Czech Republic (4) Central Bohemia

Olomouc-Vyškov-Slavkov u Brna

I decided to skip Brno, though. I don’t want to push to the big city where there’s not so much to see. A visit to the city is always a big slowdown and a waste of time for me. There’s no camping there, which means I have nowhere to leave my bike. And without that, there’s no sightseeing. I set off at normal time without morning attractions. I got up, packed up, and rode. I made a mistake and drove up some gravel hill. It makes no sense to go back, so I drove slowly on. I made just 5 km within 1 hour!

Today and tomorrow is basically cycling throught the middle of the Czech Republic. The mountains are no longer but terribly annoying hills. The downhill is cool, but I have to drive my bike uphill. There is no other option. If there are a few of them it’s a little bit, but a few dozen is really not a fun.

I’m on my way enjoying the trip and suddenly see a museum, in the middle of nowhere. And it’s amazing. A museum of old military equipment. Okay, I think I’ll see. Somebody got a good idea and picked up old planes and helicopters and other garbage, put them together and set up a museum. Interesting exhibits, like what a storm bomb or a plane engine looks like, but at once. There was a festival nearby. Such a small Woodstock.

I’m going again and again and here … Slavkov u Brna known from the battle of Austerlitz. The Battle of Austerlitz (2 December 1805), also known as the Battle of the Three Emperors, was one of the most important and decisive engagements of the Napoleonic Wars. In what is widely regarded as the greatest victory achieved by Napoleon, the Grande Armée of France defeated a larger Russian and Austrian army led by Emperor Alexander I and Holy Roman Emperor Francis II.

You know what?There were a lot of fruit trees (plums, pears, apples, mirabelles) growing along the road. Ordinary people would stop and break up for themselves. I love plums, so I picked them up at 2 or 3 kilos. They were delicious!

Despite the rain, I did 85 kilometers and reached a place where I will sleep just before sunset. Tomorrow I will be in Austria.

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