First Times, On The Altravesur

Neža Peterca took her first bikepacking trip on the challenging Altravesur route through southern Spain. It was also her first solo trip, her first singletrack ride, her first wild camping experience, and many other firsts… watch the film she made along the way.

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Words/photos/film by Neža Peterca, Edit by Tina Lagler (OSM Films)

Growing up as a girl, I’ve been told regularly not to trust strangers (men), to be careful and avoid situations where I’d find myself alone in the middle of nowhere. So when I announced to my family and friends that I was going on a solo bikepacking trip through mountainous regions of southern Spain, they replied with “are you crazy?” questions and all kinds of warnings about possible dangers that I might encounter. But I knew I was not going to be the first one to endeavour on such trip, and I was determined to overcome fears that I had about solo travel.

  • First Bikepacking Trip, Altravesur bikepacking route
  • First Bikepacking Trip, Altravesur bikepacking route

First Bikepacking Trip, Altravesur bikepacking route

The Altravesur is a bikepacking route through highlands of Southern Spain offering stunning landscapes, isolated villages and mouth watering Spanish food, all in exchange for long and painful days in the saddle. My version of the route was a bit shorter, starting my journey in Málaga ending it in Valencia.

Yes I was afraid, yes I was freaking out while wild camping in pouring rain, and yes I got stuck in the mud, but these are the things that made this trip memorable and adventurous.

  • First Bikepacking Trip, Altravesur bikepacking route
  • First Bikepacking Trip, Altravesur bikepacking route

First Bikepacking Trip, Altravesur bikepacking route

I needed fear to quiet my ego, focus my mind, and expose my true strengths. I needed solitude to reflect on how those strengths shaped my identity.” – Jill Homer

  • First Bikepacking Trip, Altravesur bikepacking route
  • First Bikepacking Trip, Altravesur bikepacking route
Neža Peterca

About Neža Peterca

Neža Peterca is a Slovenian photographer and a graphic designer living in Budapest, Hungary where she runs and co-owns a backpack brand Blind Chic. Cycling has been a big part of her life since early age and many big decisions she made were somehow connected to bike. She and her brand are big supporters of women cycling and are hoping to inspire more women to get out there and explore the world by bike.. Follow Neža on Instagram @t.w.w.c or her website nezapeterca.com .

Learn more about the Altravesur bikepacking route. Also check out the GR247 loop that shares some of the same trail…

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