• cycling the otago rail trail in new zealand
    New Zealand,  We12bike

    Cycling the Otago Rail Trail in New Zealand

    Cycling the Otago Rail Trail: about pedalling and sheep When you are from The Netherlands, aka “the country where everyone always rides a bike” (and NOT, “the country where everyone visits family on their ice skates because we have so many canals”, as it has been said during the recent winter Olympics), there’s no way we could say no to a little adventure on the Otago Central Rail Trail while in New Zealand.  This 150 kilometer former railway takes you through some truly stunning scenery in Central Otago and shouldn’t be too much of a problem for anyone who knows how to ride a bike. In this blog I’ll tell…

  • Naturpark Moor Veenland
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    Hiking and biking in Naturpark Moor Veenland

    Are there any undiscovered places left in this world? Absolutely! Somewhere in busy Europe? Yes! Earlier this year I travelled to the Dutch-German Naturpark Moor Veenland, a stunning nature park on the border of Drenthe in the Netherlands and Emsland in Germany. The landscape is formed mostly by various moorlands, connected to each other with roads and a small village every now and then.   Peace and quiet rules in this area. I cycled here on a Saturday and hiked on a Sunday and barely met anyone else. There’s no need to queue for a parking spot as you sometimes need to do in very popular nature parks. Once you…

  • Australia,  We12bike

    Biking in Tasmania: our tips and tricks for an awesome ride!

    A couple of years ago, Martijn said ‘I want to go biking in Tasmania one day’. A couple of years later, also known as present time, his dream came true and we went biking in Tasmania. In 8 days we pedalled some 450 kilometers from the city of Launceston (officially a town just south of it) all the way along the east coast back to Hobart.   Oh boy, it was a challenge, at least for me. I cycle quite a bit back and forth between home and the office I work at but that’s usually just around 45 minutes a day. The biggest challenge in that ride is crossing…

  • Australia,  We12bike

    Tasmania in pictures – week 2

    Time is flying, our second week in Tasmania is already over! This also means the half-way point of our trip, something I’d rather not think about as I’m writing this. In the previous post you could read all about Hobart, Cradle Mountain National Park and how we experienced the first two days on the Overland Track. Here is week number two in iPhone pictures:   Saturday We wake up in New Pelion Hut and make our way to the base of Mt. Ossa, Tasmania’s highest peak. The plan is to climb it but the top is well covered in clouds once we arrive at the base. We still want to…