14th Annual


at the Block House One Stop

Friday 18th of April, thirty six of us met for breakfast at the Block House One Stop. Departing as arranged at 9am, we rode via Vereeniging, Heilbron and Petrus Steyn to the Yeomanry Arms in Lindley. Then rode on to Bethlehem and our base at the Fouriesburg Country Inn. After we'd checked in and dropped our kit off, a few of us went for a ride to Clarens, then like good cowboys, rode into the sunset, back to Fouriesburg.

in the BMW GT's rear-view mirror

smoke-break on the road to Bethlehem

Three dozen of us were on the 14th Annual Redline Run, and we were (in no particular order); Jan Harding on his Kawasaki VN1500, Robbie Kartus on his Honda CBR1000 Fireblade, Hannes Roode on his Kawasaki ZX-10, Chris Kustner on his Triumph 1050 Tiger, Dennis Schultz on his YZF750 SP, Shane Rootes on his Yamaha YZF1000 R1, Dustin Byrne on his Honda CBR900 Fireblade, Ian & Marie Lacey on their Honda VFR800, Mel & Liza Wilmans on their Suzuki GSX-R1000, Chris & Ria Van Dyk on their Buell XB12X Ulysses, Johan & Fransien Dreyer on their Suzuki Intruder 1800R, Bertie & Hilletjie Dreyer also on a Suzuki Intruder 1800R, William & Henta Cox on their Triumph Rocket III, Koenie & Geraldine Renison on their Honda CBR1100 Blackbird, Theo & Marieta Prinsloo also on a Honda CBR1100 Blackbird, Allie Viljoen & Brenda De Beer on their BMW 1200 Adventure, Corrie & Rina Botha on their Honda VTR1000 Firestorm, Fenn Thompson & Anet Theunessen on their Suzuki GSX-R1300 Hayabusa, Rod & Carmen Christophers on their BMW R1200 GS, Lohan & Lizelle Potgieter on their BMW R1150 R, Dewald & Warnia Day also on a BMW R1100 R and me (Kenn) on the fabulous (Redline Bike Of The Year 2007) BMW K1200 GT. We also had Hannes & Magda Booyens from Bethlehem on their BMW K1200 LT and Andre Botha from Reitz also on a BMW K1200 LT join us on our Poker Run to Bergville.

at the top of Oliviershoek Pass, overlooking Natal and the Drakensburg mountains

Saturday after breakfast we rode to Clarens, through the scenic, twisty roads of Golden Gate Highlands National Park, back onto the Harrismith road (R712) past Sterkfontien Dam, to the Bingelela Restaurant in Bergville for lunch. After watching the Sharks get beaten by the Brumbies, we rode solemn-faced up the bumpy Oliviershoek Pass, taking the longer, dryer way back to Clarens, where we stopped for a quick dop and again rode back into the sunset to base in Fouriesburg.

We decided to incoperate a Poker Run on the Saturday ride. Ian Lacey had the best hand, taking the R680 kitty with his hand of trip 10's.

After a scrumptious sheep-spit-braai for dinner, everyone seemed tired after the great day's ride and drifted off to their nice warm beds.

Sunday morning we said our farewells outside the Inn and headed for home... Overall, everyone had a great weekend.

  happiness is... Lizelle, Lohan and Fenn at the Fouriesburg Inn


words and photos by Kenn Slater