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Prague – Drahenice, South of Pribram 102km

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Well I'm back on the blog and you'll be glad to know at the time of writing we now find ourselves in Cham, Germany. Blogging has been a little difficult of late as we've mostly been out in the countryside and have camped for the past three nights. So apologies for the lack of blogs. I had expected what with now being in Germany that WiFi access would be easy but this is not proving to be the case. McDonalds for example require a German mobile number to access their free WiFi, it has been a tad frustrating and not what I expected of Germany.

It was nice to be out on the road again riding. I loved being back in Prague but for me I tend to lose the sense that I'm bicycle touring when I'm in these big cities and while one has all the comforts that come with large cities I actually much prefer being out in the wild as it were.

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We got up early to leave Prague on Friday morning and no sooner had we left the hostel did we run into the inevitable early morning traffic. I wrote earlier about how entering Prague was difficult due to this heavy traffic and needless to say this proved to be the case as we negotiated our way out.

We've made a joint decision to keep away from the main roads as much as possible and really head out into the countryside; after all we're not in any great rush. With this in mind and having successfully worked our way out of the city we made our way West to Karlstejn a monumentally impressive castle some thirty kilometres from Prague.

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We rode through some stunning countryside and we're blessed with some truly great weather as we weaved our way through one small pretty Czech village after another.

One of the great things about being out in the countryside as mentioned previously is being able to feast on the endless supply of apples, plums and occasionally pears that line these small country roads.

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As we're now camping it's important that we carry a little more food with us and as I've assumed the role of chef it's my job to go into the supermarket to pick up supplies. Thankfully there are Tesco superstores on the outskirts of all major Czech towns and we were able to get all the necessaries in Pribram.

We rode a little further south of Pribram before setting up camp for the night. With 102km on the clock Tom celebrated his first one hundred on the bike and we found a small forest off a country road to settle down for the night.

I cooked up extra rice the night before in Prague so it was simply a case of boiling up some carrots, parsnips and onions and throwing it a bit of stock and hey presto a meal to end all meals, although I'm not sure Tom would agree with that! I'll soon have him on my diet.

I kept back some chocolate and pulled it from deep down in my panniers much to the delight of Tom and the day was complete. I'd told Tom that I usually head to bed around 8:30 when I camp and I don't think he really believed me until it actually happened and at 8:15 with the sun having set over the hill it was time to sleep.

Posted by Ontheroadagain 23:24 Archived in Czech Republic

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