Stará Boleslav – Hlavenec – Lhota

Nudist beach in winter

Although this trip is still unique in the actual mapped route, we have been to this area several times in summer. Especially when we discovered the recreational Lhota lake to swim and lay in the sand during the hot days. We always carried (although not necessary) our bathing suits and towels on the summer rides just in case we came across a reasonable place to cool off.  It was definitely much more crowded in August than this November day, but we did catch a few people swimming in the cold waters.

Lhota lake is a manmade watering hole in a perfect rectangular shape with sandy bottom and sand beaches. There is a fee to enter but its worth having the public restrooms and changing areas. Although one side (which was not so full) is for the clothing optional crowd. There are also ping pong tables on the different sides along with a typical Czech-style mini-golf (absent of imagination for the holes). I don’t understand the truly amazing and clever playgrounds all over the country and yet these pitiful mini-golf courses are truly the worst.

We found the parking place close to the railway station Stará Boleslav. Stará Boleslav is a town with a very rich past. One of the main reason of its place in history books is the fact that in the year 935 the patron saint of Bohemia, Saint Wenceslas, was murdered here at the door of the church where he was trying to find an asylum, by his brother Boleslav.

The riding was quite easy mostly over the forest roads and along the river Labe. From the start to point 4 you will be riding along the major highway which you will not see, but for sure you will hear it. At point 4 on the right hand side you will see the remnants of the popular Restaurant “U čtyř kamenů” which was burned down by the fire safety inspector during his (probably very thorough) fire inspection. At point 6 you should visit the memorial to Karel VI (yes, VI not IV), the Holy Roman Emperor. The statue by famous sculptor, Matyáš Bernard Braun, should have been placed on Charles bridge in Prague, but the “investor” of the project count Špork, who was not very popular between Prague nobles, did not get the permit for that project. So, this very valuable statue ended up in the fields close to village Hlavenec. 22 km, 50 m elevation gain

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