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!
Amsterdam to Bruges
Along the Danube - Passau to Vienna
Around Lake Constance
Baltic Sea Tour
Best of Northern Zealand
Bordeaux - Châteaux, Rivers & Wine
Coastal Route to Santiago to Compostela
Exotic Kerala, India
Famous Villages of Provence / Road Bike Tour
Garden Route South Africa
Heel of Italy
Heidelberg to Strasbourg
Holland - Past & Present
Mainz to Metz
Mantova to Venice
Merlijn’s Magical Christmas Cruise in Germany
Prague to Dresden
Paris to Bruges
Provence Wilderness of Camargue
Rural Holland - Gelderland and De Hoge Veluwe Park
South Wales-The Region of Pembrokeshire
The heart of the Tarn River Valley
Wildlife and Nature Reserve in South Africa
WW II tour in Holland
Blog Posts by Hennie
Hennie Addresses COVID-19
Dear friends, My name is Hennie Van den Hengel and I am the founder of Tripsite and now share company ownership with my son and two daughters. We are originally from Holland, but when the children were young, my husband and I moved the family to the US to begin an agricultural business.
Tripsite Traveler: Cycling & Safari in South Africa
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.
Tripsite Traveler: India
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.
My first experience on an electric bike
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!
Tripsite Traveler: Bordeaux
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.
Photo Friday: Hennie and Jan
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.
A postcard from Myanmar - Hennie’s last update from Asia.
It's not often you get one of these in the mail. Looks like this postcard made its way to San Francisco in about 3 1/2 weeks. Thanks, Mom!
Update from Hennie in Hong Kong
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.
Update from Hennie in Bagan
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.
Hennie arrives in Burma
“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. We wait for updates!