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!