Spanish Bikepacking Diary: Lessons Learned

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The holiday blues you get in the days following a bikepacking trip are like none I’ve ever experienced. You become so reliant on and in tune with the minimal kit...

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Amanda Wishart

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Amanda is our resident pedaller, who loves the climbs as much as the descents. No genre of biking is turned down, though she is happiest when at the top of a mountain with a wild descent ahead of her. If you ever want a chat about concussion recovery, dealing with a Womb of Doom or how best to fuel an endurance XC race, she's the one to email.

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  • Spanish Bikepacking Diary: Lessons Learned
  • BigChris
    Full Member

    @Amanda. Thanks for a great series of articles. The come down from any trip is noticeable, but on a bikepacking/touring  trip you get so immersed in it the return to the reality of daily life is weird.

    Looking forward to the next chapter 🙂

    matt_outandabout
    Full Member

    I will stop at 5 different shops to see how the biscuit selection differs. I would take a rough river path over a HC climb and not get FOMO about the unbagged summit.

    Mrs_oab and you are cut from the same cloth!

    anorak
    Full Member

    I really enjoyed your warts ‘n all diary and very much look forward to the next one!!!

    aide
    Full Member

    It’s the series that keeps on giving! Have enjoyed all the different days/stories of Amanda’s trip. Looking forward to your next adventure 

    garage-dweller
    Full Member

    Will catch up on that if I get a bit of peace tomorrow.  Thought the original articles were a great bit of writing, I don’t often binge read a series like that.  👍

    tractionman
    Full Member

    great to read, I particularly like this comment

    “the biggest lesson was that I’m far more interested in the scenery between points than just linking nice places together. “

    amen to that 🙏

    gazzab1955
    Full Member

    Thanks Amanda, a great series of articles and looking forward to the next series.

    I did an 18 day trek in Nepal a few years ago and the day to day rhythm of of the walk was something I loved, the lack of choices (especially of clothes) made choosing easy. We didn’t see a bath/shower for over two weeks and Merino options definitely made us a lot less smelly, amazing how much you can wash with a pack of baby wipes!

    I have also done a couple of short bike packing trips (King Alfred’s Way and from home (west Dorset) to the Isle of Wight) and although much shorter than the trek, the routine of get up, eat, break camp, cycle, make camp, eat, sleep, repeat is something I enjoy. I think that this is also because I am away from all the decision making that I have to do when at home, with far too many choices.

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