Biking the Continental Divide

Thru biker, Marty Ylialto, is biking 2753.9 miles from Canada to Mexico along the Continental Divide Trail, and he needs to find food!  Due to the remoteness of this trial, Marty’s next meal is very likely to be found in a gas station convenience store.  Thru biking the Continental Divide comes with many challenges, including many long, remote stretches that have nowhere to re-supply, except for a gas station.  Marty’s challenge with gas station meals is that remote stations are not stocked beyond basic snacks such as chips and sodas.  He will have to get creative and come up with nutritious, high calorie meals with basic necessities.  Before Marty began his journey, he needed to do some research to prepare himself for eating along the Great Continental Divide Trail.

The best convenience store foods to eat while riding the remote Continental Divide Trail

How to eat on the Continental Divide Trail

I met up with Marty Ylialto before he embarked on his Continental Divide thru bike to learn how he intended on finding nutrition in a gas station.  We went to a nearby, and well stocked station by Marty’s standards, for a sneak peak at Marty’s upcoming meal plans.

Healthy gas station foods

Surprisingly, we found a lot of great gas station foods that Marty was excited see.  Proteins such as tuna, jerky, protein shakes, and deli meats were extremely sought after, and could be paired with crackers, banana and yogurt for a complete meal.  He predicted that when he was starving after a long stretch of riding, he would “down a can of Campbell’s Soup cold while snacking on Cheeze-It crackers.”  A person thru-biking the Continental Divide needs to supplement their body with around 2,000 calories per day.  Many calorie dense snacks can be found in gas stations, however the difficult task is to find foods with high nutrition and low sugar.  Below is a list of some of Marty Ylialto’s suggestions for what to eat along the Continental Divide Trail.

Truck Stop Shopping
Staple ingredients that can be found in most convenience stores. These items are packed with calories and nutrients to help nourish and repair your tired body.
Servings: 1 People
  • 1 Banana 105 calories
  • 1 can Tuna 157 calories
  • 1 container Yogurt 100 calories
  • 27 crackers Cheez-It 150 calories
  • 1 stick String Cheese 80 calories
  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg 78 calories
  • 1 Frozen Burrito 290 (bean and cheese)
  • 1 piece (.7 oz) Beef Jerky 82 calories
  • 1 Pre-Made Sandwich 270 calories (ham and cheddar)
  • 1 can Chili w/Meat 259 calories
  • 1 cup Mixed Nuts 813 calories
  • 1 cup Trail Mix 693 calories (average mix)
  • 1 bar Trail Bar 240 calories (Clif Bar Chocolate Chip)
  • 1 bottle Protein Shake 170 calories (small Muscle Milk)
  • 1 bottle Orange Juice 112 calories
  • 1 bottle Sports Drink 130 calories (Gatorade Cool Blue)
  • 1 cup Coconut Water 46 calories
  • 1 bar Ice Cream Bar 171 calories (chocolate covered vanilla)
  1. Find the foods that work best for your diet and your tastes and indulge! The average person biking the Great Divide burns between 6,000 to 10,000 calories per day, so fuel up with food packed with nutrition and calories.

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