Thursday 24th September saw some 13 bikes and 15 riders and pillions take part in our first Dirt ride for some time. The ride was led by Geoff Russel and after meeting at the N2 One stop for a Wimpy breakfast and briefing we were on our way.
The route took us over Sir Lowry’s pass and on to Bot River. From there it was dirt all the way to Riviersonderend for a quick Pit stop and refreshment break. After a short ride on the N2 we took the famous “Many gates road” through the farmlands where we experienced aa bit of everything from mud to sand. This road brought us out onto the R317 for a short twisty tar section until we turned left onto the dirt and headed towards McGregor and onto Robertson for a lunch and refreshment break. Considering the temperature had climbed to 32 degrees, cold drinks were much appreciated.
After lunch we skirted around Robertson on a mixture of tar and dirt all the way to Villiersdorp. It was here that we bid our farewell and thanked Geoff for a great day out on the dirt.
Most of us took the route over the Franschoek Pass home. It was great seeing the dam 100% full, even the big yachts were out sailing. On the way home I stopped on at the Saggy Stone Winelands Pub and restaurant for a pint of my favourite craft beer in the shade of the Oak trees.
Total distance from the One stop to back home was 450km. The weather was perfect and the flowers were still in bloom all along the way.
Thanks, Geoff, for a great day out and a super route.