Day 6, Wed, July 18th (135km) Prague is awesome

Trip Start Jul 13, 2012
Trip End Aug 16, 2012

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Miles Hostel

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Big surprise the day started off cold and wet with 50km wind. On top of the mountain it was 8 degrees with rain, drizzle and fog - ala Newfoundland weather.  I remembered my debate of bringing a long sleeve bike shirt and decided it would be a waste of space. I could have used it today and my arms became pink from the cold.

One would think having to go downhill after all that climbing the day before would be warmly received but winding down steep roads in such miserable weather is a challenge. Off to Trosky Castle as a side trip on my way to Prague.

The Trosky Castle is extremely noticeable from a distance because of its two towers on hill overlooking quite a large area. The only thing I did not like about this awesome castle was the fact that it was on top of a large hill and my legs were all but jello from the previous day.

About 30 km outside of Prague the sky cleared up a bit and the weather was actually nice for a couple hours. Prague is beautiful but not very bike friendly. At least in the downtown core. There is way too much cobblestone. I used to think that cobblestone roads are nice but as someone who rides a road bike I am developing a swelling hatred for the quaint cobblestone.

I am starting to feel like one of those balls in that child's toy your push and it pops balls all over the place. Our awesome friend Annik is taking care of our house and Thumbs while we are away and she has ties to Prague so I began filming a longer video of my ride into the final few kilometers. When I do get to post the video you will see why I hate cobblestones and tram tracks. 

Yes for the second day in a row I crashed my bike due to lack of common sense. I would like to say that in Prague it was almost unavoidable due to the amount of bloody tram lines there. This city is not bike friendly. At least I have a video of when I was crashing - I can't wait to see it.

Other than the road issue Prague is beautiful and very lively. I was staying around the corner from Wenceslas Square but could not figure out the numbering system and could not find my hostel. After walking past it several times I met Vaslov just outside a small pub. It did not take long after the introduction before Vaslov brought me a beer on the sidewalk and we kept chatting. Vaslov was a great laugh and over the next 45 minutes he bought me a couple more beer and also took my water bottle and got the bartender to fill it up with Branick beer. This is my introduction to Prague (well after my crash). I am going to like this place. I also want to let you know it only takes 2 beer to get buzzed after biking all day. Now I have a second hero on my trip. The friendly Vaslov! I had tried to meet up with him after I settled into the hostel and got cleaned up but unfortunately it was not meant to be.


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annik on

Woooo personal shout-out in the blog! Although sorry to hear about your falls, oking forward to the crash video in Praha!!!
Take care, and keep the stories coming!

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