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5 and 10 Year Ago

Old 08-23-13, 07:53 PM
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5 and 10 Year Ago

Right about this time of year, 10 years ago, Rowan (from Australia) and I (from Canada) were riding the Paris-Brest-Paris, a long distance cycling event in France (1200 km in 90 hours or less). Toward the end of the event, on August 22, we met in person for the first time. (We had "met" a few months earlier online, on a cycling forum called Bikeforums, and had chatted briefly about the upcoming Paris-Brest-Paris, but had not made any plans to meet in person.)

A year later, we met again when we rode the Great Southern Randonnee (another 1200K in Australia). A year later, we rode the Last Chance 1200K in Colorado/Kansas ... as a couple.

Since we met back in 2003, we have logged thousands of kilometres of cycling in Randonneuring events in 4 countries, during a couple 24-hour races, and throughout training rides, tours, and travels in 12 countries.

We've also acquired a stable of bicycles including (but not limited to) a pair of Shoguns, a pair of titanium, a pair of touring bicycles, and a tandem.


5 years ago today, Rowan and I set off on a 100 mile ride in the Jasper area. When we finished, my parents, one of my cousins and his wife gathered with us on the dock at Lake Annette. And there, we were married.


So today ... Happy Anniversary to us!!
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Old 08-23-13, 07:57 PM
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Pictures! Also, congrats!
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Old 08-23-13, 08:18 PM
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Wedding Photos ...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-...7607097344648/






Heaps of other photos of our travels and adventures ... mostly with a cycling theme.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-bb/collections/

Us ... over the years ...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-...260063/detail/


Cycling adventures over the past 10 years ...
https://www.machka.net/


And one of my favourites of us together ... we had just finished the UMCA 24-hour race in 2006 ...

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Old 08-23-13, 08:25 PM
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Awwwwwwww
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Old 08-23-13, 09:00 PM
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eHarmony has got nothing on the 41

Congrats!
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Old 08-23-13, 09:32 PM
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That's awesome, and congrats!

From the looks of it, wish I could've been there!
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Old 08-24-13, 01:24 AM
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Awwww, and Machek was there, too.
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Old 08-24-13, 01:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
Awwww, and Machek was there, too.
The sad part about it was that the bike I rode for that wedding century was also stolen. It was a Maruishi, belonged to my father-in-law, and was a delightful bike to ride. I did the century as a single speed -- shifted to a gear that was similar to my fixie's back home, and went for it.

Anyway, some time after our wedding my FiL passed the bike along to one of his cousins, and it was then stolen because his family lives in a theft-prone area of Vancouver. Unfortunately, unlike Machak's recovery, we don't ever expect to see the Maruishi again.

We aren't going to do a century this year to celebrate -- a quiet 30km ride today and maybe a 50km tomorrow will suffice. The ride today was on bikes which are old friends -- Machak the Marinoni and my Fuji Touring. Tomorrow will be tandem time!
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That is awesome. Congrats!
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Old 08-24-13, 04:46 AM
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From today ...

With the bicycles we were riding when we first met in person, and wearing our France jerseys because we met in France.

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Congrats! This is motivating me to get my wife back out on our tandem. It's been months.
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match made in heaven. Congrats to the two of you. I really do think some people are just destined to be together.
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Congrats and an inspiring story. We are happy for you
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Happy Anniversary, and thanks for sharing with us!
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Old 08-24-16, 04:36 AM
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Just thought I'd bump this because ... well ...

It's our 8th Anniversary.
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Congrats! Great story. Sounds like you are very happy. Thanks for sharing.
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Really cool story to wake up to. Congrats!!
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Old 08-24-16, 06:25 AM
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Dittoes to all the above. Back in 2008, just after joining BikeForums, I replied to your thread, “Involving bicycles in your wedding.”
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Not for the wedding, but the honeymoon was a cross country bike trip from Los Angeles to Washington D.C….
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Old 08-24-16, 06:30 AM
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Really nice, except that in some of your wedding pictures, one of your bikes doesn't have the drivetrain facing out.
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Started reading wonder where the story was going, almost stopper reading, nice ending. Congrats! Whish I could get my wife to ride.
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Really nice, except that in some of your wedding pictures, one of your bikes doesn't have the drivetrain facing out.
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Congrats @Machka!
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