Telc, Czech Republic, 24 degrees Celcius
Finally, due day was there. After some delays associated with vehicle registration numbers and chores that were more extensive than anticipated, we said goodbye to our closest relatives and rode off to … Germany.
When dreaming about a trip like this, you always envision sunny days, beautiful roads, great adventures etc. However, day-to-day reality can be quite different. After departing with tears in our eyes, the first two days of riding were fine, sunny and relaxed. However, then rain set in, grey skies, wet clothes, wet gloves, slippery roads and bad sight. After three days we finally entered the Czech Republic. The road conditions changed immediately from smooth German tarmac to small roads ridden with potholes and dodgy patchworks. The bad weather and road conditions quickly eroded our good spirit, nevertheless we continued riding. This combination of circumstances quickly and inevitably accumulated in a small slip with one of the bikes when breaking for a well hidden pedestrian crossing. Result: a bended steer, a broken pannier latch and a slightly bruised ego, but luckily no bodily harm. We patched up the bike and rode on in low spirits to the intended campsite (Annin, near Susice). A good plate of bratkartoffel and forel combined with a Pilsner lifted our mood. The next day we spent sitting in a cabin, replacing the broken clasp, drying our clothes and moaning about the rainy weather.
Apparently it takes some time getting used to this traveling lifestyle. We got the hang of it when weather cleared up a bit and we had our first touristic event: a stroll through Cesky Krumlov, an UNESCO heritage site near the Austrian border. At the campsite we met another biker from the UK, who was finalizing a trip through Europe and offered us a place to sleep in his house in New Zealand. Next day it even became sunny! We are currently heading to the Slovak border, but first we will continue enjoying our pizza at the old square of Telc on a perfect late summerday.