BIKING THE CZECH REPUBLIC PART ll

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.

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WE ARE SO LOST, ROUTE 12A IS NOT ROUTE 12

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.

 

NEW RIVER FRONT BIKE PATH

CZECH IS STILL ACTIVELY BUILDING NEW BIKE ROUTES, LIKE THIS ONE ALONG THE RIVER.  THAT’S NATASA AND SARA ON THEIR BIKES

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.

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EVEN OUR RE-ROUTE WAS BEAUTIFUL AND NEARLY CAR-FREE

WE FINALLY REACHED THE PRAGUE-VIENNA (PRAHA-WIEN) BIKE ROUTE

YEP

I WAS SO HAPPY

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I KISSED THE SIGN,

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.

TRAIN INSTEAD OF RAIN

NICE SUNNY PHOTO. RAIN?

OUR BIKES ARE GOING ON THAT? YES

OUR BIKES ARE GOING ON THAT? YES

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.

MAKING CHOCOLATE CANDIES

OUR CHOCOLATE “TEACHER” WAS SUPER HELPFUL AND HAD ENOUGH ENGLISH TO HAVE SOME GOOD LAUGHS TOGETHER.

MAKING CHOCOLATE CANDIES

THERE WERE MANY COLOR OPTIONS AVAILABLE

ALL OF ARE CHOCOLATE CREATIONS

OUR FINISHED PRODUCT

TABOR CASTLE VIEW

THE CASTLE TOWER VIEW OF TABOR

i love taking photos of art and this one was pretty special.

LOCAL ART

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THE BAROQUE STYLE BUILDINGS WERE BEAUTIFUL IN TABOR

We’re happy to be back on the road and the biking here is some of the best I’ve ever done.

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THE ROAD SPLIT THE LAKE

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RIDING THROUGH THESE VILLAGES IS REALLY SPECIAL AND AGAIN NEARLY CAR FREE!

This is mainly a bike touring route, but lots of cyclist enjoy the low traffic backroads.

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MOST OF THE ROADS WERE IN GREAT CONDITION, THIS ONE WAS BRAND NEW.

CROSSES IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

ONE OF THE MANY RELIGIOUS MONUMENTS, IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

Were following the Prague-Vienna bike route, but we missed a sign and end up on another bike route.

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GETTING “LOST” AGAIN TURNS OUT TO TAKE US DOWN THE NICEST ROUTE OF THE ENTIRE CZECH BIKE TOUR

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ANDREJA, TA SLIKA JE SAMO ZATE

 

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.

 

LAKE SIDE CABIN

THIS WAS OUR LAKE SIDE CABIN, IT’S REALLY COZY

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The State Chateau of Hluboká

 

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

AWESOME BIKE PATHS

THIS IS A PHOTO OF THE TYPICAL CZECH BIKE PATH

i love taking pictures of pedestrian bridges and CESKE BUDEJOVICE, didn’t disappoint.

BIKE/PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE

I HAVE SOME MORE BRIDGE PHOTOS IN MY PHOTO ALBUM

It’s our last day on the bike, were almost back to Cesky Krumlov.

OUR LAST BIKE PATH WAS UPHILL AND GRAVEL

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THE LAST 3 OR 4 KM OF THE BIKE PATH IS GRAVEL. IT’S STILL BEAUTIFUL WITH NO CARS.

ARE WE THERE YET?

BUT, THIS UPHILL PART OF THE RIDE WASN’T VERY POPULAR WITH ANYONE

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.

BEST CZECH MEAL EVER! (PHEASANT)

PHEASANT, CABBAGE SALAD, HAM, CHEESE/VEG CASSEROLE                                BEST MEAL EVER!

We stop at a market on our drive back and there’s some touring cyclist from Czech.

CZECH BIKE TOURER WITH FLAG AND CZ STICKER ON CUP

SHE PROUDLY POSES WHILE FLYING THE CZECH FLAG AND HAS A CAR CZ STICKER ON HER COFFEE MUG. LOVE IT.

We decide to take the whole day to drive back.  We stop in Linz, Austria and buy this cute garden sculpture for our garden.

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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.

TUNNEL ESCAPE SIGNS

WHICH WAY SHOULD I GO?

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

CZECH PHOTOS
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4 thoughts on “BIKING THE CZECH REPUBLIC PART ll

  1. Kathryn Reder

    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!

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    1. jeffsbiketour Post author

      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

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  2. David AKA Chops

    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!

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