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Urumqi to Ulaanbaatar – doing it different part 1

By |2019-08-15T10:03:12+02:00 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 |2019-08-15T10:03:13+02:00 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 [...]

My mental battle of bicycle touring

By |2015-11-09T06:03:49+02:00 6th July, 2014|Categories: Reflections, South East Turkey, Thoughts, Turkey|Tags: , , , , |

The thing that is keeping me back most on this trip is my mind... It is hard to say but my mind is really screwed up sometimes. The last three days have been the hardest days for me on this trip. I was almost ready to call it quits. My mental battle of bicycle touring, how did [...]

Cycle touring, a view on my thoughts

By |2019-08-15T10:03:18+02:00 8th April, 2014|Categories: Journey|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

We have shared our sights and happenings along the way. Do you ever wander about: what is happening with their thoughts as they move further and further away from “home”? Ham, my good old biking guru and friend asked me the other day in an e-mail: how do you think about sunsets now? Also Ham asked how [...]

The road to Pompeii

By |2019-08-15T10:03:19+02:00 27th March, 2014|Categories: Cycling, History, Italy, Nature, People, Photography, Tripreport|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Happy to leave Rome we left it via the Via Appia, the road that the Romans took when they crossed the country over to Brindisi on the east coast. The Via Appia in our eyes is one of the secret gems of Rome. Most touristic attractions are completely overrun with people and here there are not too [...]

Days spent in Rome

By |2019-08-15T10:03:19+02:00 27th March, 2014|Categories: History, Italy, Other travellers, People, Travel tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Rome was our first big milestone and it was a cultural highlight that we were looking forward to. Susanne had already been there for one week with school when she was 15 and was curious if she would remember the sights and the stories. Martin wanted to wander in this city with great history, learn a lot [...]

The plains of Po meeting Bologna

By |2019-08-15T10:03:19+02:00 4th March, 2014|Categories: Cycling, Italy, Journey, Other travellers, Tripreport|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

We left off in Meran, where we stayed for 3 nights refuelling and relaxing. Meran was an interesting blend of cultures as Meran is a part of South Tyrol and main language is German, this blends with pizzerias and well dressed italians. During our rest days we sort photos and write here on the blog, as now [...]

Up the plateau and down to the Bodensee

By |2019-08-15T10:03:20+02:00 18th February, 2014|Categories: Cycling, Germany, Journey, Other travellers, Tripreport|Tags: , , , , , , |

Leaving Tubingen we were enthusiastic about the next phase of the journey. However our knees were less enthusiastic. We had some reflecting to do and after biking up some hills in the center of Tubingen we really realized that our knees needed a break. Especially because the ascent of the Swabian Alps would be within 30 km. [...]

Pushing south and heading inland

By |2019-08-15T10:03:20+02:00 17th February, 2014|Categories: Germany, Journey, Other travellers, Tripreport|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Leaving Koblenz we were curious what else Germany would have in store for us. We cycled in the afternoon along the Rhein where there are multiple Unesco World Heritage villages until we reached Bad Salzig. Here it was difficult to find a place to sleep with the water on one side and hills on the other. We [...]

Following the Rur and meeting the Rhein

By |2019-08-15T10:03:20+02:00 7th February, 2014|Categories: Germany, Journey, People, The Netherlands, Tripreport|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Wow, what to say about the first days on the bicycle. First and foremost we have already been amazed by the hospitality on the way. Also we really appreciate the small things while cycling. The small rays of sun, the compliments and encouragements we give each other, the views and nice bicycling paths. Departure on Sunday the [...]