FOOD..HmmmmmPosted: August 3, 2011
I’ve thought about food on the trip a lot. Normally, like most of us, I take food for granted. I’ve family camped before and cooked – Coleman stove and all that. I’ve toured on the bike before and not cooked. On organized rides such as Bike Virginia or the Erie Canal Ride – both about six days – the tour operators arranged for breakfasts and dinners for the group…it was part of the package. When I’ve toured self-supported I’ve eaten in restaurants and bought/carried sandwiches along the way. This tour, following the Lewis and Clark Route from the Pacific shore in Oregon to St. Louis, things may be different. At present I’m not planning to carry a stove to heat up camp food. I’ll pack dried and fresh fruit, nuts, peanut butter, canned goods and try to still get most meals at restaurants..at least one a day. It remains to be seen how this will play out. One does burn a lot of calories putting 60-70 miles a day on the bike. As shown in the picture I will take along a little aluminum dish and pan set for backup. If needed, I’ll look into picking up a small and light backpacking stove along the way.
Went out and rode 43 miles this afternoon just for fitness maintenance – legs and seat. During the wonderful dinner Sandy had ready when I returned I said “If I could end every day on the tour with a meal like tonight’s, the incentive to get home wouldn’t be as great.” Not really!!!
So those are some thoughts about a big unknown….FOOOOOOD. It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out over the miles of traveling. Stay tuned. Writing this has kind of made me hungry – maybe not a good sign?