Supplies along the way

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Re: Supplies along the way

Postby Paulatic » 25 Feb 2019, 9:16pm

Won’t be as good as Mrs R2's http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?p=435247#p435247
Doesn’t have all that sugar and fat in and so easy to make.
I use whatever fruit nut and seeds I fancy. I put quite a lot of cherries, almonds, and coconut in the one I made this morning. Delicious, so much good stuff in it we call it our healthy cake. :lol:
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Re: Supplies along the way

Postby LollyKat » 25 Feb 2019, 10:53pm

+1 for Mrs R2's recipe!

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Re: Supplies along the way

Postby charliepolecat » 25 Feb 2019, 11:56pm

I'll make some tomorrow. I'm getting tired of Clif Builders bars, they are really hard to chew and even harder to digest. I used to carry peanut and jam on whole wheat sandwiches but they can get a bit dry out in the sun. On my 125 mile ride (9 1/2 hours) yesterday, my entire intake - apart from SPIZ - was two fruit pies and a 20G Clif bar. I dragged!!!

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Have you considered food?

Postby Gearoidmuar » 26 Feb 2019, 7:15am

Actual food. Much easier to get. Meat, cheese, pies etc.

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Re: Supplies along the way

Postby Jamesh » 26 Feb 2019, 8:58am

charliepolecat wrote:
Make a big load of flapjack (my go to energy food)


I found this flapjack recipe on the web (BBC recipe)

Any good?

Ingredients
• 175g/6oz butter
• 175g/6oz golden syrup
• 175g/6oz muscovado sugar
• 350g/12oz porridge oats
• ½ unwaxed lemon, finely grated zest only (optional)
• pinch ground ginger (optional)
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Method
1. Preheat the oven to 150C/130C Fan/Gas 2 and line a 20cm/8in square baking tin with baking paper.
2. Melt the butter in a medium pan over a low heat. Dip a brush in the butter and brush the baking tin with a little bit of it. Add the golden syrup and sugar to the butter and heat gently. Once the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the porridge oats, lemon zest and ginger.
3. Pack the mixture into the baking tin and squash down. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
4. Once cooked, remove from the oven, leave to cool for 15 minutes, then turn out on to a chopping board and cut into squares.
5. These flapjacks are delicious in a packed lunch or as a grab-and-go breakfast.


Yes that's probably the one I use but I left out the lemon and ginger and added raisins and apricots.

I cut into squares whist still warm in the tin.

I once made it at a older person group I run - they were back seat cooking - telling me how they would have made it! Great reminiscing opportunity!!!

Cheers James

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Re: Supplies along the way

Postby Vorpal » 26 Feb 2019, 12:43pm

The OP is unlikely to be able to make up a load of flapjack to carry with.

MarOliKop wrote:Hi LEJOG community. I am planning to the LEJOG this June (2019). I have not decided on the route, but have a question about supplies. I know this would be variable from village to village or town to town or store to store, but I am not British and I have no idea about grocery stores in UK.
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Re: Supplies along the way

Postby Jamesh » 28 Feb 2019, 11:04pm

He could get it made up at the first b and b he stays in?
Sometimes b and b owners are very accomodating?
It's not a hard recipe to make.
Or he could just buy it.
There are plenty of local bakers making all kinds of biscuits and pastries :) :)

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Re: Supplies along the way

Postby puffin » 4 Mar 2019, 8:33am

There are a chain of stores called Co-op (Cooperative) and they do a Meal Deal (a sandwich / wrap, crisps/sweets, fizzy drink). This does me, and once I "Meal Deal'ed" the entire journey (the Scottish Co-ops are called something slightly different), and I almost managed it.

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Re: Supplies along the way

Postby Mick F » 4 Mar 2019, 10:13am

Make sure that on your route, you go through towns and villages. Don't bypass them no matter what you feel is a better route.

Riding with the WIMPS last summer, I was escorting them through my neck of the woods.
There were three occasions on my first day with them, that they had planned routes that they unintentionally avoided the shops and cafes. Launceston has a good Spar Shop and they would have missed it had I not been there. Crediton too - excellent cafe. Tiverton there are shops which also would have been missed.

Shops = food and water, and if all you need is water, that's fine. Cafes can be used or not, but they are there for a sit down and a cuppa. Plan them in. Don't miss them out.
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Re: Supplies along the way

Postby thirdcrank » 4 Mar 2019, 11:14am

The big change in GB in the last couple of decades has been Sunday opening of shops. One anomaly for the unfamiliar to note is that in England at least, larger supermarkets can only open for six hours on Sundays. The actual hours are at their choice so sometimes it's 1000x1600 but more often 1100x1700. Sunday closure used to be more universal in some places more than others; IME, Scotland used to be particularly strict about this. I checked a couple of Sunday openings online and it looks as though this restriction may not apply there.

