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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Buffelsfontein breakfast

Last Sunday was the first Sunday of the month (July already!) so it was time for the monthly breakfast run, a lovely day but incredibly dense fog as we rode out of town. I kept the speed down because visibility was down to about fifty metres and I kept an eye on my rear view mirrors, not wanting any fools or idiots speeding up behind me.
Here on the west coast there are a lot of fools and idiots; fools are cagers who think that in bad visibility their parking lights are sufficient and idiots are the ones who don't bother with lights at all, I don't know if it's only here - maybe it's universal, but on our way out of Langebaan heading to the R27 I was riding cautiously up the hill that goes past the municipal dump, at the top there is a gentle left and there an idiot was coming towards me on my side of the road! He had swerved to avoid a small bloodied bundle that once was a little animal, instead of letting it go between his wheels, luckily I wasn't going fast but please, I ask you with tears in my eyes! In thick fog?! I hope his ears were burning from the things I called him.
We were the first ones at the One-Stop, I had misread the starting time, the coffee went down well anyway. The fog was starting to lift by then.
 The Meeulanders President, Divi was the next to arrive and shortly after him Frank and Jenny.
It wasn't long before the mob arrived, here's Murray's orange BMW.
It pretty much matches Anton's beanie! Anton's bike is yellow so his wife is going to knit him a yellow one soon.
After a chat and some tyre kicking it was time to head out, a brief blast down the R27 through now patchy fog to "Buffelsfontein" nature reserve, a short but well packed gravel road leads up to the restaurant and bar area, it was an interesting visit because although this place is virtually on our doorstep this was our first visit and it's very pleasant.
A very pleasant tradition is the liqueur that gets dished out during the ride and here Divi poured some of his homemade "Milk tart", a delicious vodka based drink with a sprinkle of cinnamon that closely matched the dessert. After everyone had had their libation it was time for brunch.

 Daan and Bev stopped in on their way down to Capetown, they weren't able to join us for breakfast but they weren't going to miss out on the dop! True bikers.

Divi ordered a "Call the doctor" burger, which he seems to be contemplating here, I ordered the venison and cheese burger which was pretty good if a bit small.
I attacked it "Guy Fieri" style, but this place does not match up to any of the "Diners, drive ins and dives" that he visits. It is, however a pleasant place that possibly warrants another visit, the service was good and the beers were cold, the veranda was comfortable and the place certainly was busy.
After the meal we decided to gather at "Vlakvarkgat" for an A.B.F. and it was a fast run back along the R27, we ignored the speed trap gantries because Gerrie said the local municipality does not have the facilities to operate them - I hope he's right, we'll see.

We occupied the bar and the veranda for a while, it had been a very pleasant outing with a great bunch of people and we got a farewell display from one of the peacocks as we left.


Trobairitz said...

A great ride out despite the fog and idiots in your lane.

We see a lot of people here that don't turn their headlights on in the rain and fog. They think because they can see, everyone can see them. And yet motorcycles have mandatory headlights on all the time and in Canada all vehicles have mandatory daytime running lights you can't turn off. Damn the USA sometimes.

The food looks good, too bad the portions weren't bigger. I hate it when they are a little on the small side. Did it at least save you room for dessert?

the rider said...

Yes Brandy here motorbikes all have headlights on and years ago the authorities advocated all motorists to travel with lights on even in good weather but most don't.
The food was okay, I want to go back sometime and try some of the other menu items to give them a chance, some of the lunch menu items looked good. It was a pleasant ride though.

Gerrie Pieterse said...

Still no speedfines in the post? Don't think you'll get one though :)

the rider said...

Hi Gerrie, no speeding fines yet, hopefully none coming.