Hennie van den Hengel
Founder of Tripsite
Hennie is Dutch through and through, from her love for cycling to her strong work ethic. Born in Holland, she lived there 34 years before coming to Pennsylvania. Along with daughter Gea, Hennie founded Tripsite in a spare bedroom of her home.
Those who know Hennie, know that she brings a passion to everything she does. It brings her great joy that the business is now truly a family affair as daughter Carla and son Jan are on board as well.
Prior to starting Tripsite, Hennie, and her husband owned and operated farms in both the Netherlands and their adopted home of Pennsylvania and at one point even ran a sporting goods store.
An entrepreneur at heart, Hennie combined her excitement for cycling with her love for business in growing her company and outgrowing the spare bedroom!
Ask me about these tours...
Amsterdam to Bruges
Coastal Route to Santiago to Compostela
Mainz to Metz
Provence Wilderness of Camargue
Famous Villages of Provence / Road Bike Tour
Heidelberg to Strasbourg
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine
Around Lake Constance
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
Mantova to Venice
Baltic Sea Tour
Best of Northern Zealand
South Wales-The Region of Pembrokeshire
Heel of Italy
Wildlife and Nature Reserve in South Africa
Exotic Kerala, India
Hennie van den Hengel • Sep 26, 2017 • 1
A cycling and safari expericence in South Africa... What an opportunity I thought, to go on a bike trip that is a safari at the same time? A real safari and I wasn’t disappointed at the end. It was so unique. From cycling on quiet roads, through private orchards and staying inside Kruger Nat. Read More
Hennie van den Hengel • May 17, 2017
I was so excited to go to India for two reasons. I had never been and I have dear friends, the Simons, local missionaries and native Indians, that live there. Among their many responsibilities, they manage an orphanage, housing, at the present, 5 girls from the ages of 5 to 17 years. With the help of some other friends, we showered these girls with gifts. There is nothing more rewarding than giving! After a travel conference in Cochin, I started a 5 day bike tour in the state of Kerala. Read More
Hennie van den Hengel • Nov 9, 2016 • 1
There is power in the battery! Are you like me and too stubborn (or proud) to resort to an electric bike? There is nothing wrong with trying to stay on a regular hybrid touring bike or road bike as long as you can and as long as you are having fun! But when it becomes just a bit too difficult, or you really want to experience the beauty of a tour that is rated beyond your ability, it is time to think about your options. Read More
Hennie van den Hengel • Feb 5, 2016
For those of you that do not know me… I’m Hennie van den Hengel, one of the founders of Tripsite, born and raised in Holland (the Netherlands) and I’m sure that’s where my love for biking came from. Biking is a part of life in Holland and I could bike from the time I was wee little and have biked ever since (quite a few years by now). I went to Bordeaux because this year we offer a new boat and bike tour in the region. Read More
Hennie van den Hengel • May 15, 2015
This week's Photo Friday features photos taken by Tripsite's own Hennie and her husband Jan from their latest trip to Holland on our 5 Day Tulip Tour! Looking out over the waters at the windmills near Zaanse Schans, an outdoor museum and shopping center. Zaanse Schans Tulips are in full bloom everywhere you look! A beautiful traditional Dutch windmill. Jan posing for a picture with a friendly highland cow in Kennemer Dunes National Park. The shopping center at Zaanse Schans. Waiting for a Read More
Hennie van den Hengel • Feb 19, 2015 • 2
It's not often you get one of these in the mail. Read More
Hennie van den Hengel • Feb 4, 2015 • 1
When I arrived in Hong Kong on Monday, all I wanted was to go home. But I had only one day in Hong Kong. I have never been one that enjoyed figuring things out in a big city and definitely not a subway system. It is not that complicated but it is just not my thing. I forced myself so that I could enjoy the wonderful bike path. I took the beautiful subway, very wide walk ways, clean and new, to Tai Pai. It took a while to get a bike that was my fit. Read More
Hennie van den Hengel • Jan 29, 2015
I am in Bagan. It is amazing. This morning we went for a short bike ride to visit the various pagodas and temples. They are massive structures all built with red brick and some with steeples covered with gold leaves, many dating from the 11th century. Went to the market this afternoon to buy a few final souvenirs and then, the group went at 5:30 to the top of a temple to see the sunset. We were not the only ones. Droves of people go there to watch the sun rise and set. Read More
Hennie van den Hengel • Jan 19, 2015
“This is Burma and it will be quite unlike any land you know about”, wrote Rudyard Kipling in Letters from the East in 1898. Hennie has arrived in Yangon, city of over 5 million, anxious to begin her tour! We think it will be quite unlike any land that Hennie has cycled. Read More