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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Club breakfast run, 5th March 2017

We were up early on Sunday morning, I was really looking forward to the breakfast run and just to getting out on the road. It was a beautiful calm, sunny morning and if the weather over the past couple of weeks was anything to go by, it was going to be a beautiful day.
We left the house just before 08h00 which gave me more than enough time to get to the rendezvous point which was the Engen garage in Velddrif and we waited for the others to show up. Once again I had no idea how many would take part although I had received a few apologies earlier. I had phoned Isabella's Restaurant in Lambert's Bay on Wednesday to advise them that we were coming and once again I had arranged to phone them with the number once we were to leave.
By 09h00 I called for kickstands up, we were nineteen members on ten motorbikes accompanied by Floors and Marina in their car as she was recovering from a recent back operation, great to have them with us and this epitomises the biker spirit and the club spirit as far as I am concerned.
The road up as far as Eland's Bay is not too bad, it has been resurfaced in places but there are still a few rough patches so I decided to keep the speed down to around 120kmh, from Eland's Bay to Lambert's Bay it is much better but we weren't in any big hurry because it is only just over an hour's ride anyway.
We cruised happily along and we managed to keep the group together nicely. After Eland's Bay I started looking for somewhere to pull over for the "tea" break and for those who needed to smoke. As it turned out there were no suitable lay bys but at the intersection with the R364, with only about 35kms to go there was a nice hard packed area next to the road so we pulled off and parked.
While I phoned the lady at the restaurant, there had been no answer when we left, Janet, Gerda and Cathy poured the tea.
and in this picture we see that Janet is in control of the "teapot", whilst we were there another couple on a BMW GS pulled up to chat and were invited to join us for a cuppa which they happily accepted.

Rinette and Bev enjoying the sunshine.
 Soon it was time to get going again, people were getting hungry, a short ride down to the coast and we were cruising into Lambert's Bay and parking outside Isabella's restaurant in the harbour.
 

It's a pretty little restaurant, nicely situated and biker friendly. They were ready for us with three tables on the veranda and the service was prompt and friendly.
We didn't have to wait long for the drinks which is always a good sign and the food arrived on warm plates, we'll have to go back there again soon.
A decent breakfast for R79, I was very happy with that and it had been a good ride, all in all a very enjoyable day.
Here is Elsje, our latest prospect and photographer for the day, I used some of her photos here. Elsje is our second lady rider after Stefanie Brink, well done ladies.
We all made our own way home after breakfast, some stopping at the hotel in Eland's Bay and others, like us just heading home, roll on the next ride!

4 comments:

Trobairitz said...

Ahhh such gorgeous sunshine. Thank you for posting this, it gives me hope we'll actually see summer at some point.

the rider said...

We're heading towards winter down here but nowhere near as bad as yours, we get winter rainfall which the western cape desperately needs so it cuts down on our riding days a bit.

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