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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Breakfast run, Book Club and biker Memorial service

Remember how I have been saying that the biking calendar is very busy at this time of the year? We can hardly keep up with all of the jols on the go, we rely on groups of members to visit the different events to "show the colours" and represent the club. It does tend to become a bit expensive so people have to chose which events they are going to attend every month, hence our low attendance at the dart run.
After a hectic October we now start with November and things are not going to calm down until mid December, then in January it all starts again!
We started with our monthly breakfast run on Sunday 4th, we gathered at Juffroushoogte for coffee and then rode up the R27 through Velddrif and to the Soverby Lapa which is halfway between Velddrif and Dwaarskersbos. Unfortunately we did not have our traditional "tea break" stop because we couldn't find the "cups" which have been temporarily misplaced since the dart run, I'm sure they'll come to light but we missed the stop.
The Soverby Lapa
pic from a previous visit

The Lapa was rebuilt after a devastating fire destroyed the old rustic place, it now, at first glance resembles a church more than a restaurant but it has a very nice deck and is within a stone's throw of the beach. It is very spacious inside and is under new management so it was good to visit and sample the breakfast.
Sampie, Kathy and Hein
Gerda and Janet

Bev, Linicia and Willie

Twelve of us enjoyed a couple of drinks and a good breakfast, certainly better than the one in Philadelphia on the last run. We had a chat with the owner and assured him that if he were to make an Offal Pot we would be there for lunch.
Linicia shows off her tee shirt
Good breakfast, R75 included coffee


As is customary we made our own way home after a very pleasant morning, a good ride and a good bunch of people.
Wednesday 11th was the second meeting of the newly formed "Book Club" and the five founder members met at the Phoenix bar at 14h00. 
The founders; l to r - Anton, Murray, Willie, self and Daan
Allow me to explain how the book club came into being; two weeks ago also on a Wednesday I needed to visit a couple of the dart run stops to arrange for the groups and so I posted a message on our whatsapp group inviting anyone who wished to go for a ride to meet me at the Phoenix, these five retired gentlemen pitched up. During the course of our ride around I suggested that we make this type of thing a regular event and that we form a Book Club. The guys enjoyed the ride so much that Murray suggested once a week!
On this second meeting we rode from Phoenix to Charlie's Brewhouse in Port Owen and then a bit later to the Noordblinder pub in Saint Helena Bay. Many books were discussed and a lot of the world's problems were solved before we rode home after another successful meeting. We might have had a sixth member, and maybe Sooi will join us next time as there was a whatsapp message from him later ~ "Shit I forgot the book club meeting, sorry!"~  Anyway the club is not restricted to Meeulanders, anyone able to ride on a Wednesday afternoon is welcome to join, I will post the next meeting on the wider WMA group to see if it attracts more visitors.

This past Sunday bikers gathered at the Lighuis Church in Vredenburg for the annual memorial service to fallen brothers and sisters, always a solemn occasion and obviously a tear-jerker when the names of the fallen are called out. 

Pastor Errol is a biker himself and his sermons are always very inspiring and to the point, Janet and I are not congregating people, we attend the biker church once a month but I always enjoy his sermons.
Meeulanders attended in large numbers, three names on the board  unfortunately belong to us.

The board bearing the names is carried to the front and placed at the altar and then a minute's silence is observed while a recording of the Last Post is played.
Then the names are read out and friends and family come forward to place a flower in the vase, here Carlo and I place one for the late Divi DeVries, past President of the club. As I have said, it is a sad and sombre occasion and extremely difficult to hold back the tears.

After the service the name board is carried to the back of the building and the congregation files past it on their way out. No more names on this board please.
There is usually one or two group rides organised afterwards, usually for breakfast and a few of us decided to ride through to the Laaiplek Hotel. We had a good breakfast on the banks of the Berg River and the lively discussion and biker banter served to lighten the mood.
Ride safely friends, always bear in mind that the cager is out to get you!
Our next event is our own year end function on Saturday 17th, usually a lot of fun.

Monday, November 5, 2018

The 2018 Dart Run

Saturday was one of the hottest days so far! We had been warned by weather forecasts that we were in for a scorcher and for a change they were correct. Club members arrived at the Phoenix bar from around 10h30 to get things ready and still we had no idea of how many entries we were going to get, we had bought 100 braai packs and 100 pieces of boerewors but I wasn't concerned about leftovers as club members always buy what's left.
Everyone worked together to get set up and when the people started arriving we were ready for them,

Old school
1st dart, cold beer and boerie roll

Joe looks happy with his first dart.

At about 13h30 Vice Pres Willie led the riders out to the Wielhuis bar in Velddrif for the second dart and the idea was to keep them moving so that there would not be too much alcohol consumed.

Second darts were thrown with the "wrong" hand, much to the amusement of those waiting their turn, 
while others found ways to keep cool in the heat, especially in Velddrif! 
From there it was through to Juffroushoogte for the third dart and this was a more difficult one!
Anyone can win, not just the dart pros.
It took several throws!


