Gluten free road trip!
For days and weeks before, I’d been researching how to do this. I’ve never traveled for an extended time, more than a flight, eating gluten free and having Celiac. Some articles and blogs mentioned finding restaurant along the way and taking tons of snack food. Because I was traveling with a vegetarian and REALLY didn’t want to get sick, we decided the best thing would be to take all our own food and not eat out much.
The day before we left, we went on a epic run to whole foods, not the best economical choice, but it would have everything we needed in one place. We got all the peanut butter, tofurky, nitrate free lunch meat, cheese, snacks, water, everything for this epic journey.
Just to let you know how this trip was planned. Here was our itinerary:
Leave Monday morning… Arrive in time for the flight of C home on Friday (she was driving me up for the summer, doing it alone would be crazy!)
Yup. That was the plan. We were coming off of finals week, she had just graduated. Planning a road trip more than the super general level just wasn’t in the cards for us.
Our food plan worked out really well. We wound up eating out 3 times. One time I picked up pizza from a B.J.’s, because I trusted the chain and grilled the manager over the phone, and took it to my cousin’s for dinner when we drove by their house. Another time, we had our ‘nice dinner’ of the trip where we splurged and had wonderful seafood on the coast and creme brule (mmmm), the last food outing was Chipolte with my brother. I usually avoid Chipolte because of the citrus, but it was the only gluten free that we could find around his campus and gluten free trumps the citrus factor.
The best part is that I didn’t get sick from any of it!
Until I had some coffee from Dutch Brothers… where “everything is gluten free!”. It might be, but somehow I am still glutened and I’m feeling the effects 5 days later…
Overall, great trip. :)
Trip home will be just as great, minus the tainted hot chocolate.