It was supposed to rain the whole day. It did maybe for one hour during my whole 10-hours long ride – I’ve been really blessed with the weather! The route brought a lot of amazing moments as well. Especially when I have already left industrial and not that friendly Ostrava and entered Moravia. Those views! The moment is exactly now when the tress start to be as colorful as the rainbow. So if you are in a place where there are innumerable trees, you really don’t know where to look at (becasue the road is too boaring to look at 😉 ). Everywhere around has been so beautiful!
But I have not expected that the ride will be 100 Km long – Google Maps have been optimistic again when told me that it was going to be 90 K. Well, I eventually did 105. But quite unexpectedly the biggest crisis came around 30th K that is much earlier than expected and it was this moment when I was wondering if there are some buses or trains on my way because I will probably not make another 70 K.
I left Ostrava without breakfast. I only ate a banana and drank a tea and decided that I will stop on the way to buy something for breakfast. The first shop appeared, however, only after some 20 K and 1,5 hour after I departured, so I’ve been really hungry already. I bought some pastry with appricot marmolade and small packet juice. I ate also a grasp of nuts and few pieces of a chocolate. The coolest thing, however, was that it was back then when the sun appeared on the sky and I decided to change my bike gloves into the pink ones! So much of happiness! I thought that maybe it was not going to be such a bad day (a naive me!).
The next 15 Kilometers was THE WORST! The first time since I left Warsaw I had to carry my bike becasue it was too steep to ride it. And so steep that I had to stop halfway becasue I wasn’t able to carry on. So when I made another stop I really had no energy anymore. I sat down at the bus stop, took the cocoa cookies and I kept wondering what to do now. It was 1.30, I had only rode 35 K and I was exhausted.
Unexpectedly the elderly Czech woman joined me. She had advised me to ride my bike to Olomouc along the highway “becasue it’s easier and more comfortable” and she was really surprised when I told her that I’m actually not allowed to ride a bike on a highway. She shrugged and started telling me the story of her three kids and five grandkids.. “Time to go!” – I thought. And this is how the decision to carry on was made, I guess.
The beautiful downhills started right after then (the uphills as well). So somehowe I did another 15 K and when I reached my 50th K I felt a new shot in the arm. I knew that half of the way was gone and luckily I wasn’t aware how the other half was going to look like! I was standing in front of the forest and I couldn’t take my eyes of it. I ate some sesame crackers, a bit of chocolate (again! Which reminds me of a Tegan’s story, the one really close to my heart.. and my body as well! I mean expecially the PPPSSPS) and I started pedalling again!
Whou would expect a 7-Kilometers-long uphill just ahead of me? Well, it wasn’t me! Luckily it was not that steep so I was able to keep riding becasue after I had to carry the bike a couple of times in the last 50 K, I had grazed legs. And so was the next 30 K. Most of the rode was up and up and up the hill.. But those forest! For me only! I was totally on my own, the cars were bypassing really rarely, so all the views were mine!
It started raining eventually around 60th Kilometer, so I stopped, dressed all my rain clothes and kept riding. And do you know this feeling when you are riding up the hill most of the time and then sudeently you see a sign with a big truck on it and the inscription: “Attention! (Pozor!) The 10% downhill for the next 7 Kilometers”. I opened my eyes wide, stopped bicycle to read it again. Yes, that was it! 7 Kilometers ahead of me was the downhill only! Whoooow! That is what I call a superspeed!
When I finished I saw another plate: Olomouc 13 Km. I already knew I was going to make it. Another shot in the arm – what is 13 kilometers? Nothing!
Jiri – a Czech friend of my father had picked me up in Velka Bystrice and led the last part of my way to Olomouc. The off-road was a bit challenging I have to admit, becasue riding my bike in the forest after the rain in the night time without a proper lights, well.. But I have managed! I reached Olomouc eventually around 8 pm and I was extremely happy I could already take off all my wet clothes.
It was definitely the most difficult ride. And I have to admit I felt proud of myself that I managed it. As an award I took a really really long bath afterward!
PS. Jiri told me during the dinner that he admires my journey but if he was my father he would have felt rather dissatisfied if his daughter had decided about such a trip. Dad! I’m so happy you are proud of me, that you have raised me the way that I’m not afraid to try to make my dreams come true. Well! You support me in making them come true as much as you can. And you know what, Dad? I love you so much!! ❤
Ostrava, 16 October 2015