Moravia, from Ostrava, from Warsaw with bikes with saddles
Problem: Suppose I am a well-known and well-liked Hollywood producer, but numerous addictions and not very accurate life decisions led me to the brink of bankruptcy. My only hope would be this one, last film & #8230; only the budget does not gently stretch. The set design has just run out.
Solution: Go to Moravia and make a movie about a zombie attack in the style of Walking Dead or some post-apocalyptic, set in the world of Fallout.
I know, I have written it many times, but the surroundings we have traveled this time are disturbingly unique. There are so many bicycle paths and routes that I regret at every intersection that we cannot split or even split & #8230; tripled (?). Bitumens are mostly very good and exemplary, with small, very sporadic breakouts from the norm. While this still sounds normal, the fact that on the vast majority of the routes we cover, meeting a car or even a human being is a serious attraction, it is already a bit strange. It's not that there is no civilization & #8211; there are houses, but without people. Such classic Czech Republic.
Even in Olomouc, a city described on the internet as & #8222; City of palaces, temples and baroque fountains & #8221; and defined by Wikipedia & #8222; one of the most important administrative, industrial, commercial and service, academic and cultural centers on the national scale & #8221;, kind of people. And I will add that in my opinion, which I will surely fall into many people, Olomouc is such a Krakow & #8211; at least visually.
In my opinion, the optimal version of the weekend is:
1. Departure by train on Friday after work
2. Overnight in Ostrava in a reasonable hotel where we can leave civilian clothes (hotels in Ostrava can be found here & #8211; let me earn)
3. Loop through Olomouc, by random routes, because it will be fine and traffic will be low. Preferably around 2 x 150km. (hotels in Olomouc can be found here)
4. Return to Ostrava on Sunday afternoon, picking up clothes, przebiórka, dinner in the city and return by train.
We modify it a bit, because Panda must check how to ride with a large seat, before the trip to Taiwan, which we are going to in two weeks. So we take civil things with us & #8230; and some other unnecessary trash.
We take with us:
- sleeves, legs
& #8211; one cycling shorts
& #8211; jacket called ultralight trzepotką
& #8211; 2 cycling jerseys and one sweatshirt
& #8211; gloves
& #8211; civil trousers & #8211; rustling / leggings (because space is limited), two civilian shirts
& #8211; two pairs of pants and three pairs of socks
& #8211; kilograms of electronics
This set allows you to ride freely at temperatures high and low to around a few degrees. On Sunday morning, when the temperature reaches around 5 ° C, and everything around is frozen & #8211; still calmly enough.
Moravia is near
but for lazy onions a little further
Sir, I have a very good connection for the weekend. I discovered them recently and now I'm angry with myself that it took me so many years. It turns out that trains may not be that bad despite the fact that we have never arrived anywhere on time in the history of the blog.
The train from Warsaw to Ostrava takes about 4 hours & #8211; both Intercity and Intercity Express. However, a significant difference appears in the price: PLN 150 vs PLN 65. As if that was not enough, PKP offers quite friendly connections & #8211; you leave on Friday after work and in the evening you are there, you come back on Sunday evening and at a decent time you check in at home.
Of course, we catch the cheaper version and we pay about PLN 300 for two bikes from Eastern Warsaw to Chałupki. And here probably the question & #8211; appears in your head. what Chałupki, how were Moravia supposed to be ?! Well, buying an international train ticket exceeds my technological capabilities and I am not able to do it online. So we buy a ticket to the last town in Poland, namely Chałupki, and further to Ostrava, we are already cycling. It's even funny, because our train goes there too.
Chałupki, a place worth visiting.
& #8230; no one ever said probably. Getting off the train at the station in Chałupki is a bit like a sad horror that takes place somewhere far in Eastern Europe. A large, brick building, which certainly & #8211; was once a station, today it is simply a facility for sale. A not too long street leads to it, surrounded by houses creating a friendly atmosphere by means of brown smoke released from chimneys. The most brown of all & #8211; all we have to do is cough and leave.
Particularly noteworthy is the fact that the train NICEA & #8211 stops at Chałupki station; MOSCOW. This is the only station in Poland (except Warsaw) where it stands. In this simple way, from Chałupki we can get directly to, for example, Monaco, Milan, the Garda, the Dolomites, Innsbruck or & #8230; to Smolensk.
