Country number 6!May 27, 2017 in Czech Republic ⋅ 🌙 13 °C
Today was mainly about the fear of no morning tea and cold baked beans!
Our cooking meth spirit bottle was down to the last few doses and we needed to get another. A huge Kaufland and Tesco megastore had 33p pain au chocolat but no meths.. it led to a few funny encounters of Peter trying to explain to a member of staff what we needed, somehow "spiritus" got translated to "ghost"! 😅
1 hour later we were full of breakfast and ready to hit the road. It was a day of mainly main roads or jungle- overgrown back-lanes, very little middle ground. Oh and a nasty headwind. All day....if you had to stop in a low gear uphill, forget being able to get back onto the bike without going back downhill! Generally not many recreational bikers on the road, mainly old people who could cycle more fluidly than they could walk.
The small residential areas were interesting, many gardens still had hand pumps on the front, presumably now surplus to requirements but kept for nostalgia. Talking of nostalgia, every fourth car seems to be a skoda from the 00s, favorit, fabia, felicia... still well-loved and going strong!
We still managed a healthy 88km but it meant arriving into our Czech campsite a bit later than we'd like, crossing the border just before the end of the day. Delayed futher by the reception lady not speaking English, German, French... well, why would she 😀 . Thanks to Google translate we were able to ask if any rooms in the wooden cabins were free, they weren't so she showed me a room in the main building. 2 tiny twin beds and a guy audibly snoring in a neighbouring room at 7.30pm....no thanks!
There were 2 coin-operated shower cabins, of course I chose the non-working one and had to run back to the tent in my tiny travel towel in order to get more coins. Amusingly, the toilet roll dispenser (just one) was outside the toilet cubicles, so some good guesswork was called for before chosing your throne room!
After a delicious dinner of pasta with mushroom sauce with garlic and onion, Peter ended up dreaming of buying meth spirit for tomorrow. The quest goes on!Read more