HU Travellers Meeting Ontario 2016

THE PREMIER OVERLAND ADVENTURE TRAVEL EVENT

Horizons Unlimited 5th Ontario Travellers Meeting - Bracebridge

Thursday June 9 to Sunday June 12, 2016

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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 Ontario Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Thursday, June 9 to Sunday, June 12, 2016.

The Registration Tent will open for check-ins at 4:00 pm. The first presentations will begin at 6 pm. The event will draw to a close at Noon on Sunday, June 12.

Over the course of the event there'll be talks, demonstrations, workshops, discussion groups, 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.

Draft schedule can be downloaded here.

PLEASE NOTE: The schedule is subject to change at any time - 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!

Presenters at HU Ontario 2016 included...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below
Heinz and Felicitas Winterscheidt.

Heinz and Felicitas Winterscheidt

When you travel you will grow - An Ontario couple on two bikes for one year through the Americas from the Arctic to Ushuaia

Don't lose your Dreams by protecting your Days. Five years ago we decided to take a sabbatical year off from work to follow a dream to travel the Americas. Some people die of old age without ever having lived their dream. Some people die without ever having loved. That's tragic. We will talk about being together as a couple 24 hours a day for a year and living a remarkable adventure.

Don't be afraid and just do it. Few people do a big trip because they spend too much time to make their bikes safer, better, newer and time gets the best of them. Shit can happen but chances are that nothing will.

Heinz and Felicitas Winterscheidt.

Heinz & Felicitas traveled for one year from Ontario through most of the countries of North, Central and South America. They rode on two bikes (BMW R100GS/PD and F650GS) for 57000 km.

Mark Carrera.

Mark Carrera

Kazakhstan and Life Choices - Not the Land of Borat

Kazakhstan and Life Choices - Not the Land of Borat

In fact, it's much better and more of an adventure. Mark Carrera, a world traveler, will give a presentation on adventures in Kazakhstan where he lived throughout the 1990's. His presentation will cover a little history, his travels from the Tien Shan Mountains to the Aral Sea, and what's currently going on in Kazakhstan's moto-adventure world. Mark will close his presentation with a very brief introduction to the GS Giants and a question and answer session.

Mark Carrera.

Lastly, as an average-Joe rider and adventurer, Mark has maintained that no adventure is without risk but the media sours the pool with too much fear mongering. Plan on attending his Round Table discussion on safety and security while traveling abroad, or at home!

Miguel Arango and Diana Londono.

Miguel Arango & Diana Londono

Despite the odds, we conquer the Dempster HWY

Full time jobs, parents, and only 2 weeks available to accomplish the dream of riding the top of the world HWY, the Dempster HWY, crossing the Artic Circle and spending the night in Inuvik.

We expect to show during this talk that despite a busy life, family responsibilities and time limitations itis possible to experience fascinating motorcycle adventures such as those advertised by specialized adventure companies or those done by experienced bikers who had ridden around the world.

Diana Londono, Miguel Arango and Jeff Van de Vooren at the Arctic Circle.

Diana, a yoga instructor (800 GS), her husband Miguel, a full time anesthesiologist (1200 GS) and Jeff Van de Vooren, a financial advisor (Triumph 800), are amateur riders that embrace every little opportunity to ride to make it a big memory.

Oliver Solaro.

Oliver (Brokentooth) Solaro

The Ice Road Biker and Namest-eh?

The Ice Road Biker

Take a motorcycle where it doesn't belong. Ask it to do what it was never designed for. Pray you get back.

Ten minutes after the first flake falls you can bet I've got trusty, rusty old Agatha studded up for yet another series of winter shenanigans. From salt streets of the GTA to the salt ice of Hudson Bay we ride the winter roads in temperatures cold enough to make brass monkeys go looking for a welder. The battery may not have any juice and the oil in Aggie's heart may be thicker than axle grease but come hell or hard water I've gotta get to the next settlement before dark pulls back another -40c night. Of course, if mamma polar bear and her hungry cubs catch wind of the 8 pounds of life giving butter and bacon in my rucksack, the point of all my machinations might just be moot.

"There are strange things done 'neath the midnight sun..." R. Service

Oliver Solaro's bike in snow.

Namest-eh?

