Castles and Bunkers

Today I really felt like I hit my stride biking wise. Although my legs and butt bones were both very sore, I felt delightfully comfortable on my shining  steed.

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I got a relaxed 1030am start from the campground where the lake was as placid as ever.

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By 11 I had covered almost 15km and reached my first sight of the day, the awesome ruins of the Cornštein (tsorn-shtine) Castle.

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Luckily this castle I could visit on my own, so I spent half an hour exploring every nook and cranny, then set off again.

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Not long after, I passed another awesome looking castle Hrad Bitov,  but alas it was too far out of my way.

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I climbed my way back out of the river valley and linked back up with the Prague-Vienna Greenway path which I’ve been following for most of the trip.

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The rest of the day’s riding took me through some gorgeous rolling fields dotted with bunkers that formed the Maginot line, built before WW2 to defend against a German invasion.

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They’re literally all over the place. I must have passed one every 200 meters or so for the last 20km of my ride.

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All of that work was for nothing though, as they were never put to use. Hitler ended up bypassing the entire defence network.

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This one was so close I couldn’t resist the urge to go in and poke around a bit.

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It was a tiny, oppressive little space with holes just big enough for the barrel of a gun.

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After a pretty relaxed 50km total of riding I rolled into my destination for the night, the charming town of Slavonice.

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It’s best known for its architecture that includes beautiful facades with detailed depictions and ornate vaults dating back to the renaissance.

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Now I’m heading off to my host for the night, a janitor who is building an off-road motocross course and has helped developed part of the off-road cycling paths around Slavonice.

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One thought on “Castles and Bunkers

  1. Martha says:

    Wow so most of the biking route is intended for biking? The sights are so spectacular, the bldgs so old; your city for the night, Slovanice, is beautiful w the elaborate vaulted ceilings. It sounds as if you have chosen interesting couch surf hosts. Are you keeping a journal? Your reflections would be wonderful to hear about down the road.

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