Horizons Unlimited, Italian style.

Horizons Unlimited is a huge website full of info for adventure bike travellers. It was started about 20 years ago by an Australian (I think) couple who saw the need when they did their round the world trip on a bike. They also host gatherings around the globe. Italy held its first gathering last weekend and I attended. The setting was in the grounds of an old Monastry. Plenty of backpacker accom, camping and a wonderful restaurant. 

 boy was I glad to see that sign. 

boy was I glad to see that sign. 

 the sun was almost on the Horizon. Haha. 

the sun was almost on the Horizon. Haha. 

I arrived on dusk and as I pulled up, someone said. Come on, we have a workshop starting now. I hadn't registered, in fact I don't think I'd got off the bike. No problem just come with us. 

A great welcome, nice friendly relaxed people.  

 Diego, one of the organisers is very hands on. He ran many practical workshops on picking up your bike and repairing flat tyres. 

Diego, one of the organisers is very hands on. He ran many practical workshops on picking up your bike and repairing flat tyres. 

Diego has a Thunderbird Sport that he turned into a cafe racer. Last year he and a mate on a choppered Harley and another mate on a dirt bike decided to go to Ace Cafe in London!! They made the trip in five days, 2,500 km and mostly in the rain. They got lost several times in London and when they finally found the Ace Cafe, headed in for a beer, only to be told, but you are on bikes!! Diego replied with , yes, were Italian of course we will have a beer. 

 After the first workshop there was time for me to register and get my accom sorted. There were three Guzzi's parked outside the lodge. Unusual choice for an adventure bike, I thought. 

After the first workshop there was time for me to register and get my accom sorted. There were three Guzzi's parked outside the lodge. Unusual choice for an adventure bike, I thought. 

 very comprehensive program with a good balance of practical sessions and inspiring travel stories. 

very comprehensive program with a good balance of practical sessions and inspiring travel stories. 

It didn't take me too long to realise that the hard core adventure riders were in the camping area. I was in the hostel!!

 just some of the thirty+ bikes. Two from North America, one from Australia and the rest were from all over Europe. one fellow had ridden his bicycle from England. Everyone else was on motorbikes. 

just some of the thirty+ bikes. Two from North America, one from Australia and the rest were from all over Europe. one fellow had ridden his bicycle from England. Everyone else was on motorbikes. 

 part of the tent area. 

part of the tent area. 

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And I made a few friends  

 Matteo made a go pro video of his trip from Greece to Mongolia. He was 21 and quit uni to fulfill this dream of riding a dirt bike half way round the world. 

Matteo made a go pro video of his trip from Greece to Mongolia. He was 21 and quit uni to fulfill this dream of riding a dirt bike half way round the world. 

 Miriam is well travelled.  Her last trip took two years riding from Alaska to Tierra del Fiego. She'll be in Tassie later this year. 

Miriam is well travelled.  Her last trip took two years riding from Alaska to Tierra del Fiego. She'll be in Tassie later this year. 

 Manolas has just bought himself a WR 250 and is ready to go!! 

Manolas has just bought himself a WR 250 and is ready to go!! 

 Gabi and his Guzzi

Gabi and his Guzzi

 Dimitar hails from Bulgaria. He was best man at his friends wedding last week. There tradition is when a family has a daughter, they make homemade rakia and bury it in the backyard until their daughter gets married. It is then dug up and what is not drunk at the wedding is distributed amongst the guests. Dimitar arrived with three litres of this fire water, which needless to say was all consumed by the end of the weekend. 

Dimitar hails from Bulgaria. He was best man at his friends wedding last week. There tradition is when a family has a daughter, they make homemade rakia and bury it in the backyard until their daughter gets married. It is then dug up and what is not drunk at the wedding is distributed amongst the guests. Dimitar arrived with three litres of this fire water, which needless to say was all consumed by the end of the weekend. 

 Rebecca, from Italy. I met Rebecca on the ferry two weeks ago and she mentioned the HU thering. She was probably the youngest attendee and I was the oldest on a bike. 

Rebecca, from Italy. I met Rebecca on the ferry two weeks ago and she mentioned the HU thering. She was probably the youngest attendee and I was the oldest on a bike. 

 yes, I did enjoy myself. 

yes, I did enjoy myself. 

 First HU Gathering in Italy. 

First HU Gathering in Italy.