The trophy

This young lady from the Clique Mcc eventually won the trophy for the worst (kak-est) dart score, ladies at the prize giving that evening and our own Daan (Road Captain) won the men's.
The fourth dart was thrown at the Pirate's Bar in Langebaan before heading back to Phoenix for the final dart, prize giving and braai.
Thanks to hard work by the club members we managed to get a lot of sponsored prizes so there were a lot of  winners and as we had only received fifty two entries the chance of winning a prize was high.
Clique Pres. Wayne for best represented club.
Antoinette won some vouchers

The Clique did well
Daan collects his trophy

While the incidental prizes were being handed out members calculated the scores from the dart sheets and eight prizes were awarded from that, then it was time for the main lucky prize draw which was a bottle of whisky and R1,500 in cash;
by an amazing coincidence this was won by Monique of the Clique who won the main lucky draw prize last year as well!

After the prizes and hand outs it was time for the braai, by all accounts the people had fun in spite of the debilitating heat and it was time to relax.

That's it for another year, as I mentioned in previous posts we suffered from an over crowded biking calendar with far too many events for bikers to choose from. To those bikers from Capetown who came up for the event and to those other clubs who supported us, a huge thank you. We were tired and hot, but we all had fun and perhaps we will consider a day earlier in the year in future.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Meeulanders annual Dart Run and a change of format

As you can see this event takes place on Saturday this week, this is our main fund raiser for the year apart from members annual dues.
This event started originally as a one day run at local venues but a few years ago was changed to a sleepover, this however put a lot more stress and work on members, not to mention the additional expense of the venues. Also suitable venues have been getting hard to find with some pricing themselves out of the equation.
We started looking at venues earlier in the year but another problem was that the biking calendar was becoming extremely crowded, especially after the winter when the weather improves.
At committee level it was decided to suggest a return to the original format and this was agreed upon by the members thus we are making use of our favourite biker bar, the Phoenix in Vredenburg who have kindly allowed us to use the premises at no cost. They have a very good bar and always great music and there is tent space available for any visitors wishing to stay over.
Members have been working hard to get sponsorships so there are a lot of prizes up for grabs, also a very good lucky draw.
So come on up for some legendary west coast hospitality you Capetown bikers, and any others from places other than the Mother City, come spend a fun day with us.
Some pictures from earlier runs;
Monica throws while others wait their turn
The late Divi DeVries club Pres.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Clique dayjol, Dragon Lords rally and our breakfast run

I mentioned earlier that the biking calendar is becoming extremely busy, we have a "Bikers against abuse" run coming up this Saturday, it's a local day run ending up at the Riviera Hotel in Velddrif for a bit of biker fun and games. Looking forward to that one and I'll tell you all about it.
During the past couple of weeks I, along with other members of the Meeulanders club attended a "dayjol" - (colloquialism for a biker party that starts mid morning and ends mid night!) hosted by the west coast chapter of the Clique Mcc at their clubhouse in Velddrif.

All credit to the President and the members, it was a very well attended event and extremely well organised with all members pulling their weight making sure that their guests had a good time.
Crowded with happy bikers
Some of the Meeulanders

Rob and Isabella, serial rally goers
The bar was busy because of the heat

Lots of pretty girls
Two lovely "Miss Clique"

Great music by DJ and Club Pres. Wayne
Good food and accessories on sale

It was the first really hot day of the early summer, so the bar sales were good. Well done to the Clique, thanks for a great day guys.
The next weekend was the "Dragon Lords" rally in Langebaan, another really hot day. Some people went through on the Friday but I just took a cruise through on Saturday afternoon. There were not many people there when I arrived, probably because of the big mass ride in Capetown but gradually through the afternoon more people cruised in through the gates.
Entry formalities
Our own Johlene helping at the gate

Louis waiting for a leg operation
Monica, Kathy and Sampie

Joe and Eleanor
Monica, Steven, Kathy and Sampie

Saved enough to get home?
The "Hooligans" attended in numbers

I had a couple of beers with my friends and then headed home, there was another ride the next morning, our regular monthly breakfast run and I wanted to be fresh!
Sunday morning we could see it was going to be a hot day, we gathered at Juffroushoogte for coffee, eleven members and two guests; Rob and Isabella with us again. Kickstands up at 09h00 and we headed up the R45 towards Malmesbury and the N7.
Our first stop, tea break on the R45
Rob especially liked the tea break

Gerda plays "Mommy"
It wasn't long before the miggies found us

Back on the road and we had to deal with the road works on the N7 which slowed us down for quite a while but it's not far from there to our destination which was "Pepper Tree" restaurant in the little village of Philadelphia.
Johan and Isabella
Rob, Daan, Bev, Gerda, Hein and Metjie

Adrie and Laureen
R89 for this, a bit much

We had a pleasant time, I wasn't too happy with the breakfast but it was good being with family. The temperature readout was 42 Celsius as we headed for the R27, it dropped down to 36 for most of the ride. Murray and Laureen rode home with us and we turned down to Yzerfontein and a cold beer or two at "Die Stal"
Thanks to the cooling influence of our beautiful bay the temperature dropped to a much more comfortable 26 degrees as I cruised into the outskirts of my home town.
There's going to be a lot more biking before Christmas! Stay safe and vigilant out there.