Trail Food

Indiana Sunrise

I recently asked what you would like to read about, and was told the topics of how I entertain myself throughout the loooong days, and how I feed myself are the topics of interest.

Let us tackle food first.

Disclaimer: I am not a healthy person, and in no way should anyone ever use my own diet as a model for their own trail deliciousness.

I was going to show you a picture of what I currently have in my food bags, but the camera died. Sorry, no photo for you.  Lists instead!

Currently I have: 1 jar of peanut butter, a couple of Clif Bars, a few NatureValley granola bar things, Ramen noodles, trail mix (peanuts, cashews, almonds, raisins, yogurt covered raisins), and Poptarts. And then whenever I’m in a hotel I grab a bunch of those single serve jelly packets. I think I have about five or six left.

Some regular items I carry that are missing at the moment: a loaf of rye bread or a package of bagels, and a piece or two of fresh fruit.

Poptarts and PB&J.  Like I said, not the healthiest example out there, but it works for me.

I generally try and have one “big” meal a day, which I get when I walk through a town. Most towns out here have a pizza/sandwich place, so I’ve been eating a lot of subs loaded up with veggies as my big meal of the day.

The Ramen noodles are a new addition, as I just recently bought a camp stove and cooking set. They’re not exactly bursting with nutritional goodness, but sometimes it’s just nice to have a hot meal at the end of the day.

People often recommend oatmeal or porridge for a hearty breakfast, but I don’t usually eat until I’ve been walking for an hour or so.  When I wake up I want to get up and get going, and the idea of sitting and getting the cooking gear set up and then having to wash it all….that just seems frustrating to me.  Maybe if I had someone to share breakfast with it would be different, but as it stands I like to pack up and get going, then stop down the road for a piece of fruit or a poptart and a drink.

Which brings me to drinks. Mmmm liquid refreshments.

I carry just about 2 gallons of water with me most days.  I have a 1 gallon jug that is the community water, so to speak.  I use this to refill both Anna’s bottle and my own.  Anna has her own Nalgene bottle that she’s learned to drink from (she drinks out of the lid and knows the commands “thirsty” and “drink”), and then a various third bottle that I drink from.  Depending on what I feel like it will either be filled with plain water or I’ll spice it up with a CrystalLight flavor pack thingamajig.

Anna’s pack, which she really hasn’t been wearing since Ohio, has a water bladder in each saddle pack. So theoretically I could carry more water by filling those up, but I haven’t yet mastered the art of filling them without getting everything in the pack wet.

So there you have it, the mystery of how I fuel my body and keep on trucking along.

And now and then I’ll be lucky enough to find myself staying with someone who enjoys cooking and serves up a delicious meal:

Amazing meal in Iowa City, thank you Roman!

But usually it’s the Poptarts and PB&J.


2 thoughts on “Trail Food

  1. If you do like the idea of oatmeal, one thing you could do is soak oats overnight in a reusable container (even an old pb jar will do) and they will be soft and tasty in the morning. You know, throw some peanut butter or jelly or raisins or whatever you’ve got in there. You could probably even eat them on the go if you are slightly more coordinated than myself. And then the only thing you’ll have to wash is the reusable container, which you could then just refill with more oats for the next day. Yep, I’m a problem-solver.

    • The only bad part of that plan is that I’d have to add another container to my already over-loaded cart. But maybe something to do with the PB jars in between getting new ones. Next time I’m getting supplies I’ll see about picking up some oatmeal to try it out.

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