Free Chapter Cape Town

Route 62 Rally 2020

Avalon Springs Hotel, Montagu

This year’s rally exceeded all our expectations with 520 Harley enthusiasts registering from all over the country. We had members from most of the Free Chapters in South Africa and the largest single group was from 1st Free Chapter Cape Town. There were various other Chapters present from across South Africa.

The set up of the rally went smoothly and with the hard work of the rally committee and the hotel staff we were ready for the traditional “Thunderstruck” to start bright and early on Thursday morning.

The weather gods were once again smiling on us with hot, sunny weather forecast for the whole weekend. The Thursday night “Pool Party” was a great success with DJ Squeak providing the music while the rally guests enjoyed the hot pools, ice-cold beers and cocktails.

Friday’s outride was to “Jan Harmsgat” via Barrydale and over Tradouw Pass, through Swellendam and then on towards Ashton. Apart from the peach pip driveway challenging the rider’s skills this was a great venue with delicious boerie rolls and ice-cold beers and cooldrinks waiting for us.

Friday night is party night and this year’s band “Stavro and Tuxedo” made sure the dancefloor was full until midnight!

Saturday morning was sore head time for some so the mass ride was only at 12pm 😊 There was a good turnout for this popular event with all the various Chapters proudly displaying their flags as we rode down into town and back up the Main Road. There was a good turnout of locals who came out to greet us as the roaring thunder slowly made its way back to the rally site.

Saturday afternoon was time for the popular ”Harley Games” and then the Karoo bike show. There were some beautiful machines on display and the winner of the best original class was our very own Mr Paul Wiesenberg with his beautiful Springer CVO - congratulations Paul!

Saturday evening’s dinner was a buffet prepared by the hotel. This was followed by speeches and prize giving and the raffle draw - there were some very nice prizes on offer and the tickets sold like hot cakes!

As this was our first rally since the tragic passing of Mike, Zelda and Chanté Newman, we all observed a minute’s silence and Gideon Kriel said a few words to the rally guests. After the formalities it was time for Sir Shaun Young to entertain us with his selection of 80’s & 90’s music which proved very popular, especially with Mr Mike who lost 5 Kg on the dance floor 😊!!

Sunday morning was pack up time and home time for all the rally-goers. With help from the hotel staff and our committee and marshals we were all packed up by lunchtime and headed home for a well-earned rest.

A special thankyou to Bruce’s son, Trevor, for his help throughout the weekend, Riana,  Lisa and her daughter, Jaime, for running the FCCT stall, the Avalon Springs Hotel and their staff and to all our sponsors who make the rally possible.

See you all next year!

Route 62 Rally – Pure Romance

In the years which my lady and I have been in a steady relationship, not once have I missed our Anniversary, her birthday, Valentine’s Day or even the odd bouquet of flowers!
It’s fair to say that we’re head over heels in love. You know, the good ‘ol fashioned type.  The Black and White flicks which portray an adoring housewife waving her soldier-husband good bye while he boards HMS Whatever to fight for freedom type. 
It’s been pretty Lilies and romance until Valentine’s Day this year as I attended the Route 62 Rally, without her.
If you’ve never been to this rally, let me say with my hand on my heart that it is absolutely breathtaking! 
Nestled between the mountains, warm springs and the familiar sound of a rumbling Harley engine – there’s pretty much nothing like it in South Africa.  In fact, it’s the longest running Harley rally in our beautiful country.  Harley-Davidson faithful attend with their partners, in clubs or on their own.  There’s an abundance of activities to keep you well entertained.  Or, if you just need some downtime, then why not unwind in the crystal clear pools which just so happen to have a bar close by.  The cocktails are great and the beer is ice cold!  Luckily, nobody took a pic of me drinking a pink drink.
Riding there won’t exactly leave you in the desert yearning for a drop of water either, as it’s a stone’s throw from Tyger Valley but just far enough for you to clear your head and fall in love with the road. 
While I thoroughly enjoyed the well-organized rally (thanks to the Free Chapter) and the facilities which were on offer at Montagu Springs, it was the open road that made me realize something…
I’ve been cheating on my Mrs for years as I have a love affair with the open road and the Route 62 Rally is my mistress!
After all, I know I’ll be back next year again as the Route 62 Rally is pure romance!
(Now, about that pink drink…)

Written by: Ty The Harley Guy