REPORT ON THE LUNCH RIDE TO THE WINKELSHOEK PADSTAL, PIKETBERG, ON SUNDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2020 – BY IAN SINCLAIR

The weather for this Sunday was bright blue skies with very little wind and the temperature starting to climb rapidly.

This being a lunch run it was not necessary to get up early as we were only leaving Damelin at 10h30.  So, we had a relaxing breakfast, then it was time to get ready to leave for Mowbray. Arriving at Damelin the members were waiting for our arrival, with the Chairman and his wife arriving shortly after we did.

A quick briefing on the route and the restaurant and the customary phone call to the restaurant to mention how many people would be arriving. Leaving Damelin, we turned onto the N2, then it was a left turn onto the M5 over the Koeberg flyover and onto the N1 following the service road past Century City. At the end of the service road we turned left onto the N7, working our way into the right lane and only slowing down for the road deviation just past Plattekloof Road due to roadworks, having had Henry Morrison join us just before the Plattekloof road bridge. Once out of the deviation we were able to pick up speed and continued along the N7. Going past the Engen 1 stop we were joined by Warren and Bryony Herman, Patrick Aylward and his lady friend, Linda.

Continuing on it was a pleasant ride as there were very few cars on the road. This seemed to make the ride extra-long. Over the years the road has not got any longer, it was just a bit monotonous. The temperature of course was rising and there was no protection from the sun`s rays beating down on us.

Approaching Piketberg we slowed down, to the speed limit and negotiated the traffic circle to exit it at the 3rd exit and then an immediate left, passing through the petrol service station and stopping outside the Padstal.

Waiting to greet us was Helena Kotze, her son, Alan, Gerhardus Keuler and his friend, Martha Robertson. We unfortunately had to sit at the tables on the paving outside the bottle store, as there is no seating inside the Padstal. No problem to us we moved a couple of tables under the overhang of the bottle store and moved two other tables with umbrellas attached closer together.

Soon after our arrival our food started to arrive, which consisted of potato and noodle salads in a plastic container, the noodle salad was very spicy and the main meal was in a brown paper box which contained two mutton chops, very tough, a piece of boerewors, and a rooster koek with jam and cheese on. A plastic fork was supplied to eat the two salads with.

Unfortunately, there were a lot of disgruntled members as the chops were tough, the noodle salad was too spicy and I never had my piece of boerewors.

For cold refreshments, we had a choice of either buying from the Padstal or going to the shop at the service station. We now know what to expect there if there is a next time.

Having settled the cost of the meal, we all departed for prior engagements.

There were 12 members, 8 visitors, 11 bikes and 3 cars.

Thank you to the riders and pillions who attended the ride, it is really appreciated.

The next ride is the Chairman`s Champagne ride on Sunday, 16th February 2020, going to the Bloemhof Restaurant, Bloemhof Road, Bellville. Departing Damelin at 08h00.

The rides for March are as follows.

Sunday, 1st, March 2020. Breakfast ride to the Boathouse Restaurant, Harbour Road, Kleinmond. Departing Damelin at 08h00.

Sunday, 15th March 2020. Breakfast ride to the Ocean Blue Restaurant, Victoria Road, Camps Bay. Departing Damelin at 08h00.

Buffalo Rally at the ATKV campsite, Hartenbos, from Friday, 3rd April 2020, until Sunday, 5th April 2020.

There is no ride on Sunday, 5th April 2020 due to the Buffalo Rally.

The ride on 19th April 2020 will be advised at the next Monthly meeting on Monday, 9th March 2020.

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