On our way for a camping trip our ETD was supposed to be 10am. But there’s always something else to pack – at the last moment I decided I wanted to take our hammock which necessitated finding some additional ropes. And then I thought it would be a good idea to make some fresh juice to take (pineapple, honeydew melon, apple, carrot, celery, cucumber and ginger). And so our departure time was almost one hour later.
A quick stop for a bottle of champagne and whisky (can’t sit around a fire without a dram) and we were on our way – 11.15. Still, no rush and we’re missing all the peak traffic. Just means we’ll get to our destination at 3pm instead of 4pm but we have another two full days so all is well.
I packed the juice and some fruit to have on our journey but couldn’t remember where (the car was choc full) so we stopped at one of those fuel/food places. The usual suspects – MacDonald’s, Star cafe and some other unsalubrious looking greasy joint, but also a place called “Oliver’s Real food” which is an organic food cafe/take-away. They have fresh wraps and sandwiches, sushi, salads (both fruit and vegetable), yoghurt mixed with berries and little cups of chia and coconut with fresh raspberries and a better then average range of drinks including coconut water and freshly made smoothies. M had a fresh chicken, avocado and lettuce sandwich and I had the little chia and coconut cup – a mixture of chia seeds, coconut milk, coconut flakes and fresh raspberries. Quite delicious and not sickly sweet. And the best roadside coffee I’ve had – fresh organic beans.
So next time you’re on the road and in need of sustenance, look out for an Oliver’s, its a far cry from the usual unpalatable dross available at other roadhouses. Oh, and they also do gluten-free; vegetarian; vegan; lacto-free; lacto-gluten vego. As well as delicious looking things for kids.
Now just to locate those nectarines and juice.