Goin' to Guantanamo
Beach Day in Tortuguilla

May 5, 2015

What happened…

Andrew writes: While I think most people think of Guantanamo’s American armed forces base, it turns out that Cuba has a pretty big base here too. On both sides of the city there are military campus’. We spent the morning cycling past a number of training fields and military checkpoints, before climbing up and over a few mountains to get back towards the coast.

Things got a little hairy for awhile. Stuck inland, there wasn’t a lot of wind, until we started climbing, and then it was full in the face. This made the first, long, steep climb pretty miserable. On the downhill that followed, the wind kept threatening to push me off the road.

Lewis had handwritten a note on our map halfway between Guantanamo and San Antonio del Sur, alojamiento, so when we stopped for lunch at Playa Guanal, we asked where it was, and it ended up being less than 1km away. In fact, staying at the alojamiento in Tortuguilla, we were able to walk back up the beach to get to the sandy beach and restaurant of Playa Guanal.

Right, so it was early afternoon by the time we had finished lunch, and I was spent. All of the climbing in the morning, plus what I think was a touch of dehydration, meant that I was pretty eager to just call it a day. Technically, we were scheduled to ride 80+km today, but I’m really glad that there was a place for us to lie our heads at a halfway point. So this place is sort of like a “campismo” except maybe one tier down, in terms of quality or service. It ended up costing 112 pesos ($4.50CDN) for a night, so we were hooked. We even ended up polishing off a bottle of red wine (vinegar) for only 50 pesos ($2CDN) and a cigar while reading and stargazing.

Also for future reference, it turns out that there is also a Casa Particular just a bit further east in Tortuguillera, although we didn’t check it out.


Today’s Photographs

Goin' to Guantanamo
Beach Day in Tortuguilla