A Woman's Day ride? I asked the Nav. To where? To Darling, my darling, came the reply! I needed no further urging as the
knows that Darling is one of my Nav little towns along the West Coast, about 75kms from Cape Town. favourite
We met up with the group at Bonjour near the Tableview beachfront, enjoyed a
and headed off to Darling via Melkbos, the R27, Mamre, with a short spurt of gravel as a 'teaser' in anticipation of what was to come after breakfast at Brigs Barn in Darling. cuppa joined us for the first time and he and Stu quickly found something to argue about - religion. Nothing sacred here! Lisa (Pannas' better half) joined us for breakfast with their well-behaved 4-year old Mia. Nic
As we were leaving Brigs, we were surprised by the newlyweds Ben and Fe who arrived on 4 wheels instead of their usual 2 wheel as apparently Ben's KLR's battery had given up the ghost. Nice to see them either way and we waved them goodbye as we set off after breakfast.
Once Nic's bike was refuelled, we joined the eastern gravel route towards Moorreesburg, fortunately finding the right roads this time so avoiding any farm gates. It was too early for the Canola "proper", but the
are really green and the scenery is beautiful. It was a few degrees colder than comfortable as we headed through Moorreesburg and took the next section of gravel towards Malmesbury, stopping along the way for a breather and a few windmill shots. Paul found some long grass to lie down in. wheatfields
After a little while, we resumed our journey towards Riebeek Kasteel, and decided to take the direct route to Porseleinberg as it was getting on a bit time wise. We stopped again for a photo next to the crop sprayer before making our way back to TableView for the afternoon ice cream stop. The Boland was calm and still with practically no wind, while it was howling at the coast.
It was so good to be out on our bikes again and we need to get riding fit for the trip to Lesotho in September. Thanks to the group / team for a wonderful day. Look forward to the next one.
|This little Hemidactylus frenatus almost came along for the ride - can you blame him?|
|We met up with Erich on his DR at the top of Constatia Nek - let's hope she behaves today!|
|A glorious day to be out on the bikes and what better place to start our Sunday adventures|
|Paul on his XT, |
|ltr Nic, Erich, Nav, Paul, Mrs and Mr Pannas & Stu|
|Cute as a button she is, Pannas's little flower girl Mia|
|The newlyweds Ben & Fe made a surprise appearance at Brigs - nice to see you two!|
|Gorgeous day in the Swartland|
|Windmill on Biesiesvlei Road - the BEST windmills are in the Swartland - I would know!|
|My 'pic of the day'|
|The motley crew ready for take off|
Till next time,
Safe travels everyone
4 wheels move the body, 2 wheels move the soul