Cycling trip Choceň – Seč and back (Day 2: “lowlands”)

After long break, I finally have time to finish the story of my two day long cycling trip to Seč and back. I’m sorry it took me so long, but I’ve had a lot of things to do lately, since the school semester started…


When I woke up at about half past six in the morning, it was raining… Luckily it didn’t last long and so 90 minutes later I had everything packed and was leaving Seč by road nr. 337, leading to the north-west to Třemošnice.

Start Finish Distance Max. elevation Min. elevation Total ascent
Seč Choceň 95.8 km 542.3 m 208.4 m 2051 m
Elevation diagram - from Seč to Choceň around Pardubice

Elevation diagram - from Seč to Choceň around Pardubice

However, I left the road few hundred meters before the town and went to the village of Podhradí instead, to see ruins of Lichnice/Lichtenburg castle. Then I continued to the north to Míčov located on the top of the hill at about 530 m ASL. It was my last bigger ascent, because from here, landscape quickly descends down to the lowlands of the river Labe/Elbe – which is where I was heading.

Thanks to it, my following way was very easy. I went via Vyžice, Načešice, Licomělice, and Choltice to the north and at 10:15, after 20 kilometers (plus 30 minutes long break in a bus stop, where I was hiding from rain) I was standing in the lowest point of my whole two-day trip – on the bridge over Labe/Elbe near Valy u Přelouče, at 210 meters ASL.

Bridge over Labe/Elbe near Valy u Přelouče

Bridge over Labe/Elbe near Valy u Přelouče

After crossing Labe/Elbe I went to Mělice – beautiful artificial lake and a famous summer holiday resort. I’ve never seen it before and liked it a lot, swimming must be beautiful there!

From Mělice I started returning back home. To avoid main roads, at first I went to the north-east to Lázně Bohdaneč, bypassing Pardubice, capital of our region and the place where I was born and attended high school.

Mělice

Mělice

Then I continued via Srch to Kunětická hora. “Hora” means mountain in Czech, but “Kuňka” is more just a hill, having just 307 m ASL. But despite that it’s a significant dominant of Pardubice surroundings, since it’s located in Polabská nížina lowlands.

After having a lunch in “Restaurace pod Kunětickou horou” I crossed the Labe/Elbe river (for the 2nd time today) between Kunětice and Počáply villages and went to the east, via Dašice, Horní Roveň and Horní Jelení back to Choceň.

Kunětická hora

Kunětická hora

This stage was much easier than the previous one, being “only” 96 kilometers and having total ascent of 792 meters.

The whole two-day trip was 218 kilometers long and total climb height was 2843 meters. Considering this was my first trip where I carried everything on bike (including my tent), I don’t think it is half bad, is it?

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