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.
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.
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.
EVEN OUR RE-ROUTE WAS BEAUTIFUL AND NEARLY CAR-FREE
WE FINALLY REACHED THE PRAGUE-VIENNA (PRAHA-WIEN) BIKE ROUTE
I WAS SO HAPPY
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.
NICE SUNNY PHOTO. RAIN?
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.
OUR CHOCOLATE “TEACHER” WAS SUPER HELPFUL AND HAD ENOUGH ENGLISH TO HAVE SOME GOOD LAUGHS TOGETHER.
THERE WERE MANY COLOR OPTIONS AVAILABLE
OUR FINISHED PRODUCT
THE CASTLE TOWER VIEW OF TABOR
i love taking photos of art and this one was pretty special.
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.
THE ROAD SPLIT THE LAKE
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.
MOST OF THE ROADS WERE IN GREAT CONDITION, THIS ONE WAS BRAND NEW.
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.
GETTING “LOST” AGAIN TURNS OUT TO TAKE US DOWN THE NICEST ROUTE OF THE ENTIRE CZECH BIKE TOUR
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.
THIS WAS OUR LAKE SIDE CABIN, IT’S REALLY COZY
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
THIS IS A PHOTO OF THE TYPICAL CZECH BIKE PATH
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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