How To Celebrate Your 25th Wedding Anniversary

Cycling From Shirlington To Leesburg

Well, we did it! I’m not sure which accomplishment I am most in awe of–being married for 25 years, taking the day off from work despite increasing pressure not to, or cycling 67 miles round trip for our anniversary lunch.

Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary

I came up with this plan back in August, when I realized that I would be out of town both the weekend before and the weekend after our anniversary. I knew that if we just took a day off from work, we would be tempted to check emails or do chores around the house unless we did something special. Since we both really enjoy cycling together, spending the day on our bikes sounded like a perfect way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.

Cycling from Shirlington to Leesburg

We waited until 9:00 am to head out (no need to face rush hour traffic on a day off!) and parked near the start of the Washington & Old Dominion trail in the Shirlington section of Arlington, Virginia. There were a few people on the trail, but it was much emptier than it is on the weekend. Once we were out past Fairfax County, we rode for miles at a time without encountering anyone else.

Cycling From Shirlington to Leesburg

We got to Leesburg a few minutes before noon. I hadn’t put much (ok, any) thought into where we would eat, and asked my husband how we would find a place for lunch. I was surprised when he said that he had done some research on Google, and had found a few places we could check out. (Yes, even after 25 years his thoughtfulness continues to surprise me!)

Cycling from Shirlington To Leesburg

The first place turned out to be perfect. It was a little Italian/Greek/Middle Eastern place in a small strip mall–the kind of place that was either really good or really bad. When I saw several tables of people already enjoying lunch, I figured it must be good.

Cycling From Shirlington To Leesburg

It had a little gazebo out front, squeezed onto a small plot of grass between the parking spaces and the sidewalk. There was one table under the gazebo–perfect for a sweaty couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary!

Mamma Lucci's

And, the food was good! I had a falafel sandwich that really hit the spot!


My Garmin 410 was flakey at the start of our ride, so I only have Garmin data for the ride back. It is interesting to see that the first 8 miles (the last 8 miles on this graph) are basically uphill. I do always feel sluggish when we start at the Shirlington end of the Washington & Old Dominion trail, and this helps explain way.

That sharp peak at about mile 25 on this graph is at mile marker 15 on the trail, and ends right at a stop sign. I hate that hill. I am still a little bit afraid of that hill. But I am facing that hill and getting stronger every time I reach the top.

How do you make sure you spend time with your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend?

Do you have a favorite restaurant that might look like a dive? 

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16 Responses to How To Celebrate Your 25th Wedding Anniversary

  1. MIZ says:

    I LOVED following along and yet kept getting distracted with WOW 25 YEARS?! WILL WE MAKE THAT?! THATS A LONG TIME….
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  2. Steena says:

    Happy anniversary! Glad this all worked out for you, I remember reading the original post. Looks like you had some great weather for it too. Awesome that you did this!
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  3. Happy Anniversary that is awesome! I love getting out and doing activities with my family like biking and running races together. We didn’t get to camp this summer, but we did do some races and a couple hikes as a family and I LOVED it 🙂
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  4. Carrie says:

    Happy Anniversary! I don’t think I realized you had taken a day off in the middle of the week to do the ride (muddled brain cells here). What a fun day. And a great way to celebrate.
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  5. Kim says:

    So awesome that your husband had done some research and had lunch options!!! Sounds like y’all had a perfect way to celebrate such a big day!
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  6. What a great way to celebrate your anniversary!! Congrats on 25 years!
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  7. Happy Anniversary! That would be my idea of a perfect way to celebrate for sure!
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  8. Katie says:

    Congratulations on 25 years! What an accomplishment! and for taking the day off spend with your honey! Good for you!
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  9. David H. says:

    Happy (late) anniversary!
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  10. Jen says:

    This sounds like the perfect anniversary trip 🙂
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  11. Awesome way to celebrate! My husband and I run for our anniversary and birthdays too.

    Happy anniversary!
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  12. Chris says:

    What a relaxing and wonderful way to celebrate your anniversary! There is nothing more fun than finding a great little place to eat that you didn’t expect (and when you are really hungry : )

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing a really special day!


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