Alice Dryden (huskyteer) wrote,
Alice Dryden

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The Czech List: Monday 25th August

I enjoyed the morning's Czechfast greatly (I had woken at 5AM so hungry I had to have another piece of malt loaf before I could go back to sleep), and we set off refreshed. We were travelling to Brno, the Czech Republic's second city, where we would spend four nights in a self-catering apartment. I'd visited the city before, and rather fallen for the mix of historic centre and Soviet-era growth.

It was a beautiful day, although the mountain air was chilly, and it was to bring us beautiful riding: first along a high bridge over a reservoir, then into Cesky Krumlov, allegedly the prettiest town in the Czech Republic. Here I had an amusingly shaped cake which turned out to be filled with chocolate cream, and we strolled around a little.

The next section took us along the Vltava river to Vyssi Brod, near the Austrian border. A railway line ran on the other side of the road, giving us a chance to experience more of the terrifying barrierless level crossings this part of the world seems to go in for.

We crossed into Austria and enjoyed some fast, sweeping roads, also taking the opportunity to find and photograph an F-104 fighter on a pole in a company car park (thank you!)

I started to get anxious, as I had told the apartment's owner we would be arriving at six, so we set off with all haste. Despite hitting rush hour traffic in Brno, we were only fifteen minutes late. We found the right block of flats, but weren't sure which buzzer to press. Then a young woman chased after me, asked in English if we were looking for the Orange Apartment, and told us where to park "and this is a bus stop so you should not stay here", as we had already discovered to my discomfort.

Soon we were installed and enjoying our welcome gift of a bottle of local wine, which gets better the more of it you drink. We visited the nearby supermarket so we'd have something for breakfast, but decided to dine at the Indian restaurant next door to our block. The countryside is all very well, I thought as I drank my pineapple lassi, but it's nice to be able to buy milk and bread at 8:30PM, and get fed at gone nine.

Miles: 242.3

Bridge over reservoir F-104 at the 'Test Fuchs' firm Cesky Krumlov Chocolate cake

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Tags: bikes, hols

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