Biking In Cuba
Trip Start Oct 07, 2013
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Vinales had been virtually destroyed during by Hurricane Gustav in 2008 but with the help of Venezuela it was rebuilt and maybe that's why it didn't seem to fit with the other parts of Cuba we had seen. There were many more travelers and tourists here, and there seemed to be a plentiful mix of restaurants and accommodation- it was obviously a popular stop and we wanted to find out why
We set up an all-day mountain bike ride with Boris the Bike Guy, but the night before our adventure, our luck with the weather gave out and it rained heavily turning most of the better trails into mudpits. Rolling around in the mud with DH has always been a highlight activity but not with our English-speaking, Russian-named, Cuban friend watching so we elected to abandon the trails and use the paved roads which took most of the challenge out of the biking. When the rains returned, getting sprayed by every passing vehicle got old very quickly and we cut the ride a little short. I'm sure that better weather would have made for a better experience but I think we both leave Vinales wondering what the fuss is all about- the setting is beautiful but the authenticity of our previous stops in Cuba was much more enjoyable.
As our visit to Cuba winds down, we'll be leaving with wonderful memories of the people and places we met and saw, and we'll also take away a lot to think about. It's inevitable that your inner communist will struggle to get out- admittedly in my case, that's a relatively small being, but you do start thinking about solutions to the huge inequalities among people that are due primarily to luck and circumstance. Can I honestly say that I worked so much harder than the average Cuban that I deserve such a significant advantage in life? I was asked to supervise Andres P, Andrew S, and Herve V, and that alone warranted a special compensation, but where I was born, and the opportunities provided, had much more to do with my successes than did my hard work