We had an interesting walk through Vrchlabi. On passing through the south of the town we were approached by an elderly lady (older than us!!) who started speaking rapidlt to us in Czech. Even when she knew we didn't understand any Czech she was not deterred. By sign language and gesticulations she indicated she wanted to know how we were travelling. She was horrified when we indicted we were walking to Hostinne and not taking the bus. I think she had the impression that the pack Shiel was carrying was too large. It does look pretty bulky with its waterproof cover on. Such encounters are what make walking so interesting and enjoyable.
A little further south we passed a Skoda factory. We were walking on the cycle route 24, which runs alongside the factory.