Greetings from Horni Planá, Czech Republic

There is a mark over the second a in Planá but I have no idea how they pronounce this. There are some unusual names in this part of the world. Our guide in Prague told us that with rare exceptions, every letter in a word is pronounced. If it is not pronounced, it isn’t there, according to her.

A village deep in southeast Germany

A village deep in southeast Germany

Today was all about the ride. We are deep in Bohemia and it is beautiful country and beautiful country to ride in. We spent most of today on the German side, but started and ended on the Czech side. It certainly is much cheaper over here. Our apartment is under $40 with breakfast, two entrées and two beers for dinner was $14. There are a lot of pensions around this area. Ours is up on a hill overlooking the river, and the mountains in the not-too-far distance are Austria.

Here is a link to our route today: Our route for Sunday, June 15

One of many groups we passed today

One of many groups we passed today

You can just make out that the license plates are in sequence

You can just make out that the license plates are in sequence

You know you have picked a good route when lots of bikes pass you along the way. Way more coming toward us, of course, but we passed many groups of bikes parked at cafes and corners all day. One group was all BMWs and most were the new models with the intake on top and exhaust on the bottom. Interesting because all the license plates were in a sequence. Hope they had as much fun as we did!

At the start of our route you will see a street called V Brizach. Fourth house from the intersection was our place last night. Satellite view shows the huge driveway, which slopes down about 10 feet, top to bottom. That was a really nice house. Four or five guest rooms, a huge kitchen and eating area downstairs and great wifi. Dead quiet in the evening. $40.

We stopped for gas at the border just inside the Czech Republic. The gas station was part of a big “Tax Free’ store and folks were coming out with big bags of stuff. I saw folks carrying large quantities of cigarettes. Must be cheaper on that side.

It was pretty solid overcast today, and quite windy, but now at 9PM local the wind and the clouds have gone. A beautiful evening in Bohemia.

When I stopped the white horse was behind me near the fence. When I got my camera out he walked over by the black one. Wanted his picture taken.

When I stopped the white horse was behind me near the fence. When I got my camera out he walked over by the black one. Wanted his picture taken.

We are in Bohemia so there are hops

We are in Bohemia so there are hops

Yesterday, just as I came to a stop I noticed this

Yesterday, just as I came to a stop I noticed this

Our spot for tonight. Those hills are Austria

Our spot for tonight. Those hills are Austria