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Published: February 1st 2019
Day 11. Cuba. Playa Larga
Thursday 31 Jan 19
33 miles of flat country.
Another bright day and a look around the local souvenir market setting up on the street before we go by coach to our start point. We left a scruffy village in 42 degrees and headed out through the swamp to an oasis selling soft drinks and coffee (out of a flask) which tastes good and not like the drip coffee of Oregon. It was good to see everyone cycling today for the first time since the first day, all illnesses banished. Next stop was a museum of the ‘Bay of Pigs’ invasion by the Americans of 1961 at Playa Giron. There were old tanks, trucks, guns and aircraft on display outside with large photos and narrative about the battle. Unfortunately only in Spanish. cycling back out to Caleta Buena for lunch and free drink as all afternoon plus a chance to snorkel by the reef amongst the exotic fish in the warm water, which was taken up by quite a few of the group. This was the end of cycling today which was far too easy along very flat and almost straight roads for
run of 33 miles and a mere 35m of ascent. The coach took us to our Casa Particulare in Playa Larga. Some were pretty nice with sea views and lovely rooms. John and I drew the short straws, yet again, and were shunted down the street to rooms with no windows complete with building site smells through some louvres in the wall. Maybe next time.
Back in the main Casa we had yet another Pina Colada these could become very addictive, especially with a dash of rum. Addiction here we come. I was teetotal until I came here with this lot.
Tot: 2.827s; Tpl: 0.057s; cc: 10; qc: 32; dbt: 0.0318s; 2; m:saturn w:www (18.104.22.168); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.3mb