Another beautiful day for riding our bikes. Yesterday, Saturday, was also a beautiful day to be out on our bikes. I was up early as I had to fetch a friend in Bellville who I had invited on the ride. Leaving Bellville just after 08h00 it was a pleasant ride through to Mowbray.
Arriving at Damelin there was a good crowd of bikes and riders already there. A quick good morning to everybody and an introduction of my friend and then it was time to brief the riders on the venue and the route.
Departing Damelin we turned right onto the N2 and then took the off ramp to the M5. Riding slowly so the back part of the group that had got caught at the traffic lights under the N2, could catch up to the front of the group. Going past Century City, I saw the Chairman moving up past the group to indicate to me that even the Tail End Charlie was now at the back of the group.
Increasing our speed to get the ride going. Riding up Parow hill, we moved over to the left lane, as we were going to take the Jip De Jager off ramp. At the bottom of the off ramp, we turned left into Jip De Jager and proceeded up the hill towards Welgemoed. We stayed on Jip De Jager throughout the suburbs, only stopping outside the Protea hotel to wait for those bikes that had got caught at the traffic lights.
Once the bikes had joined the group, we continued further along Jip De Jager crossing Tyger valley road up to and over Racecourse Road into St. Johns Road. Having to stop/slow down at the stop signs in St. Johns Road. After negotiating the traffic circles, we were then in Vissershok road. Going past the wine farm we one can fire the cannon at a price, the road becomes a little narrow and bumpy, which we all managed to negotiate. Up and over the top and with a view across the farmlands of yellow canola pastures in full bloom, we road down the hill, until the 4 ways stop street. Here we turned left and rode through Contermanskloof, past the quarry and the industrial park on the right.
At the T junction of Contermans kloof road and Tyger valley road, we turned right to proceed through Richwood and Burgundy estate. At the traffic circle at Plattekloof road and Bothasig we turned right towards the N7. At the bridge over the N7 we proceeded cautiously through the 2 “traffic light” intersections. These traffic lights have not been working for such a long time, that I don’t think anybody knows how long they have not been working.
At the end of Plattekloof road and Koeberg road we turned left, heading towards Milnerton. Past the turn off to Montagu gardens and the horse racing stables on the right. Then it was our turn to turn left into Marconi business centre and stop outside I.M.I Café da Corsa, our breakfast venue for the morning. Having sanitized our hands, we found tables to sit down at and then it was time to order hot beverages. At this time of the year the outside temperature is still quite cool. Breakfast menus were perused, and our orders were taken.
A lot of chatter and watching of last weekend’s superbike racing and getting ready for this days Moto GP. Soon the food was served, and the chatter died as everybody was now eating. Once the meals were finished and the bills were paid, we all left to go watch the Moto GP.
There were 17 members, 4 visitors, 16 bikes, 3 of which went directly to the venue, and 1 car.
I wish to thank all the members and visitors who attended the ride today. It is really appreciated by me and the committee.
I also had a list for our annual economy ride, taking place over the weekend of 18/19 of September 2021. Starting at Masakhane service station, Bosmansdam road, Milnerton and finishing in Lamberts Bay on the West coast. So far there are 14 riders. You are welcome to invite visitors on the ride to stay overnight and join in this fun event.
I also need 6 marshals to assist at the start, refuel point and the finish.
I need all the riders and marshals’ names by Saturday, 21 August 2021. For those who have not yet put their names down on my list and are still interested in partaking in this fun event, you can email me at email@example.com, WhatsApp, sms or a phone call on 072 540 9470.
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