When on Sunday we return to Chałupki an hour before the train departure, we go to Pizzeria Annaberg & #8211; it's cheap, close to the station, close to shopping on Orlen and moderately & #8211; pizza like pizza, and smazeny syr always good. Also, after two days of eating & #8222; various things & #8221; pizza in Chałupki served on a classic Silesian bottom (100% Silesian coal) effectively treats all ailments.
Overcoming several kilometers from Chałupki to Ostrava is not a problem: first along an empty road, and then along a path along the river (beautiful memories of Gassów). Especially that thanks to this we also pass through the whole city & #8211; sightseeing included. We also discover that we hit the weekend at the local Oktoberfest.
As you can also see in the photo above, one of the better sunsets we've seen along the way meets us. We saw the red sky so recently in California on Long Beach. I know that no one has ever compared Ostrava suburbs to Long Beach before, but what will I do & #8211; only truth.
Overnight I & #8211; Ostrava, northern end of the Moravian Gate
We book accommodation in Ostrava a few hours in advance & #8211; still from the train. Guided by the common criterion in us & #8222; the cheapest, but with preservation of the kidneys & #8221; the choice is good sounding:
What can I say about accommodation? Certainly, it's cheap & #8211; we pay PLN 128 per night. It is also logistically perfect, because maintenance-free & #8211; by the front door there are small ones sejfikiin which the keys are hidden.
In addition, it is clean, and in terms of architecture the building itself is a masterpiece, because on the surface the size of a large room in normal flat I managed to stuff two rooms, two restrooms, bathroom, hall and kitchenette. And then there is the area & #8230; if you are a fan of industrialism, kopalnioków, the smell of a burnt clutch and large chimneys & #8211; you'll be in paradise. Otherwise you won't. We like it, but we are weird.
If anyone pats accommodation in the Vitkowice district on our recommendation, I apologize in advance. If you don't guess what I'm talking about, look at Google Images's results the phrase Vitkowice & #8211; I recommend checking BEFORE you leave.
Accommodation II & #8211; Olomouc, Lower Moravian Lowering
We did not plan to enter Olomouc at all, but several factors prompted us to do so: strong wind receiving driving pleasure, accommodation and availability of shops. We don't regret the decision because Olomouc turned out to be a very nice city & #8211; such a combination of Krakow and the German town & #8211; at least around the center.
We are looking for accommodation on one of the main squares, munching on the bread roll, bought in a kebab window. Olomouc turns out to be an amazingly expensive city and following our price criterion we land in:
For 216 PLN we have a very pleasant room, which will especially be appreciated by fans of the Trio from Belleville and trains. It is clean, nice, pleasant and with a restaurant downstairs, which can save a hungry cyclist (with discount 20% for hotel guests) and breakfast included.
Route through Moravia
We leave Ostrava in the morning & #8211; we are not driving in the optimal distance towards Olomouc. Looking at the accommodation infrastructure, this is one of the few reasonable goals.
Ultimately, we get:
30km on Friday & #8211; access from Chałupki to Ostrava + honorary rune around the city (link to Stravy)
162km / 2200m on Saturday & #8211; from Ostrava to Olomouc (link to Stravy). The route is slightly shorter than planned.
154km / 2200m on Sunday & #8211; from Olomouc to Chałupki (link to Stravy)
Is this a route that I can recommend with a clear conscience? Yes, because it is pretty and pleasant. However, I can not guarantee that it is the best that can meet you in this area. The potential is colossal and the number of routes marked as & #8222; cycling & #8221; overwhelms. I suspect that, like in Podkarpacie, you can drive there for weeks and constantly find new asphalt & #8211; both very good and only a little good & #8230; and I suspect that there are plenty of gravel and terrain.
