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Saturday, January 5, 2013

A day on the Berg river

This story has nothing at all to do with braais or bikes although several beers were consumed. I am on holiday with my family so for the next two weeks there will not be much biking done, I wanted to tell this one  because it will be of interest to those of you who live within a decent riding distance of the quaint little fishing town; Velddrif.
Velddrif is home to Des and Marina Clunie and Dan Ahlers who together are involved in the River Studio, Ek en Djy Vissery and the boat charter. I have written about the place before because we have been there several times, and as I have already mentioned, Des and Dan started the now famous annual "Polar Bear run". Marina is an acclaimed artist and has her work on show in the studio.
Saturday morning was a fantastic, calm, hot summer's day with only the gentlest of southerly breezes, enough just to ripple the water and keep the heat at bay, I had booked a boat ride for the family and as neither Janet or I had been up the Berg river before, we were looking forward to the trip. A few cold beers and some cooldrink for the boys and we were set.
 Dan has a really nice boat, ideal for a family or small group to cruise up (or down) the river, he knows the river and the area extremely well, having lived there since the late '60's he is also involved in the ecology and conservancy of the river and its wetlands.
We were on the boat for just over an hour, cruised for about ten kilometres up and back and had a very enjoyable time, Dan can also arrange a day trip for about forty kilometres up the river, take your own picnic lunch and refreshments, I thoroughly recommend this for a family or a group of friends, give Dan a call on 0829510447 and tell him I sent you.
We were all good and hungry by the time we arrived back at the jetty so we placed our food orders straight away,
You can eat on the front veranda or on the jetty, it being such a lovely day we chose the latter and had what is arguably the best hake, calamari and chips for a very reasonable price.
Des and Dan are both bikers so the place is biker friendly, so come on you Cape bikers, contact me and plan a ride up here, we will meet you on the road and ride through with you, you won't regret it.

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