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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+

Arunachal Pradesh Zero cycling

By |2019-03-27T17:40:08+02:00 19th March, 2016|Categories: Arunachal Pradesh, India|Tags: , , , , , |

The land of dawn-lit mountains, Arunachal Pradesh was waiting for us to be discovered. We had read and been told that it is a wild and remote region of India. After cycling through Manipur and Nagaland we had now reached Assam and got acquainted with India a little bit more like the mainland. We were eager to [...]

Entering the North East India

By |2019-03-27T17:40:08+02:00 8th March, 2016|Categories: Assam, India, Manipur, Nagaland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Imphal, a city rated as a dangerous place to be due to local insurgents (rank 32 in the world at high risk of terror strike), this meant heavy military presence and several checkpoints in this part of North East India. The images of this stretch are here: End of Manipur, Nagaland to Kohima, Nagaland Kohima to Cheteba, Nagaland Cheteba to Zunheboto and Zunheboto [...]

Cycling Myanmar on the wild side

By |2019-03-27T17:40:09+02:00 24th February, 2016|Categories: India, Manipur, Myanmar|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Bagan, the old kingdom, had given us a special place to discover. We trailed the tracks off the beaten track to far away temples and now and then bumping into groups of tourists. Unluckily a bug that had been popping up since Yangon decided it was time to strike and Martin got a bronchitis which meant it [...]

Following the Ayeyarwady to the Kingdom of Bagan

By |2019-03-27T17:40:09+02:00 13th February, 2016|Categories: Myanmar|Tags: , , , , , , |

After being fed, rested and educated on Yangon and its colonial heritage it was time to hit the road. We had enjoyed a wide variety of Burmese and Indian food, street snacks, custard puddings, samosa’s and tea. Yangon had made a good impression on us with its eclectic mix of ethnicities, buildings, traffic and people. We were [...]

Crossing new borders from Myawaddy to Yangon

By |2019-03-27T17:40:10+02:00 31st January, 2016|Categories: Myanmar|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Crossing new borders is exactly what we did. We had rested in Mae Sot where we enjoyed social times with other cyclists and especially Mo and Marie which was really nice. Time had come and new adventures waited for us in Myanmar, a country that has been fairly closed for the last 30 years due to the [...]

Borderlands and hill tribes, back on the bikes

By |2019-03-27T17:40:10+02:00 22nd January, 2016|Categories: Thailand|Tags: , , , |

It was never the plan to cycle in Thailand. Because of borders, visa and because travel plans change we made it here anyway. We are in Mae Sot now contemplating our time in Thailand from the expected ease to the little more unexpected possibilities to get off the beaten track in this well developed country. Lately we [...]

Cyclist’s Guide to Chiang Mai

By |2019-03-27T17:40:11+02:00 9th January, 2016|Categories: Favorites, Thailand, Travel tips|Tags: , , , , |

In this Cyclist's Guide to Chiang Mai we will describe all the places that we have found useful in Chiang Mai. On and off we spent a total of four weeks in Thailand's second largest city, we had bicycle maintenance done, we searched for a place to stay and we have been enjoying nice thai food from [...]

2015 – Year End Review – Bicycle Touring

By |2019-03-27T17:40:12+02:00 3rd January, 2016|Categories: Countries Visited, Reflections, Year review|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It is always good to look back at the year past and see what has been done and where the time went. Here is our year in retrospect in 2015 - Year End Review - Bicycle Touring. January: We had an emotional start of 2015 when we went our separate ways for a while. Winter had definitely [...]

Review Santos Travelmaster 2.6

By |2019-03-27T17:40:17+02:00 2nd January, 2016|Categories: Gear Reviews|Tags: , , |

Santos Travelmaster 2.6 was the bicycle of choice for us and it is a really versatile touring bicycle. We know now after cycling more than 32000km on the Santos travelmaster! So we would like to share our thoughts in this Review Santos Travelmaster. Back in 2013 we had little to no knowledge what this journey would [...]

Our most memorable routes

By |2019-03-27T17:40:21+02:00 30th November, 2015|Categories: Favorites|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

After having cycled for almost 22 months we have a special feeling for certain routes we have cycled on our journey. Sometimes because of the architecture, sometimes because of the people and sometimes because the cycling was just so tough and ultimately very rewarding in every aspect! It is hard to describe all our best roads, [...]