I've pretty spontaneously decided to go to Prague from Berlin as I am helping out with a week-long scientific conference there ... and will cycle back after. That is, I am leaving next week. Only barely have organised a bicycle (this will be the first time I actually tour on someting that's not a heap of scrap parts ready to fall apart on moments notice.) I haven't nailed down a precise route, other then checking Naviki and eyeballing getting to Dresden then following the Elbe. One of the most gentle routes I've done in a long time.
All my recent touring and hiking / mountaineering experience was in regions and countries where wild camping is either legal, illegal but tolerated, or where there's simply not much regulation either way. I am afraid I've probably become utterly naive about how easy and hassle free wild-camping can be :). In places where wild camping is illegal but tolerated I generally ask locals if I can pitch somewhere nearby, or if they'd offer their garden - and find that many do help and point out opportunities. It often also acts as a way to get into those type of conservations with locals I I love / crave / enjoy.
The last time I've actually cycled through Germany and the Czech Republic was some 25 years ago - when I still travelled with my parents - and wild camping utterly wasn't on our radar. Googling around a bit about attitudes in Germany / Czech republic I am a little concerned now.
From what I read out there wild camping seems fairly risky In both Germany and the Czech republic. What are your experiences about local people randomly offering camping spots on that route? I guess the Elbe tour gets so many cycling tourists that it might be tough going, too - I generally find touristy places generally expect (rightfully, maybe) for the people passing through to use commercial camping sites.
Is bivacing easier? I haven't done much of that, so this might be something to try a little more often, on this route.
I don't really like public camp sites unless they are really quiet out of the way affairs - both as I like solo travelling, and as one of the reasons I really am out cycling is to meet everyday, local, people, not necessarily others travelling through as well. Not 'cause I dislike other travellers, but because the discussions and conservations with locals just, by their nature, always give so much more colour and depth to the places I travel through. And, as I say on my profile, I really don't like parties and party like atmospheres and noisy spaces - as camp sites can be. Likely not as much of a problem now in off season.
Anyone know of camp sites along the way that are not too ... camp siteish?
[I am also so concerned that I might have utterly lost my ability to make it to a specific spot before night time, too. I am so used to meandering when touring now. Part of the mental pre-tour wobbles.]
Thank you for any thoughts / suggestions / comments :),