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Bicycling Cuba Paperback – Nov 26 2002


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Countryman Press (Nov. 26 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881505536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881505535
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tired of the same old vacation? Eager to forgo guided motor coaches, all-inclusive resorts, and RVing? If bicycling through Cuba is the first thing you think of as an alternative to Europe in August, then the authors, experienced bike guides from Vermont, can take all the guesswork out of it for you. In this delightful and very practical guide, they outline, kilometer by kilometer-for all the Canadians and Europeans whose governments actually let them vacation in Cuba legally the best places to eat, sleep, sightsee, and even avoid. The text is divided into five parts: "In and Out of Havana," "Pinar del Rio," "Central Cuba," "The Oriente," and "Connecting the Regions of Cuba." The authors sum it up best in their introduction: "If you come to Cuba looking for evidence of a police state, inefficient bureaucracy, and dissatisfied people, you can find it. If you look for evidence of a uniquely idealistic society in which people have a strong sense of community, respect their government, and are trying to solve problems without sacrificing the achievements of their revolution, you can find that too. Let's ride!" Recommended for large public libraries.
Lee Arnold, Historical Soc. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In this delightful and very practical guide, they outline, kilometer by kilometer for all the Canadians and Europeans whose governments actually let them vacation in Cuba legally the best places to eat, sleep, sightsee, and even avoid. "

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 30 2004
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If you are visiting Cuba in the near future, BUY THIS BOOK. If you think you might tour Cuba,BUY THIS BOOK. If you don't plan to visit Cuba but enjoy reading travel narratives by those who have traveled to exotic places, BUY THIS BOOK. I have just returned from a two week bicycle trip with two friends and can report from experience that Bicycling Cuba is spot-on about everything. The Smiths have many years experience leading bike tours for a large bicycle touring company, so their guide book and route directions are presented as cyclists need and use them. Their routes cover the entire country, and the routes we follwed along the South Coast out of Santiago were accurate to a fault. Everything the Smiths wrote about the terrain, historical sites, social mores, laws,lodgings, and Cuban culture and society proved enormously helpful because everything is written clearly and, most importantly for cyclists, accurately. Anyone planning to tour Cuba by car, train, or bus will also find the book useful. I can't think of anything the Smiths left out, except maybe Fidel's personal telephone number! Europeans and other nationals should not pass up this book because it's in English. Even though written in English they will find the book invaluable. Now that I have been home for a couple of weeks I find myself picking the book up and reading about the places I have been and enjoying them all over again. Bicycling Cuba is about as close to Plato's Ideal Travel Guide as we are likely to see. Congratulations to the Smiths, and if you are thinking about a trip to Cuba, buy Bicycling Cuba. I'll bet you go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lea Stogdale on April 8 2003
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Having never done any cycle touring, speaking very little Spanish and being a middle aged women travelling alone, I thought a few tips and hints and route advice would make my trip a little easier. I found it all and more in "Bicycling Cuba" by Wally and Barbara Smith. Their advice on what to take, where to go, where to stay, and gems to see was unsurpassed.
I had spent three weeks in Cuba previously and had used two guide books. The Smiths' advice, while not replacing a guide book, was the best: succinct, accurate and introduced me to friendly and helpful people. Their three main cycle tours, west, central and eastern Cuba cover the most scenic areas as well as the historic gems of this wonderful country. The route descriptions were accurate, easy to follow and contained good advice about difficulty, water availability, traffic problems and special sites.
The Smiths obviously love Cuba and this comes out in their writing. They include inserts about various social issues, economics and politics -- each fascinating.
I thoroughly recommend "Bicycling Cuba" with no reservations. My only wish is that the Smiths would produce some more books for other countries.
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great read, good anecdotal comments, used it in conjunction with the lonely planet (same year edition) and both need some updating. wally and barbara didn't do any camping in their bike travels so not super useful for the frugal/self sufficient touring cyclists out there. they only drink bottled water which means they obsess about "dollar stores" for finding them. We blended our approach by bottled water and treating water (found along the way) which is more realistic when you are drinking ~10 Liters/day. we only saw two other foreign cyclists in three weeks/1200 kms this october 2009.
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There's many destinations where you can cycle with little prep, but Cuba is not one of them. It's really very simple - this book will be the best [money] you probably ever spent. Wally and Barb have spent a lot of time cycling Cuba and no doubt going hungry when stores were not available. They not only lay out suggested routes, but inform you where and when to get food and supplies. This info is especially invaluable in the Cuban countryside.
Simply put, here's a chance to learn from their travels and mistakes and greatly improve your trip. Why not, it's a bargain!
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Exploring Cuba by bicycle is the best way to get upclose and intimate with this fascinating and enigmatic country. But if you don't undertake the careful planning that Wally and Barbara Smith did, I advise you to stay at home. However, if you hunger for insights into Cuban life and culture and you want to explore a country in rapid transition, your planning should start with the purchase of this book. It is well researched, authentic and an honest account of a Marco Polo style adventure. The photos are great and the appendix indispensable. Dont't wait, go now.
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