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Smile HU California Apr 18-21 2024

The long wait is almost over!

We're very pleased to announce that the 13th HU California Travelers Meeting is happening at Yosemite from Apr 18-21, 2024! Flip Morton and Craig Haggart are the local hosts, ably assisted by Anja Seitz, Karina Guerrieri and a great team of volunteers! Jeff Stewart is the mastermind behind our awesome new skills course - a huge hit and we're expecting even more challenges this year!



Mark your calendars, online registration is open now!
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Don't forget to Tick the "Volunteer" box while you're at it!

And if you would like to present, please fill out the HU Events Presenter Application.

We'd love to have you help us make this Travelers Meeting one to remember - in a good way!



We hope you had a great summer, riding as much as you can, and finding loads of adventures in your own backyard. Take lots of pics and plan to tell some new stories at HU California 2024.

"I loved the event, the people, the presentations, the food, I loved it all!"

"WOW!! A ton of info and $$$ well spent! So many trips, tips, subjects, discussions, questions, answers, experiences, insights... I could go on and on. I will be back, and back, and back..."

"That was SO MUCH fun!! When can we do it again??"
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Looking forward to my first HU event

I just signed up (and Paid!!), including checking some of the volunteer boxes. I look forward to jumping in with both feet at my first Horizons Unlimited event.
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Thanks Adam, volunteering is a great way to meet people at events, and your help is greatly appreciated!
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Hi all. Also looking forward to my first HU event at CA 2024.
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Hi all. Also looking forward to my first HU event at CA 2024.

Welcome to HU jb_moto!

Enjoy wandering the site, there's a lot of info everywhere to get inspired by
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Who's Speaking So Far at HU California 2024? Check them out!

Feed your hungry adventure ears. The only way to do that is if you sign up to join the fun at any HU event "near enough" to you. Here's who's speaking at HU California (18-21 April, 2024 // Mariposa Fairgrounds) so far...


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

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#HUCalifornia presenter: JOHN BUTTON is talking about his story of riding through Colombia in January 2021. It was one of the few countries open to non-nationals during a tough time in the last few years.

Colombia, Covid... What Could Go Wrong?

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

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#HUCalifornia presenter: GENE SHERMAN believes your fitness and nutrition are critical for successful, long-term adventure riding. He's about to cut through the B.S. about that.

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

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

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

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Turn California dreamin' into adventure reality. It's high time to solidify plans to get to HU CALIFORNIA, 18-21 April, 2024 at the Mariposa Fairgrounds.

So, who else is speaking?

HU California presenters: Chantil and Travis Gill lay out the cost of travelling full-time for 3.5 years in Europe. For them, it turns out it's cheaper than living in a house and raising a family. Then they'll talk about their 3.5-year journey in Europe and North Africa...85,000 miles, 53 countries, and still absolutely loving it!

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HU California presenter: FRED WALTI asks Is There a Use-By Date for Motorcycling? and shares a part-travelogue/part-practical guide of travelling for 60 days through 10 European Countries.

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Is there a "use-by"date for motorcycling?

Getting older sucks, but does that mean we can't ride?

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

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

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#HUCalifornia 2024 Presenter: RICHARD BATTLES

A welcome regular at HU California! Presenter RICHARD BATTLES and the RKA Motorcycle Luggage team have guided many riders on their moto communications and luggage needs. He's got a few more tips up his sleeve, though. Chat up the team at their exhibitor's booth on-site, but also check out Richard's talks about his Bicycle Life and How to Tour Small (Gasp! Even smaller than ultralight motorcycling?? Why, yes!) and everything you want to know about Video Sport Cameras 101, whether you already have one or want to get one.

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#HUCalifornia 2024 Presenter: CRAIG HAGGART

One of our own from the California event team! CRAIG HAGGART's stories have something for everyone. Full-on adventure for busy professionals? Check. How about when you and your bike go your separate ways? It's all going to be revealed at HU California, 18-21 April, 2024 at the Mariposa Fairgrounds.

