Mix It: Food and Bikes

| 6/16/2011 12:56:04 PM

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Recently my passion for pickles was reignited, burning green, burning bright, and leading me to think constantly about food, even as I'm thinking about bike touring. Pickles led to bread, stew, then fudge (the kind my grandma used to make)...well, you get the picture.

It's not the worst distraction for my field. Food and bike touring definitely mix. Whether you're trying to pound calories on your cross-country tour, or pedaling locally in search of the best snacks, I think I can safely make the claim that cyclists love food.

We've written about food several times on the Adventure Cycling blog. Sarah Raz posted about salted chocolate chip cookies. Josh Tack posted about "On the Bike Food" and warned of the dangers of leaving your food out for bears (a big no-no, just in case you were wondering). Recently, Jenn Milyko enlightened us about a new hostel on the Pacific Coast Route that is especially aware of cyclists' need for satisfying food. According to Jenn's post, the hostel's overnight fee "includes a free breakfast buffet of items such as fresh-cut fruit, fresh-made oatmeal, bagels, croissants, muffins, toast, and never-ending peanut butter, jam, and Nutella." Yep, cyclist-friendly menu alright!

In the last few weeks, I've come across some inspirational stories, tours, and resources for cyclists who love to blend the joy of bicycling with the pleasures of — and their passion for — savory, sweet, and salty.

We've already posted several times about FarmStayUS.com (but I can't help mentioning it again, I love farms). A seemingly fab online resource that touring cyclists may wish to add to their planning toolkit (in addition to WarmShowers.org and CouchSurfing.org). You can read more about the burgeoning agricultural tourism trend in last week's New York Times piece, "Small Farms Find Profit in Tourism" — it's a business piece, but for those of you interested in the new possibility for accommodations, or an agriculturally-themed bike tour — it's a pretty fun read. (For urban farming inspiration, this weekend I'm joining the Missoula Tour de Coop.)

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