Friday 16 September 2022

Day 8 –Bike Ride and drive to the Czech Republic


Our accommodation was excellent and it was a pity we could only stay one night. As the drive to Tachov was around 3 hours we decided we would have time for a short bike ride before setting off. With the help of Google Translate we asked if we could leave the car at our accommodation and set off on a ride just after 10 am. With the help a map we had in our accommodation Robert planned a circular route with a couple of options to reduce the length depending on our progress.

The routes were eventually plotted on ridewithgps as the mapping on mapmyride did not include all the minor paths. The ride from Herbsleben started with a dedicated cycle path across fields and lead us to Bad Tennstedt. The stairs to the tower were lock so we continued and eventually found the bike path.


The dry forecast we looked at in the morning for the day turned out to wrong. The sky got darker and the cagoules were put on before we reached to Bad Tennstedt. The heaviest rain fell when we at the top of an exposed plane when we had left the town. It has started to stop when we found shelter 

and we finished the ride in sunshine. On getting back to Herbsleben we had short diversion to the castle being going back to the car a round trip of just under 17 miles.

Kates country was changed the the Czech republic but we could not type the town so entered the GPS coordinates of the accommodation instead.  Checking the position on the map to ensure it was correct. Kate had the planned journey at around 4 hours as opposed to Google maps 3 hours.  Kate directed us and Lyn check the suggested route on a map. We stopped for a late Brexton lunch. The rain had started again so we sat in the car. It was only when we neared the boarder Kate directed us up a minor road that turned into a track! Fortunately, we could turn round and Google Maps directed us to our accommodation without any further incidents. Kate had the GPS coordinates but not the detailed mapping for the Czech republic so would have tried to direct us in a straight line from the boarder!

Pension Obora is a small family run pension that our friend had stayed at previously on their trips to the Czech Republic. The rooms are spacious, comfortably furnished and well equipped.  We had booked an evening meal and with the help of Google translate selected our food when we arrived. There is an honesty bar and you select your drinks and tick off what you have drunk. The beer and wine are excellent value compared to Germany with Lyn half lire of beer costing less than a pound.

The 10 percent is a measure expressed as a weight percentage of sucrose. It equates to around 4 percent alcohol with a pilsner at 12 being around 5 percent alcohol. We had to look it up.

 ▷ Czech Beer - All you need to know + Beer map (2022) (

After a tasty meal we retired to our room to update diaries and blogs.

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