I'm getting the photos organized and slowly writing up a short trip report for Crazyguyonabike, but I thought I'd post a few images here first.
This was my first trip to Cuba, but travel with my bike was mostly straightforward. I took a charter out of Calgary to Varadero for two weeks and headed to central Cuba where there is a circle-route of smaller interesting cities, beaches and mostly quiet paved roads. It was an extremely rewarding trip, but challenging at times simply because services are not always available to the independent traveller. The bureaucracy can also be mysterious, demanding that little bit of extra patience while you try to "figure things out".
I put about 650km on my bike, with my longest day at a little over 100km. The heat was a factor, especially for someone coming out of the north. As long as I was off the road at my destination for the day by about 2pm I was fine.
The Cuban people on the whole are warm and friendly. The country is very safe to travel in - probably the safest one in Latin America, although one does have watch out for theft.
Hope you enjoy.
Sometimes there aren't many cars on these rural roads.
Lots of interesting political billboards.
Hans taking a lunch break out of the sun.
Playa Ancon on the south coast.
Often impressive architecture and design under the grime and crumblling walls.
The almost deserted freeway travels through the centre of the island.
Anna and Loupe (sp?) from Spain.
The old city of Trinidad is a World heritage Site.
Yes there are new cars in Cuba, and some challenging mountain roads.