Well, I made it home safe and sound lastnight. The trip back took a bit longer for several reasons. The major rainstorm I was in for a good hour requiring slowing down to 40 MPH in a 70, the numerous and necessary gas stations stops for leg stretching and waking up (there were some slightly scary almost asleep moments on the road), and the traffic I hit as I rolled into Austin during 5:30 rush hour all added up to an extra hour/hour and a half.
I finally made it home around 6:45 PM ( I left at 11:15 AM), and ate some dinner while watching the results show for So You Think You Can Dance. I use the term dinner lightly. The husband wasn’t home, so my “dinner” was a Western Bagel Alternative blueberry bagel with low fat cream cheese. It hit the spot and was easy. Plus I wasn’t terribly hungry after my pretzel, peanut M&M, and CornNut attempts at staying awake on the drive. Eating crunchy things and at least a dozen pieces of gum did the trick for most of the way, though I feel a bit swollen and soft today after all the salt, sugar, and carbs. Oh well. Staying awake seemed like a bigger goal than watching the intake and I’ll sweat it all out in yoga today anyway. Nothing a little sweat session and some MAJAH water intake can’t fix.
The other thing is I drink a lot of water. Even when traveling. This means stops for pee breaks are necessary even if I don’t need a moment to open my eyes. I have a thing with stopping to use someone’s restroom and not buying something. Is that weird? I always feel like I need to at least get a little something at the gas station rather than running in, using their facilities, and bailing. CornNuts, M&Ms, and pretzels all bought at separate gas stations along the way was the result.
When I was growing up and we were on a road trip, we each got to choose one thing at the gas station to snack on. My parents were pretty good about healthy eating, but road trips were the exception. Sort of. We always packed lunchmeat, bread, fruit, veggies, etc in a cooler and stopped at rest stations to make our lunches along the way. I’m sure this was as much financial as health conscious. Plus it gave us kids a chance to run around a bit. I’m sure that was a major goal for the parents. We did get our gas station treats, though, and I always chose peanutbutter crackers. You know, the ones with the orange crackers. Why orange? Is that supposed to symbolize cheese? With penautbutter? Definitely synthetic. But yummy! My mom always got CornNuts and she shared. Those flavors remind me of family roadtrips to this day.
Typically I don’t stray much from my normal eating habits when out of town. I always take apples, nuts, and protein bars when I travel and choose healthy when eating out. Actual time in the car is a different story. I get bored and sleepy. Snacking is the remedy.
What is your roadtrip treat of choice?/Do you eat differently when you travel?