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The Czech List: Tuesday 26th August

We awoke to a grey, rainy morning, and were delighted that for once we didn't have to go anywhere. Nevertheless, we set out for the Masaryk race circuit just outside the city.

We had been hoping to ride the track, since the website claimed it was a public track day, but we were greeted by the sight and sound of a group of bikers whizzing round very fast despite the wet, and a barrier manned by a grumpy security guard who informed us it was, in fact, a private track day.

We watched the riding through the fence for a bit, then sloped off into the damp forest to find some Best Biking Roads-recommended routes. An hour and a half later we were ensconced in the bar of a hotel eating garlic soup and goulash, provided by a waitress who, in contrast to the security guard, could not have been more helpful.

Cosy in our waterproofs, we enjoyed the rainswept roads, especially a forest route that was part of a military training zone and had signs at each end forbidding you to stop, turn left, turn right, or be a pedestrian. A trip to Tesco (very big over there, seemingly) to organise the next day's breakfast, and we plunged back into the Brno rush hour - something of a shock given how few other vehicles we'd seen out in the countryside.

When Howard asked me our mileage for the day, he said in disappointed tones "That's not much, for us!" I pointed out that it was, technically, a rest day...

Miles: 110.1

Brno racetrack Scary Czech sign

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Eep! "Don't turn left, right, stop, or be walking. Nice car you've got there. Shame if something happened to it, like exploding."

What a pain with the track not actually being open! Presumably just a matter of someone not bothering to update the website correctly?

Goulash! Mmmm. Now there's something I haven't cooked in ages.. and it'd be perfect for the slow cooker. Think I might have to make that happen, even if no Hungarian or Czech would recognise what I'll probably wind up with. ^_^ (My fishes are seldom dull, and seldom authentic =:)
Fishes? :) I'm definitely going to have a crack at garlic soup. Beef stock, onion, potato, sausage and croutons - yum!

Looking at the website again, I think what we wanted was an 'open' rather than 'public' track day. But that's at the end of October, which might have meant worse weather for the rest of it.
President Masaryk seems an unlikely person to name a racetrack after. He was a philosophy professor.
Ha, I did not know that! Thank you!