Another lovely day for riding our bikes. Although a bit cold, but that gets the blood flowing. Off to Damelin to meet up with the other members /riders for the morning. At 08h00 I briefed the riders on the venue and the route and off we set.
Leaving Damelin we turned right onto the N2 and then left onto the M5, over the Koeberg interchange and onto the N1. Riding down the service road of the N1 past Century City, we then took the off ramp onto the N7. We stayed on the N7 until the Philadelphia turn off, turning right under the N7 and rode through the town at the recommended speed limit. We continued on this road, crossing the narrow bridge ahead of oncoming traffic.
At the Durbanville/Klipheuwel road we turned left and then crossed the R44, Malmesbury road, onto Slent road. We continued on this road until Vryguns road, where we turned right towards the N1. Riding under the N1 and past Butterfly World we continued on the R45 towards Stellenbosch.
Upon entering Stellenbosch, we turned left to go past the Hydro Spa and up the road to ride over Helshoogte Pass. Sticking to the speed limit behind 2 local traffic enforcement vehicles until they pulled to the left and stopped and then we were past the speed cameras.
Riding single file over Helshoogte Pass through the beautiful sweeping bends, this pass comes to an end far too quickly, having to slow down to ride through Pniel and over its 9 speed reducing speed humps. Having done all the above we turned right onto the Paarl/Franschhoek road.
Riding past the motor vehicle museum, past the turnoffs to Wemmershoek road and the Berg River Dam and on into Franschhoek. Once we had gone past the service station on the left, we then had to turn right into the parking area of the Franschhoek Station Pub.
We had to look for parking as there were about 2 other groups of motorcyclists already seated at the tables outside at the back of the restaurant. Fortunately, our tables were reserved and William Footman and his wife, Tracy, were seated at our tables.
We all found seating and ordered hot beverages, which were brought out in self-service pots, cups, and sauces. Soon the coffee ran out, so more pots of coffee arrived. Then it was time to order our breakfasts and socialize with our fellow club members.
The restaurant was very busy, so the service was a bit slow, but the meals did arrive promptly, and the food was still hot.
Once our meals were finished and the bill was paid and social time was over, it was time to depart and head towards our respective homes.
There were 22 members, 6 visitors, 17 bikes, [very nice big group] and 2 cars.
The committee wishes to thank all the members and visitors for attending this ride. It is really appreciated.
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