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Cycling in Mexico | Bici Bucerias Bike Tours

Cycling in Mexico | Bici Bucerias Bike Tours

Cycling in Mexico may not be what you think it is.

That is, unless you think of ocean-view rides, majestic jungle covered mountains, sunny weather, and great food for refueling. If that’s what comes to mind, then cycling in mexico is exactly what you think it is.

Rooftop patio in Nuevo Vallarta.

                         Rooftop patio view in Nuevo Vallarta.

I went down to Mexico in November of 2015 initially for a tour of the Patron facilities outside of Guadalajara, however I decided to stay a little longer and enjoy the coast.

Enjoying the coast.

                                              Enjoying the coast.

I knew the owners of Bici Bucerias, Joel and Jill Goralski, from my hometown of Calgary. I had ridden a bit with Joel in Calgary, and had kept in touch through his move to Mexico.

I contacted him once I knew I would be in his area, and we set up a few days of riding in and around the beautiful state of Nayarit.

Cycling Bucerias

I took a four hour bus ride from Guadalajara to Bucerias, and Joel picked me up at the station. I was dropped off at one of his villas in the heart of Bucerias.

Bici Bucerias offers an accommodation package in one of his brand new units only a few blocks from the beach. I took him up on this option, and was taken there to settle in.

The pool patio at our villa.

The pool patio at our villa.

The villa was a beautiful little hangout, complete with a pool, air conditioning, and a fridge to keep the beer cold (among other amenities).

Now, the cycling.

Battling the heat like a dog. . . with his tongue out.

            Battling the heat like a dog. . . with his tongue out.

Riding in this part of the world is great, especially for us northerners who are used to having snow covering the road for almost half the year. In this part of Mexico, however, it’s the heat that you have to deal with. This meant early morning rides, which left shortly after the sun made its appearance above the Sierra Madres.

We met early each morning, were fit with our Specialized Allez bikes, and were guided off onto the quite country roads around Bucerias.

Our trusty iron steeds.

                                                    Our trusty iron steeds.

They have route options for everyone, ranging from flat and easy, to mountain climbs on cobblestone. The one consistent feature of every ride is sweeping views.

My buddies were the guides, and in general someone cycling on their holidays is going to be a good person, so you never have a shortage of companions to chat with while cycling.

One of our great roads to ride.

                                 One of our great roads to ride.

In total I got three rides in during the four days I was there. I enjoyed seeing the business that Joel and Jill had built down in Mexico, and was very thankful for their hospitality throughout the trip.

Cycling in Mexico with Bici Bucerias was a great experience. Thanks Bici Bucerias!!!

Hasta Luego.

                                                Hasta Luego Mexico!!!

 

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Standard Nightclub Calgary | New York Elegance in Downtown Calgary

Standard Nightclub Calgary | New York Elegance in Downtown Calgary

This past week I was invited to Standard Nightclub, Calgary‘s hottest club.

Quite simply, Standard is the most elegant, classy, and beautiful place to mingle in Calgary. It is one part L.A. chic, one part New York flair, and one part London cosmopolitan, which culminates to create the best night club experience in Calgary.

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Jaywalking, It Just Makes Sense.

Jaywalking, It Just Makes Sense.

Jaywalking makes sense.

Plain, and simple.

Crossing the street while being observant, and watching out for your own personal safety is how things should be done.

None of us want to die.

This may sound like common sense to the majority of the world.

And it is.

However, here in my beautiful home of Calgary, Canada it will get you strange looks, social out casting, and possibly a ticket.

I write this because I fundamentally believe in my right to do something if it’s not causing harm.

Jaywalking is not causing harm.

When I cross the street, I don’t want to die.

Period.

I put my phone away, I look both ways, and I make sure that no thousand pound pieces of metal are going to hit me at 50+ km/h.

That’s what I do, because in many of the places I’ve lived you won’t live long if you assume you’re safe crossing the street.

To be ticketed for me moving freely about my day is absurd.

I say this because last week 90+ people were ticketed for . . . you guessed it, crossing the street.

I understand that this was a construction zone.

I understand that the intent of the police was to protect people.

I get it.

However, how about you protect the people of this great city by stopping people from doing this “illegal” activity instead of hiding at the end and handing out $115 fines?

It’s absurd.

I have made a pact to jaywalk now whenever possible. If the road is clear, I will cross.

Period.

Happy jaywalking friends.

Jaywalking

Don’t walk. Ya, sure.

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Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro | A Piece of New York in Calgary

Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro | A Piece of New York in Calgary

I recently had the pleasure to dine at Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro in the heart of Calgary on a unusually steamy July eve.

On this particular night I was dining with Lauren Webb, Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts‘ marketing manager, and Jolene Stillinger, a new media marketer and web entrepreneur. Needless to say, having two beautiful and intelligent women as companions for dinner was not a bad way to spend the evening.

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Happy Canada Day! | Top 5 Reasons I Love Canada

Happy Canada Day! | Top 5 Reasons I Love Canada

Happy Canada Day!

I love our nation! Canada is an amazing place, and one which I feel lucky to call home. On this Canada Day I decided to outline my Top 5 Reasons for loving the country I’m from.

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Men’s Fashion in Calgary | Better on You Consignment

Men’s Fashion in Calgary | Better on You Consignment

Men’s fashion in Calgary isn’t exactly known the world over.

Calgary’s most famous event, the Calgary Stampede, is mainly what the outside world would picture when they think of Calgary. On the same note, the fashion worn during the Calgary Stampede would be what is most closely associated to our city.

While dressing like a cowboy/cowgirl for ten days can be fun, it definitely is not emblematic as to what Calgarian men wear on a regular basis.

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Calgary’s Funniest People | Doug Mutai: “I hate chocolate cake.”

Calgary’s Funniest People | Doug Mutai: “I hate chocolate cake.”

In the latest installment of Calgary’s Funniest People I had the pleasure to sit down and chat with Doug Mutai.

Doug is a hilariously dry comedian whom I immediately liked the first time I saw his act. He has a combination of social commentary, and self-deprecation which combines into absolute hilarity.

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Calgary’s Best Restaurants | Bar C: Tapas Time

Calgary’s Best Restaurants | Bar C: Tapas Time

The newest edition of Calgary’s Best Restaurants found me visiting Bar C.

Bar C is found on the east side of 17th Ave, right beside my previous entry to this series, Cilantro. It’s easy to find, just look for the massive iron doors which guard it’s chic patio.

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Calgary’s Funniest People | Trent McLellan: Condom on a Pipeline

Calgary’s Funniest People | Trent McLellan: Condom on a Pipeline

The second person that I’ve chosen to profile in Calgary’s Funniest People is Trent McLellan.

The first time I met Trent he made me feel very welcome in the comedy community, with a “welcome to the fraternity” greeting when I told him that I was new to comedy. I’ve had a great deal of respect for him since our first meeting, and was excited to pick the brain of a fellow frat brother.

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Calgary’s Funniest People | Chris Gordon: “Fuck Everything! Shark Car.”

Calgary’s Funniest People | Chris Gordon: “Fuck Everything! Shark Car.”

With this article I am starting a series on Calgary’s funniest people.

Since coming back to Calgary in January of 2014, I have been spending a lot of time in dark rooms late at night with a bunch of strangers. Some of these strangers have become friends; others have remained strangers (and probably for good reason).

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