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.
asked byLaura_2 (439)
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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.
on January 24, 2012
at 09:59 PM
I hiked 300 miles of the Appalachian Trail over 2 1/2 weeks & ate mostly Pemmican.
BTW, I'm 64 years old.
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;
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!
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!
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.