One might think "It must be cool to eat all you want!" but I've found it to be more a pain than a pleasure. How so? Three reasons:
1. The Dilemma of the Dollar Stores
The grocery store of small town western America tends to be a Dollar Tree or a Dollar General. They offer up snack foods, a few frozen items and candies...almost nothing in the way of fruits, vegetables or dairy. Makes the hospitals happy. Not a very exciting line-up if you don't have a car to drive the 30+ miles to a metro market.
2. Chug it or Lug it
Good food tends to be bulky and is hard to carry. I love bananas, but they take up lots of space and brown and bruise easily on the bike. No ice packs in my panniers either. So when I cross a real store, I need to chug the chocolate milk 'cause I can't lug it for long without it going bad.
3. Repetition....Again & Again
Eating so much means it seems like yesterday that I just had that item...and often it is. I rotate through breads, bagels, tortillas, cereals, etc and then start over again.
So how do I make it interesting? During the day on the bike, I play a little Russian Roulette with Papa Tartski. This involves buying a few packages of those inexpensive off-brand toaster pastries and one package of the good stuff (real Pop Tarts - the chocolate peanut butter with graham cracker crust...yum, yum, yum). To save space, I ditch the boxes and intermingle the silvery foiled packages, stuffing them in my front food pannier. Snack time? Reach into the stash and see if I drew a lucky sleeve! Dinner time is often a Chinese place or a truck stop with a buffet. Quantity and variety trumps quality.