Two Canucks travel to Nepal where the culture and landscape makes it clear they're "not in Kapuskasing any more Toto."

Landing in Kathmandu without a clue these two intrepid travellers go off in search of two small motorcycles that they hope to use to roam the Himalayas for a month. Along the way they experience a country's rebirth from the aftermath of last year's devastating earthquake. Its all more than they bargained for but while sipping hallucinogenic apple brandy to calm the effects of altitude sickness, they learn what it means to really "chill". At the end of it all, rather than sell the bikes they give them away as a thanks for the gift of experience given to them by this incredible country.

Dieter Eberhardt.

Dieter Eberhardt

Newfoundland & Labrador - The Other Way Round

The most wonderful and most memorable experiences of my trip to Newfoundland and Labrador were the warm and friendly people that I met along the way. The challenging TransLabrador Highway, interesting side roads, and the spectacular scenery and some of the history and places visited are not to be missed. This presentation is a compilation of two trips , one done solo and a second several years later with my wife. Significant is that the Translabrador Highway was ridden clockwise and counter-clockwise once each trip but no ferry was taken from Sidney to Port aux Basques nor to Argentia.

Janice and Dieter Eberhardt.

At 16 inspired by Danny Liska, Dieter has been a BMW rider for over 50 years, last ten has put 100,000 km on his R1200GSA, twice in Africa, twice on the TransLab, The Dempster and Dalton and by rental motorcycle in South America to Ushuaia and a number of 'tame' trips around Canada and the USA.

Rick Schippling.

Rick Schippling

Northwest Passages - Solo and 2 Up Adventuring in Alaska

This is the story of a 15,000+ km ride over 6 weeks from Calgary to Fairbanks and back to Toronto. Hastily planned, meticulously documented, and beautifully photographed, it's a mix of stories and tips from the first 'big trip' of a relatively inexperienced rider. Half of the trip is solo and half is 2 up and there are reflections on both. It's a little bit of wilderness, a little bit of romance, and a lot of road.

Maps, best ofs, packing lists, and riding statistics come together to tell the story of how I went from a 'guy with a bike' to a 'rider' in 6 weeks.

Rick Schippling.

Rick is an urban planner by trade, but an adventurer of different sorts over the past decade and a half. Although still a novice rider in his mind, he's ridden (in one form or another) in Cuba, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and across North America coast to coast.

Ross and Jean Copas.

Ross and Jean Copas

To Russia With Bikes - Riding the Trans Siberian Highway from east to west and dispelling the myths

After forming a group of 6 to ride across Russia, we spent 2 years planning the trip but the information we were able to find was sparse and often contradictory. In the Fall of 2014, we completed the 12,000 km ride from Seoul, South Korea to Heidelberg, Germany and now have the real story first hand. Come and be prepared to be amazed by this mysterious land! Spasibo!

Ross and Jean Copas in Russia.

Ross: "Travel and motorcycling have been my two passions since I was a teenager so doing them together was natural. So far, I have travelled to over 100 countries and all seven continents and the road still beckons!"

Jean: "Started riding when the kid left home and the dog died. At 50, I became the first Canadian woman to complete the Ironbutt endurance rally which taught me how to shrink the map. But the map kept getting bigger and my husband and I have now travelled to over 100 countries."

Jeff Luttmer.

Jeff Luttmer, Joe Enberg and Michael Fritz

Three Amigos do the Trans Lab

Experience the excitement and adventure of our trek across The Rock and then over the barren lands of Labrador or what is also known as the loneliest road in the world, the TLH.
Learn from a pro rider and guide what you can expect and prepare for on this trip and how to make sure everyone comes back alive. Then hear from the rookie riders that at first thought "how the hell will I ever make it" to at the end "when can we do this again", change over as there level of confidence increased. Plus many more tips on things like riding with others that are better or worse then yourself to why it's good to go ahead with this anyway. Also learn some packing tips as to what gear needed for this trip.

Jeff Luttmer and Amigos.

Jeff Lutmer has been riding some 25 years and at first through most of Europe and now all over North America including a 52,000km trip to Alaska and then to Tierra del Fuego. He's a Road Captain with the CMC and mostly guide groups on long-haul trips across the USA.

