OUR WORLD TRIP STORIES


On Friday 30th of September 2016 we left Amsterdam by bicycle for an unlimited world trip! For a long time we kept all options open and we had no idea when, how, for how long and where we would leave. This is the way we want to travel, the best things happen when you don't plan. At the beginning of June 2016 the idea arose to leave from home and we would use the bicycle as our first mode of transport. Three years later we travelled more than 35.000 kilometers on human power. We cycled to the end of the world, and then started going back to the north. Read all our world trip stories below.
And discover everything about our route, the stats and our next plans!


What do you want to read? Click below for all stories of Europe, sailing and South America.

NORTH AMERICA

June 11, 2020
skating with a trailer

The black hole

“The situation in the world doesn’t look good. I think you should go back to the Netherlands. We want you to leave here today or tomorrow."...
May 29, 2020
love for wood on the lower north shore

Love of wood

“Once on Route Blanche, you won’t see trees anymore” people warned us. We expect a barren polar landscape where we are exposed to cold wind and harsh conditions...
April 28, 2020

Hunter-gatherers

The snow is a white blanket interrupted by two continuous lines with a horizontal frayed pattern in between. These are the clear markings of a skidoo, a snowmobile that seems to have passed here yesterday...
April 17, 2020
skitouring in fresh snow

White obstacles

We haven't seen anyone on the trail for the last two days, except for our skidoo friend, Norbert, who spoiled us with warm soup and biscuits. We wonder where all the other travellers, all those who have the Route Blanche as their destination...
April 3, 2020
snow blower in action

The people of the North Coast

We are seven hours in the bus and ten days of skiing away from Quebec City, we are in "le gran ville" Sept-Îles and it is time for some rest days. Olivier's feet don't look and the pain can be read from his grim face. We take three days of rest to get our feet recovered.
March 26, 2020
mouth mask for skiing

From heroes to scapegoats in one day

What started as something far-away slowly crept closer. The corona virus migrated from China to Europe and slowly spread around the world. On skis we were very far from this reality. Every five days we came to a village and saw updates on our phone...
March 12, 2020
preparing breakfast in snow

Winter routine

The eyes open, the morning light awakens us from our dreams and we look at the yellow color of the inner tent. The zippers are covered with a thick layer of frost, our nose is cold and we blow large white clouds of warm breath that immediately freezes in the air...
February 28, 2020
nomad topaz 24 backpack

Odd man out

-9 degrees, sun, no wind. That’s how we are ready on Tuesday morning, ready for the new start. Denis drops us off at a small side road where a beautifully prepared strip of 6 meters wide departs in the forest. Next to it is a sign "3 Est" and under it is written "Transquebec" in lower case letters.

SOUTH AMERICA

November 17, 2018
Cycling through the coffee fields in Colombia

Drugs and coffee

'We are going home' Zoë says with tears in her eyes. She just had a phone call with the gynecologist from Belgium. This conversation would determine...
November 12, 2018
sebastian de belalcazar statue in cali

The privilege of a world cyclist

As a cyclist, border crossings are usually a piece of cake. The police officers are more interested in our trip than our bags...
November 4, 2018
schommel in rubber band

A captured free bird

In Bolivia we visited the gynaecology for Zoë. She suffered from a very unbalanced period. Luckily it was not too bad, Zoë had a cyst that would...
October 18, 2018

Suddenly we go home

Suddenly we go home An unexpected return home ‘There is a large mass of six centimeters here’, says the gynaecologist at the hospital in Quito. We have no idea what […]
October 18, 2018
fietsen tussen bananenplantages

Green grass on the other side

Bienvenidos a Ecuador is written in large letters on the other side of the bridge. It is our fifth border crossing that is separated by a bridge...
September 23, 2018
cycling in the desert in Peru

Everything changes

For more than three months we have been over 2,000 meters above sea level. Our body is fully adapted and has not any problems with a mountain pass above 3,000 meters...
September 18, 2018
private road in Peru

Our private road

Arriving in Caraz, we park the bikes for a few days and unpack the backpacks. They are waiting to be carried trough the high peaks of the mountains...
August 29, 2018
A warm hospitality in Peru

A warm heart

Two days after the bicycle mechanic in Huanuco tells us that we will not find 28 inches, we are literally sitting with our hands in our hair.

SAILING

June 2, 2017
Two brothers rocks in Fernando de Noronha

Love in paradise

The Fernando de Noronha islands are a paradise picture. Wether you arrive by plane or sailing boat, the contours and...
May 27, 2017
Sailing girl on the ocean

Captured on the Atlantic

Once in bed I can't sleep and read a story in 'chickensoup for the soul'. Story 8, two wolves. It hits the nail on it's head...
May 6, 2017
Pirogue fishing boats in Senegal

Teranga in Senegal

Like a marionette I get into the line of the drumming crowd of people who try to get on board of the ferry. Everybody pushes...
April 30, 2017
Painted baobab tree in Gambia

Inside Gambia

With a roaring engine we leave the Lamin Lodge, but after half a day we are all four very disappointed. Sailing on the river isn’t...
April 21, 2017
african fishermen sleeping on the beach

The smiling coast of Africa

With the burning African sun on our face we are sailing into the estuary of river Gambia. The estuary is so wide that only...
April 6, 2017
Sailing on rough sea

A full bucket

We visit two other islands before we continue our route to Gambia. The sailing trips in between the islands are maximum one day, so...
March 26, 2017
Climbing in the mast of a sailing boat

Different paths

"It's a too big risk for us" are the painful words of Dieter and Magrit when Olivier explains that he changed his mind and still want to cross to Brazil...
March 3, 2017

Africa for beginners

After the heavy crossing we arrive in Mindelo. For African standards a very quiet city with a Western look. Maintained architecture...
 

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