Travelled : 80 kilometres from Bastei, Germany to Chabarovice in the Czech Republic. Then 220 kilometres from Chabarovice, to Zwickau in Germany.
Visited : The August Horch Museum, Zwickau. €14 double
Stayed : HVZ Camping, Chabarovice. €11.30 including all the usual + free washing machine and fast internet. N50.68238 E13.93294. Then Centrum Carpark, Zwickau. €2, no services, but a good spot, because its free on Sunday. N50.72450 E12.48878
Budget : 74 days @ €74 per day.
After a great couple of days in the Sachsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland) we feel enthused about maybe a day or two in the Czech Republic, just to get the feel of the place. So we pack up the bikes and follow the Elbe into the Czech Republic. With no real plan we just spend the late afternoon following the river thinking we will see a campsite, but alas all we see are non-descript towns and lots of industrial complexes.
Don’t get the wrong impression, the Czech roads are very good and we cruise along easily. The hills on either side of the river get larger and we see the odd old castle or church but it’s time to set up camp and that’s our focus. The GPS comes to our rescue, an Archies symbol pops up and we turn finding a small campsite. We rarely stay in formal campsites but here we are. He cannot speak a word of English and I have only been working on my Czech for a few minutes. I am not sure if he has emphysema or the wheeze is some part of the language, but he is a helpful fellow and after some sign language we settle in.
We get a couple of loads of washing done, Pam has a 40 minute shower and I have done the IOS updates on all our iThis and iThat, so we are happy campers. Laying in bed I hear a few drops of rain and jump up and bring the washing in. Its still raining in the morning and it doesn’t seem in a hurry to stop.
Arriving at Karlovy Vary, we find the stellplatz is closed for the day ! Its on private property behind a house adjoining a reserve, just below the altstadt. Not sure what’s happening, maybe it’s the weather. It’s still pouring rain. We drive up town to a large carpark, have a campercar lunch and look at our options. Seems little use sitting here in the rain so we opt to drive back into Germany and try our luck in Zwickau. The GPS shows the shortest trip is on the B roads across the Iron Mountains. Its a slow trip, the road is a little narrow, the weather atrocious and there is a heavy afternoon mist just to add to the adventure. There is little traffic however and we arrive safely in Zwickau. There is no stellplatz but motorhomes can overnight in the towns central carpark. There are a few other motorhomes already parked, this will do nicely.