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As I eat breakfast the lady who was also staying in the same room of the hostel as me finally shows up. She says she stayed with a relative last night as she packs her bags and leaves. I do the same a few minutes later. The bicycle trail starts right from Old Square which is only a few hundred meters away. It follows the Vltava River out of town before turning away through a few small villages.
I walk around town, which is almost entirely a castle, to get some rest. The pedestrian bridge across the river has copper railings and they burn my arm. After a couple hours walking around and a long semi nap under the fountain on the square I decide that it’s time to move on whether my legs have any more energy or not. I stop to buy food for dinner at a store on the way out. When the clerk rings it up what he says sounds a lot like 200 in polish, an extreme amount for two bottles of water and a bag of fresh peas. Turns out it was only 20 and I get a big pile of change back.
It immediately starts a very steep climb up a hill out of town. This is certainly much more difficult than the road the polish family are taking, which follows the river valley the whole way. The effort is worth it though as there is an excellent view over Cesky Krumlov.
Not much later my rear tire goes flat on a downhill. The tire has a small slit in it from one of the previous times which makes the tube vulnerable. I should replace the tire when I find a town big enough for a bicycle store. I put one of the spare tubes in and manage to reach the top of the next hill where the tire goes flat again. This time the hole is on the inside of the tube, it must have gotten pinched or there was some foreign object in the tire that I couldn’t find. No worries, I have a second spare tube.
I take a quick mental inventory of what I might have that could hold the tire together. Maybe some medical tape could do the trick. Well I’m in the middle of nowhere so there is nothing to lose in trying. I put a few base layers over the hole before making a wrap inside and out. As I’m pumping it up to pressure the tape is still holding and even down the hill to the next village. The map shows I’m only 7 km away from Rozmberk, where the closest campsite is. On the plus side it is on the river so it should be downhill most of the way.
There’s no sign of the polish family on bicycles I met earlier, but the campground is very large so I’m sure they made it. No doubt their trip to Rozmberk wasn’t as challenging as mine.