Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bike America: FOOD

I am leaving for Bike America exactly three weeks from today and that terrifies and thrills me all at the same time. There seem like a million hurdles to jump at work to get me to June 13 but I know that it will come before I know it. This post is designed to be all about the food that I'll eat on my two month journey but, to be honest, I don't feel qualified to tell you much more than "I WILL EAT A LOT".

Here's what I do know:

  • We are budgeting to spend the same amount of money on food that we spend in our ever day lives.
  • We will buy most of our food in grocery stores, every 2-3 days, and haul it around in a cooler.
  • We will cook most of our meals at camp sites so I'm expecting many of them to be hearty and not so gourmet.
  • We will clean up well and put all leftovers away so that we aren't attacked by bears (my #1 fear). Also because we believe in LNT.
Here are some typical meals I'm envisioning:
  • Breakfast: granola, yogurt, cheese and bread, fruit, peanut butter on everything.
  • Lunch: Peanut butter and banana sandwiches, leftovers from dinner the night before, fruit, granola bars, gu, veggies, turkey sandwiches, gorp (aka. trail mix).
  • Dinner: hot dogs, veggie burgers, canned beans, grilled corn, grilled veggies chili, hamburger and veggie hash, camper's pizza, grilled cheese.
  • Dessert: S'mores (obvi), dough boys

And here are some resources for finding creative camping meals:
Our access to a car will allow us to go to a grocery store every few days and re-stock our food. We have a plug-in beverage heater that will use the car battery to make coffee and hot water every morning. Other than that, though, it's all about the campfire. 

This post has inspired me to compile a little camping cookbook so that we have easy access to some of the best and easiest recipes in this collection. That should also help keep variety and health as priorities. I will try and share progress as I put the cookbook together but the best thing may be for me to re-tell my campfire cooking stories after the trip is over and I have some valuable experience to share.

And if you have any valuable campsite cooking experience to share, I'd love to hear about it!


  1. Chili is one of our staples when camping!! Before you leave home make a big batch and freeze it in individual containers. The chili works as great ice packs!! Granted you can only use this tip the first week or 2 out.

    Another great meal is steamed veggies (or anything really). Just place the food item (veggies, chicken, sausages, etc) in tin foil and throw it on top of the fire for about 30 to 45 mins. It makes an easy delicious meal without a lot of cleanup. Just remember to bring LOTS of tin foil!

    Have fun!

  2. Not sure how helpful this link would be to you, but here are some things that you can grill in foil: