the-world (RTW) motorcycling community. The Johnsons host - or more appropriately write, edit, produce, manage and coordinate Horizons Unlimited - a global network of motorcycle travelers... and a bona fide adventure motorcycling phenomenon." Dan Hilton, Rider Magazine

This seminar will be an overview of various 'How To' topics. Includes 'How to' content from the Achievable Dream series and great pics from HU Photo Contest winners!

Get Inspired on Horizons Unlimited.

Grant Johnson showing tire changing.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

Fix that flat! How to change a tire anytime, anywhere!

Grant's tire changing seminars are always well attended and appreciated. This seminar covers: 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 for beginners to experts, optional tire changing contest.

Grant Johnson's audience for Tire Changing at HU California meeting.

Grant's tire changing seminar at HU California meeting.

Grant Johnson.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

Bike mods and ergonomics!

Grant will host a bike 'Show and Tell' - bring your bike and show us your favorite travel mods. Critique and discussion.

When you picked up your new bike, did they take the time to make it fit you? You'll learn the amazing difference a properly setup bike makes to your riding fun.

Ergonomics demonstration at HU Canada West meeting.

Ergonomics demonstration at HU Canada West meeting.

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.



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

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

Horizons Unlimited North Carolina Ride-outs

Do-it-yourself Ride information

Self-guided Ride details
Tail of the Dragon / Cherohala Skyway Loop ride

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge, Cabins and Campground
1755 Lower Stecoah Road,
North Carolina 28771

For more information:
Telephone: 1-828-479-3864

John & Charlene Powell have been welcoming Horizons Unlimited to Iron Horse since 2004, and a friendlier bunch of folks we've yet to meet!

From their Website:

"Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge and Campground is a secluded 39-acre resort on Stecoah Creek in the smoky mountains of western North Carolina. We are surrounded by the splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains, which provide some of the best motorcycle riding in the world. Iron Horse is within minutes of the famous Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, the scenic Cherohala Skyway, Blue Ridge Parkway, Cherokee, Fontana Dam, and the Nantahala River Gorge. Gather around the fire at the Iron Horse Pavilion and enjoy a home cooked meal.

Fireplace in Ironhorse pavillion, Steocah, North Carolina.

Great ambience for presentations - of course it's air-conditioned!

The Pavillion includes a large screen surround sound TV with satellite/VCR/DVD, pool table, karaoke, camp store, and your favorite T-shirts and souvenirs. Check your email or browse the internet using our high speed wireless internet service. Connect with your own wireless laptop or use our public computer located in the Pavilion."

Solarium for smaller presentations, Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge, North Carolina.

Solarium for smaller presentations and casual meals

Upstairs in the pavillion.   Pavillion from creekside, Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge, North Carolina.


Accommodation is NOT included with your registration fee.

Iron Horse offers full cabin rentals, comfortable cabin rooms, creekside tent camping, RV hook-ups, and bunkhouse accommodations.

Covered bike parking and an unloading ramp are available. Guests have use of the spacious and clean wash house with showers and washer/dryer. See here for more details and rates.

NOTE: You should book early for camping and cabins. You must book directly with Ironhorse before Mar 15, 2018 to reserve rooms at the HU Special rate. Call them at 1-828-479-3864 or e-mail:

Camping facilities at the HU North Carolina meeting.

Camping facilities at the HU North Carolina meeting. Does it get any nicer?

Camping at Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge.


Meals are NOT included with your registration fee.

"Breakfast and dinner is served daily. We serve quality home cooked meals and fresh baked desserts. All meals are served in the pavilion with comfortable indoor dining, creek side on the deck, or gather round the group campfire. Dining is available for our guests only. Guests should call ahead or sign up for dinner in the morning or at check-in."

Saturday night special: Prime Rib or Fish, includes Salad Bar, Baked Potato, and Dinner Roll

Susan notes: Meals are great, and you will not go hungry! The prime rib is awesome!

Dining indoors at Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge, North Carolina. Dining outdoors at Ironhorse Motorcycle Lodge, North Carolina.

More info on their website, and a review of Iron Horse in "Motorcycle Consumer News." (128kb .pdf).

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


Includes admission to all slide shows, Tech Clinics and demonstrations
on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Accommodation and Meals are NOT included.

Pre-Register & Pay before:

Event Price

(all presentations and workshops)

Jan 31, 2018

Sep 13, 2018

54 (saves 20)

64 (saves 10)


Pay Cash or Credit card on Arrival

Full Weekend Pass

Saturday ONLY






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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.

Comments about HU North Carolina

"Thanks to everyone who planned, participated, played & presented this year! I can't describe the joy & energy & inspiration I get from these wonderful events!"

"Only went for a day; had a great ride and met some very interesting people."

"Had a blast and already looking forward to next year! Thank You!"

