My First Solo Overnighter (Video)

Despite having traveled around various corners of the world by bike throughout the past six years, Spanish bikepacker Belén Castelló had never set out on a multi-day ride without company. She recently changed that while in Kyrgyzstan, and she shares her experience of riding and camping alone in “My First Solo Overnighter.” Find the video and a beautiful set of images here…

Words, photos, and video by Belén Castelló

I’ve been traveling by bike for six years already but have never once spent the night camping alone. During our time in Kyrgyzstan, I found myself with a few free days while Tristan was racing in the Silk Road Mountain Race. We’ve become very attached in the past few years, and I’ve gotten a bit too comfortable assuming he’ll handle any unexpected obstacles for me. So, I decided it was finally time to break free from this sense of dependency.

  • My First Solo Overnighter, Belen Castello
  • My First Solo Overnighter, Belen Castello
  • My First Solo Overnighter, Belen Castello
“I wanted to rediscover my ability to do things on my own.”

Without overthinking it too much, I packed my bike and left the comforts of our friend’s apartment in Bishkek. Once outside, it was like a sixth sense kicked in, as if my subconscious was looking out for me and trusted nothing and no one. It’s fascinating how this never happened when I was traveling with Tristan.

My First Solo Overnighter, Belen Castello
  • My First Solo Overnighter, Belen Castello
  • My First Solo Overnighter, Belen Castello

In this video, I invite you along on my bikepacking escape into the hills behind Bishkek and share my realizations, fears, and lessons learned during this solo adventure.

My First Solo Overnighter, Belen Castello
  • My First Solo Overnighter, Belen Castello
  • My First Solo Overnighter, Belen Castello
  • My First Solo Overnighter, Belen Castello

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