Riding through the Czech Republic
01.07.2013 - 01.07.2013 15 °C
We left Trutnov and headed for Jesenik in another ski area. This was an overnight stay on our way to Zakopane in Poland, where we intended to stay for a few days. The towns and the roads in the Czezh Republic varied greatly. The main roads are excellent. Smooth well repaired tarmac. However when the Sat Nav- as is her want- took us on the minor roads they deteriorated badly. However it has to be said, no worse than some of the minor roads in Northumberland ! On one such occasion however we were rewarded of this view of a lovely Czech village.
Other towns were less picturesque. It seems it's taking a while for the Czech's to recover from Communism and the financial crisis.
We saw little evidence of mass tourism. Most cars we saw bore Czech number plates. We didn't see any foreign motorcycles, apart from our Dutch friends, and judging by the curiosity our bike generated, I don't think anyone was used to seeing British bikes.
In fact when we arrived at our hotel, the staff couldn't belief we had ridden from Britain. The hotel was perhaps evidence of investment in tourism. It was new, welcoming and served excellent food. The staff spoke English, which is important not just for us, but for many other nationalities who use English as a common language in the more out of the way destinations. The surrounding hotels also looked good.
This was our last night in the Czech Republic. Although we had limited our travels to the northern mountains we had enjoyed our stay here.