LEVEL UP ! A Spoonful of Sand will make you Smile[Cedarberg Oasis Weekend Away 12-13 November 2022]

What a weekend!

You know sometimes when you just get a day out on the bike it actually feels like you have had a 2-week holiday in an amazing destination. Well for me it does, especially after weekends like the one we just had.

Saturday morning, bright and early we met at the garage in Klapmuts. Bikes and kit all bright and shiny ready for the trip. We had a briefing and tanks were filled while some riders sipped on a cup of caffeine courage. Not knowing what the next 24 hours would bring we were eager to get the engines roaring. I can imagine that when 30 plus GS’es start their engines it must be quite intimidating for the rest of the humans in the parking lot. In my helmet I was like ‘’Watch this space’’.

The group split into Level 1 and Level 2 group riders and departed in their separate ways. With a quick goodbye, thumbs up and cheers of good luck we departed and were on our way. Where to you ask? This way, that way and then up and then down, and maybe left and right after that… it was a mystery.
We missioned on tar and winded through Wellington and then whoops! there she was, in all her glory… dirt … dust and gravel!

We winded through the farms and everyone’s wrist gout got a necessary flex as Neels would aptly put it. The cobwebs and kopwurms had moved to the back tyre and it was going well, and then riding in front I felt the bike do a dance and realised we had hit some sand patches. Hello Sand, it’s been a while! We wiggled through it and then the stick that lay across the road moved. Mother Nature through a snake in the mix just for fun. We indicated to Richard to be cautious, and then Elanza came and sailed passed our mini anaconda as if she was Crocodile Dundee with no scared hair on her head. Only later we heard she never saw the snake as she was too busy focussing on being LOS on the bike (Look up – Open up – Stand up).

We hit a few more patches of sand, and then the GS giants started falling like dominos. Oopsie, one potato, two potato, three potato, floor.

Luckily no GS babies were hurt in the process, maybe just a few bruised egos, but nothing a glass of something cold couldn’t remedy later on.

We winded between tar and dirt until we stopped at Citrusdal for some fuel. The weather started turning, and I realised our days of riding with 10 000 layers also has abruptly come to and end. Summer is here. We left the town with a roar.

We headed out towards Algeria and entered the Cedarberg. What a view. I love this place. You can come here at anytime and your soul will be filled. Open skies, clean air and the most beautiful mountains that tower above you. Being on a motorbike, twisting and winding in these mountains, it keeps you humble. How privileged are we to have all of this for free. In my helmet the only words that come out of my mouth into the silence, with a heart full of gratitude is Thank you!

With a cloud of dust,we stopped at Oasis. They were ready for us and it was very nice to take those boots and bike jackets off and have something that could clink a few ice blocks.

Accommodation was perfect with our mini tepee tents. Nothing a clean bed and a hot shower cant fix.

The call came through for our friends who departed after us that morning. On a technical pass near Wupperthal and Eselbank one of the riders made acquaintance with mother earth and required some assistance. The back up vehicle sped away while the rest of us kept the seats warm and the glasses full. We shared stories of the day, and it seems that our friend sand and rock was also on the menu for our other team for that day. Maybe we got off light? I am sure some would argue me with that one though. A few hours later all was back at Oasis safely and no major injuries.

After a good night’s rest, trainer’s on , I missioned by foot to explore a bit. Running here is one of my favourite things. Probably one of the places I have been with the cleanest air, and at that time of the morning the sunrise paints the sky in the most beautiful colours.

A breakfast of champions and loaded bikes, we were ready to rumble.

We headed out and followed the winding dirt road out of the Cedarberg. The road quality isn’t bad at all, and the team had definitely found its happy place. There was a minor crash-boom-bang, but the rider got up and dusted off quickly, and we were on the road again. We did a quick stop and au revoir at the Katbakkies turn off where some friends needed to hit the tar and the rest of us embraced the Katbakkies Pass, as this really is the ultimate and best way to enter the Tankwa. The GS train winded through the pass elegantly and stopped near the top to take in the magic around them.

