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 Blowfish Restaurant at the Dolphin Beach Hotel, Table View.

We left Damelin and turned right onto the N2, then it was left onto the M5, over the new bridge at Koeberg Interchange, onto the N1 all the way up to the R304, where we turned left onto the R304, heading towards the back of Durbanville.

At the Klipheuwel intersection we turned left, over the bridge next to the silos, then we turned right towards Philadelphia. Slowing down as we went through Philadelphia, then on towards the narrow bridge amongst the farmlands.

We continued along the R304 under the N7 [not over the N7 as Alistair had briefed us], all the way down to the old Atlantis Road, where the ride turned left back towards Cape Town. Unfortunately this must be one of the worst roads in the Western Cape. There are warning signs about potholes and falling branches, which slowed the ride down so as not to bounce from one bump in the roadway to the next bump at the same avoiding the potholes and looking out for falling branches.

At the Melkbos road between the N7 and the R27 we turned right and proceeded towards Melkbos until the R27 where the ride turned left down the R27 back towards Cape Town, until the turnoff to the Dolphin Beach Hotel, where the ride turned right and then left into the entrance and there was parking right outside the entrance to the Hotel.

Eagerly awaiting our arrival with camera always at the ready was Yvonne and David and Tracey Jacoby, who had pedal cycled from their residence in Table View to the restaurant. Mark was already inside seated and waiting for our arrival.

At first we thought Harold and Mads had got lost, only to find out that he had to stop to put in petrol.

This is why you should fill the bike`s tank on the Sunday morning of the ride. There are TWO petrol stations in Durban Road, Mowbray. Just around the corner from Damelin. Needless to say this will put Harold in line for the cog up.

While we were all trying to get seated, Danii and Shannon arrived. Then it was Kevin Farrow`s turn to arrive, then Michael Jackson arrived.

Breakfast consisted of various fruits, yoghurts, cereals, toast and then it was onto the hot breakfast, which consisted of baked beans, beef and pork sausage, savory mince, fried tomatoes, bacon, scrambled egg and tea and coffee.

All the food was delicious and the atmosphere was even better. Everybody having satisfied their appetites departed for their other engagements.

There were 29 members and 3 visitors. 16 bikes, 5 quads and 2 bicycles. [David and Tracey Jacoby]
Bikes consisted of the following;

BMW 6, Harley Davidson 1, Honda 2, Suzuki 2, Triumph 2, Yamaha 3.

Ride and drive safe on our roads at all times.

Ian Sinclair.

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