A book! ‘Observations along the Road’


Always wanted to know more about ancient cities such as Samarkand, Urumqi and Tehran? Interested in knowing what makes a great city? Eager to get a sense of the size and scale of urban development along the Silk Road in the 21st century?

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Maren StrikerA book! ‘Observations along the Road’

Brand New China at the Long Museum in Shanghai


Head over to the Long Museum in Shanghai on Sunday April 19th 2015 to hear how we made Brand New China happen. Rogier will be giving a talk for anybody interested in adventure and the rise of Chinese brands (or practical tips on how to drive from China to Holland). Here are the details:

Sunday April 19th 2015 / 14:00 – 16:00
Long Museum West Bund, 3398 Longteng Avenue near Ruining Road, 2nd Floor Theater. (Address and Map on SmartShanghai)
Free entrance
No RSVP required
Talk will be bi-lingual (Chinese + English)

Looking forward to see you there!

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Rogier BikkerBrand New China at the Long Museum in Shanghai

We made it! Our final report


The past year has been the best year of our lives. We’ve made an amazing journey, we got to share it with the rest of the world in photos and videos thanks to our partners, we got sponsored by 7 Chinese brands, and we reached millions of people in over 100 media.

We’ve put together a final slideshow of the highlights in a final report. How much kilometer did we drive? How fast? What did we spend? Which media reported on us? Here you can find an answer on all these questions.

And once again, a big thank you to all of you who supported and followed us during our trip!

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Rogier BikkerWe made it! Our final report

Day 97 – Cologne to Rotterdam


We made it! We have used this sentence after every border crossing but this time it was extra special! We drove over the Erasmus-bridge, the landmark of Rotterdam, continued onto the Coolsingel and the police was escorting us towards the World Trade Center where family, friends and an overwhelming amount of media was waiting for us!

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Maren StrikerDay 97 – Cologne to Rotterdam

Day 96 – Cologne


Remember the guy who shot videos of us in Chongqing? We saw him again in Cologne, how awesome is that? After a morning of interviews we made it back to the hotel to be welcomed by our family and friends who drove to Cologne for a pre-arrival celebration! (more photos will follow!)

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Maren StrikerDay 96 – Cologne

Day 95 – Munich to Cologne


Vrooooomm through Germany! German highways are awesome! In a simple six hours our excellent BYD brought us to Cologne where we will do some video interviews tomorrow and meet our parents and best friends! Really looking forward! And ow yeah, we did the last tweaks to our website and social media channels before arrival in Rotterdam!

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Maren StrikerDay 95 – Munich to Cologne

Day 94 – Munich


The ‘Hofbrauhaus’ in Munich is a great place to experience an ‘Oktoberfest-like’ feeling, even when the festival is not on. One liter of German beer per person… oy!

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Maren StrikerDay 94 – Munich

Day 93 – Sesto to Munich


We are sorry Austria… we looked at you while hiking around the Drei Zinnen and were utterly impressed but today we blasted through you… Within 1,5 hour we made it from the Italian border to the German border driving through this impressive country of snow-capped peaks, the greenest valley’s and cutest villages. Auf Wiedersehen!

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Maren StrikerDay 93 – Sesto to Munich

Day 92 – Sesto


Almost a full day behind our laptops in this ‘Tiroller-hutte’. Website updates, photo editing, writing articles that have been in our mind but not yet noted down, video editing, video editing and video editing… and we also cleaned the entire car from the inside which was really necessary. A thorough autumn cleansing for our BYD F5!

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Maren StrikerDay 92 – Sesto

Day 91 – Drei Zinnen hike


The last outdoor activity of this journey to fully test our Ozark gear once again: an epic hike of 8 hours around the Drei Zinnen with the highest point of this hike being a mountain pass of 2546 meters. Snow was abundant, temperatures around zero in the shade and during mid-day around 20 degrees in the full sun, and the scenery truly magical!

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Maren StrikerDay 91 – Drei Zinnen hike