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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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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.
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.
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?
I have made a pact to jaywalk now whenever possible. If the road is clear, I will cross.
Happy jaywalking friends.
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.
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.Read More »
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.
Continuing in the series of Calgary’s Best Restaurants, I visited Cilantro on Monday afternoon to talk about the holdings run by Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts (CRMR.)
Lauren Webb invited me there to talk about the many holdings which they operate, and to discuss where they fall in Calgary’s burgeoning culinary scene.
For a restaurant to last for twenty six years they must be doing something right. Cilantro has a name for consistently high quality within Calgary’s culinary scene. Fads and trends have come and gone, but Cilantro – with one of Alberta’s first wood-fired pizza oven – has weathered every storm.
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This week, continuing my tour of Calgary’s Best Restaurants, I visited MARKET on 17th.
MARKET opened its doors on the heart of 17th ave in 2013 to much buzz and accolades. It immediately became a hit, and they have been serving hungry Calgarians nightly for just over a year now.
MARKET was founded on culinary principles, instead of a particular cooking school or style. The culinary principles which the team at MARKET employs are:Read More »
Yellow Door Bistro is housed in Calgary’s coolest hotel: Hotel Arts.
The Hotel Arts Group has a reputation for creating cool in Calgary. Besides the hotel that is their moniker they also run Kensington Riverside Inn, Raw Bar by Duncan Ly, and Chef’s Table – all of which are on the cutting edge of Calgary’s service industry scene.
This particular night, however, was all about Yellow Door Bistro and the Chefs Choice menu that Executive Chef Duncan Ly and Sous Chef Quinn Staplehad prepared for us.
This past week I was invited to continue my trek through Calgary’s best restaurants with a trip to Brava Bistro on 17th Ave.
Before dining with Brava I was invited to meet with Dewey, the smiling face at the helm of Brava’s management. Dewey and I got along well right from the beginning, partially because of our shared passion for great food being shared with great people. He invited me and a friend to dine with his team at Brava to see their philosophy in action.Read More »