REPORT ON THE BREAKFAST RIDE TO THE FRANSCHHOEK STATION PUB AND GRILL RESTAURANT, MAIN ROAD, FRANSCHHOEK, ON SUNDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2020 – BY IAN SINCLAIR

For the past 6 months and most of the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month the weather was perfect for riding. But as we all know there was that horrible name/thing called Covid-19 and due to the lockdown rules/regulations we were not allowed to ride together and sit near to one another in any restaurant.

Sunday 20th September 2020 arrived, and we were able to go on a club ride. Unfortunately, the weather put a bit of a dampener on this ride/day. Mandy and I got caught in a small shower of rain on the N1 on route to our meeting point in Mowbray. Not too serious as we were keen to ride.

Arriving at Damelin we eagerly awaited the other club members who were keen to ride with the club again. At 08h30 I briefed the riders on the restaurant and the route we were going to take.

Off we set and it was turning right onto the N2, then left onto the M5, over the Koeberg Interchange and onto the N1. Joining the N1 and moving into the right lane as soon as it was safe to do so. We stayed in the right lane all along the N1 until the 3rd off ramp to Paarl. We took this off ramp and at the stop sign we turned right to go under the N1. We continued along the R301, riding past the golf estates, negotiating the traffic circle and past all the vineyards. Continuing along we went past the turn off to the Wemmershoek dam and a little further along we went past the turn off to De Hollandsche Molen Caravan Park and camping site.

At the 4-way intersection with the Paarl/Franschhoek road we turned left towards Franschhoek. We continued into Franschhoek sticking behind the vehicles as there was no opportunity to overtake due to oncoming traffic and other traffic joining the road into Franschhoek. At the Station Pub and Grill we turned right into the parking area and parked our motorcycles.

There to meet us was Val Horn and her daughter Carol, Ian and Hayley Peters. Greetings all done we proceeded through the restaurant and sat outside under the huge tarpaulin/tent. Hot beverages were ordered, and the breakfast orders were also taken, as it was still a little cool. The conversations got started with everybody catching up on what one has been doing the past 6 months.

The hot beverages arrived and soon after that the breakfasts arrived. These were consumed in between all the conversations. All too soon it was time to settle the bill and I must thank Carol for sorting that out, giving Mandy a break from doing the calculations, plus adding on the tip for each individual person/ meal.

Goodbyes were said and all of us set off in separate groups. Some going via Stellenbosch for more coffee, others going directly home to settle down and watch the Moto GP.

We were caught in another rain shower on the N1 going through Brackenfell/Kraaifontein area. This was not a problem as we were heading home, and we could get out our wet clothes once we were at home and have a warm/hot shower and then put on dry clothes.

There were 14 members, 2 visitors, 10 bikes, 1 car and 1 LDV.

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