Belén, a Spanish cyclist, shared her story about how she left her regular job and decided to start travelling on a bicycle.
Her journey began when she met Tristan and convinced her that a bicycle can take you anywhere you want. In April 2015, Tristan geared up for a European bike tour after previously crossed the United States from east to west coast for the Teenage Cancer Trust. After a year and a half on the road, he proved that cycling can be a way of travelling long distance.
Being an amateur cyclist, Belén encountered trials along the way but after four months of travelling together around Norway, she eventually enjoyed the experience.
I understand now why they say Lofoten is Norway's gem. These past days we have been exploring Moskenesøya from our lovely (and Instagram famous) cabin in Hamnøy. We've hiked, cycled and kayaked our way around to only find insanely beautiful spots behind every corner. Looking forward to take the ferry back to mainland tomorrow but… we are definitely coming back here in winter. #amazinglofoten #lofotenplanet #eliassenrorbuer
We loaded our bikes into the ferry today and sailed our way to Bodø to start cycling through along the rest of Norway's west coast. Until now, our bike tour has been quite the adventure. From 500m cliff drops, to white sand beaches, to stormy peaks… The next phase of the journey promises longer hours on the saddle and waaaaay more hills. I'm excited to share the stories ahead with you! Above are the views from our hike to Reinebringen.
As we are currently trapped in heavy rain having to probably hide in our tent tomorrow… I look back on our lucky sunny days in the Lofoten islands. The roads in Norway are incredibly beautiful to cycle on but there's something special going on around these red cabins that makes Hamnøy a little artic paradise. #whpmultiply #eliassenrorbuer #lofotenplanet #amazinglofoten
A bit more than a month into our Norwegian cycle tour and this lifestyle feels very real already. My body is slowly adapting to the change and I sometimes miss the "easy" life but… I wouldn't trade it back. The reason is that every day I get an unexpected story, a new adventure. I wake up knowing nothing but the direction I'm cycling towards and that makes me very happy. We are very grateful for having the support of Specialized as they were the ones to believe in our two wheeled project. #specialized_nlbe #iamspecialized_adv #specialized
Hi there from kilometre 1200! We are speeding up these days as we want to reach southern Norway as soon as possible, the most challenging but beautiful part of the country. In the meantime, the hills and head wind haven't been helpful at all but… Can't really complain when we get to rest on spots like this one. Are you guys planning any summer escape soon? See you from the road!
Back on Instagram! It's been a bit more than a month without a phone but somehow I've managed to survive! Who would have known that life nowadays is still possible without a phone. In this time, Tristan and I have made it all the way to Førde and are ready for our last month on Norwegian roads. It's time to embrace those mountains before they are gone! 🚴🏼🚴🏼♀️
It's already been 3 months on the road and our final destination (Bergen) is only a couple hundred kilometres away. Unfortunately, I fell off my bike a couple of days ago and can't fully cycle until the end line but… I'll hitchhike/push/walk and pedal my way there slowly! Not stopping now, no way! Spot me on the picture? 🚴🏼♀️ #whpgreatoutdoors
One of the best things about bicycle travel is finding very quite roads and paths where cars are not allowed in and therefore, are usually empty. This is one of those magic spots we unexpectedly discovered on the way. One day I hope to live somewhere close to this kind of charm. Nature hides so many gems.
Our Sequoia Expert bikes are keeping up so nicely. We've ridden them for 3 months non stop and almost done 2500km through asphalt, gravel, sand and grass. Just enough to know they'll be just fine in the future (more defying) trips we are already planning for next year! What do you think about our tent location for the night? (PS: See those white spots? It's our helmets!)
Made it to Bergen! It's taken 4 months, 2725 km and many challenges, but I am proud to have made it to the end in one piece and on my own strength. We've seen so much on the way that it's time to sit back now and enjoy the memories and images calmly. Norway, you are one incredible country. 🇳🇴 Lovely picture by @tristanbogaard . (We both know I make the best model 😉)
Leaving Norway! It's been 4 wonderful months cycling around this incredible country. We couldn't be more happy with our little Sequoias, who have survived quite a few challenges on the way without any issue. But now… A new project is starting! From tomorrow on we will be starting our Interrail month pass heading towards the Alps. We are on a mission to see how easy (or difficult) it is to take a bike on a train. See you guys on the tracks! 🚂🏔 #specialized_nlbe #iamspecialized_adv #specialized
Mid way on our @interraileu by bike trip. We've crossed the continent from Bergen to Milan in 15 days and cycled the most emblematic parts of it. We are now planning to head further south and then back into the French Alps for the coming weeks. I look forward to the challenge of finding mountains more astonishing than the Dolomites!
We just cycled the Mont-Cenis pass crossing borders into France with the first snowfall. The wind was blowing hard against us making it challenging to even pedal downwards! But we have been received into the warmth of a friend's house and are now exchanging stories about Norway. This lake was one of our last expeditions in this amazing country.
For the past month, Tristan and I have been using our Interrail pass to travel from Norway to (and through) the Alps with our bicycles. The idea was to take the train to the cities and then cycle our way to the mountains, where tracks no longer reach. It's sometimes a bit challenging (as some countries seem to hate bicycles in trains), but if you are looking for a new experience involving awesome stories, cycling and nature then… You should do it! Go to @tristanbogaard 's YouTube account if you want to follow our trip and learn how to put a bike on a train in different countries. @interraileu #interrail
It's been a couple of nice weeks cycling around the French Alps, but it's now time to slowly head back down the mountains as snow is coming with no intention to leave. We'll be heading back to the Netherlands as we cross parts of Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany and Belgium within this month. Let us know if you are in the area! . Trying out the new Canon M5 with @tristanbogaard !
I didn't know that travelling by bike was a "thing" until I met Tristan. I never even realised that a bicycle could take you as far as you want in the world. We are now 3400km into our European journey and even though the tour is almost done for 2017, new plans are already popping up for the next year. Any suggestions for us? 🚴🏼♀️🚴🏼
We are 3 cycling days away from finishing our bike tour around Western Europe for this year. It’s been 6 months, 8 countries and close to 4000km. Most of the ride we owe to the tremendous support of @specialized_nlbe and @ortlieb_waterproof , as their products have made and saved this journey multiple times. Trying out the Sequoia has been a breeze (one chain cleaning session as the only maintenance) and the bags saved so much of our gear when our tent got flooded or when we got heavily rained on. What you see in the picture is everything we have needed and carried with us during half a year of travel. You don’t need that much at all! Are you considering you own bike tour in the near future? Write us if you have any questions!
Thank you all for the support on my YouTube video about cycling Norway and this new lifestyle I’ve just started. Many of you said it looked like a trailer to a longer movie! So… I‘ll have to start filming to make it happen! If you didn’t have the chance to check it out yet and would like to, the link is on my bio!