Aug 19, 2023 - 27.68 milesDay 15 - Mainz to Rudesheim am Rhein - 27.68 miles, 269 feet climb. Didn’t start biking till noon, just enjoying watching people drink wine while we ate breakfast and had coffee in Mainz. It’s a beautiful town with lots of public spaces for having coffee or drinking wine. Seems to be a college town, with groups of guys dressed in matching shirts drinking wine together in socks and sandals.
McDonalds seems to be the only place (with AC) to get a cold drink with lots of ice, and they still have the deep fried apple pies here, like we had at home when we were kids in the 80’s.
To cross the Rhine where we are, we had to take a ferry. We arrived at Rudeshem am Rhein around 4:30pm, which is really early for us. There’s a huge festival going on, and the first 6 hotels we checked were fully booked. Luckily we got the last room, and it has AC, and it’s right in the heart of the festival. The AC is a portable unit with a hose, I pulled some shelves off the bookshelf in our room and used them to seal the AC hose around the window. The town is another beautiful German town with lots of historic buildings and restaurants.