4 May Ladismith to Cape Town 323km
After saying goodbye for now to Col Jan Breytenbach, his charming beautiful wife, Monty, Neels, Willem and the rest of the interesting crowd on the farm near Ladismith, Neels led us on the ‘scenic’ road out of the farm.
Again, Dave has no problem riding dirt roads with mud patches and ruts keeping up comfortably with the KTMs and BMWs. I’m starting to see more and more that riding ability is a greater part of what a bike can do than the actual bike.
Near Barrydale we came across a terrible motorcycle accident, and our medical doctor, Dr Andre, who is a specialist in emergency medicine amongst other things, offered a hand. Our support team also stood by to see if we could help transport the Hayabusa back to Cape Town for the owner who was fortunate enough to have survived t-boning a small car.
Outside Montagu Angus, who is an incredible support here in Cape Town and has arranged our entire stay, routes and all events, waited with others from the MOTH Motorcycle club to lead us into Montagu where we met with some members of the Airborne Riders. Kingnalodge hosted us ( http://www.kingnalodge.co.za/ ) and John Lewer ( Owner and Airborne Rider MC member) and his wife were as hospitable as anyone we have so far met.
The ride to Cape Town to the Biker’s Church was hard. I was amazed at how many of the CMA riders met us to ride with, waiting in the rain to join Dave. The wind was howling and the rain was pelting down. We were all cold and wet and working hard at keeping the bikes upright and safely on the road.
At times though there would be a break in the clouds and huge double rainbows would flank our ride or columns of bright light would pour onto layers of silver mountains in the distance.
All reminders again of how intensely beautiful the world can be if you are here to see it, but also that everything will pass, good or bad, nothing is permanent.