A very quick update to let everyone know that I arrived in Slovakia on Tuesday, crossing the border just before dusk and spending my first night in the cozy confines of a gravel pit. Not pretty, but quiet.

Mike on Bike standing with bicycle at the border between Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Arriving in Slovakia

Crawling into my sleeping bag was an oddly welcome treat after what I now find were rotten conditions in my Brno hostel.

Each day I’m discovering new bed bug bites, mostly on my arms and ankles. At first I thought there were just one or two, but as of today the tally is way past 30 and every single one of them is itchy as hell.

But back to the road. So far the Slovakian hills have been a real challenge and there doesn’t seem to be much middle ground. I’m either wheezing up a ridge at 9 km/h or hanging on for dear life coming down the other side.

Mike on Bike eating lunch in the mountains of Slovakia.

Roadside lunch hour

There is one thing I love here, though – the prices. Food staples cost half as much as in western Europe, and if I were so tempted, I could grab lunch from any restaurant for less than four Euros. My inner miser is happy.

As always, I wish I had more time to spend here, to really get to know the country, but the summer clock is ticking, and there are so many more places I want to see before the snow flies again.

If all goes well, I hope to be in Hungary late today or early tomorrow morning. I need to pick up my new passport in Budapest, and if I don’t make it to the office by closing time, I’ll have to wait until Monday. No thanks.

That’s all for now. Back to the bike!


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