Our first ride in 2013 and WHAT a fantastic start to our rides it was. This will be a longer post than usual (can't help myself blame it on the fact that I might be a closet writer) so grab a cuppa and enjoy our day's journey with us.
Like schoolchildren on our first day to school (yes believe it, some love it!), after an early rise at 530am, we kitted up (ATTGAT - all the gear all the time), had a quick cuppa Lavazza, kissed our four legged children goodbye and excitedly set off on our journey at 6am. We filled up at the Total garage in Tokai and braved the wind on Baden Powell as we headed out to Franschoek to meet up with our good friend Paul on his KLR.
It was quite misty and windy on the other side of the Franschoek Pass but not easily deterred by wind (thanks to our Jack Parow screens), we continued on towards Villiersdorp and took the Hermanus turnoff on route to Greyton.
We took a left towards the Theewaterskloof Dam road and what seemed like a nice deviation from the usual gravel roads, as per the Nav's earlier search during the week, it turned out to be a bit of 'dead end' for the KLRs as we were faced by a big metal gate only accessible to those living on the estate. After taking in the beautiful views of the dam and agreeing that it would have been an absolutely awesome detour on route to Greyton, we turned around and continued on our journey. Critics would say we were "lost again".... not at all, in fact, as befits 'true and like-minded adventure riders", we were simply enjoying the detours which makes our rides such great adventures!
Weather-wise, we were very thankful for a cooler day, although in patches it seemed like rain was going to threaten our ride. Thankfully it was an idle threat and the weather cleared up and presented a perfect day for riding the KLRs in the countryside.
After breakfast, we set off in the direction of Caledon, exiting a lovely gravel road which comes out at the back of Boontjieskraal, turning right onto the N1 and a left at the Dassiesfontein turnoff onto a gravel road which we found out a bit later, was clearly a road 'less travelled'! The photographs below tells the story. Let's just say that it's no fun going downhill sliding over rocks with sand below the rocks. Thanks to Paul and his smartphone, we have the memories to share!
The last stretch of our trip took us through Betty's Bay and along Clarence Drive. The wind picked up slightly and it warmed up considerably but thankfully being on the motorcycles along the coast ensured for a 'cooler" ride. We stopped just before Gordon's Bay for a last photo opportunity and to our surprise, Charms and a friend, on their way to have lunch in Kleinmond, pulled up behind us in their car and came to say hello. We all agreed that even though she's not 'out there on her bike" with us that she clearly still 'out there' with us as it was a rather strange co-incidence that we should have met up as we did! Come on Charms, heal up girlfriend - we miss you on the rides...
The ride through the lens of my camera.....
|The Nav on coffee duty (still dark outside - looking out of window to his left) YAWN!|
|Theewaterskloof Dam entrance - residents only.... slight detour....|
|The Nav & Paul deciding which way to go...|
|only to be told by this kind gentleman on the left that the road goes no further than the farmhouse at Elandskloof ahead in the distance- we turned back and took a right....|
|after all the excitement of trainspotting, breakfast called and Greyton beckons in the distance|
|our KLRs decided to go unda-kawa... Is it a bike? Is it a tree?|
|the boys catching up over a cuppa|
|and no... not KLRs to rent.. bicycles to rent (sign in the distance)|
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