BIKING IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC PART I

I’ve been super busy, we just got back from our Czech bike tour then I left for the Euro-Bike Expo in Friedrichshafen, Germany. I wanted to see the latest in E-Bike technology.  I think the future in transportation is going to be the combination of a bicycle with electric assist.  There was talk of changing the expo name to The E-Bike Show.  E-bikes dominated, the show, both in number of booths and the test area was packed too. I’ll post some photos from the bike show, after this story.

I thought Czech was some of the best available bike touring I’ve done to date. I didn’t look at this map before we left, here’s the opencyclemap.org, a free to access  bicycle map, mostly for Europe.  I was shocked when I saw the multiple route options that I could explore the Czech Republic with a  bicycle.  Many of the routes were signed and there were good bike maps available at most tourist offices.

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CZECH COMPETES WELL WITH THE NETHERLANDS FOR BIKING OPPORTUNITIES

 

 

We wanted to take the train to be car-free, but no, that was a 14 hour adventure with 3 train changes.  It’s only a 5 hour drive, that saves almost 2 days of travel and vacation time.

INTERESTING BUILDING PHOTGHRAPED FROM CAR

NATASA WANTED TO DRIVE, SO I GET TO TAKE PHOTOS

We drive to   CESKY KRUMLOV (photos). to start our bicycle tour.

We stay at the HAVANA HOSTEL, in Cesky Krumlov it was clean, cheap, very friendly and informative.

HOSTEL LIFE, I-PHONE FROM BED

OUR BAGS BLOW-UP AT THE HOSTEL

 

IT WAS NICE "CAR-FREE" VILLAGE

IT WAS A NICE “CAR-FREE” VILLAGE TO WALK AROUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The town was super cool, with the river s-ing it’s way through town, full of rafters, it was quite entertaining.  It seems every town has a tower to climb and Cesky Krumlov had one too.

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WE VISIT THE TOWER FIRST, TO GET A BIRDS EYE VIEW OF THE CITIES LAYOUT.

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A SELFIE SHOT BY SOMEONE ELSE

We spend the day visiting museums and galleries.

BIRD FOOT CANDLE HOLDER

WILDLIFE CANDLE HOLDER

TOLIET AND CHAIR IN ONE! FOR #2

WHEN YOU GOTTA GO AND YOU DON’T WANT TO GO ANYWHERE

RARE SWORD WITH GUN (just in case they survivie the sword)

A RARE SWORD WITH A GUN (just in case they survive the gun)

HUNTING WAS VERY POPULAR

HUNTING WAS A HUGE SPORT, BACK IN THE DAY. MANY CASTLES ARE DECORATED WITH ELK & DEER ANTLERS

YEP!

IT’S NOT RAINING, YET

The tourist office can’t tell me where the bike trail starts, so I head out on my own to find it.  I always find something interesting when I’m exploring on my own.  I finally find the start of the bike trail.

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SIGNS ON A BAR DOOR-NO RUSSIANS

NO GUNS, DRUGS, TIES OR RUSSIA!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

it starts raining and that includes the forecast, but Prague is dry.  Our original plan was to ride from Cesky Krumlov to Prague, but after we evaluated the weather situation, we flipped the ride around.  We now plan to take the train to Prague and bike back to Cesky Krumlov, where the car is parked.

We start off by getting on the wrong train going the wrong way.  We can get upset, but what’s the point?  We just sit back and enjoy the ride. by now it’s pouring rain outside and a train ride is much better than a bike ride, in the rain.  In Prague we meet a German couple at the train station and they follow us into the Old Town Square of Prague (photos).

PRAGUE ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK

THE FAMOUS PRAGUE ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK

Prague is packed with tourist and biking is nearly impossible.  Except when you go out at 6:30 in the morning.

DANCING BUILDING, PRAGUE

THE FAMOUS DANCING BUILDING OF PRAGUE

SUPER NARROW BIKE LANE, STILL BETTER THAN RIDING ON COBBLESTONE

THE WORLD’S NARROWEST BIKE LANE, (NOTICE NO ONES UP YET).

6AM BIKE RIDES CAN YIELD INTERESTING FINDS

GIANT SCULPTURE: OF CRAWLING BABIES

After riding both sides of the Vltava river(photos) Natasa wants to go back to the hostel, I opt for a tour of the PRAGUE PALACE (photos).  At that hour of the morning, no one was around, except the Palace guards, who told me to get off my bike (3x’s).  I ‘m a little lost, but I accidently bump into the hostel were staying at, thank goodness.  I did pass a farmers market on the way back.  I grab Natasa and Sara and we head back to the farmers market.

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THE MIXED BERRY BASKETS WERE AWESOME!

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PAUL’S FRENCH BAKERY, MMMMM

YES

WELL, I DON’T HAVE ANY

Our good friend Stanley from Royan, France was in Prague at the same time we were.  We went on a hike around VYSEHRADSKE SADY (photos).

I THINK NATASA IS ATTRACTED TO STANLEY

NATASA WAS REALLY ATTRACTED TO STANLEY

No trip would be complete without a visit from the Famous Rev. Phil with BIKE SMUT.   He’s having a showing Prague, while were in town.  We reserved him a bed in our hostel room.

VEGETARIAN BUFFET WITH REV. PHIL AND STANLEY

VEGETARIAN BUFFET DINNER WITH REV. PHIL AND STANLEY

SAYING OUR GOODBYES TO REV. PHIL AND PRAGUE

We’re finally starting our Czech Republic bike tour.  We’ve got our bikes packed up and were heading out of Prague, IN THE WRONG DIRECTION!

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THE BIKE PATH IS AWESOME, BUT IT’S THE WRONG ONE.

This story will be continued with BIKING THE CZECH REPUBLIC PART II

Thanks for reading and comments are almost always welcome.                                             PHOTOS: JEFF’S PHOTOS ARE HERE

JEFF

DON’T FORGET TO RIDE YOUR BIKE WHILE YOU CAN OR GET AN E-BIKE AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

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One thought on “BIKING IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC PART I

  1. David AKA Chops

    I am so stoked you are still biking around and having a good time. Your showing a good example of how to be in life. Thanks. Thats super cool you and Rev. Phil were in the same part of the world at the same time!
    Have fun !

    Reply

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