07 February 2010
Dr M was flying to Johannesburg from London to join me for about 9 days of motorbiking in KwaZulu Natal and the Free State. His plane was due at O.R.Tambo International Airport at 06:30. At dawn I left the house. I borrowed Meriel's little pick-up to pick him up! It is hiding behind the white BMW!
06:03 local time at Summerset Place. I'm off to get Dr M from the airport.
There was very little traffic, it being Sunday morning and very early. I met Dr M at 'Arrivals' at 07:35. His (borrowed from another biker mate) holdall bag had been broken by airport handlers - probably at London! No worries, at Johannesburg Airport they fix your luggage for you. There you are Graeme (owner of bag) it is being repaired! The bag is in South America now I believe. It gets around! It is ideal for motorcycle helmet and boots.
Having picked up Dr M and having had a little unintentional look at Tembisa township, we stopped at Carlswald for breakfast. The Mugg & Bean was recommended - so that's where we went. Good recommendation.
My favourite shirt. Given to me by my niece and her husband. He owns BMW Atlantic Motorrad in Cape Town, which is why I got a good deal on bike hire! Everybody in the business in South Africa knows Wayne.
We were invited to my nephew Ross's place for a braai. Ross and Siobhan have three kiddies. Here they are with their friends watching 'Shaun the Sheep'! Funny sense of humour these English people have! Actually the kiddies seemed to enjoy S the S.
It was a good braai. "Ross,Thank you for inviting us." He is the one in the middle. My brother's son.
Omi and Neve. But I don't think it is spelled like that. More like Niabh! There is Irish in there somewhere.
It was a swimming braai party. But only the kids and I did any swimming. A chance for me to catch up with my brother's grandchildren. It was good.
After this we went to a very good friend of mine for some beers and snacks. It was so good for me to be back in my home town again. I had left in 1966 to join the R.A.F and never really made it back again!
It was late by the time we drove back to Summerset Place. The second part of the 'adventure' starts tomorrow. Dr M will take delivery of his BMW800GS from MotoBerlin, and we will set off for ZwaZulu Natal.