My friend Kornelia really wanted to ride together so we booked a trip to Portugal for late October in 2018. She had never bikepacked before and I tried to explain to her what it is like. It made her more nervous so it was best to shut up and just let her experience it.

We spent 9 days coasting around the Algarve, taking each day as it came. Both of us open and curious to this new country, we had never been to. We fought, we bonked but we had an incredible time and it was s special thing to experience it with someone who had never travelled in this way before. We ate insanely tasty food, found beautiful spots to sleep in and met some of the nicest people.