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.
We saw cars being driven around an oval test circuit at varying speeds.Shortly after the Skoda factory the 24 left the main road for a quieter route through some very smart semi rural housing areas. The 24 eventually returned to a main route to Hostinne.
The main road was narrow and we chose to walk facing oncoming traffic as this gave us the freedom to leap out of the way of dodgy drivers. The weather was warm, a mixture of overcast and sunny weather. The road passed through rural areas and the natural surroundings were much like they are in the UK, the difference coming from the man made structures. Pictures will be added but it may take a while as they are on my camera and not the phone.
We saw a marvellous sight on entering the village of Klasterska Lhota. A chap was sitting fishing in his garden pond and across from him was a garden gnome doing exactly the same thing. It looked so ridiculous that I nodded to the chap and indicated that I would like to take a picture. He nodded back that it was OK. He could also obviously see the humour in the situation.
We stopped for one foot powdering stop after about 4 hours walking and arrived in Hostinne after almost exactly 5 hours. Hostinne is not really a tourist town, more a market town, but it has an excellent main square. A market was in full swing as we arrived. Hostinne appears to be more ethnically diverse than Vrchalbi or Mlyn.