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 lane of the N1 by the time we were going past Century City. The ride stayed in the right lane all the way until the third turnoff to Paarl, namely Jan van Riebeek road, where the ride turned right towards the Wemmershoek Dam and Hollandse Moulen.

There were no erratic drivers out on the road anywhere along the route. Wally joined us at the Klapmuts off ramp.

Once we were on the Wemmershoek Dam road the sun had not reached the roadway so it was very, very cold and Robert Todd`s temperature gauge gave a very low reading of 6.5 degrees Celsius.

Past the dam and Hollandse Moulen campsite the ride turned right onto the Paarl/Franschhoek road, crossing the Berg river, past the L`omarins motor museum, past the turnoff to Stellenbosch/Hells Hoogte and shortly thereafter we turned right into the Simondium Country Lodge.

Once in the dining room we settled in at our respective tables and were warmly welcomed by our host Henry with glasses of sherry on a centre table.

The buffet breakfast comprised of mixed fruit, choice of three cheeses, cold meats, a variety of cereals and the hot breakfast. This comprised of scrambled eggs, bacon, two different sausages, mushrooms, baked beans and fried tomatoes.

This breakfast was well worth the cold ride and excellent value for money.

There were 21 members and 3 visitors.

11 bikes and 3 cars.
BMW 5. Harley Davidson 1. Honda 1. Suzuki 3. Yamaha 1.

An excellent restaurant for a great value breakfast.

The next two rides will be held on Sunday 2nd July to the Stoep café in Kleinmond and Sunday 16th July to the Ocean Blue Restaurant, Camps Bay.

Stay safe at all times.

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