I cannot get drop handlebars since I have a double hernia in both my neck and my back and thus I need a very upright riding position
I've got a flat handlebar with bullhorns for climbing and an aerobar for the descents and that combination is sustainable for my back & neck.
I even passed a couple of nice roadbikes in the descent to Brakel, so aerodynamicly speaking it seems to work out well
As for the average speed: it was only a 8,4 mile trip after all, right?
As for the Belgian Tripel: I am a huge fan of quality beer (i live in belgium after all) and I tend to drink one to two special beers every evening after work.
Maybe I'm spoiled, but I never drink normal "lager" or "pils" ... almost only "tripel" or better