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Martin and Susanne are the crazy cyclists behind TwistingSpokes. We enjoy taking you along on our adventure while we are traveling by bicycle from the Netherlands to Nepal. What occupies us while cycling are the interactions with people on the road, culture, scenery and meaningful encounters. You can read more about us on our About page or on G+

2016 – Year End Review – We reached Kathmandu!

By | 31st December, 2016|Categories: Year review|Tags: , |

Welcome to 2017! We are looking back at 2016. It has been a challenge in many ways for us and for the international society. We have made an outline of the last 12 months of our life and some of the best photos. Enjoy the long read and Happy New Year! January:Chiang Mai is where we celebrated [...]

Returning through Europe: Bornholm, a small Danish island

By | 13th November, 2016|Categories: Denmark, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

When Martin was young he hiked around the Danish island Bornholm. This island lies between Poland and Sweden, quite a bit east of Denmark. We took the boat from Kolobrzeg in Poland. We were so much looking forward to getting reacquainted with all the Danish delicacies and delights on Bornholm, a small Danish island. Photos are here: The [...]

Returning through Europe: Poland

By | 22nd October, 2016|Categories: Poland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Crossing the border from Görlitz to Zgorzelec was a big step. Our first task was to find a place to change money because we had no Zloty in our possession yet. Zgorzelec was a good introduction to Poland where we could ride good kilometres but missed a real connection with the country. Our time there consisted mainly [...]

Returning through Europe: Germany (east)

By | 17th October, 2016|Categories: Germany|Tags: , , , , , |

History was on our path yet again. Immediately after crossing the border between the Czech Republic and Germany we became enlightened. Napoleon had crossed this area in 1813. It would be an interesting two days in Germany. A short visit but definitely a new area for us in Germany. All photos are here: The return: Germany. Apparently in [...]

Returning through Europe: Czech Republic

By | 6th October, 2016|Categories: Czech Republic|Tags: , , , |

After cycling through Hungary, Slovakia and Austria we crossed a tiny border crossing between Austria and Czech Republic. And at the same time we did that we felt that we were stepping back in time. It was the largest perceptible difference between two countries we had seen within Europe. To see all our photos have a look [...]

Returning through Europe: Austria

By | 29th September, 2016|Categories: Austria|Tags: , , , , , , |

Returning to Europe was on our mind as we sat in the Little Tibetan Guesthouse while looking at the Fishtail of the Annapurna Range. Photos of the short stretch through Austria can be found here: The return: Austria When and why? We had a hard time deciding, then we thought of Thomas and Tina and their wedding in [...]

Returning through Europe: Slovakia

By | 25th September, 2016|Categories: Slovakia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Slovakia, a country we had never visited and a place worth a return, as we only got to see it from the edge of the Danube. We cycled across the Danube river on the Mária Valéria Bridge which has been an important crossing point for centuries. Leaving the old capital of Hungary Esztergom behind, we felt European history [...]

Returning through Europe: Hungary

By | 23rd September, 2016|Categories: Hungary|Tags: , , , |

Hungary was not a country we had focused on or researched well. It was a country on our road on the way back through Europe. It surprised us with its huge fields, smiling sunflowers and the first real cycling paths we came across on the return through Europe. All our photos our available here: The Return: Hungary. We [...]

Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season

By | 22nd September, 2016|Categories: Gear Reviews|Tags: , , , , , |

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season was chosen by us after quite some research on mattresses. We read reviews and experiences of other cycle tourers. This mattress filled all our wishes. We have been very glad with the NeoAir All Season as our sleeping mattress on our cycling adventure. After having gone through a whole plate of weather and camping situations. We [...]

Review: Garmin GPSmap 62st

By | 16th September, 2016|Categories: Gear Reviews|Tags: , , , |

Cycling with a GPS is becoming quite normal these days and we are no exception to this. That said a GPS should never replace your own capabilities of navigating and finding your way as this is one of the fun parts of cycle touring. We see the GPS as a tool or aid to our experience while [...]