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REPORT ON THE RIDE TO THE SWARTLAND VISSERY, BOKOMO ROAD, MALMESBURY ON SUNDAY 15 APRIL 2018 – BY IAN SINCLAIR
A fantastic Autumn day for riding our bikes. Clear blue skies, warm sunshine, unfortunately no sign of rain. Soon it was time to leave for Mowbray to meet up with the other members who were going on the ride this morning. Upon arrival at Damelin, there were already quite a few members eagerly waiting for the ride to start. As this ride was only departing at 08h30, our Winter start time, there was no rush as to give Swartland Vissery time ...

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REPORT ON THE BREAKFAST RIDE TO THE GREEN FOUNTAIN RESTAURANT, 38 GORDON’S BAY DRIVE, STRAND ON SUNDAY 1 APRIL 2018 [EASTER SUNDAY] – BY IAN SINCLAIR
A lovely Autumn morning to ride our bikes on the long weekend, with Monday being a public holiday. At Damelin we stood around chatting and at 08h00 I called the riders closer to brief them on the route and the venue. As the restaurant only opened at 09h00 there was no rush to depart from Damelin. I phoned the restaurant/events coordinator and gave her the number of people that would be having breakfast. We departed Damelin at about 08h15 and turned ...

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REPORT ON THE AFTERNOON RIDE TO THE THIRSTY OYSTER RESTAURANT, OLD HARBOUR, BEACH ROAD, GORDON’S BAY ON SUNDAY 4 MARCH 2018 – BY IAN SINCLAIR
This ride was a sunset ride only departing Damelin at 16h30. Arriving at Damelin and briefing the members on the restaurant, it was decided to go direct to Gordons Bay. Shortly after 16h30 we departed from Damelin and proceeded onto the N2 and stayed on the N2 all the way to the last set of traffic lights at the bottom of Sir Lowry`s Pass. We then turned right into Sir Lowry`s Pass road. At the end of Sir Lowry`s Pass road, ...

