REPORT ON THE BREAKFAST RIDE TO THE BISTRO 14 RESTAURANT, KLEINMOND, SUNDAY, 1ST MARCH 2020 – BY IAN SINCLAIR

Once again what a beautiful day to wake up to, with blue skies, bright sunshine and no wind. Off to Damelin after refuelling in Goodwood. Upon arrival at Damelin, John Lee was the only rider eagerly waiting for the ride to start. He was on a borrowed Honda VFR 800. Soon more members arrived and then it was time to brief all the riders on the restaurant and the route.

Lodi Cronje had invited his friend Tume Motse on his new Triumph 1200 and was welcomed by one and all.

The route was departing Damelin and turning right onto the N2, once again the traffic lights under the N2 changed and caught the last six bikes. I pulled the front of the ride over on the N2 just before the M5 to wait for the rest of the group. The wait was not very long when they came riding past and we had to start after them and go past them at the bridge between Pinelands and Mowbray. We all settled into our staggered riding formation and brought our speed up to 120 km/h, where we could. Unfortunately, some drivers do not know that they must travel slowly in the extreme left lane and not hold up any traffic in the fast lane.

We stayed on the N2 all the way through to Somerset West and Gordons Bay, turning right at the bottom of Sir Lowry`s Pass, travelling towards Gordons Bay. At the end of Gordons Bay Road at the T junction we turned left onto Clarence Drive and rode slowly through the town. Then it was onto the twisties between Gordons Bay and Rooiels. Unfortunately, there was a tour bus in front of us, so we just took our time, until just after Steenbras river mouth where the single lane becomes two lanes and some of us were able to get past the bus. The rest of the group worked their way past the bus on their own.

Before we knew it, we were approaching Rooiels, over the river and up the hill exiting Rooiels. Then the road opens and one can see for kilometres ahead. Past the turn off to Pringle Bay and Hangklip and having to slow down as we entered Bettys Bay. Riding through Bettys Bay and still seeing some of the properties that were destroyed in the devastating fire that occurred last year. There are a few houses that are been restored. Exiting Bettys Bay, we picked up speed only to slow down having to negotiate the bend over the Palmiet River. Riding slowly into Kleinmond, we turned right into Harbour Road and negotiated the speed humps and traffic circle and then stopped outside the restaurant where we were to have breakfast. John van der Spuy was already inside the restaurant as he was on his way to Knysna on a business trip. He was travelling by car therefore the reason he was dressed in shorts and T shirt.

We all found tables to sit at and ordered our beverages and breakfasts. Shortly afterwards Barry Wrankmore arrived, he had gone direct via which route only he can tell you.

Lots of chatter and lots of quality food for reasonable prices. Soon it was time to settle the individual table bills and head off to prior arrangements. Some members deciding to return to Cape Town via Houhoek Pass and Sir Lowry`s Pass. Mandy and I came back along the coastal route. Very pleasant to ride slowly and appreciate the views and the good road surface.

Thank you to all those who attended the ride, it is really appreciated.

There were 18 members, 2 visitors, 14 bikes and 1 car.

The next ride takes place on Sunday, 15th March 2020 and it is going to the Ocean Blue restaurant, Victoria Road, Camps Bay. Departing Damelin at 08h00.

There will NOT be a ride on Sunday 5th April 2020 as this is the Buffalo Rally weekend. To all those attending the Buffalo Rally, have a safe trip to and from the rally.

Sunday, 19th April 2020 will be a very short mystery ride. Departing Damelin at 08h30. Winter starting time.

Remember A.T.P. A.T.T. All the Protection, All the Time.

Ride safe at all times.

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