A lot - most(?) non-food shops away from big town centres are closed on Sundays. I'm thinking here particularly of bike shops.

Re: routeing through town centres, be aware that some Sustrans routes seem to go to inordinate lengths to avoid them. However, we've had a couple of threads recently about cycling being prohibited in some pedestrianised shopping areas - which may be no more than the former main route through a market town - so be alert to that.

The thread has gone beyond your query about protein bars etc., and pubs have been mentioned as places to eat. Be aware that not all pubs do grub, although it's something more are doing, sometimes to a high standard. An increasing number of pubs don't find it viable to open on Mondays and even Tuesdays. Unless you are familiar with somewhere, it's not easy to know what the nowadays virtually interchangeable words like inn, pub(lic house) and hotel mean. If you are checking ahead online the Campaign for Real Ale guide can be useful, although frequent changes of management can mean some details are out-of-date

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Re: Supplies along the way

Postby mjr » 4 Mar 2019, 12:13pm

thirdcrank wrote:One anomaly for the unfamiliar to note is that in England at least, larger supermarkets can only open for six hours on Sundays. The actual hours are at their choice so sometimes it's 1000x1600 but more often 1100x1700.

It's the other way round here: most are 10-16 on Sundays and (AFAIK) only one in West Norfolk Borough is 11-17. Small and medium size supermarkets open longer, though. The big chains (Co-op/Nisa, Waitrose, Sainsbury, Morrisons, Aldi - usually decent bike parking at those - and Lidl, Asda and Tesco but they've the worst bike parking here) all have store opening times listed on their websites, so you can check before riding off route far.

Another shop point not yet mentioned is that in many English villages, the Post Office now sells basic food including fresh produce, with many becoming like old-fashioned General Stores, and in growing areas, some farms and smallholdings sell from the gate (they'll have signs up, but often won't be marked on maps).

Re: routeing through town centres, be aware that some Sustrans routes seem to go to inordinate lengths to avoid them. However, we've had a couple of threads recently about cycling being prohibited in some pedestrianised shopping areas - which may be no more than the former main route through a market town - so be alert to that.

Yes, I'd say it's far more common near me that Sustrans routes will go through a town centre even where cycling will attract a fine. IIRC, the most common offence committed by cyclists in Norfolk is cycling along National 13 in the centre of Thetford - but Sustrans refuse to reroute it and the council refuse to lift the cycling ban. :(

The thread has gone beyond your query about protein bars etc., and pubs have been mentioned as places to eat. Be aware that not all pubs do grub, although it's something more are doing, sometimes to a high standard. An increasing number of pubs don't find it viable to open on Mondays and even Tuesdays.

And of those that do open, they often don't serve food beyond cold prepack snacks on Mondays. I like pubs but this aspect is rather disappointing. Many of the chain pubs will serve food but it's trucked in and it's rather poor at certain chains. I'm not going to say which chains because at least one of them has fanatical supporters on here.
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Re: Supplies along the way

Postby MarOliKop » 9 Apr 2019, 1:14am

Thank you all for the suggestions, ideas and posts. I really appreciate your input and help. I am now able to plan much better knowing what to expect and I can save some valuable space and weight in and on my panniers.
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Re: Supplies along the way

Postby charliepolecat » 9 Apr 2019, 2:17am

I've made up some flapjacks using the above recipe together with additions from Mary Berry.
I used molasses since I couldn't get golden syrup though and it comes out pretty sticky once it gets out in the air. Tastes wonderful though.

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Re: Supplies along the way

Postby Chris Ince » 22 Apr 2019, 9:30pm

In Scotland stay in good B and B, have a large bowl of porridge followed by a full Scottish cooked breakfast and you will last through to the evening. Trust me, I know as I cook the stuff and live and cycle in Scotland. By all means survive on tasteless cereal bars but think of the calorific value and taste of sausages, bacon, waffles,eggs,beans,black pudding.......

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Re: Supplies along the way

Postby RickH » 22 Apr 2019, 9:32pm

Chris Ince wrote:In Scotland stay in good B and B, have a large bowl of porridge followed by a full Scottish cooked breakfast and you will last through to the evening. Trust me, I know as I cook the stuff and live and cycle in Scotland. By all means survive on tasteless cereal bars but think of the calorific value and taste of sausages, bacon, waffles,eggs,beans,black pudding.......

Well it would probably tide me through til elevenses! :wink: