Ratel And Buffalo Rally – 2014

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Deciding to hit the road early in our group means that you will spend an hour waiting at the Blockhouse by yourself. At least I wasn’t spending my Wednesday preparing to go to the office like everyone else.

Waiting

Waiting

From here we rode like hell for leather to get to Grahamstown, where we had dinner at the famous Rat & Parrot, of course we had pizza. Stopping only to refuel the bikes makes this 1020Km trip go by reasonably quick.

Rat & Parrot

Rat & Parrot

Rat & Parrot Menu

Rat & Parrot Menu

From Grahamstown, we went hunting for the best meat pies in the world. This hunt took us through Bathurst, Port Alfred, Alexandria, Nanagga, Port Elizabeth and on to our destination in Uitenhage, the Ratel Rally.

Pig And Whistle

Pig And Whistle

This Is Bathurst

This Is Bathurst

 

Beavers Pies

Beavers Pies

Humble Pies

Humble Pies

Nanagga

Nanagga

The Island PE

The Island PE

 

Best Nachos Ever

Best Nachos Ever

We settled in to what turned out to be the loudest rally site in the world, the party did not stop. It was going from when we arrived on the Thursday afternoon and was still going when we snuck out on Friday morning.

Ratel Accomodation

Ratel Accomodation

Got the t-shirt, drank the beer.

Ratel 2014

Ratel 2014

Ratel Rally to Buffalo rally was a ride like no other with some beautiful roads and fantastic “cuisine”. We stuck to the N2 for this part our trip with a pause at Knysna’s Dry Dock for refreshments.

Mitchell's

Mitchell’s

 

Old Friends

Old Friends

Got to the Buff and the sun was shining! But the queue was moer long.

Buff Parking

Buff Parking

 

Moerse Q

Moerse Q

Then we partied like rock stars!

You people!

You people!

Miss Buff 2014

Miss Buff 2014

Camping at the Buff also takes rally sites to a whole new level, with the most epic views.

Buff Camping

Buff Camping

Buff Camping - Busa

Buff Camping – Busa

 

Buff Sunrise

Buff Sunrise

On Saturday morning we took a reprieve from the campsite and went touring around the Mosselbay area. On our little gettaway we found Food Worx, makers of giant gourmet burgers, Misty Meadows, brewers of fine ales and The Sea Gypsy, who fed us calamari till we couldn’t eat anymore.

Foodworx

Foodworx

Gourmet Burger

Gourmet Burger

 

Buzzard

Buzzard

Misty Meadows

Misty Meadows

Bikes At Sea Gypsy

Bikes At Sea Gypsy

 

 

Sea Gypsy Sign

Sea Gypsy Sign

Sunday morning when the music was turned off and the revving competition had ended we hit the road again for a leisurely two day ride back to JHB. Day one was Mosselbay to Colesberg with a stop for the best breakfast ever at Sophie’s Choice in Willomore.

Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning

Willomore - Our Steeds

Willomore – Our Steeds

 

Sophie's Choice

Sophie’s Choice

Willomore - Steyn

Willomore – Steyn

Willomore - Carriage

Willomore – Carriage

We found some stragglers in Middelburg.

Keg & Springbok

Keg & Springbok

Groupshot

Groupshot

When in Colesberg, do as the Colesbergians, eat lamb chops at Die Plattelander and finish it off with Malva pudding and hot custard. There was afval on the menu but we decided to leave that to someone else.

Lamb Chops

Lamb Chops

Malva Pudding

Malva Pudding

Die Plattelander

Die Plattelander

Colesberg

Colesberg

With Colesberg in our mirrors it was a hop, skip and a jump to JHB on Monday.

Sunrise

Sunrise

The most important meal of the day at Tom’s Place.

Tom's Place

Tom’s Place

As we saw the big smoke hanging over Sasolburg we stopped for one last stretch of the legs before the final push home.

Almost Home

Almost Home

All in all we did 3284Km in 6 days.

Before

Before

After

After

 

Now starts the planning and saving pennies for next year’s run.