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REPORT ON THE CHAIRMAN’S CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST RIDE TO THE OCEAN BLUE RESTAURANT, VICTORIA ROAD, CAMPS BAY ON 18th FEBRUARY 2018 – BY IAN SINCLAIR
Sunday morning was cool, with no sign of rain, which suited us just fine. It was off to Damelin in Mowbray to meet up with our fellow club members. At 08h00 I called the riders closer to brief them on the route and the venue, then it was helmets and gloves on and I contacted the restaurant to give them the number of people that would be attending. Leaving Damelin the ride turned left onto the N2 and taking the left off ramp ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB RIDE TO VIA’S DELI & STAY, 33 MAIN RD, GREYTON ON SUNDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2018 – BY IAN SINCLAIR
Sunday dawned bright and sunny and it was off to Damelin normal time as this ride was going to be leaving at 09h00 and I needed to inform early arrivals that the departure time was only at 08h00 and also that the end venue had changed. Originally the ride was meant to go to Shunting shed, Botriver, unfortunately for them they cancelled on Saturday afternoon. Their loss. Kevin Farrow was the first to arrive at 08h30, John Lee arrived shortly thereafter. ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB RIDE TO BERTHA`S RESTAURANT, WHARF STREET, SIMONSTOWN ON SUNDAY 21 JANUARY 2018 – BY IAN SINCLAIR
Waking up to an overcast, cloudy, and cool day it was off to Damelin to see who was prepared to ride in the unpredictable weather. Arriving at Damelin the mist had cleared, and it was soon time to brief the members on the route and the restaurant for our breakfast. Leaving Damelin we turned left onto the N2 and again left onto the M3, staying in the right lane as we were going to turn right into Rhodes Avenue towards Kirstenbosch ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB RIDE TO THE BRIG’S BARN RESTAURANT, DARLING ON SUNDAY 7 JANUARY 2018 – BY IAN SINCLAIR
It started to rain on Saturday evening, which everyone is thankful for, despite the fact that there was a ride on Sunday morning. Sunday morning was cloudy/overcast with very damp road surfaces. So, it was off to Damelin, Mowbray to meet up with the members that are not fair weather riders. Upon arrival at Damelin, there were already a couple of members waiting. Just before 8 o` clock, Mandy asked for her rain pants and John van der Spuy was seen to ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB CAPTAIN’S INCENTIVE RIDE TO THE RIEBEEK WEST HOTEL ON SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER 2017 – BY IAN SINCLAIR
This morning the sun was shining and the “good” old Cape Doctor was blowing much better. Never fear, the Nomad`s club had a ride to attend. There were 11 members who had qualified for the club captain`s incentive breakfast. These members had attended more than 60% of the year`s rides. Time to get dressed and refuel the bike and off to Damelin to await the arrival of the members. Upon arrival at Damelin, Kevin Farrow, Sean Anderson and a friend were ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB’S RIDE TO THE FRANSCHHOEK STATION PUB & GRILL ON SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2017 – BY IAN SINCLAIR
The morning dawned bright and clear. Time to get ready to get dressed and refuel the bike and off to Damelin to meet up with the members who were going on this morning`s ride. On arrival at Damelin there were already a couple of members waiting for the rest of the riders to arrive. At 08h00 I gave the riders a briefing on the restaurant that we were going to and the route that was to be taken. Helmets were put on, ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB’S RIDE TO THE ELGIN/GRABOUW COUNTRY CLUB ON SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2017 – BY IAN SINCLAIR
Waking up on Sunday morning, one knew that we were in Cape Town as the “good old “Cape Doctor was blowing up a gale, not that a bit of wind would put our dedicated members off from riding on a scheduled Nomad`s ride. Arriving at Damelin, there was Bill and Barbara and Glen eagerly waiting to ride. Slowly more members arrived bringing along a couple of visitors. The minutes ticked by and at 08h00, I called the riders closer and gave the ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB’S RIDE TO THE ONS HUISIE RESTAURANT, BLOUBERGSTRAND ON SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER 2017 – BY IAN SINCLAIR
The whole week the weather forecast for this particular Sunday it was going to rain. Time to get up an hour earlier as this would be the Summer starting time of 08h00. With the inclement weather there were already quite a few members at Damelin. Time for the pre-ride briefing at 08h00 as it was starting to rain. Once the briefing was done, we set off. The route comprised of turning onto the N2 and then onto the M5 and over Koeberg Interchange, onto ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB’S RIDE TO THE GOODWOOD SPORTS CLUB, MILTON ROAD, GOODWOOD ON SUNDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2017 – BY IAN SINCLAIR
Sunday dawned as a bright Spring Day. This was going to be a short ride as we had to cater for the members to save their money for the Springbok Rally at the end of the month. Upon arrival at Damelin there were already a few members waiting to ride their bikes. Once the briefing on the route and restaurant was over, we departed for Goodwood at 08h30, the last time for the year on Winter starting time. The route was into ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB’S RIDE TO THE FISHERMAN’S RESTAURANT, MAIN ROAD, KOMMETJIE ON SUNDAY 6 AUGUST 2017 – BY IAN SINCLAIR
This morning the skies cleared and upon arrival at Damelin there was already a large group of members and their guests/ visitors. 08h30 ticked by and I gave the route briefing and as there was no rush to depart as the restaurant was opening at 10h00 for the riders. They normally only open at 11h00 in the Winter season. I phoned the Social Secretary as she was going by car direct to the restaurant to give her the number of people ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB’S RIDE TO THE OCEAN BLUE RESTAURANT, VICTORIA ROAD, CAMPS BAY ON SUNDAY 16 JULY 2017 – BY IAN SINCLAIR
On this Sunday morning it was raining at 04h00 until about 06h00, and I thought that it was going to rain on the ride. When I woke up I looked out the window and saw that the clouds were breaking up and disappearing and the sky was clearing. Upon arrival at Damelin there was only the Chairman and Vice Chairman waiting for the rest of the members to arrive. Shortly afterwards a few more members arrived. I gave my briefing on the ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB’S RIDE TO THE STOEP CAFé, HARBOUR ROAD, KLEINMOND ON 2 JULY 2017 – BY IAN SINCLAIR
Sunday morning dawned bright and very cold. It was off to Damelin in Mowbray to see who had braved the fresh Winter morning. Once at Damelin a briefing was given to the route and off we set. The ride left Damelin and turned onto the N2 and stayed on the N2 all the way through Somerset West, having to stop at the petrol station just past Somerset West for Michael Meiring to put in petrol as he had misjudged when he ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB’S RIDE TO THE SIMONDIUM COUNTRY LODGE ON 18 JUNE 2017 – BY IAN SINCLAIR
Up early this very cool winter morning with no rain and a promise of sunshine for the day. Arriving at Damelin there was already a bigger group of members compared to two weeks ago. Once all the regulars had arrived it was time to brief the members on the route. Having done the aforementioned we set off onto the N2, left onto the M5 and over the Koeberg Junction onto the N1. Once again very little traffic and it was into the right ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB’S RIDE TO THE DOCKSIDE RESTAURANT, CLUB MYKONOS, LANGEBAAN ON 4 JUNE 2017 BY – IAN SINCLAIR
The morning was bright and sunny with a definite cold bite in the air. Arriving at Damelin, Robbie Geugis was already there, with Gerhardus Keuler and John Lee arriving shortly afterwards. A very short briefing as to the route and off we set onto the N2, M5 and over Koeberg Junction and onto the N1. Taking the service road of the N1 past Century City and turning onto the N7. All the way until the turnoff to Melkbosstrand and then down to the ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB’S RIDE TO THE SWARTLAND FISHERIES & CAFE, MALMESBURY ON 21 MAY 2017 BY – IAN SINCLAIR
The morning started off with cool temperatures and a light cloud cover, very high in the sky. Off to Mowbray first to refuel at the service station in Durban Road then round the corner to Damelin to meet up with the rest of the riders of the day. After greeting everybody it was then time to brief everybody on the route. The route went from Damelin right onto the N2, turning left onto the M5, over the new flyover at Koeberg Interchange onto ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB’S BREAKFAST RIDE TO THE BLOEMHOF RESTAURANT, OAKDALE, BELLVILLE ON 7 MAY 2017 BY – IAN SINCLAIR
The day started off being cloudy, cool and threatening to rain, which it had done during the night. Whilst riding on the N1 towards the M5, looked at the mountain and saw a dark ominous cloud which could have meant rain. Fortunately as I got closer to the M5, I could actually see through this cloud and realised that it was only a mist cloud and I knew that the sun would burn it off. Upon arrival at Damelin, there were already ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB’S BREAKFAST RIDE TO DE KELDER RESTAURANT, PLATTEKLOOF ON 23 APRIL 2017 BY – CAROLE HORN
It was a lovely start to the day, we had a great turn out including lots of visitors, on and off bikes. We met bright and early at Damelin as usual. We took the Liesbeek Park way turn off onto the M5 toward Muizenberg way. We went past a lot of new places that I had never see before i.e.: Lavender Hill - yes, we have all heard of it, but who knew where it was? I now know. We went along the ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB’S BREAKFAST RIDE TO THE SILVER SPUR, BELLVILLE ON SUNDAY, 2 APRIL 2017 – BY IAN SINCLAIR
This Sunday greeted us with a cool North Westerly wind blowing and cloudy skies, but never fear the rain suits have been packed in the bike for months already, just to keep the rain away on the first and third Sundays of each month. Mandy and I arrived at Damelin at 07h35 to an empty parking area, but as we stopped and parked the bike, Alistair and Carole rode past to turn at the traffic lights and join us at Damelin. Thereafter ...

