Day 8

The depression day. I’m stuck here.

I had planned to go to the bus today. Body says no. That’s a veto I’m starting to accept. 

I won’t be able to take the bus either, because I have no cash, and there’s no ATM.

So there will be a 20 km ride for me to get out of here.

Friday 13th

As I mentioned in the latest post I was worried about my heart.  It got worse in the evening in the comfy  bed where I had nothing distracting my attention from my body.  I had a sharp pain behind my chestbone,  stabbing me for every heartbeat when I was lying on my side. I was afraid,  both about my heart and about the prospect that I might have to cancel the rest of the trip. It would be a very risky game to bike on with a painful heart so I decided to go to the doctor the morning after, to consult a pro.

That’s what I did and the hotel staff was so worried that they sent for an ambulance. The ambulance was so worried they took me to the emergency ward. They looked so worried and kept on asking me how I was feeling.  At the hospital they performed all kinds of tests, and to my relief there was nothing showing up on my heart. However I was told to rest for several days. And not to bike.

It’s only fair to say that the health care proffesionals and equipment was great. The same standard as in Sweden but without the stress. There’s really nothing that can make up for a lack of staff. After my experiences here as well as in Russia, my view on Swedish healthcare standard won’t be the same.

I paid for the treatment because I didn’t have a European insurance card with me and the health insurance, Försäkringskassan, had a telephone queue of another world. I was relieved though to find that everything in total was not much more than a Swedish vet visit. And I’ll  be reimbursed for the cost.

A cab back to the hotel and rest was what remained for me during the evening.

Day 7

A week ago I arrived to Prague with a slight fever. In retrospect I should have delayed the trip until I was well enough to bike. Despite I stayed in Prague for three nights it wasn’t enough.

Now I’m in this village resort where everything is closed, there’s no public transportation and you cant even rent a cab. And, I’m not allowed to do anything that involves raised heartbeat.

There’s 5 km uphill to the nearest bus stop, but I don’t know if it carry bikes. If it doesn’t I either go 10 or 15 extra kilometres to reach a trainstation. The 15 km option would connect me south, were I’m going. Otherwise it’s back to Prague, where I came from. For my inner peace I’m taking the 15 km option  to Sedlcany. According to bahn.com there’s connections to Salzburg which carry bikes, several times a day.

The weather today was not rain, not so many clouds. Sun!  But tomorrow will grant me with rain again. I don’t know how to dress in this weather. Whatever I wear I get wet, either from the rain or from sweat. That’s Ok as long as you’re moving, but walking? I don’t know.

Day 5

OK guys, there won’t be so many fotos in this blog for now, the speed on my Internet is just too bad. But don’t worry,  I’ll  upload them later.

So.. today. I was worried about my health constantly throughout the day. When I woke up I had pain in my throat,  cough and a runny nose. I stayed in bed until 11 ( the bivak worked great! )

the sky was dark, and it rained a bit. First etapp  was a steep climb. In total 10 km, but the steepest part was just 3 km. I felt great so I climbed the first km, maybe more. My heart was beating so heavy, and to save the energy I walked the rest.

On the way up I met an old German from Hamburg, he was going to Linz, just like me. Even though I didn’t mind him  I was relieved when I realized he didn’t follow my route. I continued to Bus, while he most have gone to Splaty.

In Bus I stayed for two hours to warm up and eat. I figured I would cross the river again and head to Zivohost, to camp on a campground or a hotel, and to take the ferry over the river.

It was a bit of climbing on this route too. I was afraid to get an infection in my heart because of my cold and my heartbeat, so I walked slowly upphill. I arrived in Zivohost just to find that everything was closed for the season, including the ferry.

I found two fires that had been used earlier. They were big and still glowing. So warm, they lit anything I put on them. I wasn’t gonna freeze, and I could dry everything, and breath dry air.

I collected three big rocks and put them on one of the glowing piles, to use as heaters in case the fire went out. When I went to get a stone for the bivak as well, a man came towards me.

I asked if he was from the hotel. He answered in English that he was from there but that they were closed. So I asked if he thought it would be OK if I camped by the fireplace, it was OK he said. Then he showed me where I could take some birch wood. I started to put down my camp.

I didn’t have time to finish before he came back. He said that, if I would want to, there was a room in the hotel for me. I smiled and said that sounded nice, but what was the cost? The price of 800 was over my budget I said, so if I could camp by the fire that would be better.  He then declared that he’d awaken the owner just to get me a room. I felt obliged to take the offer, even though the fireplace was good enough for me.

My daily budget is around 300 koruna,  so 800 is a lot. But I am also sick, and dirty. They gave me a price of 470, so it’s better. The room is great with my own bathroom,  comfy beds, heater. I cleaned everything and charged my batteries.

maybe I can convince someone with a boat to take me over the river tomorrow,  otherwise its around 7 extra km in steep elevation. I’d rather not.  Right now I just want to get well so I don’t have to worry about my heart.

I’m in Bus. Not so far from Prague. Yesterday I spent two hours on trecking paths due to roadworks blocking. After that I had a puncture on the back wheel. In Davle I got help from a nice alcoholic to fix it. Went on to Stechovice, where I spent the night.

I’m in Bus. Not so far from Prague. Yesterday I spent two hours on trecking paths due to roadworks blocking. After that I had a puncture on the back wheel. In Davle I got help from a nice alcoholic to fix it. Went on to Stechovice, where I spent the night.

So,  the cold didn’t give up yet. When I woke up my throat was still hurting. I’m staying another night in Prague and my three bed room.
Today I’ll go and get my bike. Yey! Probably that will lift my spirit again. I didn’t find any gas yesterday on my shopping trip, but one bikemap over Prague and a helmet. Will probably go looking for gas again today, but I don’t  feel excited about it.
I was still pretty weak yesterday so I didn’t walk around much. 
What can I say about Prague so far? Lots of tourists, but not more than there are locals. Architecture is old and well preserved. The commuter system works great with metro and trams. A pretty romantic city, taking a slow pace walk along the river with it’s beautiful scenery might even beat Paris. The different districts, Prague 1 in the center and then counting up as you go out, all look neat and are well connected. There’s a decent amount of parks and green space. Prices, as I mentioned in an earlier post, are not that low though. Goods are priced about the same as in Sweden. Food and labour is cheaper.

So,  the cold didn’t give up yet. When I woke up my throat was still hurting. I’m staying another night in Prague and my three bed room.

Today I’ll go and get my bike. Yey! Probably that will lift my spirit again. I didn’t find any gas yesterday on my shopping trip, but one bikemap over Prague and a helmet. Will probably go looking for gas again today, but I don’t  feel excited about it.

I was still pretty weak yesterday so I didn’t walk around much.

What can I say about Prague so far? Lots of tourists, but not more than there are locals. Architecture is old and well preserved. The commuter system works great with metro and trams. A pretty romantic city, taking a slow pace walk along the river with it’s beautiful scenery might even beat Paris. The different districts, Prague 1 in the center and then counting up as you go out, all look neat and are well connected. There’s a decent amount of parks and green space. Prices, as I mentioned in an earlier post, are not that low though. Goods are priced about the same as in Sweden. Food and labour is cheaper.