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HUBB UK 2014 Adventure Travellers Meeting

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At the weekend I managed to get to the HUBBUK 2014 event.  For those not in the know, the aim of HUBB is to inspire, inform and connect overland adventure travellers.

HUBB laid on a first class event with a huge presentation schedule, so camping out for the weekend was a great opportunity to test any equipment recently purchased and to mingle with like minded folk.  There were many presentations taking place, but for me it had to be the one by Austin Vince that stood out amongst all others.  He’s like a cross between the manager from the Phone Shop and Mr Gilbert from The Inbetweeners.  He gives no ordinary talk.  It’s like watching proper dry stand up comedy.  Austin certainly knows how to keep an audience engaged and more importantly, transmit information in a language they understand.

Of course, my main reason for attending was to draw inspiration for my trip to Ukraine by motorcycle next year.  Many there are seasoned travellers and this was an ideal opportunity to put the feelers out.  I didn’t have to feel for long.  Whilst attending a presentation I got talking to Rod Shaw.  Rod seemed fascinated in my trip to Ukraine next year so hopefully we may be able to put some plans together between us.

So whilst basking in the sun with a beer in hand, I came across the legendary Ted Simon of Jupiter’s Travels fame.  Ted’s wife is Ukrainian (coincidentally!) and his bike is now on display at the Coventry Transport Museum.

All in all a great weekend.  Big thanks must go to all those involved and in particular Sam Manicom and co-organiser Iain Harper for helping to arrange things.

 

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Written by Dean O'Brien

June 26, 2014 at 8:33 am