Day 13, all hands on deck, part II

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First of the many beautiful views

The pick-up route took us along Playa Esmeralda, Banes and Guardelavacha with the harbour in Antilla as our final destination. Picking up the other shipmates took about an hour. After we retrieved the last of the passengers in Guardelavacha the 'real' excursion started; the beautiful route. The road between Guardelavacha and Antilla is supposed to be one of the most beautiful roads on Cuba, if not The Most Beautiful one. Indeed the scenery along the way is gorgeous. The winding road meanders through valleys and over hills, offering spectacular vistas. You pass through banana plantations, sugar cane fields, farm fields with livestock, corn etc. Dotted along the route are many beautiful examples of the diverse Cuban architecture, mostly however the typical Cuban farm houses known as bohio's. Truly a magnificent route.

Unfortunately, besides the road being in the top ranks of beauty, it is also in one of the worst conditions. Potholes are the order of the day, concrete bridges are true hurdles not to be taken lightly (or fast) and the crossing of any railroad track is murder on the suspension and every surgeon's dream. Seated on the back row of the bus, all of my internal organs were displaced and needed reattaching. Taking a decent photo from inside the bus was impossible.

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First of the many beautiful views
First of the many beautiful views
I didnt know we were this high in…
I didn't know we were this high i…
Local shop
Local shop
Sugar cane fields
Sugar cane fields
Its ancient, both the car AND the…
It's ancient, both the car AND th…
Local bus stop. That thing that lo…
Local bus stop. That thing that l…
We were quite a sight, apparently.
We were quite a sight, apparently.
The rail tracks have gone, but the…
The rail tracks have gone, but th…
Shaking in the back of the bus.
Shaking in the back of the bus.
Entrepreneur.
Entrepreneur.
Were getting near Antilla. The ca…
We're getting near Antilla. The c…
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