Meeting the rest of the crew at Harrietville, greetings and pleasantries exchanged. the first climb up Mt Hotham beckoned. Now the last time this was attempted it was Melbourne Cup weekend and it was wet and cold and visibility was around 50 metres at the top. Luckily today the sun was shining and it was perhaps around 30 degrees.
Beautiful ride up maybe going a little hard with another 2 hard days to follow but sometimes you just can't help yourself. Down to Dinner Plain and then return to Harrietville and everyone was feeling satisfied and looking forward to a feed and possibly a cold drink.
The day dawned and I must of gotten back to sleep and dragged myself out of bed to fuel up for the coming ride.
A brief drive over to Mt Beauty and everyone ready to roll and we're off. Regrouping at a cafe at The Falls Creek village a quick snack and then on our way again to Shannonvale for the big climb.
In just over an hour I finally reached our chosen regrouping area to find 3 crew members waiting to greet me and looking pretty satisfied. After a short wait the others arrived and our support vehicle for the day after one of the guys decided (he was the only one with any sense) to ride back down to Mt Beauty after ascending Falls and come over in his car with some well needed water to refill our bidons (Thanks Tony). Regrouping done it was on the bikes again for the trip back. The descent down Falls Creek is one of my favourites and it feels like you're flying and in no time we we're back out our cars feeling great,tired but in a good way.
Saturday morning came quickly and we packed up our vehicles and headed to the base of Mt Buffalo.
The last climb of our 3 days beckoned and with tired legs and struggling to get my heart rate up I got into a steady rhythm with one of the other guys and we rode to the top together. Regrouping at the top and a little snack provided by our new support vehicle for the day(Thanks Des) . Blasting back down the mountain we drove back to Porpunkah for a quick dip in the river and a nice coffee at a local cafe and then it was time for us to head back to our respective homes. Thanks to all the guys for the great weekend of good friendship, hard riding and an excellent few days away in a lovely part of Victoria.