RAGBRAI — Eating after Long Hours on the Bike

Life is relatively simple on a long bike ride.  Ride, eat, shower, eat, rest, eat, rest eat, repeat until an early bedtime.  For me, the biking day was generally over near lunch time.  After a morning of bananas, watermelon and fruit smoothies, which tasted wonderful on the road, I was ready for some menu diversity.

The first thing I generally went for  was a 1/2 cup or so of homemade trail mix that I had packed into a snack-size zip-loc bag.  This size bag fit very nicely into my biking jersey, handy if I did want it along the way.

I usually didn’t, but the crunch of the nuts and seeds combined with sweet of the dried fruits and raw cacao nibs were a wonderful reward for my efforts of the morning.

Shortly thereafter, or sometimes after I had showered, I made a green smoothie in the blender which I had packed along.  A good quart of blended fruits and leafy greens — spinach, kale, collards, etc. was like mainlining pure energy.  It tasted delicious no matter what the combination.  I usually start my smoothies with 2 pieces of fruit, (1 cup berries counts as a piece of fruit), then add a cup of water and blend.  Next, I fill the blender to the brim with lightly packed greens, add another cup of water and blend again.  Too delicious!

Blueberry, banana, spinach smoothie in the rv.

I snacked on more fruit, nuts, and trail mix until we wandered off for supper, where I fairly easily could find a satisfying salad.  If I was still hungry into the evening, I had some dried figs, apricots, pineapple, and mango to enjoy.  I was not lacking for good food.  I had also packed some raw energy bars, some of which were made with raw cacao.  Those provided me with a wonderful chocolate “fix” on some evenings. Life is simple on long bike rides.  It’s a blessing!  Next, I’ll share a little of food on the road. Stay tuned!

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