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 the N1. Once again this was to be a short ride, being the second ride of the month.
As Damelin is so close to the mountain, we needed to get away to avoid the rain.
After Koeberg Interchange the ride went onto the service road of the N1, past Century City and taking the left off ramp onto the N7, heading North.
Riding along the N7 past the Plattekloof Road bridge we went past a familiar looking car and it turned out to be Pietie and Helena Kotze.
The ride continued on the N7 until the turnoff to Melkbosstrand, where we turned left towards Melkbosstrand. Just before the old Atlantis Road, I stopped the ride as I could see we were missing a few bikes. A minute later the missing bikes joined us and it turned out to be a visitor, who was running in his new Triumph. Start-up time again and off we set, in the direction of Melkbosstrand.
Thereafter the group stayed together crossing the West Coast Road and despite the only traffic light in Melkbosstrand changing to red and splitting the group. I slowed the ride down and the back markers soon rejoined us.
Riding along the coast road I saw a white car starting to overtake the whole group, despite the fact that there were solid white lines, supposed to prevent illegal overtaking along that section of the road. As the vehicle went past me I saw that it had a temporary paper/permit in the rear window. This vehicle soon disappeared in the distance, overtaking more vehicles in the process.
The ride continued along the coast, turning right at Cormorant Avenue towards Eden on Big Bay, eventually riding into Sir David Baird Drive and turning right into General Janssens Road and again right into Stadler Road and parking in the parking area outside Ons Huisie Restaurant.
It was into the restaurant just in time, because it started to rain and it was very heavy rain. Not that anyone was likely to complain, as the Cape still desperately needs lots and lots of rain.
We were seated in the Ons Huisie stoep and their door faced the parking area and without a weather board at the bottom of the door the water was flowing under the door. This kept the staff busy with mops, attempting to mop up the water.
The menus arrived and coffees/cappuccinos were ordered and breakfast orders were placed. Not much longer to wait and the breakfasts arrived. Omelettes with bacon, cheese and mushrooms cost us R68.00. This omelettes covered the plate and once I had finished, I knew that I had had enough. All the breakfasts were reasonably priced. The service and staff were excellent and I think they will definitely see us again.
The roads were reasonably quiet, probably due to the incoming bad weather. Having settled the bill, everybody departed at about 10h30, to prior arrangements.
There were 26 people for breakfast. 19 members. 7 visitors. 13 bikes and 3 cars.

The next ride will take place on Sunday 5th November 2017, departing Damelin at 08h00 and will be going to Elgin/Grabouw Country Club.

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