The perfect diet for stranded truckers

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Updated Dec 14, 2009

“>I-70 in Eagle County [Colorado] was closed over 43 times last winter” due to snowy conditions, according to a report from the Vail Daily published Friday. The Colorado DOT, accordingly, has finished the first phase of a series of new parking facilities along the corridor that, including the basic facilities, come with “>gift bags” for stranded truckers. “If truckers are forced to wait more then five hours to resume driving,” the report notes, “care packages containing beef jerky, Oreos, trail mix, Vitamin Water and other snacks will be handed out by local emergency responders.”

The high-sodium jerky and sweet Oreos might not be the most healthy option for stranded folks, but the high calorie content will at least keep you alive. If you find yourself moored in the Dostero, Colo., facility in coming months and can get by without partaking of your gift bag’s contents, maybe take it home and try out this recipe, posted to, for beef jerky stew. On the other hand, motorcycle aficionado and blogger Steve Johnson has been writing for the past year about his efforts to lose weight on a diet of, mostly, beef jerky. Read about his misadventures here.