Sunday November 2, 2014
Changed the clocks back last night, in theory we should have had an extra hours sleep. However, I am still suffering a little from jetlag and I woke up at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30. I needed a good nights sleep as we had a long days ride ahead of us.
Our host at the Casa had suggested us to take a different route today. He said that the route we were going to take along the coast was really bad. The road was bad and no towns or villages to go through. If the bike broke we would not be able to get it fixed or not see anyone along the road for help. Not sure why the bike would break, but we decided that we would take the advice of the local guy. He said it wasn’t too hilly, spoken by a true car driver.
We had a long day ahead and I was worried that it was going to be hilly. We had already cycled from Pons to Santa Lucia and knew that section was going to be a mix of steep climbs and slow down hills. After we left Pons, we turned right towards Guanbi and cycled along a beautiful valley.
It was a lovely ride, very pretty and some nice traditional rural villages. The weather was perfect for cycling, a little overcast in the morning and cool, for part of the ride we had a great tail wind.
We made really good time and arrived at the Casa in Isabel Rubio at 2:30. Carmen(the casa owner) made us a couple of sandwiches and we had a beer. Most Casas have fridges in the room that are usually well stocked with beer and water. This fridge had apples in it as well, do you know how nice it is to have an apple, when you haven’t had one in a couple of weeks? They tasted sooooo good.
We are having dinner and breakfast at the Casa again, we tried to explain that we don’t need a lot of food. We told her we love Cuban food but it is too much, can we have smaller portions. Carmen looked us up and down and nodded, not much food, then patted her ample tummy and said good Cuban food.
It worked we had lots to eat, but didn’t waste a lot of food.
However, the cost of this Casa with the food was CUC 77.00 time to cut back on the convenience of casas. We will buy our own beer, water and lunch and not eat the apples – $1.25 per apple!
Her Casa is for sale she is asking for CUC 70,000, however everyone we spoke to today said we must have misunderstood it would be CUC 17,000. I understand the difference between seitentemiele from des-seitemiele. Maybe she thought we would buy it.
It is now surprising for us that you can sell a house in Cuba. Most Cubans we speak to say it is o.k. to sell but who can afford to buy. I don’t think they have the concept of I will buy your house with a condition that I can sell my house! Cuba is still very much a cash society.
Life is changing in Cuba.