I'm planning to take Eurovelo 4 from Krakow to Brno. I would like to know what kind of roads/tracks does the route follow and what condition they are in. I will probably be riding a recumbent trike so I want to avoid lots of stones or potholes as I don't have any suspension either. Any information will be useful, thank you!
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I can not tell you my personal experience about the whole route, but as I come from cz, I know the chance of potholes is quite high.
I know for sure, there is a good bit between Prerov and Uherske Hradiste, as this goes along the river on a new tarmac.
You might want to see: http://www.eurovelo.com/en/eurovelos/eurovelo-4/countries/czech-republic or some livetouring: https://www.livetouring.com/en/ or just use google street view and have a look at those bits, that go on the normal country roads.
Hope it helped a little.
cheers and happy recumbenting, Jakub
you should check the route at >> google-street-view <<
i checked my track in south-Poland (not signed tracks) before i started my trip in 2015 and was really surprised which small roads have been already checked by google´s-street-viewers ... even local gravel-roads.
Thank you for both your replies. About what you (Frank) say, I checked but not all segments have Google Street View. Perhaps those without are not paved and in bad condition (hence the lack of Google Street View), that's why I wanted to ask someone who has done the route.
I did not travel much along EV4, but:
1. Check https://cycling.waymarkedtrails.org/#route?id=2764226 - it looks that at least in Poland it's mostly along paved ways, and here -http://ra.osmsurround.org/analyzeRelation?relationId=2764226 it looks that you shouldn't encounter any gravel/dirt roads. Though I didn't travel along EV4 in Poland
2. Last year I was having a trip in Czech, I didn't follow EV4, but there were times that I was riding along it. Generally it was very comfortable (no traffic, good surface, AFAR - all asphalt), with minor suprises as river crossing on very narrow bridges with steps, but it didn't take great effort to pass them.
You can check my track here: http://precel.vink.pl/wycieczki/#2017-Czechy
If you plan to stay on campings, I can recommend ones in Roznov and Kromeryz. I also recommend you to do a small detour and visit Valtice - Mikulov. There are beautiful gardens to visit. If you don't like crowd and noise - avoid Autokemping Merkur - it's a huge campig complex with aquapark, restuarants etc.
Enjoy your trip,
Thank you Viktor, I will follow your recommendations. Glad to know that it is mostly paved tracks.