Wednesday 15th March – Mt Hotham
On Wednesday morning Brett, Ken M, Luke and Mark H drove to Dinner Plain to tackle two of the 7 Peaks climbs. As Brett was climbing Mt Hotham for the first time we stopped in Harrietville with Brett and myself tackling the climb with me acting as backup. Mark & Luke drove on ahead and waited past the (Meg) the first very steep section to ensure Brett was OK. Then they continued to Dinner Plain and proceeded to ride back to Mt Hotham to meet up with us. Brett was near the top of the Dimanteena ( the last steep climb at the finish ) and Mark joined up with him with Luke continuing on looking for me. I was 1km or so short of the same section when Luke arrived. Once safely in the Mt Hotham Village Brett had his 7 Peaks Passport stamped and we then rode on to Dinner Plain.
Thursday 16th March – Dinner Plain
We departed Dinner Plain for the descent to Omeo at about 8.30am. We had refreshments at a cafe in Omeo and then commenced the climb back to Dinner Plain. Unfortunately with about 15km left to ride it began to rain. Then it was rain jackets on for everybody with climbing all the way to the finish. The rain stopped with about 6km to go, and it was jackets off. Once back at Dinner Plain we all had our Passports stamped followed by hot showers for all.
Luke and I have now completed the 7 climbs for the season. Brett and Mark still have Mt Baw Baw left to complete their 7 climbs. Good luck to them both for the final climb.