The author offers an entertaining, evocative account of his motorcycling odyssey through Cuba, detailing his three-month, seven-thousand-mile journey, discussing Cuba's troubled history and politics, and offering distinctive profiles of the colorful people he encountered along the way. Reprint.
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Mi Moto Fidel, Christopher Baker's intriguing account of his three-month romp through Cuba on a fire-engine red motorcycle is perhaps the most thorough portrait of this faded Communist country to date. Baker leaves no stone unturned as he revisits Ernest Hemingway's haunts in Havana, checks out a secret cave in the foothills of the sierras that once served as Che Guevara's command post during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and sips motojos at a thatched-roofed beach bar on Playa Los Pinos. On this exhaustive journey, our leather-clad "yanqui" interacts with a myriad of characters from artists to farmers to fisherman to prostitutes, and engages in lively discussions on everything from politics, sex, cigars, and, of course, on the aging revolutionary himself, Fidel Castro. Baker effectively captures the essence of the Cuban people--primarily their generosity and resilient spirit--and his various dalliances with beautiful habaneras (Daisy, Sonia, and Juanita, to name a few) will pique readers' interest (men's more than women's, understandably). By the time Baker winds up back in Havana he has covered some 7,000 miles on his cherished bike. After reading Mi Moto Fidel, you'll no doubt be inspired to hit the road. --Jill FergusFrom the Publisher:
"Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba" has won both the North American Travel Journalists Associations Grand Prize (2002) and the Lowell Thomas Gold Award for "Best Travel Book of the Year" (2002).
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