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REPORT ON THE CHAIRMAN’S CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST RIDE TO THE BLOWFISH RESTAURANT, DOLPHIN BEACH HOTEL, TABLE VIEW ON SUNDAY, 5 MARCH 2017 BY – IAN SINCLAIR
This Sunday morning dawned with bright sunshine and clear blue skies. Mandy and I set off earlier than usual wanting to refuel in Mowbray. Upon arrival at Damelin at 07h33, we were the first there and started to wonder if we had the right date and day. Five minutes later Simon Jefferies arrived and the day was saved as more and more members started to arrive at Damelin. At 08h00 Alistair briefed us on the route to the breakfast venue at the ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB’S BREAKFAST RIDE TO THE HOLLOW TREE RESTAURANT, BELLVILLE ON 19 FEBRUARY 2017 BY – CAROLE HORN
It started out as a lovely Sunday morning. It was a little windy out in the Northern suburbs way and we were a little worried but there was no wind at our meeting point. It turned out we had 8 bikes. And we were off........ We left Damelin went right onto Liesbeek Park Way onto the M5. We were having a nice ride until a "crazy lady" in a Silver/Grey Polo squeezed between the Club Captain and Glen. Glen had to slam ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB’S BREAKFAST RIDE TO ON THE EDGE RESTAURANT, BETTY’S BAY ON 5 FEBRUARY 2017 – BY CAROLE HORN
It looked like the perfect day for a lovely breakfast ride. We arrived at Damelin and the only person there was Kevin. We thought we were either early or no-one was coming. LOL After a little while we had company and all were in good spirits and eager for a nice ride. The route we took was from Damelin onto the N2. We travelled on the N2 all the way until the bottom of the pass and turned right to Gordon’s Bay. The traffic on ...

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REPORT ON THE CLUB’S BREAKFAST RIDE TO THE PLEASANT PHEASANT RESTAURANT, RIEBEEK KASTEEL ON 15 JANUARY 2017 – BY IAN SINCLAIR (Retired Traffic Officer)
Sunday morning dawned a little cooler than the previous days of the preceding week. Upon arrival at Damelin there were 3 members already there. As the minutes ticked by so more and more members arrived. Alistair Horn, our new co-opted Club Captain briefed us on the route and off we set. Leaving Damelin the ride turned onto the N2, then left onto the M5, over the new flyover bridge at Koeberg Interchange onto the N1. Here Sean Anderson upon joining the N1 overtook ...

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