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 quite a few members eagerly awaiting my arrival.

At 08h30 I briefed the members on the route and off we set.

Leaving Damelin parking area, we turned left onto the N2, and again left onto the M3, riding past the U.C.T. and Newlands forest picnic area and the forest station, turning right into Rhodes Drive towards Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The ride then turned right again at the T junction up past the top gate of Kirstenbosch, through all the corners up to Constantia Neck. Then it was down into Hout Bay, turning right at the first traffic circle by the Police Station, up to the traffic lights at Victoria Road and turned right to head up the famous/infamous Suikerbossie Hill. [Ask any pedal cyclist what this hill is like who has ridden in the Cape Town Cycle Tour, previously known as the Argus Cycle Tour]

The ride then went downhill past Llandudno, along the coast and into Bakoven, turning right into Houghton Road, again turning right into Camps Bay Drive, up over Kloof neck, down Kloof neck Road, which becomes Buitengraght Street. Out onto the Elevated Freeway, onto F. W. De Klerk Boulevard, [old Table Bay Boulevard] or the N1, if you look at a Road Atlas of South Africa.

The ride then went out onto the N1 until the Durban Road turnoff at Bellville, where we turned left into Durban Road and then turned right into Bloemhof Road and again turned right into the parking area of the Bloemhof Restaurant. Yvonne, Mandy, Val, Carole, Wally, Mike and Sue were waiting for our arrival.
We all sat inside the restaurant as there was a distinctive nip in the air. Once we had all seated ourselves our host, David, brought out the coffee pots and then took our breakfast orders.

The food was delicious, plentiful and hot. Everyone I think is in agreement that we will be having breakfast at this restaurant again.

Our host turned on the big screen TV so that we could watch Moto 3.

All in all, a good time was had by all.

There were 20 members, 3 visitors. 5 cars. 10 bikes.

BMW 5. Harley Davidson 1. Honda 1. Suzuki 2. Yamaha 1.

The next ride takes place on Sunday, 21st May, 2017, and will be going to Swartland Fisheries, Malmesbury.

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