Friday, 17 August 2012

Day 8: Banoa to the mountains El Solton

Today's ride was one of the toughest 60 km and with mountain climbs at the end. We had our food and water stops in small squares. One was hosting a sports day and kids played volleyball, the kit was minimal and I saw worn out boxing gloves and shuttlecocks made of maize cobs. There were several chess games being played . Public toilets here are less than pristine so our guide Raimondo arranges toilet stops every 20 km and it is a chance to see inside a Cuban home. Today's home was quite well off with pictures of Claudia Schiffer, the Cuban virgin and a cartoon about ozone depletion so touching on beauty, religion and politics. 
We stayed in a beautiful mountain hotel resort in huts clustered in the tropical rain forest beside a huge natural pool. The barman also made generous mojitos and we shared life stories and internet dating experiences.

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