Hotel Grand Matej
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... range. It's a beautiful road, fast sweepers and hairpins, very new and grippy surface.
We drop down into a broad valley and take the road towards the Kremnica. In the tour research I had noted a lovely looking hotel, the Penzion Stefanshof. It lies just outside the town of Kremnica in the hills to the east.
So today was supposed to be the star of the real biking fun, left the Czech Republic and headed into the mountains in Slovakia, the rain has reduced a little but now I'm on the twisties it is still a real pain...I've given up on my plan to ride East through Slovakia, I'm now heading South into Hungary and away from the rain ...
What a beautiful country!
Mountains, and more mountains, and wood and trees, and so much beauty all around. We walked around one of the villages that had been restored totally to the Baroque style of architecture.
Slovaks become part of Hungary for 1000 years.
1918 Czechoslovakia, country created where the Czechs and Slovaks joined up to break free from Hungary. The USA played a leading role in putting these two kingdoms together.
... was the next destination and is also a historic center as it contains the St. Mary's Basilica, rebuilt by the famous Polish king, Casimir III the Great. Inside the town also lies the Krakow Cloth Hall which contains a long stretch of stalls, each selling many souvenirs and items unique to Krakow. The purchase of miniature dragon figures conclude the trip in Krakow (one of their signature souvenirs).
Leaving Poland, it was a mountainous journey up along ...
... hoping to make a connection with them.
After standing there for about 45 minutes, watching cars, vans and trucks pass me by, a van finally pulled over. Martin and his 3 young sons were driving to visit their grandparent's house in the countryside. I had a good chat with Martin, and he told me hitch hiked a bit when he was younger. Unfortunately, he could only drive me about 20 minutes along my route. He dropped me off at a petrol station in a town called ...