Bike and Lunch: one of our new favorite adventures! Starkey Wilderness Park is located about 4 miles away from our house, and we can get there via a paved bike trail along Starkey Blvd. Our Bike and Lunch adventure is to load up some backpacks with lightweight freeze dried meals, water, portable cook stove, and supplies. Then we bike from home into the park, relax and cook our lunch at a picnic area. Once lunch is done, we bike back home. So far, Andy, Tom and I have done two Bike-n-Lunch adventures and are planning on a few more (although Andy and Tom usually vote for “more lunch, less bike”).
This past Bike and Lunch adventure, we had the benefit of Sean meeting us there in his jeep with some extra supplies (cold drinks and hammocks)! We left about a half hour before lunch and had a leisurely ride up the bike path. Once in the park, we met up with Sean at one of the picnic areas. We set up for lunch! Hammocks out, food unpacked, and travel stoves lit.
We were cooking on two Esbit Stoves: the Esbit Pocket Stove and the Esbit Stove and Cookset. On the menu today? Three Mountain House freeze-dried meals: Macaroni and Cheese, Beef Stroganoff, and Chicken and Dumplings. Step One: Light Stove. Step Two: Boil water. Step Three: “Steep” Food while relaxing in hammocks. Step Four: Enjoy! Mmmmmm…delicious. My favorite was the Chicken and Dumplings.
On our return trip home, we spotted a gopher tortoise and snapped a few photos before he tucked into his shell.
Bike and Lunch is quickly becoming one of our go-to microadventures. We may have to expand it into a Bike and Camp… someday.