We are planning to ride the transam. Many of the journals indicate that people end up sending their stoves home, and eating most meals in cafes, etc. I am thinking of just my pocket rocket and a kettle to boil h2o. Or should I be prepared with something to make real dinners with? We plan on camping 2/3 of the time.
We camped most of the time and generally cooked at least one meal a day. We took only one pot and still managed some fairly elaborate meals even if one part of the meal may have gotten cool while the other cooked. Sometimes we did one pot meals and sometimes we just cooked three different courses separately and hoped they didn't get too cold. When we had a fire we sometimes heated one thing in a can, cooked another in a pot, and roasted a third on sticks over the fire.
I'll warn you that you will not find fuel for the pocket rocket very much between Pueblo and Virginia. We tried sporting goods stores, walmarts, and just about everywhere with no luck. That was 2007, but I doubt it has changed much. If you are going to use the pocket rocket you might arrange to have someone mail fuel to you care of general delivery. You can mail isobutane fuel via ground mail (domestic mail only and a limit of three cartridges). The package must have the following label attached on the address side of the package:
"Surface Mail Only
General delivery is so handy as long as someone at home is willing to mail you stuff. We also when given a lot of dried food split it into lots and mailed them to ourselves down the road. If we went through the town before we needed it or when the post office was closed we just stopped at some other post office and arranged for it to be forwarded further down the road (no extra charge). Sometimes we forwarded stuff several times.