Michael Fritz discovered adventure riding at a point in his life after a serious motorcycle accident on his cruiser and thinking of giving up riding. He fell in love (with adventure riding). "I've traveled 27 countries by backpack over the years. Now meshing my two loves and passion. The community is awesome as are the places I can now go."

Joe Enberg was involved in a wreck in 2014 that took him off his cruiser, then jumped into the adventure riding arena full-bore. The Trans-Lab Adventure was the first of many more to come.

Catharine St. Denis and Les Clarke.

Catharine St. Denis and Les Clarke

No Agenda World Tour

Catharine and Les organized the very first HU Ontario meeting in a field near Barrie way back in 2012! Inspired by the stories they heard, they sold their house and business and headed off around the world, but with 'No Agenda'! They will talk about the No Agenda Style tour to date. Come and listen to the many things they have learned on the road, including how they work, their budget, and how they stay healthy.

No Agenda World Tour.

No Agenda leaves lots of time for chilling!

Les and Catharine are currently on the road in South America. After 19 months of riding, they have decided to take a break, to work on a side project in Nicaragua. In June they will return home to update paperwork, visit family and attend a few events. Come Sept they will return to Arica Chile to continue the journey through South America.

Bill Hooykaas.

Willem (Bill) Hooykaas,

Asia Quest: Infamous Pamir Highway

Traversing the treacherous and volatile frontier between Afghanistan and Tajikistan after a devastatng earthquake.

In 2015, four GSs from Canada, Holland, the UK and Italy headed out unsupported from London to Vladivostok through the 'Stans along the northern edge of the Himalaya and China. Only two bikes made it home. Come hear the story from one of the survivors!

Bill Hooykaas Asia Quest.

Bill is a: "Die hard BMW rider, over 1 million km ridden over the past 45 years. Discovered dual sport riding and the HU world 10 years ago and it opened up a whole new realm of adventure for me. Since then rode tip to tip in the western hemisphere and this past summer across Asia and back completing my RTW after 40 years of trying."

Lorry and Kelli Gombos.

Lorant (Lorry) and Kelli Gombos

Two up on Pamir Highway in Central Asia
- Time travel to the post Soviet states

After spending our three years 'slightly extended' honeymoon in Taiwan, Kelli and I decided to ride across Asia to Europe. On one 10 year old Suzuki Vstrom 650. Wild camping, staying with random local folks, experiencing the communist 'feeling' and facing challenges on the road without a GPS were all part of this spontaneous and freestyle journey.

Lorry and Kelli Gombos.

Kelli and Lorry have traveled on two wheels quite a lot around the world despite their young age (this passion is not age related anyways). Lorry has been riding for almost 2 decades and has always itched to go off the map, whether it be on a sports bike, dirt bike or big dual sport. Kelli has done most of their motorcycle adventures as a pillion.

Walter Romanowski and Jillian Henderson.

Walter Romanowski and Jillian Henderson

Colorado: Thin Air, Extreme Weather and
Maximize Your Limited Time

Colorado: Thin Air, Extreme Weather

Jillian and Walter will share their experiences riding through Colorado and Utah in the Summer of 2015. Specifically, they will discuss how they handled altitude sickness, extreme desert heat and mountain cold. Come see some fantastic scenery and hear curious stories of adventures in the US South-West.

Maximize Your Limited Time

Jillian and Walter squeezed in three motorcycle trips in seven months while balancing work and family. Find out how they did it. If you find yourself challenged to make the time to get out on your bike, come out and see us. We will discuss our motorcycle trips to Florida, Arizona and Nova Scotia.

Jill Henderson and Walter Romanowski.

Jillian Henderson is entering her fifth season riding. She seeks out new challenges wherever possible. Jillian tries her best to eke out every chance to get a ride in, before work time, after work, even during work. All vacation time is motorcycle time.

Walter Romanowski is entering his sixth season. He loves the techie side of motorcycles. He is a proud gearhead. Traveling to new places with breathtaking scenery is high on his list of priorities.

Greg Powell.

Greg Powell and Bill Hooykaas,

Two Ways Down

Tip to tip in the Americas. Two friends head out to Ushuaia in 2011, one rode solo, one with GlobeBusters. We'll discuss the pros and cons of each method, so bring your questions!

