By Yuko Yoshikawa
The very second day in Prague, we went on an ebike tour. We split into two groups, and I was with Gary, a tour guide who came from San Francisco. First of all, this was my first time to be on ebike, plus, I had not ridden on a bicycle for a year. My saddle was too high, so I had to ask to lower it so that I do not fall. My bike did not have power levels, so I had to adjust myself to peddle very slowly so that I do not hit anyone. For the trial run, the cobblestone was narrow and bumpy, so I had to be very careful so that my bottom does not hurt too much. It was a very new experience.
I tried my best not to be left behind, but I was able to get used to it quickly. Once I got the hang of it, I could afford to enjoy the scenery and wanted to go faster. Heat waves had arrived in Europe a few days back, and a three hour walking tour on the previous day was hot, exhausting, and too much information to digest. It was another very warm day, yet the morning air was crisp and cool. Having had kept pushing forward, I felt my hair swinging in the refreshing breeze. I did not have to listen to a guide while on a run but just a nice view and enjoyed the cool air surrounding me.
Gary stopped and told stories and histories about places. We took pictures and the view of Prague from lookouts were spectacular. Break at the Letna Park beergarden was especially nice. We had fantastic scenery of the city, shaded large garden, and good beer. Then, I learned that in Czech Republic, dark beers are sweeter and lighter than the light colored Pilsner beers. I had a large dark beer, it was 40CZK, about $2 or slightly less than that. This experience gave me a headstart and ideas for drinking beers in Prague for upcoming 12 days of opportunities to taste the world's most famous beers in the beer kingdom!
Pebblestone gave me a headache at first, but it was managial when I lifted my hips a bit while on those roads. From one lookout to the other and once in awhile, Gary gave us information such as about communist era apartments on a horizon where still more than 50% of Prag’s population live. Government painted them in pastel colors so that they do not look too clumsy anymore. He said Czechs annual wage average is about $24,000, but they are not poor; they can afford and like to take vacations and go places. Holding more than one job is normal, and stay at home mother or father is rare unless they are on maternity leaves. He also said that the Czechs are very proud people and somewhat conservative.
We biked around pretty much everywhere in the outskirts of Prague crossing bridges. The only place we did not go was the city center. Prague has many hills which I did not know, but ebike is the way to go around the places especially for great views. I enjoyed the tour very much!