Horizons Unlimited UK Meet 2012

Just popped in from South Africa

Well, I’ve had another ‘coo, what a week!’ type of week! Couple of weeks really and most of it is down to the UK Horizons Unlimited Meet in Derbyshire. A week on from it and all the kit, books and muddy clothes squared away, it’s time to relax with an ice cold beer, or two.

Lake paddling. A new HU ExperienceWe had rather more than typically damp British summer weather to deal with but no worries. It turned into a great event with loads of fun and lots to do. And actually we had a lucky break with the weather – more sun than rain! Though we did have a mini lake that form on one of the camping sites! There are rumours that a boat race was held!

How do I feel the Meet went? Actually, I just need to quote from the emails I’ve been sent – ‘I know the weather was against us but never the less everybody had a great time’ – ‘I thoroughly enjoyed myself and found the presenters fascinating.’ – ‘ I think the meeting was fantastic and look forward to next year’ – ‘ I enjoyed every minute and met some fabulous people.’

What helped these comments to happen? Overlanders from overseas on their journeys called in. 46 presenters (a quarter of them new this year) gave 56 different talks & demos over the 4 days. 86% of the presentations were brand new for 2012 and more than a third were be repeated to make it easier for everyone to see everything they want to.

A terrific number of Adventure Motorcycle book authors’ came, and a wide spread of companies who supply the likes of us with excellent travel kit were on site.

Ed March and his sun damaged chocsWe had completely unexpected sunshine – so much that Ed March’s chocolates melted in his tent! Did that stop him?

We had the very entertaining Danny and Fil make their Roadkill Cookout happen, which this year was enhanced by Mon and Lek who showed people how to turn that roadkill into a superb Thai Green Curry using authentic Thai herbs and spices. And on the subject of spice, Stevie Simpson (One Man One Mandolin) spiced up Saturday night by the bonfire with live music. And of course, I must mention the Slow Bike Race! You had to be there!

Now for that beer : ) If you went and learned and had a good time – brilliant! If you did and either volunteered to help or you presented. Terrific! Many thanks. The Meet wouldn’t be as excellent without you guys.

If you went and enjoyed the fun and the atmosphere, brilliant! And for those of you about to hit the road, I hope you have great adventures, meet amazing people and find out all sorts of good things about yourself that you never knew existed.

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