Bill Hooykas Greg Powell

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!

Tech Sessions and Workshops

Because Horizons Unlimited meetings are also about informing, not just inspiring!

Shane Stoehr.

Shane Stoehr

Design Your Own Gear!

Design Your Own Gear: an Introduction

Have fun learning about the design process and gain the confidence you need to complete your own product design journey.

Have an idea for a new overlanding or adventure product? Let's make it real! In this seminar, the leadership of Journeyman Products, an adventure-centric design service, will introduce the six­-step process used by successful product developers: Ideation, Research, Design, Modeling, Prototype, and Sharing. This introductory class will help you move your custom design from out of mind and into hand.

Adventure4Action–Support, Strive, Succeed (co-presented with Jim Bordell)

Adventure for Action helps people achieve their dreams of adventure while raising awareness for societal causes.

How do you combine your quest for adventure with your desire to campaign for a charitable cause? Adventure 4 Action will lay the groundwork and show you how to direct your ideas for a journey towards your chosen cause. In this presentation, we will review how A4A can help turn your adventure themed pursuit into a way to raise awareness, raise funds, and raise spirits to benefit your project's campaign.

Shane is the founder of Journeyman Products, a product design and prototyping company, as well as a founding member of Adventure 4 Action, a service that assists adventurers aiding worthy causes. He is a professional ski patroller, classic 4x4 enthusiast, and avid motorcycle adventure tourer.

Shane Stoehr.

Jim Bordell.

Jim Bordell

Adventure Travel Planning - get there!

Presentation will extensively cover travel planning from conception to completion including research, computation, preparation and execution

Want to get there but perhaps are daunted by the overland trip planning process? The Adventure Travel Planning presentation is bound to give you ideas on how to better plan your next journey. We will review the entire process from conception to completion.

This presentation will allow for plenty of self assessment on what your travel concept's purpose or destination will be. We will review different research methods and how you can compile all these bits into a logical travel plan. The final piece will be the preparation involved and the execution of your quest for adventure. Get there.

Jim Bordell.

Adventure4Action–Support, Strive, Succeed (co-presented with Shane Stoehr)

Adventure for Action helps people achieve their dreams of adventure while raising awareness for societal causes. See above.

Jim has centered his life around adventure performing search and rescue, disaster response, and leading an active outdoor lifestyle. He is a founding partner in the Adventure 4 Action Fund, a program which assists adventurists aiding worthy causes. Jim has launched Overland Quest, an adventure travel planning and support business.

Ross and Jean Copas.

Ross and Jean Copas

Packing for Zero to Sixty - Degrees!

Riding from the tip of North America through the heat of Central America to the tip of South America then sailing south to Antarctica required clothing to cover 70 degrees of fluctuation in temperatures and had to be small enough not to take up too much room. It also meant taking parts and tools that you wouldn't normally carry as well as reams of paperwork and documents. And the final challenge-fitting it all into two panniers to prevent theft.

Ross and Jean Copas in Ushuaia.

We did it and we'll show you how. This will also be a great opportunity to share ideas so bring your favorite packing tip!

Wolfe Bonham.

Wolfe Bonham

Fly and Ride DIY, Making the Dream a Reality, Moto-Camping Tips and Hacks AND Going the Distance

Fly and Ride DIY - How to Arrive In-Country, Grab a set of Wheels, and Go!

Being prohibitively expensive to freight his motorcycle to SE Asia, this past winter Wolfe flew into Indonesia, then later to Thailand, where he rented a set of wheels to get around. This allows you the freedom to stop wherever you'd like, make your own itinerary, and get into some locations that may not have been available to you.

Wolfe Bonham on scooter in SE Asia.

Making the Dream a Reality

For many of us the demands of work, family, mortgages, and societal pressures keep us from taking a leap of faith to step away from "normal life" and venture out on a "journey of a lifetime". In this talk Wolfe will walk you through how he was able to create a lifestyle that allows him frequent long term travel windows, along with all the planning and preparation steps he took in order to begin his semi-gypsy lifestyle.

Wolfe Bonham - Escape Route Ahead!

