REPORT ON THE BREAKFAST RIDE TO THE ELGIN RAILWAY MARKET, ELGIN, ON SUNDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2020 – BY IAN SINCLAIR

What with gale force winds during the past week and earth quakes the previous weekend, what was the weather going to be like on this Sunday`s ride?

Upon waking up this morning one could not have asked for better riding weather. Off we set, refuelling along the way we set off to Mowbray. Waiting for us at Damelin was John Lee, on his Honda Repsol Fireblade. That is probably why he was there before anybody else. Slowly other members arrived and having to wait for certain members, husband/wife, I only briefed the riders on the restaurant and the route after 08h00. We left Damelin at about 08h20. Turning right onto the N2 and then left onto the M5, proceeding over Koeberg Interchange onto the N1.

Moving into the right lane as soon as it was safe to do so. Fortunately, there was not too much traffic on the road and those vehicles that were in the right lane moved out of our way timeously.

Just past the Engen 1 stop on the N1, we took the off ramp to the Klipheuwel road/Stellenbosch off ramp. Turning right we crossed the N1 and proceeded past the butchery/ rose nursery on the left. We stayed on this road all the way into Stellenbosch and then turned right into the R44, to ride alongside the railway line until we went past the medical centre and onto the R44/ Broadway Boulevard.

At the N2 we turned left onto the N2 and just after the `s` bend at the golf course, they are building a massive pedestrian foot bridge. Thoughts went through my head as to how many pedestrians would use this bridge to still just jaywalking across this double highway.

On through Somerset West and just about been caught at every red traffic light, we got the traffic light at the base of Sir Lowry`s Pass the light was green and we were able to increase our speed to negotiate the pass. Up and over the pass and over the upper dam of Steenbras dam, a quick look left and right to see how high/full both dams are, after all the rain and snow that we had during our Winter season.

Past the first turn off to Grabouw, we continued onto the 2nd turn off to Grabouw, turning left towards Grabouw. About a kilometre later we turned right towards Elgin Station. Another 200 meters and we turned right again, riding slowly through the railway houses and sheds. Upon approaching the station market, we did a flick to the left and right and rode up to the station platform and parked our motorcycles facing the railway line.

Upon entering the market area, we found 2 long tables to sit at and then it was time to walk around and see what was on offer for breakfast. We ordered our breakfast and then we got our cappuccinos at another stall. The large cappuccino was R2.00 more than the medium one. So, it was large ones for us. Back to our tables and then it was time to collect our breakfast orders. Good food for great value. General conversation got going whilst they waited for their orders.

How time flies when we are having fun. Having eaten our food, it was time to depart for our respective residences. No bills to settle as everybody had to pay as they ordered their meals.

There were 14 members, 2 visitors and 10 bikes. Thank you to everybody who attended this ride. It is greatly appreciated.

The next ride will be on Sunday, 18th October 2020, to the Ocean Blue Restaurant, Camps Bay. Departing Damelin parking area, Mowbray at 08h00. We were last there on 15th March 2020.

7 months ago, when the President spoke to the nation that evening informing us about Covid-19 and what the lockdown regulations were all about.

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