1st Cape Town Free Chapter

Ladismith Sleepover Weekend (9 - 10 August 2014)

by Alan Joffe

(see pictures below)

There are a few components which makes a 2-day, one-night sleepover a great success. This last weekend, we had it all – great weather, fantastic route, comfortable accommodation & most of all a great bunch of happy FCCT enthusiasts.

On Saturday morning, 19 bikes & 31 club members and 1 guest met early at our usual gathering place, Engen N1.

We left there at 8.30, escorted by our amazing marshals, who ensured that the ride was safe & enjoyable.

True commitment was shown by Tim who was not able to be with us for the weekend, but accompanied us all the way to Robertson which was to be our first stop. 

After a welcome cuppa coffee, pit-stop & stretch of legs, we mounted our steeds & headed for Barrydale.

We arrived in Barrydale at about 11.30 and there to greet us at Clarke of the Karoo restaurant was Gerrie & Monica who rode from Ladismith to have lunch with us.

After much socialising, eating & catching up with news, we began the last stretch to Ladismith. It must be mentioned how blessed we as inhabitants of the Cape Province are to have such beautiful roads & magnificent scenery to enjoy & appreciate.

Having arrived in Ladismith, we were shown to our various accommodations (3 different houses in close proximity of each other; the main house being Mountain View B&B)

The hub of activity was at Mountain View B&B, where we experienced true country hospitality. 

While the men relaxed, the Ladies of Harley went to the 28 bed Alan Blyth State Hospital.  In the true spirit of Woman’s Day, the ladies accompanied by Dr Nikolaas Lerm handed out to patients, beautifully hand knitted beanies & bed socks, skillfully made & donated by Margaret Scholtz. This gesture was very much appreciated by all of us, so thank you again, Margaret.

Later in the afternoon, we all gathered to hand over bags of clothing & 30 blankets to the Ladismith Senior Burger Klub which cares for 57 senior people, many of whom are bedridden.  Pricilla Peceur, matron of the institution, expressed her deep gratitude on behalf of all those very needy old souls.  Pricilla then proudly posed for a photo as a pillion, clutching Kevin on his beautiful blue couch.

It must further also be mentioned that R500 was collected on Sunday morning and was donated to the old age home as part payment towards replacing their TV and the re-wiring of a decoder.  A huge thanks you to all of those who contributed.

In addition, toys & clothing for children as well as 10 bibles are to be handed to the farming community of Dwarsrivier and will be distributed by the Pinkster Kerk under the care of Pastor Scott and his wife Jane.

Saturday night at Mountain View B&B was great. There was a substantial spread and variety of food that even satisfied those with the biggest appetites amongst us. The lamb potjie and all the extras were really delicious. Our hosts also arranged for live music & generally went out of their way to make the evening very enjoyable.

Sunday morning after coffee & rusks were served, we left Ladismith at 9 am. This time we took a slight detour which offered different scenery en-route to Barrydale.  We arrived at Diesel & Crème restaurant for what was to be a memorable breakfast.  Meals were delicious. Diesel & Crème is an interesting themed venue to which we certainly will return.

Our route home was via the picturesque Tradouws Pass back to the N2. We stopped in Riviersonderend for pies, coffee & a refuel.

The usual last stopover at the garage on the N2 for more refreshments hugs & kisses before departing for home was honored.

So, once again this 700 km round trip will always stand out as amongst the most enjoyable sleepovers we have been on.

Thanks to Monica & Gerrie for exposing us to their part of the world – Ladismith means so much more to us now.

A special thanks to Marianna & all those who helped make this weekend so special.