Moto-Camping Tips and Hacks

From solo moto-camping in the jungles of Guatemala, to backpacking through SE Asia, these are some of the tips, tricks, and techniques that have helped me create a 'home away from home' while on the road. Learn about gear choices, what you can't live without, and what you can leave at home.

Wolfe Bonham.

 

Going the Distance - An Introduction to the Iron Butt world

While RTW travel should be about taking your time, sometimes logging as many miles as possible in a day become a requirement. However, for some of us, it's just about the challenge of how far we can go - in one go!

Come learn from Wolfe about what it takes to log over 1600km per day, continually, over several days. Learn about bike mods, state of mind and focus, nutrition/hydration, route planning, and all the wonderful events that you can choose to compete in.

Check out this video of Wolfe on the AlphaButt 1000 - attempting to hit every letter of the alphabet city, in order, in under 24 hours!

Wolfe Bonham - long distance riding.

A study in contrasts, Wolfe is a tattooed Motorcycle Rebel Horticulturist who travels the world investigating the outdoors, gardens, and flowers. Wolfe is always on the lookout for the next cultural experience, the next great garden, the next winding road, and the next stunning sunset...

Liz Jansen.

Liz Jansen, Author, Speaker, Adventurer

Ride, Write, and Publish

Ride, Write, and Publish

How to write about your travels so others will want to read it, what you need to know about photography and how to get your work published.

Learn how to capture your stories in words and pictures, so that others are intrigued and want to read them. Find out if you need a blog, best blogging practices and what it takes to get your work published.

Shattered Dreams - What to do when you hit a trip-interrupting detour

Last year Liz set out on what was to be a minimum one year trip through the Americas, learning about indigenous wisdom.Barely three weeks into the trip, she had an accident which injured her and totalled her motorcycle. Reluctantly, she returned to home base to recuperate and plan anew. Only home base was now different. She'd given up her residence, sold her car and now had no motorcycle.

This is a story about embracing change and seeing life's detours as part of the journey.

Jennifer Page and Adam Tworkowski.

Jennifer Page and Adam Tworkowski

A First Aid Kit for Mental Health?

Have you considered a maintenance checklist for your own mental health? While the topic of mental health may not be as sexy as packing lists or motorcycle modifications, sustaining good mental health is vital for peak travel experience.

Drawing from the highs and lows of traveling for nine months on the Trans-Continental Mambo Latin America tour, we will be recounting personal challenges to mental health - including homesickness, anxiety, depression, burnout and self-confidence issues - from several perspectives, and presenting the idea that regular mental health maintenance is as important as your motorcycle maintenance checklist.

Jennifer Page and Adam Tworkowski.

Jennifer Page (Art Therapist) and Adam Tworkowski (IT Professional) are self-professed late bloomers to the motorcycling world. Not content on being an 'arm chair traveler' via Skype, Jenn got her motorcycle license in 2010 while Adam was on a solo Latin American adventure. In 2013 Jenn and Adam embarked on the Trans-Continental Mambo Latin American tour. It was Jenn's idea.

Clinton Smout.

Clinton Smout, SMART Adventures

Dirt is not just for potatoes! Practical demonstration of traction loss control in sand and gravel on large dualsport m/c.

I am a passionate rider who has taught rider training for over thirty years. I own an off road rider training school that includes curriculum for adventure touring / large dualsports. I am a BMW GS off road instructor and love helping fellow riders become more comfortable with their own m/c in challenging traction situations.

Initiating traction loss and then practicing how to control it is a great way to develop the muscle memory habits of handling traction problems on loose surfaces. I would also like to illustrate the best way to pick up a fallen m/c, how to mount and dismount a fully laden m/c, how to use your feet to steer a m/c.

Clinton Smout.

I will be riding a BMW GS or a Yamaha Tenere. I will also suggest ways to setup your m/c for extended off road riding (tire pressure, bar and peg adjustment, shut off ABS and traction control etc.) Lastly, I would like to demo slow speed control, counter balancing, and tight turns.

Miguel Arango.

Miguel Arango

First Aid

As an amateur rider and with not much time to travel for long periods of time, I am always looking for time to my motorcycle. Unfortunately the risk of an accident is always present and almost for sure I will be the first on the scene. A good management of an accident can make a difference not only in the immediate survival but also in the medical prognosis.

