15th Annual

outside the Fouriesburg Country Inn

Friday 13th of March, twenty two of us met for breakfast at the Block House One Stop. Departing at 9am, we rode via Meyerton, Villiers, Warden, Reitz and Bethlehem. Then rode on to 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.

smoke-break outside Warden

we drew our second Poker-Run cards inside the Highlands National Park

great-looking threesome... Robbie, Carolina & Suzuki

Happiness is... Lohan, Lizelle and their new K1200S

Johan Crain Du Toit and his missus Yolanda

Jan and his vrou Shayle

Lohan, Lizelle, Robbie, Dennis, Carolina, Warnia and Dewald


Riders were... in no particular order; Robbie Kartus and Carolina Wooll on his Suzuki GSX-R1000, Dennis Schultz on his YZF1000-R1, Johan "Crain" Du Toit on his Suzuki M109R, his missus Yolanda "Crain-driver" Du Toit on her own Suzuki M90R, Jan and Shayle on his BMW R1200RS, Ian & Marie Lacey on their Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom, Mel & Liza Wilmans on their son's BMW F800GS, Johan & Fransien Dreyer on their Suzuki Intruder 1800R, William & Henta Cox on their Triumph Rocket III, Koenie & Geraldine Renison on their Honda CBR1100 Blackbird, Lohan & Lizelle Potgieter on their lekker BMW K1200S, Dewald & Warnia Day on their new BMW K1200GT and me on the mighty, 2009 Yamaha YZF1000-R1.

the mighty 2009 Yamaha R1 with the Golden Gate in the background

the R1 parked in front of the Buttress


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 (again - same as last year) by the Reds, we rode solemn-faced up the bumpy Oliviershoek Pass, taking the longer way back to Clarens, where we stopped for a quick dop and again rode back into the sunset to base in Fouriesburg.

We incorporated a Poker Run on the Saturday ride. Geraldine Renison had the best hand, taking the R440 kitty with her Full-House (pair of 2s & trip 3s).

After a scrumptious 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.


on the road to Bethlehem

Robbie's GSX-R1000, the 'test' YZF1000 I rode and Dennis's R1

words and photos by Kenn Slater