Sunday, 28 February 2010

Moto S.A. DAY 3. Worcester to Cape Town.

02 February 2010

After a very good breakfast, prepared by the lovely Mrs de Bruyn, we left Worcester and headed back on the R43 to Villiersdorp.
There was no agenda, so we just stopped anytime for a leg stretch and a photo.

This is Villiersdorp. It is a very pretty little town - AND not full of tourists!

It is not every town that has a tractor and trailer parked on the main street! Nice!

I popped into the local Spar for some mobile phone airtime and also for some water.

Then we took the road over Franschhoek Pass to Franschhoek. I think it is the R45.

The view to the west ........

........ and to the east from the lookout point on the Franschhoek Pass. That is Franschhoek in the valley!

A bike, and minimal luggage is all you need. Oh, and some soap powder, string and pegs!

The bikes are parked and we are off for a morning cup of coffee in Franschhoek.

After a very pleasant hour or so in Franschhoek, it was time to retrace to the R321 and head for Grabouw. Actually we rode to Grabouw, then via Sir Lowry's Pass to Gordons Bay. From Gordons Bay we rode the R44 back to Rooiels, Pringle Bay and Betty's Bay. Then it was the N2, and Sir Lowry's Pass (again) to Cape Town. I refuelled (Trip 673 km) at Ultra City False Bay.

Then we continued back to the city and then out to Jess's and Wayne's at Bloubergrand. Tomorrow Eddie will take his motorbike back to MotoBerlin. I will be going solo to Johannesburg via the Western and Northern Cape; Calvinia, Upington, Kuruman, Vryburg, Ventersdorp.

Moto S.A. DAY 2. Cape Town to Worcester.

01 February 2010

The PLAN was for my son and I to ride together in the southern Cape for the first two days. After that I was on my own to Johannesburg via the N7.
On Monday morning 1st February we left Bloubergrand for the BMW Pavilion at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. There was a small adjustment to be made to my motorcycle before we set off on the ride.
We are setting off for BMW ........

Look at the beautiful backdrop.

My bike is having adjustment made to the windscreen. We walked across the road to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront for breakfast.

The V & A is very much a tourist attraction.

The harbour is attractive and there is always hustle and bustle.

There are many restaurants, bars, shops and other attractions at the V & A.

The breakfast was good!

After breakfast the bike was ready for collection. Here it is.

We headed for Stellenbosch, and soon after stopped to check the way to Paarl and Bain's Kloof.

The scenery and the flora were outstanding. The Bougainvilla is always attractive.

I think that it is Bougainvilla? If it's not please write in!

Moutains and road. Mountains and road. Mountains and road .... and beauty everywhere!

Oh ...... and not much traffic!

The BMW650 is a good looking bike. Eddie rated it highly.

We pulled up in Wellington for a drink and a leg-stretch.

For a change it's not me hiding behind the sun visor.

This is ...... (No you have to guess!) ....... I'm fairly sure that we are not lost!

The views from this lookout place are spectacular.

There were many baboons near here. I think that Eddie took some photos of them. Sorry, but I didn't ......

Bikes and Bergs. Any questions?

It was time to go - and find some lunch ........

We found a brilliant little place near the top of Bain's Kloof. It is called Linda's Kitchen and owned and run by Hassan who came here from Tripoli, The Lebanon a few years ago. Great job Hassan.

Then it was to Ceres and a refuelling stop. For my non-South African readers this is the price of fuel in South Africa; R7.75 per litre.

Ceres is the Roman goddess of agriculture. Maybe this is where the word cereal comes from?

The road to Worcester.

Worcester here we come!

Well let's stop and have a photo first!

Worcester was a good place for a night stop. The B&B we found was called the Linga Longa. It was very good and owned and run by Mrs J. de Bruyn.
After a shower and change of clothes we walked a kilometre to St Gerun's Restaurant for a beer and a first class pepper steak.
It had been a good day.
Here are the details for Linga Longa:

Linga Longa B&B
Meiringstr 77
Worcester 6850
Cell: 082 3750250
Tel/Fax: 023 3476822

Moto S.A. DAY 1. Cape Peninsular.

31 January 2010

On Sunday morning we picked up the motorcycles from BMW Motorrad Rentals, BMW Pavilion, Cape Town. Danie is in charge there.
A BMW650 for Eddie and a BMW1200GSA for me.

The paperwork has been completed and the bikes handed over.

It's time to get started on this biking trip. "Thanks Danie. See you in four weeks."

Wayne, of Atlantic Motorrad, had kindly volunteered to 'ease' us into this moto adventure with a Sunday morning ride around the Cape Peninsular. Here we are having breakfast at Darios Cafe, Hout Bay.

Outside Darios - ready to get going again .......

..... both of us. I think Wayne had already fired up and left!

We caught up with him later!

Sunday morning breakfast run plus the sun and the ocean......

...... and Wayne who owns and manages BMW Atlantic Motorrad. He is married to my niece, Jess.

Eddie .......

This is Muizenberg. There was not time to take any more pics on Day 1. We had a good ride and an excellent introduction to the S.A roads and the unfamiliar bikes.
The ride took us via Kommetjie, Simontown, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, Boyes Drive and then Bloubergrand where we were staying for the night with Wayne and Jess.

Moto S.A. Cape Town.

30 January 2010

We arrived in Cape Town in beautiful sunshine and zero wind on Saturday morning 30th January.
My brother's son Ross and daughter Jess were at the airport to welcome us to South Africa and to look after us for a couple of nights.
In fact Ross, Eddie's cousin, flew down from Johannesburg just FOR THE DAY to see us!!! Brilliant - thanks Ross, you truly are a star.

Wayne Fritz, Jess Fritz and Ross May.