After 20 wonderful years of marriage last month, my wife Shirley and I wanted to skip our usual dinner-and-a-movie celebration for something different, fun and memorable. Suddenly I remembered the Couples Bike Tour of my good friend Joel Goralski’s Bici Bucerias bike tour business in Mexico. I thought it would be a great way to celebrate! While Shirley is active and loves being in the outdoors, she does not consider herself a cyclist, so I was a bit anxious when I told her my idea. I was thrilled when she agreed that it would be a great way to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Shirley is very supportive of me, and that’s one of the many reasons why I fall in love with her over and over again.
The tour of the ocean town of Bucerias in Mexico was clearly heaven-sent; the weather was perfect, we had great accommodation with our very own private pool, we were biking, and Shirley and I were together and with friends. What more could a guy ask for? And what better way to prepare for the tour, than with a massage by the beach on Day 1? That got us off to a great start. The first day of cycling was on flat roads; and later on in the week, we moved to more challenging terrain. On the last leg, we had a VERY LONG uphill climb. I was happy to assist my wife by placing my hand on the small of her back, and with a straight arm, pushing her up the Sierra Madres! (I enjoyed the extra work out… and she enjoyed the help!) And you know what? That’s our first secret to a happy marriage: We got each other’s back — especially on the mountains!
We did a lot more than just bike during the tour, though. We passed by a Mariachi band, and my wife, who’s a musician (read about her Christmas concert), happily jumped off her bike and played with them. As Joel and his wife are foodies, the dining was as much a part of the tour as the actual biking. We enjoyed delicious, healthy food as we relaxed in the local romantic restaurants, and we even took back to the hotel with us some great organic food from the La Cruz Market, a weekly farmers’ market at a nearby marina. We also sampled the food at the restaurants on Bucerias Beach, in between snorkeling and simply strolling and watching the sunset. We saw a couple getting married by the beach on a beautiful night, and it brought us back to when my wife and I were exchanging vows. There were fireworks — it was magic! That reminds me of our second secret to a happy marriage: Have fun and focus on the beautiful!
Overall, the experience was nothing short of unforgettable for Shirley and me. My friend Joel couldn’t have chosen a better motto for Bici Bucerias: Ride. Eat. Relax. Repeat.
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