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Ukraine trip - Day 24 - Czech Republic

My Location: N 50.14571°, E 12.42300°

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=loc:50.14571%2C12.42300

I had been a little concerned about being able to locate the very vague location of today's must-see (some geothermal phenomena) as the Czech website I'd used translated very poorly and it was obvious that the phenomena exist over a very wide area covering this part of the Czech / German border.

After a bit of back-and-forthing and ignoring a 'no trucks' sign we eventually cracked it and found the Soos trails, which give access to bubbling mud pits, odd earth formations with weird mineral deposits - not to mention some 'interesting' sulphurous smells.

All this surrounded by pristine countryside with some very specialist flora and amongst the things I didn't recognise I saw greater bladderwort, a gruesomely carnivorous water plant.

Emma was genuinely fascinated by the whole area. There was also a small exhibition and museum on the site giving some useful information about the geothermal activity and the flora and fauna of the area - pity it was all in Czech / German.

Also spotted a swallowtail butterfly as well as dozens I couldn't identify.

After the trails Emma sunbathed on the roof of the truck whilst I trained on the bike / looked for a camp. We've ended up at what appears to be a combination of a fishing / wild swimming / general recreation pond at the end of an anonymous track through some fields. Whatever it is, it's very pretty and quiet, seems popular with locals, and no one seems to mind us being here.

Big drive through Germany starts tomorrow, pretty much just heading home starting from tomorrow morning.

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