By Carmen Poon
Like many of you, on Sunday May 21st I padded out to my kitchen with rat’s nest hair, turned on my coffee maker, and then my cell phone. As a rule, my eyes stubbornly refuse to open until my first sip of coffee, so I waited to look at my phone. Ten minutes later I sipped my first bit of life giving elixir—ahhhhhhhh—and looked at Facebook. The usual notifications slid past my eyes: cute animal photos, political opinions, pictures of my friends’ kids, motivational quotes, and a Facebook generated memory. The picture was not very remarkable, just me in a local beer establishment in front of a bottle of imported beer. (My hair was so much shorter then!) Nevertheless, I jumped up full of excitement and waved the phone under Clarence’s nose, “Look at this photo!”
“What about it?”
“This was taken the day the company was born. The day we decided to open Puerto Vallarta Cycling! It’s our birthday! We’re one year old today!”
Clarence looked at me, “Really? I had no idea!”
“Neither did I, but look at the bar in the picture! We haven’t been there in ages…since we decided to go for it!”
I remember the day very clearly; we left the bar and decided to go for a walk on Boca de Tomates Beach. Since the beach backs onto the airport there is very little development along it and it is generally quiet and uncrowded. It is a wonderful place to dream, with gold flaked sand, seashells, and turtles (and the occasional crocodile!) On that day, however, there were no crocodiles (always a good omen). It seemed that the universe had our backs as we excitedly committed to opening our company.
The year that followed has been both nerve wracking and invigorating, filled with many lessons and many firsts, the most exciting being our first customer in July 2016. Since then, we have had the privilege to meet and ride with remarkable people from Canada, the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and South Korea.
So what did we do to mark this most glorious occasion? We went on a bike ride of course! We recently bought a brand-spanking-new Trek mountain bike for our son from Xisco Bikes here in Puerto Vallarta. Ethan has spent the last few weekends testing out his new wheels on the bike path. On Sunday he declared that he was ready to tackle some “big hills”, so we took him on one of my favourite back road routes that has some hills. I am proud to report that he did the entire 13.9 kilometres, crossing both a river and a suspension bridge, and successfully climbing even the most challenging hills. His training in the family business has begun!
Before I finish this blog post, I would like to say thanks to all our family and friends who have supported our venture here in Mexico. We appreciate you giving your expertise, time, hard work, and good vibrations. If you guys thought we were completely nuts, you hid it well and were nothing but positive! (I know, I know, this part sounds a bit like an Oscar speech, sorry.) We would also like extend our thanks to our customers. Without you there would literally be no Puerto Vallarta Cycling. Thanks for giving our “Mom and Pop” small business a chance and then telling others about your experience with us. We look forward to riding with you again and to meeting new friends in our second year.
Carmen, Clarence and Ethan May 21, 2017