i stopped by several different tourist offices, to try and figure out how to get on the Prague-Vienna bike path. She said you need to take bike route 12. We ride out of town and see a bike sign 12A and start following it.
The routes are well marked, but you need to know the difference between 12a and 12. We rode until we were finally convinced that we were following the wrong route 12.
We thankfully bought a bike map at the tourist office and tested our navigation skills. There are so many options, your never really totally lost.
WE FINALLY REACHED THE PRAGUE-VIENNA (PRAHA-WIEN) BIKE ROUTE
We probably road 45km, at the end of the day we saw a sign to Prague 19km. I was hoping Natasa wouldn’t see the sign, but she did and was dead tired. She wanted a hotel, no camping. I asked the local policeman where there was a hotel, he drew me a map. Were in a really non-tourist town of Jílové u Prahy (photos google street map). The next day we ride to Sedlčan (photos google street map). The weather is looking grim, we opt for a train ride to Tabor.
The train that picked us up looked like a big bus. It was the cabin and engine all in one. We had to change trains, while waiting under the shelter it started pouring rain, I was glad to be taking the train. Were in TABOR (photo tour) the sister city to our home of Skofja Loka. Czech’s largest chocolate museum is in Tabor, OK we’ll go.
i love taking photos of art and this one was pretty special.
We’re happy to be back on the road and the biking here is some of the best I’ve ever done.
This is mainly a bike touring route, but lots of cyclist enjoy the low traffic backroads.
Were following the Prague-Vienna bike route, but we missed a sign and end up on another bike route.
This is the last night where we could camp. We’ve been carrying our tents, sleeping bags and pads, but haven’t used them yet. I wanted to camp, but the vote was 2-1.
Were in the town of Hluboka, it has a CASTLE (photos). Were here and were going to visit it. What an amazing place. We weren’t allowed to take photos inside. The place was amazing, the intricate carvings in every room were flawless. The carvings around a mirror took 3 people 17 months, it was absolutely perfect. There were so many photo opportunities, but no. I look at the souvenir photo book, not the pictures I would have chosen, I don’t buy it. Now I wish I had taken some clandestin photos. Here’s a link to some INTERIOR CASTLE PHOTOS
i love taking pictures of pedestrian bridges and CESKE BUDEJOVICE, didn’t disappoint.
It’s our last day on the bike, were almost back to Cesky Krumlov.
Were back at the Havana Hostel and our host is recommending the The 2 Marys Restaurant. Holy Shit, REAL Czech food is awesomely healthy. Read the history of Czech food.
We stop at a market on our drive back and there’s some touring cyclist from Czech.
We decide to take the whole day to drive back. We stop in Linz, Austria and buy this cute garden sculpture for our garden.
Then to IKEA, for some shopping. Some parts of Europe are just like America and IKEA is just that. We must pass through 12 or more tunnels and there are these signs inside.
All and all It was a another successful tour, got lost a few times but no injury accidents. Were home safe and sound in Skofja Loka. I’m working on a story about life in Skofja Loka. They have been remodeling the whole town, laying new cobblestone. I’ve got lots of fun pictures.
WHAT’S NEXT?: EUROBIKE, GERMANY
UNTIL NEXT TIME JEFF
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Can’t wait to read your story and see the pictures about your life in Scofja Loka. Sounds like a great tour you just did. That was one serious stove in the kitchen of the castle. And amazing that there are all of those bike paths. I like your links for extra pictures.
They just turned the two lane Everett Street in NW Portland to one lane and a bike path. Made it down to Trader Joes on my bike, loaded it up with groceries and back up the hill. It’s only a mile and a half each way but I’m still proud of myself. Hi, Natasha!
I wish the rest of America realized what you have, biking to the store is doable. Here they estimate 50% of car trips are less than 5km, (3mi) about the same as America. I keep thinking I’m going to run out of stories to tell. I got 1 more in the hopper after this weekend. We explored Mt. Triglav, for a future bike tour. We stumbled on an awesome campground and had dinner there too. I took at least 50 photos, will post them soon. Take care and glad you enjoyed the post card(s). jeff
P.S. Got your post card. Thanks!
Chocolate painting and castle exploring. That place looks rad to bike around. You sure do have some good decision making skills even when you chose the wrong way to go you still are choosing the right way to go!