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Monday, April 3, 2017

April breakfast run

I am continually both gratified and impressed by the members of the Meeulanders Motorcycle Club, which by the way is the oldest and largest motorcycle club on the west coast, established in 1997 (later in the year we will be having a twenty year celebration) and now with over forty members on the books.
The first Sunday of every month is the regular day for the breakfast run and again the April run last Sunday was an excellent affair, this was to be at the restaurant "De La Paix" which is adjacent to the Butterfly World at Klapmuts outside Stellenbosch and I had no idea of how many people to expect. Janet and I were the first to arrive at the meeting place; Juffroeshoogte just outside of Vredenburg at about 08h20, we ordered a cup of coffee and didn't have long to wait for the bikers to start arriving.
I had posted "Kickstands up at 09h00" on the "Whatsapp group" and by the time we were saddling up there were 16 members and 4 visitors on 12 motorbikes!
It was a lovely day for riding, warm and calm and I led the group out onto the R45 for the 88km stretch to Malmesbury, I set a fairly steady pace around 130km/h just enough to keep the group together and to stay ahead of the cagers. Unfortunately along this part of the ride Sampie and Kathy experienced problems and had to turn back, Daan the Road Captain made sure they were alright and told me at the tea break. It was a minor problem and they messaged me later that they had arrived home alright.
We stopped at a service station area for some to refuel, some to have a smoke and all to have some "tea".
Anton with Road Captain Daan

Melinda and Christo and their daughter in law

Metjie and Adrie
Jannie and Mike

 The ride from Malmesbury was much more interesting, we moved into wine country with the road undulating through verdant pastures and beautiful vistas. Unfortunately living where we do, we have to ride for an hour in any direction before we reach twisties so our tires tend to wear out mostly in the middle! Malmesbury to Stellenbosch is a joy, we merged into the traffic on the busy N1 for only a short time before taking the offramp that brought us to the restaurant.
Butterfly World is a very busy place, especially on weekends but the restaurant was not too busy and I had made a booking so they had the place reserved for us on the veranda.

Breakfast was good and reasonably priced and the beers were cold and afterwards everyone made their own way, Janet and I did the tourist thing as we had not been to Butterfly World before and I must admit it was interesting.
We left at about 13h30 and cruised home via Wellington and Malmesbury stopping for a cold beer and a leg/bum stretch at Plaasmol Bar just after Hopefield. It had been a very enjoyable ride and a nice morning out with good people, man I love being a biker!
This coming weekend is the annual Swartland charity rally at the showgrounds in Moorreesburg and I know that there will be quite a lot of Weskus bikers attending, see you there.


Trobairitz said...

Sounds like a good showing for your breakfast ride. I think it would be a second breakfast for me, I wake up hungry, lol

the rider said...

Yeah we pretty much eat breakfast at lunch time on these runs, in fact some of the people rather order from the lunch menu, but still it's a great time.