They looked wet, cold but were still in remarkably good spirits. I've ridden through this same area and in similar conditions but not snowing. I vividly remember one time coming across the top of the mountain and coming down towards Harrietville and there was a huge storm sitting on the western side of the mountain. It was blowing pretty hard and it had that biting cold mountain air that goes straight through you. I nearly had to stop on the way down. I was riding so slowly and couldn't feel my fingers and most of my upper body had gone numb. It was hard to move and I couldn't shift about in the seat making me frozen in position. Not ideal to ride in at any rate. Luckily about 30 minutes of that I made it down low enough that it warmed up enough that I thawed out and could move again.
The following photos are from two separate rides across the top of Hotham in very poor conditions. The first one was in 5°C (41°F) in thick fog with snow on the ground. We were headed for the motogp at Phillip Island.
|5°C at Hotham central|
The next 2 photos are of me on a group ride with friends on our way to Phillip Island for the World Super bikes. Another wet foggy 1°C (33°F) morning on the mountain.
|1°C again at Hotham Central|
The last one is my very first blog header picture. It's somehow one of my favourite photos from my riding in the early years. I don't have many photos from those days as I never thought to take many. Thanks Brenda for bring back the memories and made me dig up these old pics. When have you ridden in the cold and thought that it was too cold to be riding?