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Old 01-16-09, 10:26 PM   #1
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Touring Food Supplies

Hello everyone,

Just wondering if anyone had suggestions as to what pre-packaged meats (tuna, beef, pork, etc) would be best to take on a four month tour. Weight and preservation are an important concern. Your suggestions would appreciated.
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Old 01-16-09, 10:40 PM   #2
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Are you going somewhere where you will not encounter grocery stores for four months?
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Are you going somewhere where you will not encounter grocery stores for four months?
+1, and is that place where you won't have difficulties with customs in bringing in meat.

I've cycle toured across Russia and one lap around Australia, both of which have some remote stretches but never had large stretches where I couldn't buy something locally at least once a week.

There are areas far more remote such as Tibetan plateau or even the tracks off sealed roads in Australia. However, when I browse a site such as Martin Abserballe's: http://www.adserballe.com/ where he needed to be self-sufficient for 35-40 days when crossing Chang Tang, he bought ~35kg of food locally as part of the trip.
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Sounds like a polar expedition. How do you feel about killing and butchering dogs?
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[QUOTE=mev;8197946] I've cycle toured across Russia QUOTE]

What a wonderful trip that must have been. A "Warm Showers" guest who stayed with me two years ago (Rob Cossibo) cycling in Russia during the winter and was naturally having trouble keeping his food from freezing rock hard in his panniers. His solution? Ice Cream!! It can be eaten frozen, provides mega calories and is tasty!
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[QUOTE=toolboy;8203832][QUOTE=mev;8197946] I've cycle toured across Russia
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What a wonderful trip that must have been. A "Warm Showers" guest who stayed with me two years ago (Rob Cossibo) cycling in Russia during the winter and was naturally having trouble keeping his food from freezing rock hard in his panniers. His solution? Ice Cream!! It can be eaten frozen, provides mega calories and is tasty!
It was a great trip: http://www.bikerussia.com

I've looked up Cossibo and his expedition sounds pretty impressive. From what I understand, there isn't a huge amount of snow along most of the trans-continental Asian route but it gets extremely cold in the winter. That probably made getting water a bit more interesting. What we did most times for water was stop near end of the day at a village if there was one and get water from the local well/pumphouse/etc. When we were away from even the smallest villages, we would look for water from streams. However, in the winter, getting some water and keeping it from freezing would be a new challenge and likely have to rely more on melting snow to get water.

That is an entire different class of expedition than what we did - though it would have meant a lot fewer biting insects on the West Siberian plain.
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