|View of the Bingen Burg from our hotel|
We were soon at Goldener Engel. The brewpub is in an industrial area, is fairly new and was build specifically as a brewpub. They have a decent sized indoor area an a huge biergarten. The interior design is modern and minimalist and works very well.
|Friday wants a Golden Angel|
|Kaspar Shulz brewhaus (from Bamberg)|
As is typical, they have three beers: Hell, Dunkel and Weizen. We ordered one of each. The hell was unfiltered and a bit too young, but tastey nevertheless. The weizen was very "Schneider-y" -- a bit darker and a nice wheat flavor. The dunkel had nice dark malt flavors and a good finish. We all had another dunkel with our lunch.
|Helles, Weizen, Dunkels -- where have we seen that before?|
For once we had a nice tailwind and were soon speading along. Around one bend was a gasthaus with a biergarten and two signs -- Kloster Andechs and Budweiser Budvar. This warrented investigation.
|A sign we need to stop|
The Budvar was a expected, very soft and very nice. The Breznak was not quite as good, but much better than the Bitburger we all had had quite enough of.
|Bikes by themselves|
Back on the trail we soon had to decide where to cross over to Mainz. I was mistaken about the location of the hotel and had us cross over on the first bridge, which was a railway bridge with a bike/pedestrian lane. Big mistake. There was no ramp, just stairs with a groove on the side for a bike, so we had to push them up 60 stairs (Tim counted) ride across the Rhine then repeat the process on the other side.
We headed for the center of town and Tim had another flat and in trying to pump up the tire, managed to damage the valve (or maybe it was already damaged which caused the flat). I fired up Google Maps on my smartphone and found a nearby bike shop. I rode off to find it while Tim and Tom walked their bikes.
I easily found the bike shop, but it was closed on Mondays. I located the next closest and this time called them. Also closed Mondays. Finally the third bike shop answered and said they were open to 6pm. By this time Tim and Tom and arrived, I told them the bad news and good news and went off to locate this shop. Tom and Tim arrived and Tim bought a new set of touring tires.
We retraced our steps back to the Rhine and headed for the town center. There was a lot of construction along the riverbank and got separated from Tim. Tom and I ended up going around the long way, into the "upper town" while Tim took the more direct route. After a nice ride thru the Volkspark we came to where the hotel was but couldn't find an easy way down the hill. We finally worked our way down and found the hotel, only to find out the only beer they had was Paulaner, oh and by the way, the restaurant is closed today.
We decided to take a taxi into town and visited the local brewpub, Eisgrub Bräu. I had been there five or six years before and didn't really remmber much one way or the other, which meant it was probably a typical German brewpub with decent food.
|Hard to tell, but the usual three kinds of beer|
Distance Ridden: 55km
Total Distance: 597km