Sara and I are not avid bike riders, far from it. But we did some riding last summer and one location through the Sumava National Park, bordering Germany / Bohemia, inspired the accompanying picture. Let me describe.
So, imagine a calm summer afternoon, riding bicycles like kids through an old spruce forest. Warm sun on your shoulders, cooled by a slight breeze on your face with comforting scent of pine blended with decomposing mulch. spectacular green spruce limbs tipped with gold reaching out from the sides and overhead. A carpet of ferns with pine bark and tree trunks border the trail you ride on, accompanied by the hypnotic whirr of bike tires upon pavement.
No doubt, this was a fairy-tale land and experience. Looking for Hansel and Gretel around the next bend was not out of the question. Or, maybe Little Red Riding Hood, is more appropriate?