Saturday finally arrived cloudy and threatening to rain at any given time, but Nomads being Nomads, were not put off by this.
On arrival at the Masakhane’s Petrol Station, Sanddrift, we were met by quite a few Nomads enjoying hot coffee and sandwiches very kindly sponsored by Masakhane. Everyone seemed excited and rearing to go.
The route consisted of two legs, the first one to Moorreesburg and the second one to Piketberg. The general route was the N7, Philadelphia, Agter Paarl, Wellington, Riebeek Kasteel, Riebeek West, Moorreesburg, the distance 152.7kms. From there it was past Hopefield, Velddrif, Piketberg, distance 149,9kms, total distance 302.6kms.
Alex was the first victim and off he went. When it was James’s and my turn, a few minutes before it was time for us to leave, John Lee told us he would wave to us when passing us. Well John, we are still waiting for you to pass us and wave!! John must have got confused and waved at another Blackbird when he got lost!
On the first leg of the trip we passed Heather Blackie decked out in her orange rain suit, making sure she was very visible on the road. Unfortunately Heather’s Bike got a puncture just before Moorreesburg and she had to leave her bike there at the Garage for collection the next day, which Mike Hair very kindly loaded up on his Bakkie and transported back home to Cape Town for Heather. You are a true gentleman Mike!
I think quite a few Nomads were a little confused regarding the directions, Kevin Farrow and Wesley Todd got a little lost but Kevin eventually made it to Moorreesburg. If we didn’t see Glen (alias top cop) on the road on a regular basis, we might also have got lost, don’t always trust a GPS, it also lies!
Johan and Suzaan Burger had a fight with a bird and Johan won as the bird flew against his helmet and the rest went against Suzaan’s rain suit pants! Ew!
As Moorreesburg was the first pit stop, and the next one, also being the last one being Piketberg Spur, everyone filled up on fuel, coffee, sandwiches and chocolates.
The road en route to Piketberg was full of potholes and very bumpy and just seemed endless. We eventually reached the Piketberg Spur where most of us opted to have lunch as supper was a long way off. Our fearless leader, Captain H informed us that we all needed to leave at 2.45pm as we still needed to check into the hotel. We got a bit of rain on the way to the Hotel but everyone was still in good spirits.
On arrival at the Piekenierskloof Hotel we were met by the friendly, courteous staff and given our access cards to our rooms. The Hotel room was absolutely stunning, having everything you could possibly want, even heated flooring. It felt like we were on honeymoon! I am sure so did Marcelle and Paul!!
Everyone congregated at the venue where prize giving and supper would be served and watched the rugby and supported the bar. Wesley eventually found the venue after calling Rob for directions. Congratulations to Susan James on being the overall economy run winner and to everyone else who also won prizes.
Paul Barber (alias little red riding hood) kept on telling me that he had seen the results and that James and I were last. We were never in it to win it! But now “little red riding hood” might be giving that speech to someone else if you look at the published results. The supper was great, real” boerekos” and plenty of it.
I think most of us had a reasonably early night although looking at some of the faces on Sunday morning I had my doubts! Sunday morning breakfast was a variety of cereals, cold meats, cheeses, croissants’ and of course the usual bacon and eggs/sausages. Luderick complained that his sausage was cold and Helewese told him to ask the Waiter to microwave it!!
A big thank you to the Nomads Committee for their kind sponsorship of the weekend and for the choice of venue which was absolutely stunning. Thank you also to our fellow Nomads for making it such an enjoyable weekend.
Till next time
Editor’s Note: The highlight at the morning’s breakfast was the “Happy Birthday” song for the Vice Chairman, Kevin Farrow.
|NAME||Bike Make||Model||CC||Actual Fuel Used||Km/l Actual||Km/l (Incl. Penalties)||Position|
|0 – 950cc Solo Class|
|951cc and upward Solo Class|
|Susan James||SUZUKI||GSXR||1000||13.76||21.99||21.99||1st & Overall Winner|
|Peter Dollman||HONDA||PAN EUROPEAN||1300||14.37||21.06||21.06||2|
|Alex Van Rensburg||KTM||ADVENTURE R||990||17.72||17.07||17.07||6|
|0 – 1200cc Pillion Class|
|Roy & Denise Pretorius||BMW||RT||1100||15.5||19.52||19.52||1|
|Luderick & Helewese Jacoby||BMW||GSA||1200||16.21||18.67||18.67||2|
|Tim & Louise Bulgin||HONDA||AFRICA TWIN||750||17.71||17.09||17.09||3|
|Paul & Cornelia Barber||BMW||GS||1150||17.78||17.02||17.02||4|
|Simon & Dylan Jefferies||SUZUKI||GSXR||1000||18.06||16.76||16.76||5|
|Johan & Suzaan Burger||YAMAHA||FJ||1200||20.77||14.57||14.57||6|
|John & Lorraine Potter||BMW||GS||1200||23.15||13.07||14.18||7|
|James & Delrae Mayer||HONDA||BLACKBIRD||1100||21.89||13.82||13.82||8|
|THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS|
|Masakhane Caltex Service Station|
|Pathfinders Transport Consultants|