What is it not about.
This entry was never supposed to appear. I had neither particularly good photos from the trip, nor an exceptionally impressive route, nor any particularly interesting stories. We just went to the Czech Republic, a bit out of boredom and a bit out of desperation - at least mine.
This entry could be about something else.
For example, in these not very comfortable times did not want to I have a little blog. Every moment that allows you to sit in front of the computer is effectively allocated to sitting. Here's a year in which many people only get off work and go home in a click alt + Tab. Well, running a blog has one major disadvantage. You create your own content, and one day it turns out that some strangers have requirements for you. Who is it for? One day you also realize that you are not actually on vacation, but on a mission to "create an entry". The hobby then becomes work.
It could also be that, for the first time in history, there is a slight doubt… or even boredom or satiety. It is the age-old question "and these bikes are not boring you yet? " for the first time, it could generate a different response. WITH Dolomites We came back with the terrifying impression that the bike does not give as much fun as it used to, and riding around the chimney (literally - I greet Siekierki) started to seem slightly handicapped. In the last 12 months my girlfriend has traveled to Góra Kalwaria twice. Not training for any competition, I don't know why I should go somewhere fast
Piotr Klin in mine favorite (cycling) podcast He recently said that everyone has a finite number of time trials in their life that they can pass. It seems to me that everyone also has a finite number of loops under the block that they can pass, and I got dangerously close to this limit.
and in order not to complain, I cut the text here with the following advice:
If you live in Warsaw and come to similar covid conclusions, things will stop enjoying and the bike will start to get boring, here is the solution: Czech Republic.
Because the saying that the grass in our neighbor is always greener comes from the fact that we border the Czech Republic.
Thanks to the Czechs and bikepacking, this post is not in the introduction. It turns out that bikepacking is always fun.
The entire logistics of the trip looks something like this:
Transport. You go to pkp.pl, buy a ticket for Friday after work to Chałupki and return on Sunday evening. In fact, you would buy a ticket to the Czech Ostrava, but it is such a complicated operation with a bicycle that it is easier to get off a bit earlier. Especially that access by bike is super comfortable. You don't have to come back from Chałupki either, because you can catch your train somewhere on the way, for example in Katowice.
Luggage. Packing for 2-night bikepacking is very simple. Were it not for the fact that it is autumn and cold, it would be even more simple. I take what I am wearing (i.e. bicycle clothes for the summer) + charger, sweatshirt, Ultralight, legs and some tools - that's it. Long gloves would probably be better instead of trousers. Everything fits in a small bag on the steering wheel.
Route. From Ostrava you have a hundred million routes, no matter where you go, it will be fine. On this blog, there were probably 5 texts containing this city on the route. It is an ideal place for both a 2-day trip and a longer one: to Prague, the Tatra Mountains, the Jeseníky Mountains, etc.
We are going on a route that I cannot recommend as obligatory. We're just trying to visit new roads.
341km / ~ 5000m
The passable route is in 100% on a 35mm tire if you are very good or 99,99% for the average but ambitious person. There is a lot of good asphalt, a lot of gravel (rather coarse-grained), a lot of forest paths. Annoying things like there are no sand and roots. If you are driving an expensive, trim gravel, it is worth accepting the fact that there will be some scratches on the rims, or maybe even cavities.
As for the classification of difficulties: in our version it is hard. Mainly because most of the heights are packed on the second day. At 150 km, you can easily expect about 4,000 m of elevation, some of which on the terrain, which means that the descents do not give enough rest. It's also steepand there are few shops.
I recommend the route finish some 70km earlier, for example in Tychy or Katowice ... and maybe even head to Rybnik. As usual, we would be many hours too early at the train station in Katowice due to the inability to manage our time optimally, so we head all the way to Zawiercie, squeezing through the Silesian agglomeration. If you are driving a folder, maybe it's cool. On such a trip - moderate. Maybe if all the paths looked like those in Sosnowiec, it would be cool, but such Tychy is a drama.
The route itself can also be drawn a bit more interestingly, for example, through Ostrava itself, along the river
Things worth mentioning
I am a mega fan of the train station in Chałupkiespecially when I remember that the Moska-Nice train was on it.
We check in at 21.38 (almost!;))
You can check in 3 hours earlier, but then you would have to run away from work, and we are decent employees. We are somewhat surprised that the temperature fluctuates at within 7 degrees.
