TwistingSpokes http://www.twistingspokes.com Cycling to Nepal - follow us on our adventure Thu, 15 Aug 2019 08:03:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 58529206 2016 – Year End Review – We reached Kathmandu! http://www.twistingspokes.com/2016-year-end-review-reached-kathmandu/ http://www.twistingspokes.com/2016-year-end-review-reached-kathmandu/#comments Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:02:23 +0000 http://www.twistingspokes.com/?p=26538 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 [...]

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Returning through Europe: Bornholm, a small Danish island http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-through-europe-bornholm-a-small-danish-island/ http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-through-europe-bornholm-a-small-danish-island/#comments Sun, 13 Nov 2016 16:31:43 +0000 http://www.twistingspokes.com/?p=26299 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 [...]

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Returning through Europe: Poland http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-europe-poland/ http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-europe-poland/#comments Sat, 22 Oct 2016 11:57:56 +0000 http://www.twistingspokes.com/?p=26134 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 [...]

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Returning through Europe: Germany (east) http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-through-europe-germany/ http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-through-europe-germany/#respond Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:27:50 +0000 http://www.twistingspokes.com/?p=26124 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. [...]

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Returning through Europe: Czech Republic http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-through-europe-czech-republic/ http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-through-europe-czech-republic/#respond Thu, 06 Oct 2016 09:21:41 +0000 http://www.twistingspokes.com/?p=25978 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 [...]

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Returning through Europe: Austria http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-through-europe-austria/ http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-through-europe-austria/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:12:23 +0000 http://www.twistingspokes.com/?p=25862 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 [...]

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Returning through Europe: Slovakia http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-through-europe-slovakia/ http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-through-europe-slovakia/#respond Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:07:44 +0000 http://www.twistingspokes.com/?p=25845 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 [...]

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Returning through Europe: Hungary http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-through-europe-hungary/ http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-through-europe-hungary/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:41:55 +0000 http://www.twistingspokes.com/?p=25788 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: [...]

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Review: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir All Season http://www.twistingspokes.com/review-therm-a-rest-neoair-all-season/ http://www.twistingspokes.com/review-therm-a-rest-neoair-all-season/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:43:51 +0000 http://www.twistingspokes.com/?p=20057 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 [...]

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Review: Garmin GPSmap 62st http://www.twistingspokes.com/review-garmin-gpsmap-62st/ http://www.twistingspokes.com/review-garmin-gpsmap-62st/#respond Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:26:36 +0000 http://www.twistingspokes.com/?p=25315 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 [...]

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Returning through Europe: Romania http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-through-europe-romania/ http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-through-europe-romania/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 06:45:56 +0000 http://www.twistingspokes.com/?p=25180 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 [...]

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Review: Ortlieb panniers (Rear and Front) http://www.twistingspokes.com/review-ortlieb-panniers-rear-front/ http://www.twistingspokes.com/review-ortlieb-panniers-rear-front/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:42:45 +0000 http://www.twistingspokes.com/?p=24365 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 [...]

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Returning through Europe: Bulgaria http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-through-europe-bulgaria/ http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-through-europe-bulgaria/#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:30:16 +0000 http://www.twistingspokes.com/?p=24714 Bulgaria was a new country on the journey, we were curious to discover this for us less known territory. Photos can be found here: The return: Bulgaria We were excited as this was the door to the European union. Would they let us back in?? Well they did and there were no checks whatsoever besides the [...]

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Returning through Europe: Turkey http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-europe-turkey/ http://www.twistingspokes.com/returning-europe-turkey/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:13:49 +0000 http://www.twistingspokes.com/?p=24495 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 [...]

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TwistingSpokes in Myanmar http://www.twistingspokes.com/twistingspokes-in-myanmar/ http://www.twistingspokes.com/twistingspokes-in-myanmar/#respond Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:24:24 +0000 http://www.twistingspokes.com/?p=24437 Bicycle touring in Myanmar is something we had looked forward to. When we were planning our journey it was not yet possible to cross overland into Myanmar from Thailand and out again to India. This change has made it possible for us to reach Nepal overland! It is still a country that is mysterious [...]

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