Stalking the Wild Asparagus on Tour
"Readers old enough to recall the series of popular nature and food books put out by Euell Gibbons should easily catch the allusion in the title. Though Gibbons was probably best known for his Stalking the Wild Asparagus, my own favorite is his work on surviving a seashore vacation in good gastronomic fashion, Stalking the Blue-Eyed Scallop. Who indeed could resist a book with chapters bearing such exotic and imaginative titles as "How to Cook a Sea Serpent," or the surprisingly more utilitarian, though no less exciting, "The Purple Snail or Dog Whelk"?" - John S. Hilbert.
I'm reading the second book Dr. Hilbert mentions in the quotation above, and Gibbons' writing is amusing and graceful in a manner that's absent from most nature writing. It, and Stalking the Wild Asparagus, would make an ideal book to bring along on a bike tour. But not just for the prose; some readers might try to combine foraging with touring. Has anyone here done it? Has anyone gathered wild plants, nuts, berries, and mushrooms to feed themselves on tour?
The closest I've come across foraging tourists was on the recent Bike Forums GAP/C & O tour. A fellow I rode with for two days spent some time searching for milkweed and wild berries near Ohiopyle, and ALHanson scrambled down an embankment along a Maryland road to gorge on wild blackberries.