This year, we will have an excellent group of physicians and paramedics talking about different first aid procedures that should and should not be done during an accident. It will include topics such as basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation, evaluation of consciousness, fracture stabilization, proper removal of the helmet between others.

We also will include topics around how to prevent illness during our travels, signs and symptoms of dehydration, gastrointestinal infections etc etc. Everything related to a good first aid kit will also be discussed: essential, necessary and optional objects.

Miguel Arango.

Miguel is an amateur rider, originally from Colombia. He is an anesthesiologist with 20 years of experience and a main interest in Neuro-anesthesia. He shares his motorcycle passion and the love for the Canadian and Colombian countryside with his wife Diana.

Diana Londono.

Diana Londono

Yoga for Motorcyclists

Yoga for Motorcyclists - Foundation (60 min talk & demonstrations)

Join me to learn the basic understanding of the importance of keeping proper alignment in your bike and how to build balance between strength and flexibility plus improving endurance. You will learn techniques to improve awareness and how to recover faster through YOGA, supporting your ride even beyond your destination.

From the bike to the mat. (90 min yoga practice)

As bikers we are enthusiasts; we ride matching the intensity of any perceived boundary, so let's use this intuitive desire for joy and freedom by working from our body to our rides, to our life. As you learn to connect deeper to your body your ride experience will be greater, softer in the body, clearer in the mind, attention sharpens, we respect our limits, we live in more connection within our self and with the beautiful environment that is given to us to enjoy and protect.

Recovery between bike rides is important to rest your mind, recharge energy and balance your body with strength and flexibility towards a wonderful journey. Improve your recovery time, sleep and circulation through an all around YOGA practice.

Yoga for motorcyclists!

Diana is a certified Hatha yoga teacher. As an engineer and former nationally ranked athlete, she combines the qualities of commitment, organization and responsibility with creativity and compassion. Central to her teaching is her awareness of proper posture and alignment. The teachings of yoga have been a tool to prepare her better in enjoying her rides, a reminder that it is about the Journey, not the destination.

Andrew Pain.

Andrew Pain, the Minimal Motorcyclist

Anatomy of Cheap and Take Control of your Packing

Anatomy of Cheap

It's one of the most common questions overlanders are asked - "How do you pay for it?"
Starting with the choice to go, all the way through prep, planning, time on the road and returning home (if you ever do!), Andrew Pain walks you through how to budget for your long overland adventure.

Take Control of your Packing

Tired of being overloaded? What to carry (and what not to carry) on your motorcycle.
Andrew Pain has traveled all over North and South America, most of it on a small, 250cc motorcycle. In this class you will learn about luggage, how to pack your motorcycle for a long trip, as well as what to pack and what to leave behind.

Andrew Pain.

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 'How To' travel overland topics. Includes 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.

HU Casbah!

For the first time we will be holding a personal travel gear swap meet in the Casbah. Bring those replaced jackets, boots, GPS units etc and sell them at the meeting. We will have a spot set aside in the main hall to display your stuff. Price it reasonably and good karma will follow you! Note: this is just for adventure travel gear and not motorcycle parts, if you want to sell parts, set up at your tent please.

Panel discussions at most HU events include...

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

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

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

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

Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

Walk arounds / Show and tell!

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

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

The Adventure Travel Zone

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

Exhibitors Confirmed

Triumph Motorcycles Canada.

Triumph Canada will be there with some new bikes!

Touratech Canada.

Touratech Canada

Touratech Canada will be there with some bikes and cool gear!

Honda motorcycle.

Honda Canada

Honda Canada will be bringing some bikes and gear to drool over!

Twisted Throttle, Bolt-On Touring Accessories that fit YOUR motorcycle!

Twisted Throttle Canada

Twisted Throttle finds the best sport-touring and adventure-touring gear from Europe and imports it to Canada.

Outback Motortek - True To Its Name!

Outback Motortek
- True To Its Name

Outback Motortek is the manufacturer and designer of premium adventure and dual-sport motorcycle parts and accessories.

S.M.A.R.T. Adventure Programs.

SMART Adventures - Professional off-road instruction, covering aspects of enduro, trials, motocross, rhinos, ATVs (including Canada Safety Council ATV certification), and snowmobiles.

