Cuban revolutions: Biking the island’s back roads on a trip through time; Lori Rackl; Chicago Tribune

Cuba – Viñales Valley

Backroads’ new bike trip in Cuba takes cyclists on a two-wheeled tour through the rural countryside and into Cubans’ homes for an up-close look at this fascinating island, simultaneously stuck in time and in the midst of unprecedented change.

In Cuba, the plan is that few things will go according to plan.

It’s essential that you arrive with an open heart, a curious mind and a supreme level of flexibility.

Expect the unexpected … it’s all part of the adventure!

These nuggets of wisdom — skeptics might call them warnings — were in the pre-departure packet that arrived in the mail a few weeks before my December bike trip in Cuba.

My husband and I, both avid fans of two-wheel travel, signed up for our cycling vacation before the Cuba situation started taking telenovela-like twists involving so-called sonic attacks, a State Department warning, confusing new travel restrictions and a hurricane named Irma.

“Are you sure you want to go?” my mom asked on more than one occasion.

The answer: absolutely.

Source: Cuban revolutions: Biking the island’s back roads on a trip through time

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