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30 May-2 June 2013: Horizon’s Unlimited! (Pursuit of good living)

30 May-2 June 2013: Horizon’s Unlimited! (Pursuit of good living)


Lisa And Nick Plumb


The slow race


Jason, Ian, Chris, Lisa, Andy


Lisa on an electric bike


Masai dancers

IMG_3768 IMG_3724 IMG_3702Wow! Why? Horizons Unlimited UK just happened, that’s why. This gathering wins first place in the 2013 travel event calendar on home soil as hundreds of overlanders assemble to meet like-minded folk sharing a passion for exploring on 2 or more wheels. This year we spent 4 days in the lush grounds of Castle Donnington’s Farmhouse Hotel. It was travel presentation heaven and some…

A plethora of speakers from the pithy and primed, the well-known to the newbies fresh from their adventures were all given ample air time to share and enlighten. Stories are told, ideas are illuminated and so the seed to travel starts to germinate. Advice on any aspect of venturing off is in abundance…doesn’t take long for those juices to start flowing in a sea of authors, film makers and adventure motorcyclists.

Austin Vince put in a memorable performance about his latest Mondo Sahara adventure but I’ve come to expect nothing less from this ‘infectious flavour of funny’ fella. One of my favourite speakers was Ed March reaching a new level of crazy. However, totally deserving of the limelight given from a responsive audience on Friday night retelling his way to the Arctic Circle – in the winter – on a Honda C90. At the opposite end of the thermometer, I also enjoyed bumping into Rachel and Sam, two thirds of ‘Crossing the Empty Quarter’ crew in the planning stages of embarking upon part of the world’s largest sand desert – hope the pieces of the jigsaw start slotting into place for those guys.

Saturday morning I find myself roped into entering the Slow Race – a hoot and a half, despite the slightly nervous reservations… Managed to win an official heat and then whip Nicky Plumb‘s perky backside, twice, in our own unofficial race!

Although brand new to the world of 2 wheel exploration around the globe, thought I’d volunteer to help run the Skills Course led by Cogs and David. Emphasis being on slow speed, Saturday saw a healthy number of riders (and a pillion) to come and have a go. Lovely to see about as many women giving the men a good run for their money in tackling the obstacle course. Supporting this aspect of the event and having a purpose much bigger than me is what it’s all about, for sure.

Couldn’t just spectate at this event, got me a whizz-tastic ride on one of the e-bikes. These electrically charged bikes are ace. Man alive, when it comes to opening the throttle, they go like a rat up a drainpipe, doing up to 30mph. Brill.

How would I describe my first Horizons? Hugely engaging, interactive and oodles of fun, whether you’re at the start of your overlanding pursuits or well on your way. Namely, not to be missed. Think it struck a bit of a chord because there’s just so many regular folks with normal jobs doing incredible things.

Thank you so much to Susan and Grant Johnson, Iain Harper, Sam Manicom and Birgit to name but a few plus the scores of selfless people mucking in to facilitate such a worthy, exquisitely organised event. Made a pile of new friends. Felt right at home and welcomed to the end, was even waved goodbye on departure. Those I came into contact with at Horizons incentivised the big banana out of me to simply ‘get on with it’ and paved the way to adventure.

16-18 August 2013: The UK Adventure Travel Film Festival


Great to meet David and Louise from


Lisa with Graham Field and Sam Manicom


The jolenes


The Adventure Travel Film Festival ATFF

16-18 August 2013: The UK Adventure Travel Film Festival

Feast your eyes on the UK travel film festival; presented an overwhelmingly rich opportunity to immerse yourself in a sea of brilliant people. Back-to-back travel stories, presentations and filmed adventures – undoubtedly spoilt for choice. Somehow still managed to catch up with friends, learn a truck load about what I love doing most and rock the night away with The Jolenes followed by drunken songs around the campfire.

We got blistering sun and monsoon rain but the spirits weren’t dampened, it just whet the appetite for more indoor unique films.

Top five films: Alone across Australia, The boy that flies, The silk road, African odyssey and Mondo Sahara. Loved Louise Wilson‘s talks too! And when Ben Fogle popped in to make a guest appearance on Friday night, I gained a new found respect for this ‘Yes’ guy who redefined perseverance for me.

Thank you Austin Vince, Lois Pryce, Sam Manicom and the entire ATFF presenters and volunteer crew. Superb effort.


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