Cycling Cuba

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Anyone else on this trip?

allison59

Hello i'm going on this trip.  Its getting nearer now.  Are you all prepared?

angiebaby

Looks like we have a great adventure ahead of us!!  The trip sounds amazing!  No I'm not prepared yet, u?

allison59

got a few bits and pieces, we went cycling to vietnam last year and it was brilliant so really looking forward to this trip :)

angiebaby

are you traveling alone or with somebody?

allison59

my husband Derek! what about you.  Have you done any other cycling holidays?

angiebaby

my friend Liz is on this trip too...but I've never done a cycling holiday before, or an Exodus holiday!

allison59

we did the vietnam one last year with exodus we had a great time although very exhausting and long journeys on the bus, but the scenery and people we met on route to our next destination was fantastic.

angiebaby

what do you recommend for foot wear for this trip?

allison59

when we went to vietnam i wore my trainers and they were fine, a couple on the trip had these open sandals with straps across the feet and around ankles but i found my trainers fine.  I won't take my cycle shoes because they are hard to walk in.  Most people had trainers on. 

The holiday is getting very near I must start to organise what I'm taking. I meant to e mail them and ask it there is any place to do washing of clothes. Some of the hotels in Vietnam did it if we were staying there for two nights.

angiebaby

yeah i was thinking trainers.

what about travel insurance?  r u going with exodus?

allison59

no we have our own private health insurance.  I've just been out on my bike today thankfully the rain stayed off have you been doing any prep.  for the holiday?

angiebaby

well tbh, I'm not a great cyclist and don't like roads!  But we're going to Cuba and not London!

I've been going out on the bike a bit, been to the gym and been going spinning!  I went to a spinning class on Monday night and worked so hard...i was sooo done in after!  haha

 

allison59

there was a couple of guys in vietnam  who didn't do much cycling and they got on fine, you just go at your own pace, the support team were very good.  It's a great way to see the country should be fun :D

angiebaby

yes should be fun!  Never done anything like this before and Cuba sounds like a completely different world!!!

allison59

yep can't wait to taste the mojitos mmmmmm

angiebaby

i went to a Cuban bar on Sat night to get myself in the mood!!!

allison59

haha salsa dancing and all i can't wait!

angiebaby

just bought a padded cover for my seat... not liking the padded shorts.  What did you use in Vietnam?

allison59

padded shorts there ok once you get used to them and with the hills they came in useful.  I didn't take the lycra shorts as wasn't sure if they were suitable for vietnam, I bought the freeride shorts which had the separate padded shorts underneath.  I may bring my lycra padded shorts haven't really decided yet.  I've never used a padded cover so I cannot comment on them and at the end of the day it's what you feel most comfortable in. 

allison59

padded shorts there ok once you get used to them and with the hills they came in useful.  I didn't take the lycra shorts as wasn't sure if they were suitable for vietnam, I bought the freeride shorts which had the separate padded shorts underneath.  I may bring my lycra padded shorts haven't really decided yet.  I've never used a padded cover so I cannot comment on them and at the end of the day it's what you feel most comfortable in. 

allison59

oops only meant to send that once, my laptop playing up!

angiebaby

how are you packing your helmet???

allison59

last time i just put it in my case and packed everything around it filling it up with socks etc. I didn't fancy carrying it through the airport.

Chappers

Hi there,

I did this trip last year and it was brilliant ... I would take the padded shorts, even if you don't wear them, at least you have the option.  The first day cycling is quite short, but is in the heat of the day, so be prepared with plenty of water!

There was a complete mix of abilities on our trip, and everyone got along really well.

And the mojito's are the best on the planet!!!!

Have a great time,

Ian

angiebaby

thanks for the tips Ian!!!

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