Rest day in Batey Carleton (Playa Larga)
Blowin' past Matanzas! (to Playa Jibacoa)

May 27, 2015

What happened…

Andrew writes: Picture a pancake. Or a table. Maybe a quarter. They’re all flat right? That was our ride today. Except add in some green bits at the beginning, the Zapata Swamp….and some green bits in the middle that are orange orchards, and then a green bit at the end which is the rum factory near Playa Larga, in Cardenas.

Days like today can be pretty boring. There was one stretch of maybe 15km where I rode behind Amanda, with my Kindle e-book sitting atop my handlebar bag, and I just rode my bike and read my book at the same time. Amanda thinks it’s dangerous, but boredom can be terminal too.

So we started in Playa Larga, on the Caribbean coast, and rode pretty much in a straight, flat, boring line north to Cardenas, which is on the Atlantic side, or the Strait of Florida I guess it might be called. Cardenas, incidentally, also has a small beach, called Playa Larga. No one swims there because it’s right beside the rum factory. The rum factory smells AWESOME. Like, a beer brewery doesn’t smell like beer, but a rum factory smells like rum; it’s pretty cool actually. This is an older plant, and we could see it belching black smoke from its’ smokestack, miles before we got into the city.

Cardenas is a big town, but we ended up cycling to the far end of it for dinner. This restaurant, El Ranchon, serves up a dish called “El Golaso” (Colossal?), which had 3 different types of rice, and 10 different types of meat and fish, mostly deep-fried. It was pretty much a cyclists’ wet-dream, in terms of dinners. We shared the plate and couldn’t finish it. A bargain at only $7CUC! ($7USD).

Ok, that’s it. I’ve run out of things to blather about. Ciao for now!


Today’s Photographs

Rest day in Batey Carleton (Playa Larga)
Blowin' past Matanzas! (to Playa Jibacoa)