This one has been percolating for a long time. In a way, it seems obvious -- but it's one of those "obvious" things that nobody seems to see. It's pretty much completely overlooked.
I've been into wild foods for years, but only recently came upon this particular strategy.
There was definitely some help from these guys:
So, after further research and testing and reflecting on these sorts of diets and ideas, it became clear that a new approach to touring is possible.
And it isn't even difficult. Mainly, it's just a new strategy.
Basically, in a nutshell: Just follow the berries, like the bears.
They have huge, hulking bodies. They are strong and fit. They gorge and fatten up mainly on berries, in many areas, even though they need thousands of calories per day. I've watched them do it.
One particular possibility (among many others), and one I'll be trying out this year, is to tour in the Western Sierra Nevadas eating the hyper-abundant blackberries, manzanita berries, madrone berries, and other foods.
And it will take considerably less time to find these foods than it would to go through the whole standardized tradition (/unnecessary rigamarole) of going to, shopping in, and checking out of stores. Many fewer worries as well, including bike security issues.
In addition, it's better for the environment (a lot of the food in the stores involves quite a bit of transport, resource consumption, and fuel usage -- to produce and process and package and store and display and sell and move around).
And it's free, on top of all that.
It's a beautiful, nourishing environment, and the food is much fresher as well.