In the last decade, we've seen more and more women setting off to cycle the world solo. This new generation of female solo cyclists is mostly made up of younger women in their 20's and 30's.
Does this mean women of a certain age lack the grit to cross continents by bicycle?
Absolutely not. Basque native and former Londoner Blanca Fernandez is pushing 60 and rides terrain that folks four decades younger would find intimidateding.
Blanca's tackled tough routes in the Pamirs, biked through remote sections of China, pedaled along the Mekong in Southeast Asia and made dozens of new friends along the way.
Her approach towards cycle touring is simple: No time frames, no fixed plans or commitments. Just her, her bike and the open road.
Reading Blanca's blog, you'll feel like you're right there with her living the dream.
One day I camped next to some nomads’ tents I woke up to the sound of sheep insistently rubbing against my tent. They just wouldn’t go away and smiling I wondered whether they thought the tent was a big mound of grass to munch on!
It was very peaceful outside, the sun was coming from behind the mountains, yaks all around, small little mice with big ears were everywhere coming out of their underground tunnels and small birds were hopping around. With a hot mug of coffee and snuggled up in my warm sleeping bag I felt totally contented.
Visit her website: Blanca on a bike