Long distance travel has really taken off among a niche crowd, whether that be via plane, car or train. But lately, more travelers have taken their bicycles across continents and in doing so have experienced the immense adventure of the open road. For 22-year old photographer Tristan Bogaard, who is currently in the midst of his 7,500-mile (12,000-kilometer), inter-continent bike ride, this is just the natural thing to do. After catching the cycling bug after following the bike trails from New York to Los Angeles with his brother a few years ago, he’s taken the road trip to a new level of meaning.
“When you’re born Dutch, you learn cycling from a young age, and will most certainly develop a common love for it,” says Tristan Bogaard (@tristanbogaard) to Instagram Blog. After returning to his home country of Netherlands, he realized the limitless span of biking routes spread over Europe. To inspire more with his new adventure, Bogaard decided to document his epic biking trip on his Instragram which has now garnered more than 16,000 followers in a short time since he started his journey.
Penciling his route that will see him pass the scenic Amalfi Coast in Italy and through the lush forests of Norway before ending in Bergen, Bogaard has so far captured visually enticing biking trails found in sleepy towns, mossy woods, snow filled highways and picturesque countryside. Stopping for brief rests and taking photographs, he fuels up on fresh fruits, nuts and water along the way. “Riding a bicycle is the perfect way to see the world — it’s faster than walking, carries your luggage and is able to stop and go where cars and other vehicles can’t.”
Bogaard also connects with local Instagrammers along his path – who all use the Warm Showers network to locate places of meetup among the cycling community in various areas. “Whenever I find an Instagrammer that has photos I like — and have put their place of living in their description box — I make a screenshot and save it. Throughout the journey I’ll send them a message when I’m getting closer to their location, to ask if they’re up for a coffee or even an InstaMeet.”
Bogaard narrates how he has amassed new friends through Instagram. “If it wasn’t for Instagram, this might very well never have happened,” he says. “The roads are sometimes long and boring, but always end in greater company than you’d expected there to be.” I guess Bogaard not only found adventure on the road, he also found new friends as well. All thanks to his love of cycling, the great outdoors and Photography.