REPORT ON THE CHAIRMAN’S CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST TO THE BLOEMHOF RESTAURANT, OAKDALE, BELLVILLE, ON SUNDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2020 – BY IAN SINCLAIR

Upon waking up on this morning only to find that the weather was on a bit of the cool side. So off to Mowbray we set to join up with the rest of the members. Riding along the N1 and looking at the mountain the clouds were a darker shade of black and they were increasing in quantity.

At 08h00 I called the riders together and briefed them on the venue and the route. We left Damelin just after 08h05 and turned into Liesbeek Parkway.

At the N2 we turned right and then turned left onto the M5 and continued over the Koeberg flyover and took the left lanes to proceed along the service road past Century City. Just after Century City we turned left onto the N7 and proceeded towards Du Noon. After Du Noon we took the off ramp towards Table View and at the traffic lights we had to wait for the lights to change to green for us so we could turn right towards Durbanville. Following the sweeping bend past the industrial area on the left up to the T junction, we turned left to go through Contermanskloof past the quarries on the right.

Coming out of the last left sweeping bend and approaching the four way stop, I made sure everybody was still with the group. At the four way stop sign we turned right and proceeded up Vissershoek hill between the dairy farms. This hill is very steep and basically must be ridden in third gear. It is also a favourite route for pedal cycle routes in the area. The worst part for the pedal cyclists is by the time they come past these farms, is that the sun has started to heat up the ground and it then becomes very difficult to breathe “fresh air “otherwise known as cow dung.

Over the top of the hill and down past new vineyards and long established horse riding farms and entering the West side of Durbanville, having to slow down for the first traffic circle and then onto the second circle, where we turned right into St John`s Road and proceeded along until the intersection of Racecourse Road. We continued straight, which becomes Jip De Jager extension, until Tygerberg Valley road, where we turned left and continued towards Tygervalley shopping centre. At Old Oak Avenue we turned left and rode up to Durban road and turned right. At Bloemhof Road we turned left, proceeded round the traffic circle, over the speed hump and just before the left hand bend, we turned right into the Bloemhof Complex and immediately left into the restaurant parking area. Having parked our bikes, we walked into the restaurant at the back of the complex, only to find Warren and Bryony Herman already seated. They were spending a weekend in Riebeek Kasteel and decided to join us for breakfast. Also, in cars were Val and Carol Horn, Robin and Sirbastion, Denise Faure and Johan Rossouw, Yvonne Pringle. Robbie Phillips managed to persuade his wife to go on the bike. Well done Robbie. Welcome Gabi. Nice to see you on the bike. You are always welcome. Then it was time to order our breakfast`s and toast the Chairman. Once that was done and breakfast eaten and the visitors had paid for their breakfast, it was time to leave and head off home to other prior engagements.

There were 21 members, 7 visitors. 13 bikes and 5 cars.

Thank you to those who attended this ride, it is appreciated.
The next two rides on Sunday, 1st March 2020, is going to Bistro 14, Harbour Road, Kleinmond.
The weekend of the 3rd to 5th April is the Buffalo Rally, at the ATKV campsite, Hartenbos. SO, NO CLUB RIDE.

Sunday, 19th April 2020, is going to be a very short mystery ride. DEPARTING Damelin at 08h30. Winter starting time.

To those who are going to the Buffalo Rally, have a safe and pleasant trip to Hartenbos and back home again. Ride safe at all times.

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

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