SPECIAL DEAL:
Clinton Smout
is offering a 25% discount for HU Ontario attendees for 1-on-1 or 1-on-2 training on Thursday June 8 or Sunday June 12 at the school in Horseshoe Valley.

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.

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days

Camp Tamarack at sunset.

HU Ontario 2016 will be in a great new location - Camp Tamarack in Bracebridge, Ontario!

Camp Tamarack
1391 Stoneleigh Road,
RR#2, Bracebridge, ON P1L 1W9
p 705-645-4881 / f 705-645- 3996

The camp has a long golf driving range, kayaks, canoes, swimming, a fabulous high ropes confidence course, and of course ATV trails.

Camp Tamarack entrance.

Campsite & Parking

There are plenty of camping spaces available, and also plenty of beds for anyone who doesn't fancy camping. Parking is available for 2-wheel and 4-wheel vehicles. You can park next to your tent or cabin.

Camp Tamarack - plenty of nice treed camping spots.

Dorm rooms

The dorms utilize nearby centralized washroom facilities. We will not use the upper bunks. We will designate male and female dorms. Bring your own sheets/ sleeping bag, pillow and towels for the dorms.

Camp Tamarack bunkhouse.

Dorm rooms - we will not use the upper bunks!

Rustic Cabins - Toilet and shower facilities nearby

Toilets and shower facilities are available nearby. These are not motel rooms - bring your own sheets/ sleeping bag, pillow and towels for the cabins.

To Note: SOME cabins have multiple beds. If you wish to share, please be sure to indicate who you are sharing with when you register, to make sure we put you in a suitable sized room with the right person!

Camp Tamarack - rustic cabins.

 

Camp Tamarack - double bed in cabin.

Cabin rooms - beds will have mattresses, but bring your own sleeping bags or linens and pillows.

No Fires

Fires will be restricted to fire pits, which are plentiful around the site. Camping stoves are allowed. Please be aware that we will be obliged by the venue to enforce these rules very strictly.

Showers & Toilets

There will be centralized male and female washroom and shower facilities, which campers and dorm occupants will have access to.

Camp Tamarack - dorm washroom.

 

Young Adventurers

Horizons Unlimited is naturally keen to inspire the next generation of adventure travellers so you're welcome to bring your children along if you wish. 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 free registration (pay for camping/accommodation and meals). Please note that the health and safety of your children is your responsibility and they must be supervised by you at all times. Children under 14 will not be allowed in any of the presentations from 8 pm onwards each evening.

Pets

If you'd like to bring your well-behaved dog or cat along to the event, we'll have a special area set aside for you to camp in. Please bring copies of vaccination records in case the health inspector comes by. Alas, there will not be specific pet activities either! ;-) You'll need to ensure your pet remains on a lead at all times and doesn't damage or foul the site. Pets will not be allowed in food areas. Owners of noisy or aggressive dogs may be asked to leave.

Smoking & Drinking

The venue has a No Smoking Policy in all work, washroom, meeting and food services areas. Smoking outside will be restricted to designated smoking areas only. Please dispose of the butts properly in the butt cans.

You may Bring Your Own alcohol for consumption in your cabin or tent. Due to safety hazards associated with broken glass, we kindly ask that all beverages brought into camp be in recyclable plastic, tetra, or aluminum cans.

In Ontario, the legal age for consumption of all alcohol is 19. Tamarack's policy with regards to alcohol is consistent with the provincial law. Any attendee who violates this law will be asked to leave camp immediately. No refund will be given.

Those of age who choose to consume alcohol must drink responsibly. We reserve the right to expel without refund any attendee who becomes intoxicated and/or causes a disturbance. Absolutely no alcohol will be permitted in any water vehicle.

Meal Package

Pricing for the HU Ontario 2016 meeting is on an all-inclusive basis, as the venue is charging us a flat fee per day per person, which includes accommodation and all meals. Meal packages are either 8 meals (if coming for the whole event) or 5 meals (if coming for Friday/Saturday only):

Meal Package - 8 meals

Meal Package - 5 meals

  • Thursday dinner/snack
  • Friday breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Sunday breakfast
  • Friday dinner
  • Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Sunday breakfast

Each dinner will have an alternate, vegetarian and pasta offering. 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 can be accommodated with advanced notice within reason.

