De route: New Zealand – Mongolia – The Netherlands
Augustus 2015 – July 2018, 44.000km
One girl. One bike. And the dream to travel the world.
It all starts with a dream. Then it becomes reality. Slowly slowly. Bit by bit. Day by day. And before I would realise, I was already three years on my way. It was the question whether it would be possible to cycle all the way home. Home is the Netherlands, because that’s the place where I once was born. That’s the place where I said goodbye to my family and friends. On the 28th of august 2015 this little adventure begun. Curious whether it would be possible to travel around the world on my bike. On the 22nd of juli 2018 I reached that same driveway that I left three years ago with my bicycle buddy by my side. With 43.000 kilometer on my computer I cycled into the arms of my mum and dad, surrounded by family and friends. I am home. But home is no longer just a place where I have my rootes and my family. I now feel at home at all the places where I ones rode my bike. These are the streets and the places where I now know exactly what life is all like.
Thank you ALL for being part of my journey. I feel humble and endlessly thankful that I had the chance to experience it all.
I am sending my love to all of you.
ps. for all of you who wonder…. what’s next?! No worries, there will be one more chapter of my ride. Soon more!
April 2018-July 2018, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, the Balkan, Europe.
India – Nepal
From Kazachstan, to Kirgistan, Tadjikistan, to Oezbekistan, Kazachstan – Azerbeidzjan & Iran
August, September, October, November, December 2017, 5.700 km
May – June 2017, 2000 km
China- cyling the Tibetan Plateau
March, April, May 2017, 4.200 km
Februari 2017, 900 km
Thailand (South) – Cambodia – Vietnam – Laos – Thailand (North)
November & December 2016, January & February 2017, 5.500 km ride
cycling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai will be a ride of approximately 700 km maybe two weeks on your bike (if you take it easy), but this ride took me almost three months as I decided to cycle this little loupe all the way to Cambodia. To than cycle Vietnam from Saigon all the way to Hanoi, to head back west to the North of Laos and the North of Thailand. A detour of 4.000 km it was. But all I can say is that is was super rewarding to take this ‘long way’ as I now feel at home in not just Thailand, but Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos as well. It was heart-warming to meet all this Asian kindness on my way, and to get to know their cultures, all in their unique and very own way.
Indonesia (Bali – Java – Sumatra), Singapore & Malaysia
Augustus – September – October 2016, 4.500 km ride
Indonesia would be my very first impression of cycling Asia. Slightly overwhelmed but at the same time seriously impressed by their kindness and caring-attitude towards each other, this would turn out to be the very best way to start this next part of my journey. After cycling Indonesia, I was ready for the rest of Asia.
Cycled Indonesia in august and september, reached Singapore in the beginning of october and continued to Malaysia during this whole month, to cross the border to Thailand the first of november. My first 4.500 km. in Asia was done. Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam; here I come!
February, March, April 2016, 5.327 km ride
I am happy to say: I didn’t got eaten on my way! Cycled Australia from Sydney all the way to Darwin! With a journey of 5.327 km I doubled my distances so far; and passed the first 10.000 km cycling around the world!
December 2015- January 2016, 2.239 km ride
I am more than happy to say; I’ve made it all the way! Cycled NZ from the bottom to the top!
The Netherlands – Portugal
September, October & November 2015, 3294 km in total – 2.534 by bike + 780 km by foot.
Op 28 augustus 2015 begon ik mijn grote reis. Het was de dag waarop ik bepakt en bezakt per fiets zou vertrekken richting het zuiden. Lissabon was mijn eerste grote einddoel. 71 dagen zou het duren, 3294 km zou ik afleggen, waarvan 780 km te voet en 2534 met de fiets. 7 november 2015 was de dag waarop ik in Lissabon aankwam. Het begin van mijn grote reis was gemaakt!