The bike ride!

October 2, 2011 - Olomouc, Czech Republic

So yesterday (10/1), I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and go exploring by bike. I have been wanting to explore the Olomouc region by bicycle, since the beginning of my trip back in 2010. I finally figured out all the details of renting a bike and figured I better do it before the fall weather hits. So around 11:30 am, I headed to the train station to rent a bike. After a little searching, I found the bike rental place and hopped on my rental. The bike rental was very reasonable at only $8 for the day and definitely worth it!

My bike ride started off a little slow, as it took me just under an hour to find the trail I was looking for that headed out of town. The trail that I had chosen was highly recommended online and it headed to the brewery town of Litovel, which is considered the Venice of the Czech lands (personally I think that statement is a little far fetched). Once on the trail, the bike ride was awesome. The landscape was very picturesque and the trail was good. The trail followed the Morava river for a good chunk of time, but the trail also passed straight through a field (which they were "baling" hay, and by "baling" i mean making a giant haystack on the back of a truck). About halfway to my destination of Litovel, I came upon a nice lake that was beside the trail. I saw a lot of vehicles parked by the lake and figured it must be pretty popular with the locals on nice weekends. As I was riding my bike, I was suprised to see that there were even a few women sunbathing (and yes there is a reason they call it "European" sunbathing).

As I continued on, the trails became more populated with other cyclists and I noticed that cycling is a very popular past-time of the Czechs. The trails are well marked and in good condition, so it is no wonder the Czechs enjoy going for bike rides.

Eventually, I arrived in Litovel and decided to get some lunch and a glass of the locally brewed beer that is named after the town.

Roughly 5 hours after I started my adventure, i arrived back in Olomouc. I dropped off the bike and took a shower before it was time to meet up with my friend Pavel and his girlfriend Lucie for a light show that was happening in the main square. The light show, was apparently a 3-night competition where teams produced a lazer light show that projected an almost "light movie" onto a building in the main square. The show was alright, but my friend Pavel who had watched the previous two light shows as well, said that this show was not nearly as good as the first two.

After hanging out with my friend and his girlfriend, I headed back to my computer so I could listen to the Hukser game vs Wisconsin. The game didn't start until 2am, my time, but I knew I had to listen to it live! The last thing I recall about the game was that the huskers were on top 14-7 and it was still the first quarter. It wasn't until I woke up that I realized it was already 6 am and I had fallen asleep listening to it. I hurridly grabbed my computer and searched for the game, I had high hopes for the result since the huskers were ahead when I fell asleep. As we all know, we lost the game and I was very dissapointed. I watched the replay of the game to see what had happened and it looked as if all the interceptions we threw turned out becoming "T-Ragic". I am sure the huskers will learn from this tough game and go on to compete against Wisconsin in the B1G championship!!


October 6, 2011
I was looking at the pictures, what are they doing in the mud? G'ma & G'pa enjoyed your stories, G'ma said keep them coming. Love ya!
October 6, 2011
From what I could tell, they were draining a pond that was in a park in town. The men where then netting all the fish that remained in the small pools of water and then putting them into the big containers. I am not sure if they planned on eating the fish or relocating them.
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