Cold cereals, fruit bar, oatmeal, bagels and spreads will be offered at breakfast as well.

Meal plan below:

  Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Breakfast  

Pancakes, Sausage,
Boiled Eggs,
Fresh Fruit, Cereal,
Coffee, Tea

Scrambled Eggs,
Bacon,
Sausage, Potatoes,
Fresh Fruit, Coffee, Tea

Croissants,
Scrambled eggs,
French toast,
Potatoes,
Sausages,
Coffee, Tea

Lunch  

Soup, Salad Bar,
Make your own sandwich: meat, egg, tuna, condiments, chips,
Cake

Soup, Salad Bar,
Burgers,
Hot Dogs,
Fries, condiments,
Ice Cream

 
Dinner

BBQ Chicken,
Fresh Veg,
Rice, Buns,
Green Salad,
Choc Cake

Pasta Night!
2 kinds of pasta,
2 kinds of sauce, Caesar salad,
Fresh bread
Fresh pie

Mexican Night!
Beef Burrito,
Chicken fajitas,
Nachos, salsa,
condiments,
Cheese cake

 
Bedtime
snack
Snack Snack Snack  


 

HU Ontario 2014 Unofficial Video

by Mike & Michelle Bell, Bellistic Films

What happens at HU events?


HUBBUK

HUMM is Everywhere!

HU South Africa

HU Supported Charity

Do Good as You Go.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for your support.

Join the Volunteer Crew

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

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

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

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

You can help!

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

Poster in pdf format (447kb):

HU Ontario 2016 meeting poster.

POSTCARD - NEW!

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

Horizons Unlimited Ontario 2016 postcard.

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

Thanks!

Be a Presenter

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

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

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

Click here to submit your ideas

PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

Comments about HU Ontario

"Super Super fantastic time. Thanks to all who volunteered to make everything run smoothly. To those that presented, I cannot thank you enough for the wealth of information we have gained from meeting you. We wish we could have left on our adventure Sunday morning we were so excited. We are very much looking forward to the next HUBB meeting we're able to attend."

"My first, and very enjoyable HU meeting. Very much worth the trip south, from my home in the States, to Parry Sound."

"It was great to be part of the Ontario 'Rendez-vous'. It was a real pleasure to meet some of the world travelers and to eat in their company. These people are real nice to talk with and most important, they don't have an 'attitude'."

"Thank you again for organizing such a great meeting. It was our first and we are certainly looking to attend again."

"My first HU meeting but not my last! I thought I'd feel awkward but there were quite a few 'newbies' and I discovered I had been to a lot more places than I had thought. The friendliness and diversity of the people attending made it great! See you next year!"

"Thanks for the great weekend!"

"We had a great time, you have outdone yourselves once again. Lots of interesting folks and the presentations were well done and informative, not to mention inspiring! Hope to see you next year."

"I had a great and informative time at the HU meeting."

"This is my second meeting, and I wish I could attend them all... A special thanks goes out to Bill Hooykaas for leading us through a great GS ride along the Algonquin trail. Like Andy and Keith said: 'What a hoot!'"

Departing or Returning?

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

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

Book your Trade Stand space

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

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

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

Click here to book your trade stand

Advertise at HU Ontario

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

Ontario 2016 Venue Location

Camp Tamarack
1391 Stoneleigh Road, RR#2, Bracebridge, ON P1L 1W9



 

Driving Directions to Camp Tamarack

From Toronto: Travel north on Hwy 400, continue on Hwy 11, Take Exit Hwy 117, Turn right onto Second Entrance to Stoneleigh Road and then stay to the right.

Getting to Camp Tamarack, Bracebridge.

Information about the area

Muskoka is a great riding area, including lots of gnarly trails! Check out the video by Mike Bell of Bellistic Films of a ride on the Seguin Trail.

More info, map and other motorcycle tours on Motorcycling Muskoka and the Ontario Tourism site.

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

Local Hosts

Greg Powell. 

Greg Powell is the local host for this event, assisted by David Hollinsworth, Liz Jansen, Lorry Gombos, Keith Vandenbeukel and Bill Hooykaas. 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 - 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.