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Saturday, April 13, 2013

We ride to Darling for wine and the Phoenix rises from the ashes

Outside the gate raring to go. What a fantastic day! Even though it is getting close to winter today was hot and calm and absolutely perfect for riding, during our customary spa bath with the usual chilled bottle of JC LeRoux sparkling Sauvignon Blanc we discussed our options. Having said this, I don't want you thinking that we are a couple of "pisscats", it's only two small glasses of bubbly each. mind you, come to think of it I don't give a damn what you think, it's a wonderful way to start the weekend.
Anyway I digress, we decided on a ride through to the Darling Cellars to purchase some more of their "Black Granite" Shiraz which is on special at R50 for a three litre box. This is their export quality Shiraz which was over produced so they boxed it and put it on special, only at the cellar.
You may think that riding all the way to Darling Cellars, some 86 to 90k's, to purchase the wine is a bit of a waste of money, but no it's not, that doesn't even come into the equation, the ride is for fun and fun it was and we bought four boxes to make it worthwhile.
A fast ride down the R27 brought us to the turnoff, 15k's to Darling on quite a bumpy road so we cruised along. Through the town and then out onto the Malmesbury road where there are long "Stop/Go" roadwork sections, once that road is completed it will be a nice ride because that used to be a terrible road.
We made our purchases and then returned to Darling for a very pleasant lunch at "Brig's Barn", two beers, two glasses of wine, two mains and a coffee came to a very reasonable R225 including the gratuity. I had a very good sirloin steak, egg and chips and Janet had a homemade chicken pie with chips, we could certainly go back there again.
The ride home was just as pleasant and I cruised around Vredenburg and Saldanha checking out the watering holes to see if their were any bikers out and about, no sign of any! 

Talking about watering-holes, our "Phoenix Bar" may soon be back in action, last Friday we were invited to a party at the new Phoenix Bar, which is not yet open, but was hosting a birthday party for Robbie, one of the Gypsy Jokers who had turned fifty.
Here's Robbie with Anna and her daughter. The place is looking great and it looks like it won't be long before we have our biker joint again.
It is also going to function as the Gypsy Jokers club house as well, I will just be happy to have a place where the biking fraternity can gather, we've missed it.
Stay on two wheels and stay safe, remember time spent out on two wheels is not deducted from your lifespan.

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