Do widzenia Poland & Ahoy Czech Republic - a land of cyclists and mountains.
21st of May
We stayed in bed until 8.00 because it was a bit chilly. The sun crawled out of the clouds at 8.30 and we had an amazing view over the same place mentioned yesterday. We cleaned the hardened mud off our rims with a brush and cycled down the remaining 1km to the nearest village.
Quickly we arrived to Zawidow and we had no idea that the border to Czech Republic lied there. It was just like any normal street road but with a sign that we had entered another country. A long stretch of inclining straight road awaited us - leading us to Frydlante which is a small village in the mountains. We used the free wifi at a motel to look for hostels in Liberec but there were none available.
We decided to keep on cycling and pass Liberec and camp outside town as it was still early. This is where we had our first real mountainous climb. We reached the top at 540 meters after some hour of climbing at 7km/h. I got more and more excited the further up I came, because you could see so much of the land beneath us. Sofia was busy complaining and didn’t pay attention to anything other than the inclining pavement. Luckily her mood changed when we got to ride down all the way to Liberec at 58km/h without touching the pedals!
Inside the city we were met with some tedious climbs again to get to the city center where we had a large pizza at the town square to refuel. The city was beautiful but full of bullshit problems bigger cities have and we decided to leave somewhat quick due to time getting late.
The road we had chosen to exit Liberec was apparently closed for reconstruction and we were forced to take a detour through another mountain, 100m or so. We cycled 75% of it and camped on a closed tractor road under some pine trees. We fell asleep in 5 minutes due to exhaustion. Felt nice to have entered Czech Republic though!
22nd of May
Were awoken by some morning runners and got out of bed at 7.45. Left at 9.00 to cycle the remaining 25% of the mountain. After the climb we had 20 minutes of ascending which led us onto a sweet paved cycle road in the forest, which followed the highway so it wasn’t too much elevation going on. Then we had another small climb, maybe 50 meters, which wasn’t too hard.
And down we rolled again. 58km/h feels amazing. We were met and passed by many many cyclists today. Cycling seems to be extremely popular in Czech Republic and I can guess why - the amazing scenery and cycling possibilities the land offers. We probably saw more cyclists on this day than our entire stay in Poland.
We then had real tailwind for the first time and constant low declining roads - we cycled effortlessly at 38km/h for some hour before arriving to Turnov where we had ice cream, coffee and freshly grilled chicken. We also used the café to book a hostel in Prague as rooms are impossible to come by on a same day basis. We settled for Plus Hostel with a shared 8 bed dorm, costing us a total of 28 euro for 2 nights (7 euro per person/night). We booked on friday and they didn’t have anything available before sunday so we chose that date and cycled slowly the remaining 70km, and camped the following 2 nights.
23rd of May
Gently awoken by morning runners at 6.30 yet again, we got out of bed early and our breakfast in the shining sun. Shorts weather! Had some quick cycling on descending roads before arriving to a mountainous pass where we cycled in the valley in between. Then we had a short but steep climb up onto the farming highlands where we were met by tail wind and flat roads again, averaging 37km/h.
Shopped at a small convenience store owned by some Vietnamese guys who where interested in chatting but didn’t speak English at all. We headed on to look for a camp spot. Some cunt from Radiotjänst called from private number and was unpleasant. This had me annoyed for 30 minutes before I was into the cycling again.
We camped early this day, 16.30, but had still managed to do 55-60km without any stress at all. It was overall a warm, pleasant, effective day! Only 20km to Prague remaining from here.