For Harry and Roelie Morskate, New Zealand is the 28th country of their world trip. They were immediately sold: 'The sheep, horses, cows and chickens on the green hills, the turquoise sea in the Kawakawa Bay and the Firth of Thames and the rainforest with clear streams in between. We don't see the Hobbits or Teletubbies, but they can't be far away in this fairytale land and yes, if you believe that God created the world, then He must have had his best intentions with this land. " In January Harry and Roelie continue cycling in Patagonia.
In Episode 10 of Bike Tour Adventures, I interview a Dutch couple, Harry and Roelie. Listen in as they share valuable information for bike touring in Europe, cycling the Great Divide, doing a world tour, and getting sponsorship deals. Enjoy the show with Heart to beat
Harry and Roelie Morskate cycled to Southeast Asia. The mountains in Thailand are a challenge. "It is regularly so steep that we can no longer place the heels of our feet on the asphalt. The calves scream for rest, to stop this unpleasantness. But we have come this far and after the next bend it will become a little less steep? Not so. "But Thailand also has something in common with the Netherlands: Decathlon. "The concept is so recognizable and familiar: the tents leading the way, the same socks, sunglasses, T-shirts, cycling shorts, inner tubes. You get a sense of "coming home.".
Item in magazine 'De Wereldfietser', 1-2019
Imphal: People in this part of the world are often forced to sell their bicycles to fill up forms in schools or universities and that doesn’t make the headline. But when you see a Dutch couple on a bicycle – or what they call a bike - tour of the world after selling all belongings, including their house, it draws your attention. With all the economic and cultural differences between us, Harry and Roelie Morskate are cycling around the world to gather knowledge about different people, countries, nature and cultures.
After receiving six bypasses in heart surgery, Harry Morskate has had enough of his management job. "The fast car, all those useless possessions, going to work top-dressed every day (but with stress in the body), it can not be the goal of our lives." In the eind of 2017, he and his wife Roelie decide to sell their belongings and travel around the world. On 30 June 2018 they turned in the key of their house to the new owners and on the same day they moved on their new titanium bicycles with Pinion gearbox. The planned route goes to Southeast Asia and Australia, and via South and North America back.
Harry and Roelie Morskate from Oirschot led a luxurious life. Now they sell everything they have, except for two bikes and a little bit of luggage. They leave the securities that once were so important. They will spent three years on a trip around the world. ,,We are going to celebrate life" is their intention.
"So much money for a new bike? Then we have to sit on that saddle more often, Harry! "With those words Roelie (42) and Harry Morskate (54) once walked out of a bike store with two trekking bikes. It turned out to be historical words. When they came to live in Oirschot in 2008 from Utrecht and Sittard, they regularly got on their bikes to explore the area. "Roelie had an old bicycle from her mother and I had bought an old barrel via a note at the supermarket. It was time for better material ", says Harry. In the meantime they had thousands of kilometers under the wheels and visited many countries. On June 29 there is again a 'ride' planned ..
Six bypasses got my heart two years ago. "They are going to cut you open," says a troubled and slightly tipsy friend the day before the surgery. After surgery follows a rehabilitation period. I want to take this a step further Tham usual patients and aimed on a long-distance bike ride.