Despite our aching quads and hammies, we were forced to start off on hills once again. After climbing a bit, we reached the plateau at Bockstein. This was the end of the road. Even cars have to be loaded on the train and schlepped through the mountain tunnel to Malnitz on the other side. So we lugged our steeds on board and sat though ten minutes of ear popping darkness as we penetrated the mountain.
On the other side, it was a twenty minute downhill to Spittal. Topping around 65kph on the bikes, we almost had the contents of our handlebar bags bounce out as we neared the bottom. There were some slight inclines, but it was mostly flat or downhill as we transitioned to our new bike path: Drau Radweg. The path snakes along the Drau/Drava river, descending out of the Alps. Later in the day we looked back and saw how far we had descended!