Horizons Unlimited 4th UK Meeting 9th-11thJuly 2004

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  1. Possu

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    Just returned from the 4th UK H.U. Meeting. This was the first time I've attended such an event & had been looking forward to it for a while. The event was held at Lumb Farm in Ripley, Derbyshire, about 115 miles north of Oxford, on te edge of the Peak District.

    Format was simple, turn up Friday, pitch the tent & check out the other bikes. There were several presentations & slide shows from long distance travellers inc. amongst others:

    Sam Manicom: Africa veteran

    Tiffany Coates: UK to India to Australia to South Africa to North Africa in 2.5 years. Also travelled from top to bottom of the Americas.

    Paul Pratt: Travelled the world on a 650 Triumph starting in the late 60's & finishing in the late 70's or early 80's.

    Georgie & Simon McCarthy: UK to Japan via Europe, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Russia & Mongolia.

    All of the shows were well presented, with excellent photos. For some, it was their first time speaking in public - well done to all of them.

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  2. Django Loco

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    No word from Lois on the Loose? :ear
    I hear she is back in the UK now, probably
    working on her book.....or next trip?
    How many riders showed up total?
    :freaky
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  3. Possu

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    Apologies for the crap map I added earlier :thumb

    Anyway, the agenda for Saturday morning inc. some off road routes, courtesy of guidance from local TRF (Trail Riders Fellowship). There was a choice of two routes, one for novices but both were suitable for road tyre equipped bikes (Tourance/Anakee etc).

    I chose the harder route, I found the going quite hard, especially as this was only my second time off road on the 1150GS & my previous off road experience was limited to hurting myself on a TY250 trials bike. A variety of bikes took part, inc. this:

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    Short coffee break held here:

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    Crashes were few, by some miracle I stayed the right way up :D

    The scenery was classic England:

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    Jeff, riding an XTZ750 Super Tenere managed to get stung by an errant Wasp five times on his stomach & chest. Being allergic to stings, a quick diversion to the nearest village was required for the relevant medicines.

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    We continued, the sky threatened to rain but never did.

    We merged briefly with another group before heading off to a nearby fuel station for a cold drink:

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    On the way home we passed through Matlock, I managed to get the camera out of the tankbag & take a few pics on the move:

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    Arrived back at the site nearly 6 hours after setting off, having covered 80 miles, of which about 40 were off road through the southern edges of the Peak District - a big thanks & :thumb to the TRF guys for taking the time to show us around the area.

    Most people in attendance rode GS's, Africa Twins/Transalps, Yamaha twins & singles. No Varadero's, V-Stroms, Caponords or even Tigers?

    Young Australian couple turned up on these, note the e/start & the generator style hand pull start :huh They also travelled the Americas from top to bottom on these little Honda's :huh

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    All in all, excellent weekend, I'll be attending next year & am looking forwards to it already. Place was full of people who've travelled the world, many interesting & modified bikes & an assortment of Germans, French, Dutch, Irish, Belgians, Kiwi's & Australians. Big thanks to those who organised a successful & well run event, especially Susan Johnson :thumb Grant was back home in BC keeping the Horizons site running.

    More photos here: http://possu.smugmug.com/gallery/161238/1 - be warned, there's 200+ photos!

    Steve
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  4. Possu

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    Apologies for the crap map I added earlier :thumb

    Anyway, the agenda for Saturday morning inc. some off road routes, courtesy of guidance from local TRF (Trail Riders Fellowship). There was a choice of two routes, one for novices but both were suitable for road tyre equipped bikes (Tourance/Anakee etc).

    I chose the harder route, I found the going quite hard, especially as this was only my second time off road on the 1150GS & my previous off road experience was limited to hurting myself on a TY250 trials bike. A variety of bikes took part, inc. this:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

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    Short coffee break held here:

    [​IMG]

    Crashes were few, by some miracle I stayed the right way up :D

    The scenery was classic England:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Jeff, riding an XTZ750 Super Tenere managed to get stung by an errant Wasp five times on his stomach & chest. Being allergic to stings, a quick diversion to the nearest village was required for the relevant medicines.

    [​IMG]

    We continued, the sky threatened to rain but never did.

    We merged briefly with another group before heading off to a nearby fuel station for a cold drink:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    On the way home we passed through Matlock, I managed to get the camera out of the tankbag & take a few pics on the move:

    [​IMG]

    Arrived back at the site nearly 6 hours after setting off, having covered 80 miles, of which about 40 were off road through the southern edges of the Peak District - a big thanks & :thumb to the TRF guys for taking the time to show us around the area.

    Most people in attendance rode GS's, Africa Twins/Transalps, Yamaha twins & singles. No Varadero's, V-Stroms, Caponords or even Tigers?

    Young Australian couple turned up on these, note the e/start & the generator style hand pull start :huh They also travelled the Americas from top to bottom on these little Honda's :huh

    [​IMG]

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    All in all, excellent weekend, I'll be attending next year & am looking forwards to it already. Place was full of people who've travelled the world, many interesting & modified bikes & an assortment of Germans, French, Dutch, Irish, Belgians, Kiwi's & Australians. Big thanks to those who organised a successful & well run event, especially Susan Johnson :thumb Grant was back home in BC keeping the Horizons site running.

    Steve
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    Paul Pratt & his 650 Triumph, he travelled the world on this very bike for years, inc. being stuck in the Phillipines for over 2 years due to a lack of parts & support when the Norton Villiers Triumph collapsed in 1976.

    Talking to Ernie from Overland Solutions:

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    Who needs GPS:

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    His book, I bought it, got Paul to sign it & will start reading this evening:

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  6. SteveLee

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    Steve, glad you had a good weekend up there. I was doing a mountain biking competition in the same area and was passed by a bunch of bikes with aluminium panniers on Saturday. I'd happily of swapped at the time! If the two events clash next year the HUBB will win.


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  7. Possu

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    Not sure who Lois is?

    There were about 200 to 250 people there, up on last year apparently.
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  9. Possu

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    I'm not sure but I think I recognise her name & photo from the H.U. site?

    If she's who I think she is, then she may have had a bad accident last year somewhere in South America, possibly involving an open face helmet & face/rock interface :eek1

    If you want to know more or to confirm this, contact Grant Johnson via the H.U. site as she may have visited him on her way south.

    Apologies if I'm wrong on this. If I can find a link to the accident report, I'll post it here.

    Steve

    Slightly wrong, it was Amalia Zimmerman who crashed, she may have been travelling with Lois (Price?):

    http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/tstories/zimmerman/index.php
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  10. Django Loco

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    Steve,
    Yea, it wasn't Lois who crashed but one of several riding companions she had on
    her trip. It happened in Bolivia and is well described on her web site.
    A great read by the way, if any of you have time. Well worth it, as one of most
    humorous and well written travel accounts I've seen.

    I met and interviewed Lois for a local bike rag here when she passed through on
    her way south. Pretty tough cookie for a Brit
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  11. Road Rash

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    Cool pics :thumb great report too :nod
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