Bicycle touring is not just about headwinds, hills, great views and the awesome people you meet out on the road. It’s also about finding electricity, WIFI, clean bathrooms, showers and , most importantly, FOOD. You burn through a lot of calories cycling all day with everything you need to survive strapped onto your bicycle. The best diet in the world is bike touring because you can eat everything you want and still lose weight. I saw another cyclist with a jar of peanuts next to a jar of peanut butter during a road-side snack break. Got to get those calories!
My daily food routine usually starts with coffee and oatmeal. Whatever ripe fruit I have gets thrown into my cereal. If there’s nothing fresh to go in, dried fruit and nuts do the trick. My buddy Lars taught me about adding powdered milk to add some creaminess my oats. My pour-over coffee maker is snappy and convenient for making a single cup-o-joe. With one boiled pot of water, my coffee and breakfast is ready to go and so am I. About 15 minutes into my day I start thinking about a snack break. ( ok, so maybe it’s closer to an hour before I start thinking about a snack, but whoever said, “oatmeal sticks with your ribs”, is a liar)
It’s recommended to eat a little something about once an hour or 10ish miles to keep enough fuel in the tank. When the trail mix or granola bars stop cutting the cheese, I stop to cut the cheese. And salami and apple too.
Cooking for one is tricky, cooking for one while camping is trickier. You’re pretty limited with what supplies you have in your “kitchen”. I carry a single burner stove with a couple of tiny pots and pans that double as bowls. My pocket knife and Dollar Store spoon manage as utensils, although, most hikers and bikers carry a “spork”.
I always have a few staples that just require water to turn into a magically delicious meal. ( well, good enough meal) Couscous,noodles and powdered soup work well in a pinch. I always carry some bullion cubes to add flava and replace sodium. I obviously try to buy fresh food when it’s available, but make do with whatever hand i’m dealt. Unfortunately, gas station meals are a common occurrence while touring. No matter what’s for dinner, it’s pretty much guaranteed the raccoons won’t be getting any leftovers.