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Atmospheric Mainz and Eltville

Astheim to Hattenheim via Mainz and Eltville

sunny 23 °C
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Kim is feeling better today so we decide we will camp tonight. Pack and leave at 10am. Take a couple of photos of our Schloss before we leave.
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The village has one bakery. We stop in for coffee and pastry. It’s run by a family from Afghanistan and Pakistan. They have been in Germany for 8 years. Such an interesting place to meet them. If we had more time we would have asked why Germany and why Astheim. Instead we banter about cricket.

It’s an easy cycle along the top of dyke walls beside the Rhine to the bridge to cross over to Mainz. The bike path is narrow and we need to stop a few times to let bikes squeeze past coming the other way. Miss the right exit off the bridge which means we need to continue forward to a place we can turn around and come back.

First stop next to the city gardens is a white fort overlooking the city and the Rhine.
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Next we head back to the Rhine to find a seat with a view for us to have second breakfast - it's 11:20am.
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Now into Mainz proper. We like it immediately. Cycle up to a gate tower. As we are waiting for the lights to change we notice that the lights are of Gnomes.
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The main walking street is lined with tudor building. It's buzzing. One square leads into another, and another. Each have a market, beer or wine tasting, a festival of sorts going on. We think it must be a special weekend. When we speak to one local they shake their head, nothing special, this is a typical Saturday. People are everywhere eating and drinking beer and wine. In the center of it all is a huge cathedral, but the festivities steal the limelight. It has a great atmosphere and we would love to stay longer.
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Cycle over the bridge out of Mainz and have a great view of the Rhine. Grand buildings line the river and in between are river beaches where people sunbaking and beer gardens brimming.
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The promenade along the river for the rest of the day is a pleasure to ride. Manicured gardens, beautiful houses and occasional fortress walls. 5km on from Mainz we pass Biebricher Castle and Gardens.
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About 5km from the end of the ride we reach Eltville am Rhein. It's meant to be the prettiest village on the Rhine. It is definately pretty. Beautiful wooden houses along winding cobbled lanes. And of course a castle right on the river with imposing fortress walls. Inside is a rose garden and a wedding party having their photos taken.
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Just before we reach our campground we make a detour to Aldi. Its Saturday, which means everything is shut tomorrow. we need to stock up. Dinner tonight and food tomorrow. Last Sunday our pantry was pretty bare so Kim has bought extra today!

We cycle the last few km along the Rhine to our campground in Hattenheim am Rhine. We pass lots of walkers and cyclists out enjoying the perfect Autumn day.
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Set up camp, shower, handwash our clothes and head to the beer garden for a cold beer. We didn’t eat lunch so we decide to have an early dinner with our beers. All supermarket purchases will wait until tomorrow. I order the schnitzel with chips and Kim orders the goulash soup. She says it’s one of the best she has had.

Bed as the sun goes down.

Stats

Days cycled - 110
Rest days - 55
Distance cycled - 42.4km (5471.6km)
Ascent - 320m (Total 48450m)
Descent - 320m (Total 48350m)
Money Spent - $158 AUD (Total $18969 AUD)
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Posted by darrenhough1974 00:00 Archived in Germany

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