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Joys of bicycling in Czech Republic

Friday, April 01, 2011 1:51 PM | Stewart Given (Administrator)

Joys of bicycling in Czech Republic

By ILANA DEBARE
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

We had biked 10 centuries in about as many miles, from a medieval stone tower in a maze of narrow village streets to an isolated ridge with a barbed wire remnant of the Iron Curtain.

The sun was hot. The wheat fields along the wire fence were still.

It was time for a break and a tall frothy glass of the original sports drink - pivo.

That's Czech for "beer." In six days of bicycling through the southern Czech Republic, we never learned the words for bike chain or helmet or tire. But we did learn pivo.

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