On this day, in total darkness, we cover 17 km and it is worth adding that nowhere There is no open store in the area. We sleep in Hotel Garni Orlova - PLN 162 per night for two people. The place is very good, because the reception is closed first, so we pick up the key from the box and go with bicycles to the roomand secondly - it is an overnight stay in a facility that is also an ice rink. Here's a surprise - I didn't know that the puck hitting the boards is so loud, the Czechs scream so loudly, and on Fridays they can play until midnight.
There is nothing to write about Czech asphalt. The fact that most of the roads we travel are normal, public roads with cars, but thanks to the fact that the Czechs try to create bicycle routes wherever possible, we rarely see cars. And riding along the street with a marked bicycle route prevents us from feeling like intruders. Outside the asphalt we only see people near the peaks, they sit crowds and drink beer - like the Czechs.
One of the biggest attractions is entry to Lysa Hora. In our edition, it is about 30 km of continuous driveway (according to the profile), although the right part is itself 8.5km with an average above 8%. Maybe it does not look very impressive, it should be mentioned that it also includes a bit of the downhill ride. So the driveway is difficult. Perhaps on a scale time distance from Warsaw down difficulty of the driveway, this is the best factor that a Mazovian cyclist can achieve. It is quite hard even in the 1: 1 gear ratio. And if you don't look at it (and you can see it quite well from the top), almost everything north of Łysa is flatness.
It is worth mentioning that the last 8.5 km are practically only bikes, because car traffic is closed. In my opinion, this is one of the mountains that you should have in your portfolio.
Maybe Lysa Hora is heavy, but then it's also hard. Maybe not so long, but more. Sometimes we drive asphalt and sometimes gravel. Without any greater understanding of why, e.g. in the middle of a forest, the surface changes dramatically. I would suggest going up the first hill on Łysa differently - instead of a super steep climb on stones (here I had about 10 meters of pushing due to lack of technique), go to the lagoon and dam and attack Biely Kríž from the east. From the terrain we have covered driving this way from Tarnow on vacation.
It seems we are also breaking the law for a while, although we are not sure because we accidentally enter Slovakia (on the pee), which in the current situation was forbidden ... but maybe only for the Czechs, I don't know. To make it funnier, we then go to the famous tripoint of borders, which, according to our imagination, can only be overcome clockwise: you can go from Poland to Slovakia, but from the Czech Republic to Slovakia, you can't ;-) The tripoint is cool because your legs hurt a lot.
They are still classic, Polish Beskids.
We sleep in a place where we did not expect to find accommodation - in Pizzeria at Kruk. We only stopped there for a pizza, but it turned out that you can also spend the night there. As for the pluses: it's cheap, because PLN 80 for two people. However, I do not recommend it for people who like to have lockable toilet door (right next to the bed), have towels, soap, toilet paper that you do not need to steal from other rooms and such luxuries. I wouldn't recommend myself either. Since I don't go to the hairdresser, drying my hair without a towel is quite difficult. and washing without soap after a day of riding it is also quite difficult. Fortunately, we are so sleepy that even half-night baptisms do not bother us.
Especially that the morning is very good, because we go along the terrain to the top of Salmopol via Czarna Wisełka and Przysłop. It is very nice, I have never been to the Beskids, apart from asphalts, and maybe I will have to verify my slightly negative opinion about the area (mainly related to car traffic and drivers).
Next is the famous exit from Salmopol, even more famous overtaking a police car on double continuous - PLN 200, a bit of the Vistula Cycling Route and the city. Endless city. Don't get me wrong, it's not boring at all, because those who are willing and ambitious will see many gems. Well, how else to call, for example, the apartment block we see in Tychy (OSIEDLE U - Urszula)?
But the whole topic of agglomeration is a matter for a completely separate entry. I will just add that it is not worth going all the way to Zawiercie - at least not the roads we are taking. Even great burgers at Pizza from Fire I don't think they're worth it ... although I'm not sure.
Such a quick trip to the Czech Republic always allows you to think about certain things. I thought about and know what I have said before, but forgot. Well:
If someone asks me if I prefer to go on a weekend bikepacking in the Czech Republic (or anywhere else), or jump on the most beautiful 50-kilometer loop in the world in the Dolomites: Sella Ronde, I answer: rather bikepacking
And the reason is simple. Riding a bike may be boring, but the adventures that are possible thanks to it - not necessarily.