My friend stands at my side eagerly pumping the brakes of his sleek road bike; ahead is another divide in the road. We are in the Sierra del Rosario forest, a birdwatcher's paradise and nest of Las Terrazas eco-community, close enough to reach Havana by pedal--easy enough if you are a passionate Cuban cyclist, but it still highlights your struggle (and that of your compatriots) to live a life with no vehicle of your own.
About: Lara Petinal
Lara is Backroads' modern day Renaissance woman. A multilingual architect from Spain who specializes in restoration and Gaudi structures, Lara has also been a theater produce, technology teacher, event planner, classical animation producer, and rock music journalist and photographer. One year she decided to take a break from it all with a summer with Backroads—and never left! For a decade she has been leading Backroads trips worldwide and in two destinations that hold a special place in her heart: Cuba and the Dolomites of Italy.
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