REPORT ON THE BREAKFAST RIDE TO THE BOATHOUSE RESTAURANT, HARBOUR ROAD, KLEINMOND ON SUNDAY 17 JUNE 2018 (FATHER’S DAY) – BY IAN SINCLAIR

Once again, the wind was blowing a North Westerly, which is an indication that there was rain on the way to Cape Town. Fortunately for us going on the ride it was not raining as yet. Off to Damelin to see who was getting up to ride on Father`s Day.

Upon arrival at Damelin, there were already a few members waiting to go riding. Slowly more members arrived, and it was time to brief everybody on the restaurant and the route. Steve Menzies had to excuse himself as he was suffering with severe gastro, having gotten out of bed, and arriving at Damelin to attempt to go on the ride.

We set off onto the N2, riding slowly to wait for the back of the pack to catch up, having been caught at the traffic lights under the N2. Soon we were all together again and we picked up the pace and headed for Somerset West and Sir Lowry`s Pass.

Proceeding over both Sir Lowry`s Pass and Houhoek Pass the wind was blowing very strongly and we all rode cautiously, so as to prevent any incidents. At the bottom of Houhoek Pass we took the off ramp towards Hermanus and at the turn off to Kleinmond we turned right, proceeding past the golf estate on the left. Riding into Kleinmond, we reduced the speed keeping to the recommended sign posted speed limit. We proceeded through the town until Harbour Road, turning left towards the sea and the little shopping centre. At the end of the road we pulled left into the parking area and dismounted our motorcycles and proceeded into the Boathouse Restaurant.

We were warmly welcomed and promptly informed that they were expecting a power outage at 10h00, so we all got our coffee orders in immediately. Ten minutes after we arrived, we were joined by Luderick, Helewese and Glen. All three having left Hartenbos at about 06h30, after attending the Whale Rally. They also got their coffee orders in and then breakfasts were ordered. In the time it took to fill our names in the ride register, the hot breakfasts started to arrive on our tables.

Once everybody had finished their breakfast and settled the bill, it was time to set off home to continue their respective Father`s Day celebrations. A few of us went back through Betty`s Bay and Rooi Els. The wind was really blowing in Betty`s Bay, so much so that I was riding over at an angle of 45 degrees. The wind was blowing from my right to my left, so it was riding on the centre white line to counteract the wind from blowing us into the gutter. I chose this route, knowing how the wind can and does blow over Sir Lowry`s Pass. Once through Rooi Els and riding cautiously along Clarence Drive, we rode through Gordon`s Bay and got onto the N2 and headed home.
The restaurant service was excellent and good value for money.
There were 14 members and 3 visitors, 11 bikes and 1 car.

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