Greetings from Novy Jicin, Czech Republic

Today started out mild and ended up wild. Offhand, I can’t think of a better reason to be out on the road.

These license plates get a lot of comments

These license plates get a lot of comments

At breakfast this morning, our waitress brought out enough food for 8 and when we had finished, she brought out little waxed bags so we could take the rest with us. We took a little with us just because we didn’t want to hurt her feelings. Same at lunch today. We stopped in Paris, Slovakia just outside the Czech border for lunch. They were serving chicken and rice for lunch. No menu, it’s chicken and rice or lunch is over. A big plate of chicken and rice, soft drinks and two bottles of water came to 7 Euros. Tonight, the hotel owner is doing BBQ and it is all you can eat for the equivalent of $10. Not only is this a beautiful place to ride, it is a beautiful place for your budget.

There is a big outdoor covered eating area on the side of the hotel and we parked our bikes across the street when we arrived. We checked in and hauled our gear inside. Then the owner shows up and says we can park them inside for the night if we wish. Then he asked if we could leave them where they are for awhile so he can get some photos of the Washington plates in front of his hotel. Sure can, and then we moved them so the plates would show up better in the pictures.

The owner has been the owner for 6 months. He is Belgian and has been coming to this area for years. Finally decided he didn’t want to leave. Hotel Praha (Park Hotel) is another of those with “the patina of a bygone era”, but he is working hard to make it better. His biggest problem is folks in this area don’t go out on weekends nearly as much as those from bigger cities or other parts of Europe. I wish him well in his new endeavor.

So Debb and I are sitting on the porch having a beer when three ladies “of a certain age” sit down across from us. Our bikes are still there and they finally figure out they belong to us. In about 10 minutes, Debb is sitting with them and I’m hearing “Americano” a lot. Eventually, I moved the bikes inside and when I got back the ladies had been joined by a fourth. Turns out the 4th lady was a scooter rider for years and only stopped due to health issues. She is only one year younger than Debb.

My camera battery was dead, but the ladies all had cameras so we got some pictures. I’ll post some when I get them. Email address shared all around. The hotel owner knew them and made a point to tell me that one or two of them would be trying to “steal me away”, as he put it. He told them he had told me that and there was lots of laughter and nods. Debb is still out there chatting away. What language problem?

Just another fabulous day on the road.

Draw a really wiggly line between here and Dresden. We’ll be doing that for the next couple of days.

A field full of gliders parked on the grass hillside

A field full of gliders parked on the grass hillside

There was a constant cycle of gliders being towed aloft

There was a constant cycle of gliders being towed aloft

A fine day for riding the thermals

A fine day for riding the thermals

A little bit of Paris here in the Czech Republic

A little bit of Paris here in the Czech Republic