When it's raining, we like to keep sleeping until the rain stops (an advantage of long summer days). However today, it just didn't want to stop. A local showed us a kids playroom that we hung out and lunched in while waiting out the rain.
After suiting up in heavy rain gear, we proceeded to crawl 10-15k through the steepest terrain on our ride. We finally reached a plateau that saved us from more hills by putting us through two tunnels, including one that was almost 2km long.
As we rolled into Bad Gastein, it seemed we were doomed to repeat our previous day by facing big hills at the end as the only hotel on river level was 240€ a night. We climbed a few before finding Pension Laura, which was also a Pizza joint for 62€. The included breakfast was more than enough upon entering and seeing the layers of kitsch that covered every square inch of the place. We had a wonderful dinner and a very restful sleep!