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

A quick summary of Craig's presentations:

Fly+Ride Mini Adventures
A very practical solution in the face of the (often very impractical) dream of ditching everything to travel round-the-world by motorcycle. Craig focuses on Latin America, but it applies for almost anywhere that's calling your name.
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Smaller Bikes for ADV Riding
Most of us have probably heard the truism that nobody comes home from an adventure ride saying, "I wish I'd ridden a larger bike." While that might not match everyone's experience, it is clear that lots of people do amazing trips on small -- sometimes VERY small -- motorcycles. If you've ever wondered about the practicality of doing a bit of adventure riding on a bike that you could actually pick up if it falls over, please join this discussion about the pros and cons of preparing and riding smaller bikes for travel. If you have personal experience to share, all the better -- audience participation is gladly encouraged!
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How NOT to Ship a Bike to Panama
Adventure starts when your plans go awry.
"I've always wanted to ride from my home near San Francisco, California, to the end of the road in Yaviza, Panama, but never had enough time to make the trip there and back. So for my big 65th birthday, I tried to arrange shipping my Honda CB500 to Panama and riding it home. The bike, however, never made it beyond Florida." What happened next?
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#HUCalifornia 2024 Exhibitor: MOTO COCO

COCO KELLY will be on-site with information about the Coco Moto-tel where you can stay and rest up on your travels with some camping and soon-to-be glamping. She also does custom orders for various marketing items (e.g., stickers, tshirts) for fellow adv riders. Learn more about her property where you might explore and practice your skills training - just a few hours from Mariposa, CA.

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#HUCalifornia 2024 Presenter: MARK DONHAM (Radio Man Rides the World)

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Do you like demo rides? MARK DONHAM is test riding retirement! Like, how does that even work? He's going to tell all in a couple of weeks in the following sessions:

Meaning of Life: A Motorcycle Perspective
Covering a personal RTW perspective and the new retirement chapter ahead.

"Had an epic motorcycle ride around the world back in 2010 that lasted for 2.5 years. Here I am a decade later and shifting my life into this new chapter of retirement. Will share my initial RTW stories, what I learned, and what is now my plan for an adventurous retirement, including more global motorcycle rides. I'm just a guy that rides a motorcycle ready to share my experiences in, hopefully, a fun and engaging way! Come find out what I have planned!"

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Six-week Pre-Retirement Ride in New Zealand
December 2023 to January 2024 ride around NZ.

"Getting ready for another major life shift into retirement. A six-week ride around New Zealand will do it! This presentation is a personal journey in the life I lead, and how I took a motorcycle ride around New Zealand. If you're interested in NZ, join me as I share my recent experiences and perspective."

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MARK DONHAM is a traveler and motorcycling has provided him a wonderful way to travel, explore, and connect with others around the globe. Took a RTW trip back in 2010-2014 after the passing of his dear late wife Chris. It has been a huge blessing of connection with overlanders around the globe.
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#HUCalifornia 2024 Presenter: CHRISTOPH LÜDERS

About CHRISTOPH LÜDERS: About 10 years ago, he decided to work less and travel more. He got his motorcycle license and, since then, does several trips each year. He has ridden all over Europe, parts of Africa, and has just started last year with North America.

Hmm, sounds like a guy with a lot of stories to share. And share he will. Four sessions for you to enjoy!

Around Lake Victoria on a Rented Bike
Renting a bike in Kenya for a trip through East Africa's backcountry

"Tired of winter in the northern hemisphere? Ride in the African summer instead! I rode a rented a bike through Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, and back to Kenya using the less-traveled backroads in rural Africa for four weeks and 3,700 miles. I share not only the best photos to get an idea what to expect on a tour like this, but also some helpful information about bike rental, paperwork, lodging, border crossings, and more."

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Africa for Beginners: Morocco
What to expect and useful information about Morocco

"Morocco is best suited for those who want to start exploring the African continent. From my several trips to this north African country, I'll show what to expect and how to go there, as well as useful tips for life on the road."

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Iceland: A Covid Escape
Glorious landscapes and experiences when escape was on everyone's minds.

"During the height of COVID, Iceland was one of the first countries to lift travel bans for Europeans. I had the chance to visit the country that was nearly empty of tourists and to experience their glorious nature undisturbed."

Namibia: Enduro Paradise
Offroad riding thru the namibian desert and all up to the remote Kaokoveld region.

"Namibia offers desert and remote areas to explore together with mostly good tourism infrastrucure. I'll show the ride from Walvisbay all the way up north into the remote Kaokoveld region that borders Angola."

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