The Not-So-Guilty Pleasures of Gas Station Food

May 14, 2015

If you’ve taken a multi-day bike trip, chances are you’ve found yourself at some point wandering the aisles of a gas station, miles from the nearest grocery store, searching for the perfect snack to fuel you another 20 miles. On the first day of my Pacific Coast ride, I discovered the NutRageous bar while in this very situation. Yes, it’s as good as the name suggests and it quickly became my gas station staple. But after reading The Bitter Southerner's story about gas station food of the Mississippi Delta, I’m rethinking my commitment to the NutRageous bar and the plans for my next bike trip. Fried Moon Pies? Yes, please.

BMW Pit Stop, Moon Lake, Miss. | Kate Medley

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Leave us a comment and tell us about your favorite road food. Your bike travel staple. Your not-so-guilty pleasure.



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