19th annual


This year’s Iron Horse was a small Run with only eight very lekker people, namely, young Len and Dawn Latham aboard their BMW 1200 RS, buxom Lee-Anne Jones on her BMW 1200ST, smoking-Joe Basil Carolis on his BMW 1200S, gentleman Paul Horwel on his Yamaha 1000 Fazer, neat Daryl Graham on his BMW 800S, Yamaha-befok Dennis Schultz on one of his Yamaha YZF-R1s, and me, keen Kenn on my BMW GT.


After meeting at Ultra City in Middleburg, we rode to the Anvil Ale House and Brew Pub in Dullstroom for a taste of their different brews.

at the Anvil Brewery in Dullstroom


Then we cruised over Long Tom Pass to The Woodsman in Sabie, then down to Hazyview and back up to Graskop.

Dennis, Basil, Len, Dawn, Lee-Anne, Paul and Daryl at The Summit Lodge


Saturday morning we rode pass Burk’s Luck Potholes, through the JG Strydom tunnel to Swadini, on the banks of Blydepoort dam, walked through dense bush to a small waterfall and the rode to Mad Dogz pub for lunch.

Outside JG Strijdom tunnel

Lee-Anne, Daryl, Len Dawn and Paul in Swadini

Africa is not for sissies

on the banks of Blydepoort dam

Waterfall in Swadini


On the way back, Paul, Daryl, Dennis and I stopped at the spot where Eddie wiped-out :-(sad), then rode to the edge of the escarpment for some photos.

Farm Stall opposite Mad Dogz

on the road back from Swadini


Sunday we bid each other farewell and hit the road home, half of us riding over Long Tom again, while the rest of us rode to the N4, up past Waterval Boven to all meet again at Middleburg, where the Pretoria and Joburg guys split our separate ways.

looking back...






The 2013 Iron Horse proved to be a very nice weekend, with perfect weather and absolutely great people.

We’ll do it again next year… our 20th and last J


Words and photos by Kenn Slater