We rarely traveled without some sort of sports equipment, bicycles, snowboards, water-skis, snorkeling gear, etc. Every trip was some fun adventure, flying trapeze at Club Med in Turks and Caicos, kayaking in Kauai and an annual bike trip to such places as; France, Canadian Rockies, Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Bryce/Zion, Utah, California Coast and Wine Country, Oregon and even Tahiti.
While biking through the Loire Valley of France, with our tour group was a scientist who was in his late 70s, a serious cyclist (I always believed James and I would be Senior Citizens on these type of trips one day). The Loire Valley bike tour was the easiest bike trip we had done. It was a lot of castles, gardens and eglises or as the Brit said, "ABC, Another Bloody Castle." It was the perfect mix of biking and castle tours. However, the bike crowd was more party and all night wine drinkers than bicycle enthusiasts. On the final night of the tour, the wise scientists said to us that we were the "best couple" on the trip and that he expected more people like us on this bike tour. When I asked what he meant by people like us, he answered, an "REI couple." That stuck.