In our opinion, the loop lacked a bit of this icing on the cake & #8211; final driveway. Maybe if you included her not very distant Grandfather e.g. You know, such a place & #8211; goal, something from which you can see everything around you. Like in the vicinity of the town of Odry we had such a lookout tower, but nevertheless it lacked a bit to become the queen of departure. One thing is certain & #8211; Except for the evening trip to Ostrava, we didn't have a flat one (this hole in the middle is around the accommodation in Olomouc):
Moravian places that we remember
We have already visited Panda with Moravia & #8211; there was even an entry about it, Moravia: there is nothing here. Interestingly, Panda insists that she was not there and does not remember anything & #8230; it well depicts memories of these regions.
It is difficult to make an entry about a two-day drive through completely empty roads, hills, forests, meadows, empty villages and from time to time some serpentine. As if I was running a vlog in style & #8222; well, we sit, nothing happens, we drink a cup of coffee & #8221; it would sound very good. I could drive in the middle of the lane and record & #8222; well let's go, nothing happens & #8221;. If I had to choose a list of places that we remember for some reason, or which we remember very warmly when looking at the pictures, they would be:
1. Serpentine series in the town of Podhradi next to the ruins of the Vikštejn castle:
2. Cereal balls occasionally encountered turned into & #8222; sculptures & #8221;
3. Bílý Zámek in the place with a beautiful name: Grodziec Golęszycki. Just as we are not normally fans of locks, this one looks a bit like a disney & #8217; thumbnail, and funny streamers lead to it sideways
4. Bicycle path between the towns of Šternberk and Olomouc. We came across it completely by accident, mainly because we gave up the extra hill. I do not know if it is a piece of some longer trail or a freak of nature (although, as usual, we pass a thousand and three signs informing that there is a bicycle reflection somewhere to the side), but it is a path: by the river, by the fields, two-lane. As if that wasn't enough, we land on it just when the sun goes down.
5. Take the exit to Šternberk, as we are already in the subject. The sound of burning rubber, loud exhausts and the view of the Mustang parked at Porsche at the beginning of the exit informed us that something unusual would happen. The exit consists of long straight lines divided by 3 serpentines and at the end lets you see the city panorama. I don't have photos from the panorama because I haven't used the disc brakes yet. Let's hurry to watch good views at the exits, they pass so quickly.
6. Road 4417 between Dobešov and Odry. To this day, I can not determine what mountains we saw on the horizon, but together with overly numerous cows, they composed a pretty good landscape.
7. Roads around the town of Jívová: ideal asphalt mixed with moderate and under renovation bridge, thanks to which the car traffic was zero. All this, of course, cuts through the endless meadows:
8. Observation tower in Veseli and streamers leading to it from the town of Odry. A great 360 panorama, a pleasant driveway through the forest (with good views when the person concentrates a bit) and a ride down the town with a funny name: Emauzy. We meet people there who look like tourists, except for Olomouc and Ostrava, it's probably the only such moment.
9. Streamers at random places. I don't know what's going on, but streamers are like a foil ball for a cyclist & #8211; they just attract. For a place with such small height differences and not very impressive slopes (relatively), the number of serpentine surprises very much:
10. Forests, just like that. Apparently all the same, and each slightly different & #8211; the most beautiful in autumn, known.
Moravia: is it morally?
It's nice & #8211; I think that's the right word.
Good, empty roads, lots of hills, tourist infrastructure is almost gone & #8211; live not die. If we take with us a supply of food in our pockets (because stores may and are, but or not when they are needed or open, for example, from 7 to 11), this will be another of the places & #8222; ideal for beginners & #8221 ;.
Interestingly, along the way we also found an amazingly large serpentine, and even some driveways were able to solidly surprise & #8211; for example, such a climb to Kozlov: almost 6km with an average of 5%. The vast majority of ramps are 3 to 7 kilometers long, with an average slope of 3 to 7% & #8211; so most pleasant. Walls do happen, but they are not dramatically difficult, and you also need to search for them a bit.
The best you can do is look at the photos in this post and think if this is what you fancy. Because, to tell you the truth, having the Jeseníky mountains to choose from and the above trip to Moravia, I would choose the Jeseníky & #8230; though not always. There are days when you don't want to ride the mountains anymore, and that flat boring, you would look for something in between. Just to drive stress-free & #8211; then Moravia works great.
& #8230; unless the wind blows. Wind when driving through fields is highly undesirable. GREATLY.