If you all did not figure it out, I was being sarcastic about the boiling water thing.
I was required to sample freeze dried food when I took my back packing class. They are were all pretty dreadful, and they all taste the same. As I recall, they all had really high sodium levels too.
Bicyclists can resupply often, maybe even daily. Last summer I did a week long trip though central Pennsylvania, and we had to carry enough food for the whole trip. Mid trip there was a chance to resupply, but we did not know that. It is possible to eat real food when you tour, even when you cannot resupply daily.
Besides the merits of different stoves, the question not asked, is what about cookware. On my trips, we take an MSR Alpine stainless steel cook set because you can prepare food in it. Most titanium pots have so little metal that they are only suitable for boiling water in them. Aluminumn cooksets are a crap shoot as some are only suitable for boiling water, some cannot heat tomato products (acid from the tomatoes interacts with the aluminumn), and some are just fine.
For the record, by buddy and I tour with 2 alcohol stoves, a 2 pot cook set, and a tea pot.