Because one of our first long rides was on Easter, Bugman and I started a habit of stopping for a snack of hard-boiled eggs as a snack midway through our routes.
The eggs, dusted with a little salt and pepper, tasted very, very good after an extended period of exertion.
Until they didn’t.
I have never really been fond of hard-boiled eggs. On our ride two weeks ago, I began to develop an aversion. Last week, I managed to choke down an egg and vowed to find a new mid-ride refuel.
I like the tangy saltiness of Jelly Belly Sport beans. Amy’s gummy bunnies (but not Life Saver gummies) work for me, too. However, when we’re out riding for hours, we need to bring along something a but more meal-like than a quick energy burst.
On other rides, Goldfish crackers and salted nut rolls were divine. Granola bars are pretty standard. String cheese got too warm by the time we stopped for a bite.
This weekend, longing for a tapas restaurant (I used to live within walking distance of one, but now the closest one is 2 1/2 hours away), Bugman and I dined on almonds and garlic-stuffed olives on the deck of the Wildcat Hills Nature Center.
I get the feeling I would burn out on the almond-and-olive thing pretty quickly, so I’m trying to think of some more packable, convenient, non-melty foods to help fuel our long rides this summer.
Copyright 2013 by Katie Bradshaw