our 2-wheelin’ adventure

On Saturday morning, Cornelius and I will leave for a week-long bicycle/camping trip on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. We’ll catch the ferry to Nanaimo, visiting Denman and Hornby Islands and taking the ferry to the Sunshine Coast. Everything we need will be carried on our bikes. Cornelius will have 2 front panniers, plus the tent, his sleeping bag and his thermarest on his back rack. I’ll be carrying 2 back panniers along with my own sleeping bag and big agnes sleeping pad on my back rack. We’ll be doing our cooking along the way with 1 small pot on our whisper light stove and whatever groceries we find at the local markets along the way. Besides oatmeal, couscous, salads, pasta, vegetables, and rice, does anyone have any easy camping meals they’d like to share? Keep in mind that we only have 1 pot and not much space to carry around excess food. Also any good restaurants and must-see stops along the way are welcome too!

7 comments to “our 2-wheelin’ adventure”

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    crystal   July 6, 2006 at 2:14 pm

    You guys are so cool! This may sound weird, but I think you’re brave and just full of life. Have wonderful time!

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    Helios   July 6, 2006 at 3:00 pm

    No recipes, but sounds like a great trip. I would think leaving home with veggie (or regular depending on your tastes) chili fixings in plastic baggies might ensure not having to scavenge too much the first night…? Happy biking!

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    kickpleat   July 6, 2006 at 3:11 pm

    awww, thanks crystal! i don’t think we’re brave at all…i’m sure i’ll be crying about mosquitos or big hills at least once!

    helios, good idea for a first night dinner! thanks.

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    Helios   July 6, 2006 at 3:35 pm


    I’m not sure the link will work, but that’s a link to the Cooking Light recipe Vegetarian Cashew Chili (available on the CL website). Its designed for campfire cooking (although I usually make it kitchen bound) and I’m sure you could scale it back…. and its delicious.

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    The Overworked Barista   July 6, 2006 at 5:19 pm

    This has very little to do with your post, but my friend suggested a while ago a great band name would be “Crossing Nanaimo” as in the long street where they like to run you down as you cross.


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    Anonymous   July 10, 2006 at 6:29 pm

    Hi , i’ve been meaning to comment you on your great site, nows the perfect oppitunity as i actually have something to say!

    You know those disposible bbq’s? I made the yummiest meal while camping by using one of these.

    I’d bought some vegetables,potatoes, olive oil and tin foil. Cut the veggies up, tossed them in olive oil and made a parcel with the foil ( make sure to double line to prevent burning.) I placed this on the bbq and voila the best roasted veggies i’d ever come across ( or was i just extra hungry from the outdoors?!)
    I also cooked some kind of meat to accompany it but would have been just as tasty on it’s own with some crumbled goats cheese on top.
    Also no washing of pots to be done..thats always a bonus.

    Have a great trip

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    kickpleat   July 16, 2006 at 12:54 pm

    helios, that recipe looks incredible! i didn’t end up making it for the trip, but i’ll definitley make it at home. yum!!

    barista worker, nice! lucky for me i had no problems crossing nanaimo! hehe

    thanks anna!! your portable bbq and dinner sounds amazing! i love roasted veggies. yum.

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