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    Southern TransAm Tour

    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeyteeth View Post
    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.

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    can you recommend a good source for prepackaged camp food (especially in the Maryland/ DC area)? reconstituted hummus, camp-friendly fish, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fueled by Boh View Post
    can you recommend a good source for prepackaged camp food (especially in the Maryland/ DC area)? reconstituted hummus, camp-friendly fish, etc.
    Sorry but no.

    If you want freeze dried stuff, REI and Hudson Trail stock that stuff, but we didn't use much freeze dried and didn't like most of it when we did. The exception being stuff like peas, corn, onions, and other veggies.

    The dried hummus and dried refried beans (as well as lots of other stuff to numerous to list) that we used on the TA were obtained from NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership Schools) in Lander WY. The gave us tons of free stuff that had gone out with a class or trip and come back (they can't use it after it comes back). We also bought stuff from them. We split it into smaller lots and mailed it to ourselves care of general delivery at a number post offices down the road. They were great and helped us pick and plan. Very helpful and knowledgeable folks. They also let us shower while we were there, and they weren't even officially open that day!

    Unfortunately they aren't in the business of selling food and just do it as a service in their Lander location.

    I think that both the dried beans and dried hummus are available from some grocery stores.

    The rest of the stuff we used was from grocery stores, mini marts and general stores along the way. Foil packed tuna and salmon, various noodle and rice dishes, and other regular food that makes good camp food were all from these sources.

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    Quote Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
    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.
    Yes, basically the Southern Tier route.

    Thanks for the information on food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fueled by Boh View Post
    can you recommend a good source for prepackaged camp food (especially in the Maryland/ DC area)? reconstituted hummus, camp-friendly fish, etc.
    For dried hummus, beans, veggie sloppy joe and others, check out Fantastic brand: http://www.fantasticfoods.com/catalo...shes-c-35.html

    I get it at the local grocery store and eat it all the time, especially the black beans and hummus.

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