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2015 – Year End Review – Bicycle Touring

By | 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 [...]

Urumqi to Ulaanbaatar – doing it different part 1

By | 23rd January, 2015|Categories: China, North west China, Reflections, Thoughts, Travel tips, Tripreport, Winter cycling|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It was amazing! Arriving to Urumqi after cycling there all the way from the Netherlands. It was quite a huge milestone for us. But it was also a bit daunting because during the last days of the year we'd had some deep conversations about what next. The plan was clear but the feelings not so much. We [...]

A 36 hour taste of winter cycling

By | 6th December, 2014|Categories: Cycling, Kazakhstan, Nature|Tags: , , , , , , |

Our legs are shaking, our fingers are numb and we are only 500 meters away from the hostel where we stayed in Bishkek. A really nice place by the way, nice and comfortable, where the communal heating was on all day. So making the step from 23 degrees inside to minus 10 outside after three weeks was [...]

Discovering the diversity of Kyrgyzstan

By | 21st November, 2014|Categories: High mountains, Kyrgyzstan, Northern Kyrgyzstan, Winter cycling|Tags: , , , , , , |

Looking at the map we see a red line running from Osh to Bishkek. It is a highway and actually still the M41. We are reluctant to take this road because we prefer to avoid heavy traffic and take smaller roads where possible. At the same time we have heard that many of the smaller roads are [...]

Old modern milk farming in the Swabian Alps

By | 17th February, 2014|Categories: Germany, Interesting environment, Nature, Our interests, People|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

We were searching for a place for our tent and these days the weather is unpredictable, so we have been trying to find shelter in barns or sheds by farmers. This day we were in the Swabian Alps near the town of Scheer. We rode up the road to a farm. After asking around, a kind old man [...]

2013 the year when dreams became reality

By | 31st December, 2013|Categories: Preparations, Year review|Tags: , , , , , , |

Reflection is a strong human function and can be used to improve our lives and if possible the lives of others. The year of 2013 was a year where we really decided to go for our dream journey. So as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi says "Be the change you want to see in the world" we can now look [...]