Originally Posted by hockeyteeth
I am getting ready to ride from Florida to California, and I just had a few questions.
Are the Adventure Cycling maps really worth $75? I hear they can be difficult to navigate because of all the back road routes. I was reading some interesting theory on map interpretation from Ken Kifer's site.
Anyone have more interesting map tips like Mr. Kifer's?
I'm prepared to eat mostly PB&J, oatmeal, fruits, and vegetables. What are some other good foods for touring? Lots of carbs?
Just a minor correction first... The TA runs between Oregon and Virginia, do you mean the Southern Tier?
We thought that the AC maps were great on our TA. You can just follow the turn by turn directions and never get lost. They were great for knowing where to shop, camps, etc. You need to be a bit careful in rural areas since in a town with only one store there is always a chance it might be closed.
You will find that you eat a LOT when on tour.
Lunches for us on the TA were often one of the following:
== Tuna or salmon from a foil packet with packets of mayo and relish or salsa. This would be with crackers or sometimes tortillas. There might be fresh avocado or maybe some shredded cabbage.
== Any kind of sandwiches
== Something like the above rolled in lettuce or cabbage leaves.
== Crackers and some kind of cheese. This would be accompanied with applesauce or some kind of fruit possibly fresh.
== Crackers and potted meat (chicken or ham). Again accompanied with applesauce or some other fruit.
== Tortilla rolls with cream cheese and maybe some kind of fish or meat. If we had fresh veggies of some sort they would be added.
== Bagels with peanut butter and jelly
== Reconstituted dried hummus with either tortillas or some type of bread. Veggies or cheese added if we had it.
== Once in a while (maybe twice) we would buy a sandwich to take along in the morning if we were eating breakfast in a diner.
Any of the above might be accompanied by fresh avocado and chips or some other kind of fruit or veggie.
We also stopped for a burger, salad, seafood (when on the coast), or at an all you can eat pizza and pasta place a once in a while.
For dinners we ate a lot of rice and refried beans. Pasta worked well too. We ate a variety of noodle dishes. If there is a store near camp, you can eat just about anything that you eat at home. Get fresh veggies when you can.