It's Friday and I crave adventure.
It's time to get all my gear out of storage and take a little exploratory trip to the Basque Country. The availability of time and the physical fitness of each person may be different, but the harshness of the Basque topography is constant.
I have one goal: To unite the three "Hiru Hiriburuak" capitals (Bilbao, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Donostia-San Sebastián) of the provinces (Bizkaia, Alaba and Guipuzkoa) of Euskadi by gravel bike, creating a route that facilitates tourism in the area and is accessible to all.
It would be a route that people could complete in one go, divide into several stages, or even spread over a number of weekends, taking advantage of the different means of public transport that connect the main cities.
The route is 90% off road. My preferred mode of travel is gravel bike. I'm 100% self-sufficient, and my kit is quite ultralight. Bikepacking means I don't have to depend on any facilities and can travel long distances.
My chosen configuration:
- Orbea Terra M20i bicycle - light and capable.
- Shimano GRX DI2 2x1 groupset - delivers precision and efficiency on all terrains.
- Fulcrum Rapis Red 900 DB wheels - robust and reliable.
- 40mm tires - perfect for the tracks (in good condition) without penalizing the asphalt sections.
Necessary kit and material distribution:
- Apidura 17L saddlebag
- Spare clothes
- Sleeping bag
- Stove, gas cylinder, cup
- Apidura 9L handlebar bag
- Large tent
- Hinged Carpet
- Pocket for apidura handlebar accessories
- Expedition Foods freeze-dried meals
- Power bars
- Apidura 4.5L frame bag
- Wash kit
- Electronic elements
- Mini padlock
I travelled 380km in 48 hours and the route was almost finished, my body was tired but my mind was restored.
I leave you with this advice: Organise your time, sometimes just a weekend is enough, for an exploration trip by bike and an escape from routine. Know your environment and its history.
Pack up and dare!