UK 2002: Second Annual HU Travellers Meeting

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You can meet people who don't think you're crazy for wanting to ride your bike to South America or Africa or across Asia, or even around the world! Admit it, all your 'normal' friends and most of your family fears for your sanity! So, this is your opportunity to meet the people who will encourage you in that craziness, share their experiences and advice on how to do it, and maybe you'll meet them again in Mongolia or Timbuktu!

Alfreton, Derbyshire, England, July 12-14, 2002

Story on the first meeting.

Rally Location - Where was it?
Other Accommodation
Information about the Derbyshire area

Photos from the event

Meeting Report

The meeting was a HUGE success, with 100 people turning out, plus half a dozen presenters!

Participants came from as far as Holland, Germany, New Zealand, N. Ireland and of course the rest of the UK.

Some comments from those who were there...

enclosed a few pics from w/e. Congrats on an excellent event - thoroughly enjoyed it - very inspirational, really made the itch worse! Gavin Bell

"Glynn ... congratulations to yourself and your organisers for the highly entertaining and informative weekend in somercotes, very enjoyable indeed. Paul Regan"

from the HUBB:

"Hi, Just like to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who helped organise and run the 'do' at Somercotes this weekend. It was a great success, interesting, funny and useful. Well done!

It was great to see so many people and interesting bikes - and particularly useful to talk to people who had done interesting modifications to their bikes.

So well done to all involved - EVERYONE I spoke to was enjoying themselves.

Cheers- and see you all again next year or on the road somewhere. Fuzzy Duck"

"I'll second that, a great weekend. I enjoyed all the talks and slide shows, and it was interesting to meet people whose words I've read. Thanks to all that organised it, and those that participated. Cheers! Iain."

"Agreed! jasper" (a man of few words :)

"hi all, Big thanks for all the effort that went into organising the weekend. I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great success.

It was good to see so many overlanders in one place. Cheers, Julio"

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Second Annual UK Travellers' Meeting Photos

a happy bunch, (click for larger version)

photo by Gavin Bell

panorama of the campsite, (click for larger version)

photo by Gavin Bell

Licence plates from afar...

photo by Karim Hussain

lots of camping...

photos by Karim Hussain

Travellers and Chris Scott planning routes...

photo by Karim Hussain


photo by Gavin Bell

taking over the town... (click for large)

photo by Karim Hussain

Paul Pratts world-girdling Triumph,

photo by Karim Hussain

Paul Pratt (center) and his world-girdling Triumph,

photo by Karim Hussain

Ernie - Emechuggski's - tricked out R1100GS

photo by Karim Hussain

Interesting paint job

photo by Mark Groucutt

planning the next one... (click for large)

photo by Karim Hussain

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Glynn Roberts, busy organiser taking a moment out for the camera

photo by Mark Groucutt

See you there next year!!

Thanks to all who came for your support, and especially to the presenters, Karim Hussain, Chris Scott, Austin Vince, Paul Pratt, Cynthia Milton, and a huge thanks and WELL DONE to the organisers, Chris Bright and Glynn Roberts, who have agreed to do it all again next year - yay!

Grant and Susan

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The Rally Location

The Black Horse Inn ,
358 Nottingham Rd,
England DE55 4LP.

Tel: 01773 602575

Camping at the Black Horse IS included in your entry fee!

Getting There - GPS, Maps

Lat 53.075727° N by Long 1.359504° W or

LR SK430533 or WGS 84 N 53:04:33 by W 1:21:34 overview. closeup. overall view very closeup, and good street maps.

Further details to come...

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

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Other Accommodation Possibilities

So far as we know there is only one pub that does B&B in the town. (but loads in the area.)

The Crown Inn
73 Sleetmore Lane
D55 1RE
Tel: 01773 602537

Any other suggestions anyone?

Information about the area

Derbyshire UK has links to everything you want to know about the area itself.

Derbyshire Curiosities - Derbyshire curiosities looks at some of the natural and man made oddities to be found in Derbyshire and the Peak District. Check out the plague cottages at Eyam and other oddities.

Derbyshire Photo Gallery for some pictures of the area.

Derbyshire Customs will acquaint you with some of the odder local practices, including Well Dressing, evidently a BIG activity in the area during the summer. Unfortunately, our event will be too late for you to participate in Royal Shrovetide Football in Ashbourne on Shrove Tuesday, which sounds like great fun! "The goal posts are 3 miles apart. It has little to do with normal football, for the game has few rules. Murder and manslaughter are barred as is the transportation of the ball by vehicle. Play after midnight is also forbidden."


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