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About Twisting Spokes

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+

Returning through Europe: Romania

By |2019-08-15T10:03:51+02:00 14th September, 2016|Categories: Romania|Tags: , , , , |

Romania, the land of castles, Dracula and walled cities. We were excited what this new country would bring for us. We had heard many good travel stories and the mountain magic of the Transfăgărășan was calling us. Photos of our time in Romania can be found here: The return: Romania Time demanded for us to take a shortcut [...]

Review: Ortlieb panniers (Rear and Front)

By |2019-08-15T10:03:51+02:00 13th September, 2016|Categories: Gear Reviews|Tags: , , , , |

We have cycled from Rotterdam to Kathmandu and crossed Europe again from Istanbul on the return covering 38.000km with our Ortlieb BIKE-PACKER PLUS  and SPORT-PACKER PLUS. Are Ortlieb panniers the best you can get? Was this the right choice of panniers? Read our review and make your own wise opinion. We have cycled through all sorts of [...]

Returning through Europe: Turkey

By |2019-08-15T10:03:51+02:00 28th July, 2016|Categories: Turkey, West Turkey|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Lately we have been a bit quiet. The main reason for this is that we have been cycling strongly across Europe. Updates are coming and this is our first recollection of returning to the Asian side of Istanbul and cycling towards Europe. Finally… a decision was made to fly from Nepal to Turkey and continue cycling from [...]

The journey Rotterdam to Kathmandu (Statistics)

By |2019-08-15T10:03:52+02:00 4th June, 2016|Categories: Countries Visited|Tags: , , , |

This is it! This is where our life time Journey came to its final destination. It is hard to describe our feelings and experiences as we are still processing these. It has been amazing, hard, easy, boring, incredible. It has been the greatest lesson of life in all its aspects. With this post we want to share [...]

The Middle Mountain Road to Kathmandu

By |2019-08-15T10:03:52+02:00 25th May, 2016|Categories: Nepal|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 of the Nepal Terai and make a fast dash to Kathmandu. We chose the mountains in the hope of seeing some spectacular [...]

Traversing tea estates and tiger reserves in Assam and West Bengal

By |2019-08-15T10:03:52+02:00 22nd April, 2016|Categories: Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, India, West Bengal|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 a population of 30.9 million people Assam is hugely more populated than most of the states we had been cycling in until [...]

Tribal jungles to Himalayan hillstations

By |2019-08-15T10:03:54+02:00 5th April, 2016|Categories: Arunachal Pradesh, India|Tags: , , , |

This next part of our journey would prove to be an adventure of its own. We had our minds set on cycling to Tawang, a Himalayan hillstation where India meets Tibet. Before we would even get close to the Himalayas we would have to cycle through wet jungles and dusty mountain roads under construction. See our images [...]