Gary from Central FL on 6/7/2022 11:02:28 PM:
Bill, Thanks for both of your replies - you zeroed in on a couple of particularly relevant points that I hadn't even asked about. I've been a vegetarian for over four decades & my wife has Celiac's so gluten is medically a serious problem for her.
We are riding Rock Island and Katy this month.
We have managed to eat on many other types of trips, it's just a matter of having a realistic understanding & planning accordingly. On GAP & Erie Canal we didn't have any issues, in fact actually had delightful dinning surprises. We did have backup food with us,,,some never got opened. When we did GDMBR from Canada to Mexico we left each town with two days more food than we estimated for our ride time. But add cook systems on top of that much food and the mountain climbs took a bit longer. We thought we were going to travel light on Katy, use lodgings and restaurants then hop AmTrak back to Leesburg. But the combo of distance between some lodgings & the uncertainty of food means we roll with a Bob trailer behind my bike to carry camp gear & extra food. AmTrak's website indicated I'd have to partially dismantle & box our bikes & the trailer just makes a third thing I'd have to dismantle. Soooo, it looks like we're not only turning this in to another fully self supported, mostly tenting trip but we'll pedal back to start too.
Your input was helpful to our decision to approach this as another bike packing trip rather than a credit card ride.