What We Eat
“What do you eat?” people ask me all the time.
As though they expect us to survive on dead bugs and roadkill…
For those of you considering doing a bike tour, I’ll try to explain here what we eat in the hopes that it might give you some ideas to start out with. Each country we pass through has different types of food available and we eat differently depending on where we are – so I’ll direct this to what we ate in the USA, since that’s where most of you will most likely tour.
In the USA, the supermarkets were our best friends. We bought about 90% of our food there, and rarely ate at restaurants due to the outrageous cost of four people eating at even modestly-priced cafes. We carry a stove with us, and cooked on a very regular basis.
A trip to the supermarket usually resulted in the purchase of:
If we were lucky enough to be camped near a grocery store, my purchases were quite different! Then I might buy meat of some kind, a variety of salad stuff, and fresh orange juice. Being able to buy the fresh, heavier items and cooking right there was a real treat!
One of the things we found lacking was fresh greens, and there were times when we were really craving salads. The best way to deal with that was to buy a couple bags of spinach, a jar of salad dressing, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, croutons, grated cheese, and maybe some ham from the deli. Then we headed to a park for a feast!
What we avoided:
In short – you can live quite well shopping at the local neighborhood supermarkets in the USA. Depending on where you are touring, you will most likely pass a supermarket every day – every other day at least – and can pick up everything you need then. Make sure you leave space in your panniers for a bit of food and you’re good to go!