Relaxed pace, frequent stops, nature and new friends
Part backpacking and part bike-touring, bikepacking is a fun choice for cycling buddies, couples and families who ride together. It lets you cover more miles than hiking, plus you can access dirt roads and trails that are mostly inaccessible to other vehicles.
The maximum speed is announced to the group before the ride. Not only will this help with riders not so physically capable to also enjoy the ride, but also add a fun element whilst riding creating a sense of camaraderie between riders with a common goal.
Mental fatigue - basically, it sends your brain into overdrive, leaving you exhausted, hampering your productivity and overall cognitive function. Focusing on prolonged peddling with only the end destination in mind does lead to mental strain. For this reason we stop every hour to refresh, relax and take pictures. Flexible in this approach we learned that taking regular breaks focuses you on small achievable goals.
Be lighthearted, and have fun along the way. Sometimes simple activities lift the mood and remind you that you are here to have fun and explore. Get to know your fellow riders and their many stories.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes.
There are no mistakes when bikepacking, only opportunities to learn and do things better. Do not get stuck researching what bikepacking should be, pack what you think you need for your planned journey, strap it to your bike and ride. This is the best way to start. On average it takes about three trips to get the hang of things. Plan, Execute then just Ride!
Be responsible and safe while riding. Carry emergency contact information where easily accessible. Ride within your capabilities, as you might often be in areas without phone reception. Ride in groups and don't engage with wild animals.
Be respectful as not everyone might share your values. The experience is what you make of it, ride it as you planned it. Take in your surroundings and towns, enjoy them for what they are, and appreciate that it might be different to what you are used to.
It is easy to over complicate bikepacking, don't under estimate yourself. Adventure continues with or without you and if you are considering bikepacking the time is right for you to experience it. Give me a call if you need assistance or have questions that prevent you from making it happen.
Pack and Ride, until next time :)