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Really long bike ride?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 11, 2011 at 6:45 PM

I imagine that this question might be answered in similar ways to other questions regarding backpacking and paleo, but I thought I'd give it a try anyway.

Has anyone managed a long bike tour (2000+ miles) fully paleo? How did you do it? What did you eat? Did you cook? What did you buy along your route?

I'm thinking of touring from Colorado to New York this summer, with a rough estimate of 60 miles per day (approximately 36+ days of travel). I'd like to do it with just panniers if I can, no trailer, so that limits the amount of food I can store. I do plan on buying food along the way, and of bringing a camp stove, but I'm sure that the availability of grass feed meat across Middle America is....limited, at best.

Food I'm thinking of taking that would store well as snack food (that I could buy more of or supplement with food bought from grocery stores enroute):

-Mushed Dates + nuts + dried fruit + dried coconut (think large hockey puck-sized version of a Lara bar, I guess) -bananas -Beef jerky/US Wellness Pemmican (I have some in my freezer...I don't like the taste too much, but if anyone has any experience with using this un-refrigerated for lengthy periods of time I'd love to hear it) -Sweet potato -dried veggies -I used powdered egg on a NOLS trip, but mainly as an additive in trail baking. I'm not sure what I'd do with it by itself--throw it in a stew at night, maybe? I cant' imagine it tastes very good scrambled.

What can I buy at grocery stores along the way that's easy to cook on a camp stove? Soup and eggs, I imagine...anything else?

My main concerns are a lack of refrigeration, weight, and getting enough calories in me on a daily basis to support this level of work. This isn't a "race," but it is a very long distance each day and overall.

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on January 24, 2012
at 10:11 PM

I made a Penny stove. Worked great, cost northing & used Everclear as fuel which has the great side benefit of being a nice evening cocktail ingredient.

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on January 24, 2012
at 09:14 PM

I imagine people get the idea from never living without refrigeration their entire lives. It's not a paleo thing, it's a perishable food thing. I remember taking a big block of cheese in my backpack for a 4 hour drive because it wouldn't fit in the cooler, and folks acting like it was going to be inedible when we arrived. Kind of missing the point of cheese a little!

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on January 24, 2012
at 08:08 PM

Nice! Thanks for sharing. I'd love to thru-hike the AT some day!

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on November 11, 2011
at 07:03 PM

I'm considering this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61yWHXO3DDI I could mount that on the back of the bike, I'm sure, with some rope or bungi cord or rubber bands. I do wonder if it would get hot enough given the wind created from cycling. And I would ditch the camp stove if I could be assured of being in places that it isn't illegal to start open fires. Not sure if that's possible. I am interested in a riding partner, yes--I'd caveat with this idea is a long way from moving from my mind into reality.

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on November 12, 2011
at 12:58 AM

Over at White Blaze, the AT hiking board, check in with Oddbird , who's planning a Paleo thru hike, strictly gluten and casein free and Paleo.

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on January 24, 2012
at 08:08 PM

Nice! Thanks for sharing. I'd love to thru-hike the AT some day!

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on January 24, 2012
at 09:59 PM

Pemmican.

I hiked 300 miles of the Appalachian Trail over 2 1/2 weeks & ate mostly Pemmican.

BTW, I'm 64 years old.

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on January 24, 2012
at 07:51 PM

Laura, I am working on this same issue (planning a Transam East-West for sometime this year).

I'll be taking a camp stove, my main strategies being;

  • stopping at a grocery store late afternoon each day to pick up ground beef, potatoes, eggs and butter. I'll eat one main meal a day. I think I will carry some corned beef just for emergency.
  • carrying as much 'creamed coconut' as I can for energy during the day. The solid block type, that is available in asian supermarkets.

Good luck on your trip!

This site is a great resource/inspiration;

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com

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on April 02, 2013
at 04:53 PM

I have never ridden as far as you are planning, but I did cycle tour through the south of France for a month with my BF when I was in my 20's- camping the entire time. I wasn't eating Paleo at the time, though in retrospect, I wish I was.

My Paleo savior at the time was all variety of dried sausage - Salami, csabai etc! Like jerky, it's one of the few meats that you can transport without refrigeration - and its delicious at the end of a long days ride.

Good luck - out there!

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on January 24, 2012
at 08:09 PM

Surely the best thing to do would be to get a network of paleo folk to visit...

I know it's an old question, but I do wonder at how people can get the idea that paleo is somehow incompatible with lack of refrigeration or long-distance travel. I'd love a free month to be outside every day!

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on January 24, 2012
at 09:14 PM

I imagine people get the idea from never living without refrigeration their entire lives. It's not a paleo thing, it's a perishable food thing. I remember taking a big block of cheese in my backpack for a 4 hour drive because it wouldn't fit in the cooler, and folks acting like it was going to be inedible when we arrived. Kind of missing the point of cheese a little!

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on November 11, 2011
at 06:57 PM

Watch Bear Gryls and throw away the camp stove. Four green sticks, pounded into the ground, spaced just right to hold your cooking pot like table legs, with kindling laid criss-cross between them.

Need company? I'll go.

9747ae0ff20a8f4a4a2857c66820b125

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on November 11, 2011
at 07:03 PM

I'm considering this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61yWHXO3DDI I could mount that on the back of the bike, I'm sure, with some rope or bungi cord or rubber bands. I do wonder if it would get hot enough given the wind created from cycling. And I would ditch the camp stove if I could be assured of being in places that it isn't illegal to start open fires. Not sure if that's possible. I am interested in a riding partner, yes--I'd caveat with this idea is a long way from moving from my mind into reality.

Cbcb4cbf874e08dc0797ffce5e8f9a93

(200)

on January 24, 2012
at 10:11 PM

I made a Penny stove. Worked great, cost northing & used Everclear as fuel which has the great side benefit of being a nice evening cocktail ingredient.

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on November 11, 2011
at 06:51 PM

I would take cash and be sure to pig out at a buffet every night, or anytime I cross one....you could keep your choices there paleo though.

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