"Big thanks to Mike & Steve for putting together such a wonderful event! All the heart & soul you put into it gave us a platform to chillax & connect in so many ways. Thanks for setting the tone & keeping the ball rolling."

"A great venue and excellent hosts, what a honor to attend and present at HU in NC, and humbled to share one of three seats with Andrew Pain and Sam Manicom at the panel discussion... hats off to both of you!"

"It was great seeing and meeting everyone. Felt welcomed and had a great time talking with everyone I was able to talk to. The seminars were great, with some great stories on what to do and what not to do, and how to do it."

"Hey guys, the NC meeting was my first event, and what a great time! Great people, great presentations, specially the last one, Sat night, and by asking around, met some great people to ride with and done some very fun offloading riding in addition of riding the 'Dragon'. I will be looking forward to the next event. Great job!!"

"Just wanted to say that my gf and I (Curt and Lucy) had a great time at the event (Our first ever) and enjoyed meeting everyone and seeing the presentations. Hat's off to everyone who presented and organized! it was a great event! Can't wait for the next one."

"Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed the HU meeting in NC. The line up of speakers, the location and all the interesting attendees , and the icing on the cake was having both of you there for the 10th anniversary ! great job to Mike K. And Steve too."

"I always find these events entertaining and inspiring. Thank you all so much for coming and making this weekend so special."

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 (427kb) full colour Event poster:

HU North Carolina 2018 poster.

High-Res Poster (1.5 MB)


Postcard in pdf format (703kb) full colour Event postcard, can be printed 4 to a page:

Horizons Unlimited North Carolina 2018 postcard.

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Be a Presenter

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

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

There are 40 minute and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats.

Click here to submit your ideas


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

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 North Carolina

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

North Carolina Venue Location

Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge,
Cabins and Campground
1755 Lower Stecoah Road,
North Carolina 28771
N35 deg 23' 20", W83 deg 40' 38"

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Iron Horse is located in Graham County, North Carolina, on Lower Stecoah Road just north off Highway 28. A short 30 minute ride to the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap and the scenic Cherohala Skyway, two of the best motorcycle destinations in the United States.

Iron Horse Location Map.

more maps here

Other Accommodation

Camping is NOT included with your admission to the meeting. Book directly with Ironhorse at 1-828-479-3864 or e-mail:

NOTE: You should book early because September is peak season for them. You must book directly with Ironhorse before Mar 15, 2018 to reserve rooms at the HU Special rate. 

Other options:

Phillips Motel, Robbinsville, NC

Two Wheel Inn, Robbinsville, NC

Suggestions anyone?

Information about the area

  • Ironhorse is in Graham County, NC. promotes the county and has driving directions to Graham County from Asheville, Atlanta and Knoxville. Even though the directions are not directly to Ironhorse, this site might be useful.
  • North Carolina's 'Scenic Byways' website has a lot of great information on various scenic roads in North Carolina. They also sent Karen a book she says is great. It will be on display at the Meeting. Viewable online in pdf format or can be ordered from their website for only $5.00 each.
  • Wheels Through Time Museum a "35-year collection of rare American motorcycles and automobiles...230-vehicle collection in the lovely community of Maggie Valley, North Carolina, located just a few miles off of I-40 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Maggie Valley is a quiet community of 400 people nestled in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains." Owner Dale Walksler has very generously donated door prizes for our meeting, and wants to invite you to come visit the museum - he'll be delighted to meet you!

Any info you have on the area, rides etc, please let me know.

Local Bike Shops

Let us know any good dealers nearby!

New BMW Dealer in Asheville

And a special thanks to all the local sponsors and supporters!

  • Mortons BMW, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mortons have been a long-time Horizons Unlimited supporter, so a special thanks to them, and for coming all the way to the meeting! Say hi to Steve, he'll be wandering around the meeting...

  • Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC - "rare American motorcycles and automobiles"

  • Bluemoon Cycle in Norcross, GA. - "one of the largest volume BMW motorcycle dealers in the Southeast."

  • Fraziers Harley Davidson in Buford, GA. - "Our goal is simple. We want to keep everyone happy."

  • Precision Cycle & ATV Sylva, NC. - a full-service shop - "Mechanics are the backbone of the business"

  • BMW Motorcycles of Atlanta, "the leading BMW dealer in the southeast, with all the latest models, genuine BMW accessories and your exclusive source for BMW clothing in Georgia"

Please drop in for a visit and thank them for their support.

Local Hosts

Mike Kilpatrick, local organizer for HU North Carolina.  Steve Anderson, Mortons BMW. Annette Stout, HU North Carolina organizing team.

Mike Kilpatrick is the local host for this event, assisted by Steve Anderson of Mortons BMW and Annette Stout. We're VERY grateful to them for stepping up and making it happen with a lot of legwork and effort.

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

HU Events Refund Policy

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

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

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

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

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

New to Horizons Unlimited?

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

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

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

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love overland adventure travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events such as this one (18 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

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

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