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Old 08-23-17, 08:13 PM   #1
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Anniversary

August 24 is Rowan and my anniversary. Although we were married on August 24 in Canada, which is August 25 in Australia, it is August 24 here in Australia today, so we're celebrating today. Did you follow all that.


I've mentioned this before elsewhere, so I'll try to be brief ...

Rowan and I "met" here on Bikeforums, in early 2003. I'm a Canadian and he is Australian. I had posted a question about the Paris-Brest-Paris, a 1200 km bicycle ride coming up later that year, in August, and he replied indicating he was going. That was that. We made no plans to meet or anything.

In late August, on the Paris-Brest-Paris, I was walking through the last rest stop when someone called, "Machka". I wondered who would know that name, and it was him. We chatted for a little while then went our separate ways. But over the next year we got to know each other on a couple cycling forums, one of which was this one.

In October 2004, I went to Australia with a friend and spent 3 months cycling around Australia. Rowan and I met again at the Great Southern Randonnee, another 1200 km cycling event, and then my friend and I stayed with Rowan in Hobart for a few days. My friend and I went our separate ways after that trip, and Rowan and I got to know each other better online, and through emails and phone calls.

He came to North America in 2005 and 2006, and of course we did cycling events and tours together. We spent a month in Europe in 2007. I went to Australia in early 2008 for a couple weeks. And then he came to Canada in late 2008 ... and we were married on a lake just outside Jasper.

But first, on that day, we cycled a century (100 miles) to celebrate the development of our relationship ... then we were married.


Rowan returned to Australia 10 days later, and 9 months later, I moved to Australia. During that time, I finished my Bachelor of Education ... and the area where he lived was destroyed by Australia's most devastating bushfire. Rowan lost his home and narrowly escaped with his life. For a while, he was living in a tent trailer on the property where he worked, and I thought that might be where I would be living too ... but his employer offered us a very rustic cabin on the back of the property about 2 km from "the grid". It had, somehow, survived the bushfire. And that's where I spent my first year in Australia ... living off the grid in a remote and rustic cabin!


We've been back to "our" lake in Jasper where we got married a couple times, most recently this past June. Of course we take photos which are in the album below. And last weekend, we cycled a century again ... actually 184 km this time. We do try to cycle on or about our anniversary each year.

So, we're celebrating 9 years of marriage, and 8 years of living together.








The whole album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/machka...57607097344648
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Old 08-23-17, 08:30 PM   #2
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Cool story.
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Old 08-23-17, 09:21 PM   #3
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Old 08-24-17, 05:01 AM   #4
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Old 08-24-17, 05:48 AM   #5
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Nice story - Happy Anniversary !
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Old 08-24-17, 06:03 AM   #6
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Great story! Happy anniversary.
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Old 08-24-17, 08:06 AM   #7
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Thank you for posting, and best wishes for many more cycling anniversaries.
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Old 08-24-17, 11:12 AM   #8
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Thanks for sharing!
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Old 08-24-17, 11:48 AM   #9
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I love happy endings or maybe it is happy beginnings for every ending is also a beginning. Congratulations.
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Happy anniversary! Thanks for sharing such a nice story.
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Old 08-24-17, 01:57 PM   #11
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That's marvelous. I know many folks whose marriages couldn't endure lesser challenges, including my own. Best wishes and many happy miles/meters to you both.
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Old 08-24-17, 02:32 PM   #12
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Nice story, except that bit about the devastating fire.

We're at 15 years towards the end of next April and we'll be celebrating in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan. It's a little late for the Sakura blossoms in most of the country, but I'm hoping that being that far north will yield us a result. I really don't think there will be any cycling though.
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Old 08-24-17, 05:00 PM   #13
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What a fantastic story, full of meaning and adventure. Congratulations!
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Awww, that is a wonderful "how we met and got together" story. Happy Anniversary! And here's to many more!
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Thanks all! It's been a great journey so far... a few challenges along the way, but they have all worked out. And the future still looks good.
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Really nice story. I like learning about others here on BF. Its also nice that you both share a great interest in cycling. Cheers, and here's to many more anniversaries!

Edit: Nice photo album, by the way.
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I'm soooo glad you posted that. More proof that all the negativity in the world notwithstanding, love will find a way.
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Congrats! Any many more happy miles to you.
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Happy Anniversary! Our 44th and 35th was August 15. We didn't ride. Our tradition is to spend the day in bed.
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I've had the pleasure of meeting a number of participants here on 50+ but I've never married any of them!! Good for you two.
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