At first I didn’t realize it was a mountain. All I knew was that I had ridden out past the edge of a small town to a place where the road suddenly changed. It curved back and forth, meandering upward through forested hills, becoming steeper and more narrow as I rode on. Time passed, and the shoulders of the road disappeared. I was forced to move into the auto lane, pressing tightly against the metal barriers along its hazardous edge. Continue reading The Road to Viñales – A Tale of Cycling in Cuba – Part 3
I came to a little town off the autopista called Paso Real de San Diego where I found groups of relaxed locals loitering alongside the highway enjoying the cool evening air. It was here that I decided to look for a ‘casa particular’ (private home) to stay in as was common for tourists to do. Continue reading The Road to Viñales – A Tale of Cycling in Cuba – Part 2
As I lay on the side of the road, the afternoon sun bearing down on me and threatening to steal away my consciousness, I could hear the throaty rumble of a motor headed my way. I barely registered the rusty blue taxi that passed little more than arm’s length in front of me, leaving a cloud of lead-laden exhaust in its wake. Exhaustion spread through me like a virus, and I sat still in the silence. Continue reading The Road to Viñales – A Tale of Cycling in Cuba – Part 1
I also have some great tips and facts to share with you about solar eclipses! About a month ago, I went to a talk given by Phil Plait (The Bad Astronomer), and he shared all kinds of cool info that I want to pass along to you. Continue reading Solar Eclipse 2017 – Tips and Fun Facts
Hey travelers! I’m sitting at Calypso’s Coffee and Creamery enjoying open mic performances and putting the finishing touches on the story of my bike ride from Havana to Viñales. Continue reading Coming Soon – Biking Cuba!
Last time I shared some wonderful scenes about eating lunch under a tree and reading a book on a shady terrace in Viñales, and today I want to tell you some tales of my quiet nights in Havana. Continue reading Finding Peace in Cuba – Part 2/2
I want to share with you some of my favorite memories of Cuba, the moments when I wasn’t pushing myself to do something new and challenging. It’s worth remembering those times, too. Continue reading Finding Peace in Cuba – Part 1/2