Ordinarily I share a weekly deals and steals post on Saturdays, but today I have something a bit more special. No awesome free books or a great deal on produce. Instead I’d like to share how my husband and I took an ordinary date night and made it extraordinary. For free.
You see, my husband is a bike commuter. He called me up me up on his way home from work yesterday and said, “Let’s go on a date night since the kids are covered. But let’s ride our bikes.” He wanted to take me on a route through farm fields to one of our favorite restaurants in a little nearby fishing village. He spent a minute or two trying to convince me, before I let him off the phone, I had a quick question for him:
Me: “Wait, how far are we going?”
Husband: “It’s only 10 miles (each way)”
Me: “10 miles?”
Husband: “You can do it my dear, we have a nice tail wind and it’s BEAUTIFUL today.”
Me: “Ok… let’s do it.”
He’s been begging me for a bike-ride-date-night for several months now, but what inspired me to actually say “yes” this time was this wonderful post by Domestic Serenity.
When he arrived home, he immediately started changing his clothes while saying, “Hurry! Your dad is riding with us too and he’ll be here in 15 minutes! And Debbie (my step-mom) is going to meet us there too!”
Wait a second. What’s going on here? Was this a trick? My typical date night usually goes like this:
a) Let’s eat at one of our “go-to” places
b) You pick, no you pick, ok… let’s just flip a coin
I’m already out of the comfort zone by riding a bike. Now our “date” includes my parents?!
Hmmm… I really wasn’t quite sure what to think of this, but I somehow convinced myself that I was good. No really Tiff, you’re good.
A bit overwhelmed? Intimidated? A teensy weensy scared?
Oh yeah… until we got riding.
My legs remembered what it felt like to pedal as the sun warmed my arms. The afternoon truly couldn’t have been prettier. The tailwind my husband promised made the trip through the beautiful fields effortless. The ride took around 45 minutes, but it honestly felt like 15 and it was a blast. I was a bit sad that the restaurant wasn’t father – I could have easily kept riding!
Dinner was great with the company of my dad step-mom and plates full of local seafood. Eating by the ocean gave a nice view too!
Isn’t it amazing how riding a bike makes you smile? There’s something contagious about it too – we couldn’t stop!
Unfortunately, the ride home required a little more effort. Our bellies were full and the wind was blowing strong right towards us. The slight downhill on the way there became a slight uphill on the way home, we were quickly losing sunlight and my legs felt the burn. My husband happily serenaded us with 80’s music for at least 3 miles of it… partly trying to take my mind off the pain, but more likely so I would say yes to another bike ride again. 😉
As the sun was setting over the fields, we caught this beautiful view on the way back.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. ~Psalm 19:1
Yes, yes it does.
When we got home, Mr. Crumbs told my son (a budding bike rider himself) that Mommy rode 20 miles on her bike. The Boy look confused, curious and challenged all at the same time! Mommy can ride a bike? Mommy can ride more miles than me?!
It was such a pleasant opportunity to talk to my husband and my dad while enjoying what The Creator has given to us to enjoy. I only wish we had done this sooner. In the end, it was a great night. And if he asked me to do again, I’d absolutely say yes in a heartbeat. Headwind and all.