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The Vegan Love Palace Bike Tour Test

Nobody stands between one cyclist and her cheese on a vegetable-fueled bike tour through Eastern Europe.

The first really big bonk came mid-afternoon day three, south Czech Republic. We were about halfway up one of the endless rolling hills, on the lookout for a scenic snack spot, when the animal arrived. We pulled right over. Dismounted, ripped dense Germanic bread with bike-greased hands, reaching over each other to dunk the hunks in jam. We pounded potato chips like sodium zombies. Hysteria set in. Paige composed an epic rap. I peed, still chewing and laughing, a few feet off in the prickly hay stalks. The sky was vast. Sated, we pedaled onward, sore and elated, descending from dense boreal forest to an undulating breadbasket toward the Austrian border, Slovenia, and the Croatian coast.

When we started in Prague we ate like normal people. We shared glasses of white wine and French fries in a cobblestone courtyard below a centuries-old astrological clock, observing the creepy mechanized pageant upon the hour. The first riding day, wobbling through the suburbs to open country, was civilized. We begged hot water to brew emergency roadside “Nes-crack,” but later learned caffeine still kicks with lukewarm campground tap water. The Czech Republic’s heat bred delightful habits: Each... Continue Reading

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