Cycling Cuba

 

In late March 2007 we cycled over 450 miles around Cuba on a holiday organised by Exodus. The only problem that marred the trip was the wind: we cycled into a headwind almost every day due to the mainly west to east direction of the route. The average direction of wind in Cuba is from the east, and wind speed can be quite high, even outside of the hurricane season! Should you intend to go cycling in Cuba, then do so east to west. Also, if meat is not part of your diet, Cuba has little understanding of vegetarianism, as a couple of group discovered…

 

After the long flight we spend a night in the Hotel Occidental, Havana…

 

Our first taste of Salsa: Habano Son – great!

 

Never too young to learn…

 

Getting kitted-out for the trip…

 

Off we go…

 

A local…

 

Snap!

 

Cuba is known for its vintage cars…

 

And other forms of transport…

 

Monument to Cubans that died defending Cuba at the Bay of Pigs…

 

Bay of Pigs museum recording the failed, CIA backed, invasion…

 

Sunset at the Bay of Pigs

 

Fruit stop amongst the bananas…

 

Picture that says it all…

 

The sunny Caribbean Sea…

 

Snakes in the air-conditioning, whatever next! We stayed at Hotel Las Cuevas, Trinidad…

 

Down town Trinidad…

 

Homework…

 

And play…

 

Little show-offs…

 

When in Cuba…

 

On foot around Trinidad…

 

 

Catamaran trip to the coral island Cayo Macho…

 

The coral sand of Cayo Macho…

 

Coral island resident…

 

Three ages of Che…

 

God but it’s hot!!

 

A local chap in Sancti Spiritus…

 

House Sparrow or Turkey Vulture?

 

Hotel Christopher Columbus, Camaguey…

 

Hotel Christopher Columbus, Camaguey…

 

Taxi!

 

A local chap…

 

Pedal power…

 

Maid’s handiwork…

 

Hotel El Salton, in the Sierra Maestra Mountains…

 

Nearby waterfall…

 

In the mountains…

 

Outdoors school…

 

Moncada Barracks, Santiago, where the first (failed) revolution attempt began. Note the bullet holes!

 

Parque Cespedes, Santiago, from the roof of Hotel Casa Granda. Cuba’s oldest building is center, behind trees.

 

A local…

 

The tomb of Jose Marti, Cuba’s first revolutionary…

 

Changing the guard…

 

A local store…

 

The derailed troop train that brought about the fleeing of Batista and victory for the revolution…

 

The Memorial to Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Santa Clara…

 

Che…

 

Che…

 

Havana…

 

Post box…

 

The Capital building, Havana…

 

La Bodeguita del Medio, a favourite of Hemingway….

 

Time for one, last, Mojito…

 

 

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