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Day 3 - Speyer to Mainz

Day 3 - Speyer to Mainz

I was feeling pretty tired after the previous two long days so I planned only a short day's and relaxed ride to Mainz (~90km), I was also starting to feel some pains in my left hand and elbow from holding onto the grips so I didn't want to push it.

Mat Hollingsworth
Mat Hollingsworth

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I was feeling pretty tired after the previous two long days so I planned only a short day's and relaxed ride to Mainz (~90km), I was also starting to feel some pains in my left hand and elbow from holding onto the grips so I didn't want to push it.

I had a bit of a slow and frustrating start due to more issues securing the B Bag to my rack, the difficulty I keep having is that it's extremely fiddly to get the bag to sit securely and balanced on the rack while being positioned so that my heels don't hit it (I'm planning to do a longer more detailed review of the B Bag and my equipment when I get home). Anyway, after some mucking around I was underway.

It was a quite a pretty ride along with well-sealed paths through farmland. It was also much cooler today which was a welcome change until a heavy storm broke. In the end, the weather beat me and I hopped a train to Mainz from Worms.

Leaving Speyer

Riding to Worms

The path to Worms was really great, a good fast surface with wheat, berries and wildflowers growing alongside the path. The air was thick and sweet with the smell of strawberries in the farmlands around Maudach. I took a short break in a sun shower near a bridge just outside Frankentahal. Before long the sun shower turned to heavy rain, so I jumped back on my bike and pushed through to Worms.

Worms

I arrived in Worms wet but happy. I took a quick look at the impressive church and decided not to explore too much, the loaded Brompton on wet cobblestones is pretty treacherous. I took the first train to Mainz

Mainz

I arrived in Mainz around 3 pm and I was quite hungry. I hadn't really eaten since my servo pit stop back in Worth the day before. So I grabbed a döner kebab and a beer on the way to the hotel and then dried off and chilled out for a few ours heading out again and attempting to eat a Schweinhaxe (pork knuckle) at Eisgrub Brau. It was a monstrous portion that I had no chance of finishing, even after a big days ride. I was delicious and served with a sweet fennel seed saur kraut - but it was enough food for 3 people.I gave it my best shot and left about 60% of it on the plate, much to the confusion and horror of the bar staff. The beer was OK, but not to my preference, they serve mostly the traditional sweet styles, the Mainzer was probably the best.

A few hours after arriving the pains in my left hand and elbow became quite acute and pains in my right arm had worsened. I could feel the nerves running from the tip of my little finger to my elbow. I decided that I needed a day off to see if it improved. So I decided to take have a rest day and take the boat from Mainz to Koblenz. I'd heard this was a really good section of the river to travel by boat because you see more of the castles and villages along the way. I headed down to the KD ferry office and was told there is a boat at 8:45 am which would go to Boppard where I would change boats and continue to Koblenz.