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On the 2nd of February 2014 we embarked on our long desired adventure: Cycling east from Rotterdam with Nepal as destination. As we travel and meet people our horizon will broaden, follow us and see the world with our eyes. Through this website you can explore the places we see, read about the people we meet on the road, learn about the topics we find interesting & inspiring and read more about our thoughts, feelings and what makes us wonder… We travel unsupported and rely on our own funding. Here on twisting spokes we will share our story.
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  • Arrival in Kathmandu

The Middle Mountain Road to Kathmandu

Choices were to be made. Hile lies at a crossroads. Here we could venture further west into unknown territory of the middle mountain road ór we could go back down to the hot steaming plains [...]

Last border crossing of the himalayas

Crossing the last border was on our minds, we had worked on our route while resting and enjoying the features of Darjeeling. This was our last real stop before heading into the Himalayas on our [...]

Traversing tea estates and tiger reserves in Assam and West Bengal

The plains of Assam were waiting for us once we had made it down the mountains and out of Arunachal Pradesh. We knew that cycling in Assam would be more of an intense experience! With [...]

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  • Xian to Labrang en-route to the Amdo Tibetans

    Xian to Labrang en-route to the Amdo Tibetans

    Contemplating on our route through west China we noticed that we had a chance to experience the life of the Amdo Tibetans. So we quickly decided on going west from Xian instead of south to [...]

  • From arid Gobi to lush Great Wall of China

    From arid Gobi to lush Great Wall of China

    We took a day to settle back in to China, enjoy Chinese food and the bustling streets of Erenhot. This is a city in Inner Mongolia an autonomous region in China, also called Ereen or [...]

  • Tsagaan Sar, a different New Years celebration

    Tsagaan Sar, a different New Years celebration

    In Mongolia there are two major traditional holidays. One is in summer and is called Naadam, the other is in winter and is called Tsagaan Sar or white moon. Tsagaan Sar is the celebration of [...]

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  • From arid Gobi to lush Great Wall of China

    From arid Gobi to lush Great Wall of China

    We took a day to settle back in to China, enjoy Chinese food and the bustling streets of Erenhot. This is a city in Inner Mongolia an autonomous region in China, also called Ereen or [...]

  • Cycling the Gobi, a desert with surprises

    Cycling the Gobi, a desert with surprises

    It was hard to leave Ulaanbaatar. Our winter break had been good in many ways. We had created a nice social life, gotten to know quite a few really nice people, established bonds with Mongolians [...]

  • Following the south route to Ulaanbaatar, it changed me!

    Following the south route to Ulaanbaatar, it changed me!

    In Altai I had time to think and decided on a change of plans. I now was planning to follow the south route to Ulaanbaatar. The original plan was to cycle north from Altai to [...]

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  • Stunning steep roads and jungle adventures

    Stunning steep roads and jungle adventures

    ‘Left, we need to stay on the left!’ we were shouting at each other every time we re-entered the road. We had crossed over from Laos to Thailand and had not realised we also had [...]

  • Yunnan a tropical endeavour

    Yunnan a tropical endeavour

    The final chapter of China had begun. We were cycling from Lijiang through Yunnan province to the border with Laos. We were at lower altitude and it was getting more warm and humid. We were [...]

  • Holidaying, WWOOFing, cycling

    Holidaying, WWOOFing, cycling

    It was time for a holiday! Susanne’s family were visiting. Afterwards we would be cycling back to the farm where Susanne volunteered before, while Martin was in Denmark, and then we would cycle back to [...]

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  • Holidaying, WWOOFing, cycling

    Holidaying, WWOOFing, cycling

    It was time for a holiday! Susanne’s family were visiting. Afterwards we would be cycling back to the farm where Susanne volunteered before, while Martin was in Denmark, and then we would cycle back to [...]

  • WWOOFing at an organic pine tree farm in South Korea

    WWOOFing at an organic pine tree farm in South Korea

    Before arriving to South Korea we had the plan to find a place to WWOOF. For people not familiar with this term it means: Willing Workers On Organic Farms. We would like to learn more [...]

  • My experiences as a volunteer in Ulaanbaatar

    My experiences as a volunteer in Ulaanbaatar

    After knowing that Martin and I would split up for a while (because he was cycling through Mongolia) I started looking into what I could be doing. First my eyes were set in southern China, [...]

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  • Qingdao to Xi’an: peaches for everyone

    Qingdao to Xi’an: peaches for everyone

    What would China have in store for us this time? After cycling the Northwest and Northeast we are now on our way from Qingdao to Xi'an to shortly get back on the Silk Road. In [...]

  • The Great Wall hike at Jinshanling/Gubeikou

    The Great Wall hike at Jinshanling/Gubeikou

    After cycling alongside the Great Wall for quite some kilometers we were ready to start ascending it. We had picked the village Gubeikou as our starting point from where we wanted to walk to the [...]

  • Friendly dogs on the old Ankara road

    Friendly dogs on the old Ankara road

    We were ready to take on the rest of Turkey, although saying goodbye was a little bit sad because the stay at Ali, Martin's ex-colleague, had been very nice. Also we had the experience of [...]

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  • This is how and why we will write gear reviews!

This is how and why we will write gear reviews!

9th November, 2015|1 Comment

This is how and why we will write gear reviews! "This is how… by TwistingSpokes.com". Reviewing our gear has never really been on our mind. Lately though after 21 months and more than 26000km on [...]

  • stay warm in winter as low as - 30°C

This is how we stay warm in winter as low as – 30°C

24th October, 2015|5 Comments

‘This is how we stay warm in winter as low as - 30°C’ is a part of the series “This is how… by twistingspokes.com”. While cycling in winter sounds scary and cold, it can be [...]

  • this how we maintain our bicycles

This is how we maintain our bicycles

4th July, 2015|0 Comments

'This is how we maintain our bicycles' is part of the series “This is how… by TwistingSpokes.com”. Cycling on a well maintained bicycle is a great feeling. We give quite some attention to Mojo and Isaba as [...]

  • This is how we interact with locals

This is how we interact with locals

23rd June, 2015|2 Comments

'This is how we interact with locals' is part of the series “This is how… by TwistingSpokes.com”. During our journey we very much enjoy the interaction with local people on the road, in small villages [...]

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