Standing with my bike on the Charles Bridge was one of the goals I had on this tour. In fact, it was my only hard goal, and the rest of the tour is now more or less open.
Shortly after leaving the campsite I was joined by a Czech cyclist and we rode and chatted together for about 5km. He also tours, and is going on a short tour with his wife next week. If you read this, I wish you lots of fun!
After we parted ways I stopped to closer inspect the warp. I discovered the rim was cracked, and from then on rode a little more cautiously.
Getting to central Prague was easy. The recreation path runs directly along the Moldau River and goes directly to the center of the city without any traffic.
While standing and taking photos on the bridge, some Japanese tourists took an interest in my bike and started photographing me with it. It's weird when I think about it. Those photos may end up in a photo album in Japan, or in a section of Facebook I'll never see.
I found a hotspot and began researching bike shops in town. Everything I found was closed (Sunday), so I decided to camp for the night and try in the morning. I started heading towards the campsite and stumbled on a bike shop that happened to be open. They didn't have Bontranger rims, but sold me something comparable and said I'd have to go to the other shop to have it assembled. Fine. Having this fixed today would be a huge relief.
They told me to go down a road, though a tunnel, then right 400m. Easy enough, but when I got to the tunnel it was clearly not for bikes. This was confirmed by a lady who said it would be very dangerous, but was kind to show me an alternate route.
The people at Mujsport were great for getting my bike fixed. They worked an hour overtime and I now have a fixed bike. Thank you!
From here I continue along the Moldau River, which will eventually become the Elbe. I should be in Dresden in 2-3 days, although the weather isn't looking good for tomorrow.
Posted: June 6, 2010, 10:05 p.m.