We dropped down into the Tankwa and I swear my husband heard the coke and ice already, as I felt the bike do a jolted dance under me.

If you have never been to the Tankwa, let me draw you a picture. The nothingness between the blue skie and the brown earth is what makes it magical.

Everyone was in good spirits during lunch time, people who didn’t even know eachother’s names a day ago was talking like old-time mates.

Gear up for the last long road back to Ceres, the 355 is the road that reminds you, all good things come to an end my friend.

Okay, okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic. Let’s rather say Du Toit’s Kloof has that effect on me. When Table Mountain shows her face in the distance as you drop down over the pass, its like back to reality woman!

Getting home after a weekend like this, the body goes, ‘’I am tired and dirty!’’ But the heart says ‘’thank you I feel so much better now’’

People who don’t ride will never understand this until they are on the bike in the middle of no- where. That passion is either in your blood or it isn’t. if you don’t like getting dirty rather stay at home knit a jersey and leave all the adventure stuff to us.

I never liked knitting anyway.


Dirty Boots

Sutherland with BMW Motorrad Club Cape 2022 (30-31 July 2022)

YR, Accuweather and Weatherman Pete could not even have prepared us for this weekend. I was watching the weather apps like a pensioner watching the lotto numbers days before the ride. Snow or no snow, below zero or a grateful +1? As I have learned over and over again, no weather app ever really gets it spot on. We all kept a low profile on the whatsapp group, but when the comments started flying regarding temperatures declining, I wasn’t sure if a rain suit, bently belt or a Michelin Man outfit would suffice.

Adrenalin quickly warmed us up as we arrived at our meeting point at the garage in Klapmuts early on Saturday morning. We filled up and had a quick briefing about the day’s activities. Keeping in mind we still had a few drops of rain and the previous days rain that left the ground wet, the group still bravely opted for the off-road adventure.

Heading out towards Wellington, we zipped over the Lady Loch bridge and soon hit our first mud gravel road. Tyres deflated quickly and the eager smiles under helmets gave it away, that today we would be like children again.

I don’t think I have experienced that much mud before in my life, limited parts of hard gravel, rest was dancing in the mud. The bike did its thing and the riders all stayed up. We had one slip slide experience, but the rider got back up quickly and when he joined the group it just looked like he spent to much time having fun actually. From boot to helmet it looked like he had been licked by a mud slide. We had a lot of fun in the mud. As a child wasn’t that one of your best moments? Playing around in the mud and getting good and dirty.

Not one bike or set of boots was clean. Recovering from our fun morning we headed back onto tar, swaying through Nuwekloof Pass and then at Tulbagh we turned into the Waterval road which is a gravel road leading towards Wolseley, grateful for some more offroad the orange lights in the rear view mirror kept with us. Mitchell’s pass was next, this stays one of my favorites. Short but Oh! So Sweet!

Making our way through Saturday morning Ceres traffic, we headed towards Gydo Pass. Unable to stop with the group, we missed our chance to get in some Bain’s Passes. I guess this creates another opportunity to go back and do this again soon.

I felt the front wheel slip like a rookie in the corner and over the comms our conversation was colorful. Something didn’t feel right. Pulling into the garage at Op-die-Berg we saw we had a puncture on the front wheel. After a longer than expected leg stretch while our Red Phoenix got some much-needed attention we headed off in to the Tankwa Karoo. Katbakkies pas never gets old, and when you start the decent into the Tankwa over the pass, yesterday’s problems are exactly where they belong, in yesterday and I can breathe again. Tankwa does that to most people. It is a feeling and not a place, you just can’t explain the air, the view or the relief you feel when you hit that road.
The bikes automatically turned in at Tankwa Padstal, so that we could pay our dues to the locals. Even if you don’t plan to stop there your bike knows the way and goes into the Padstal parking bay by itself.

Half an hour later we were on the way again through the Tankwa Karoo National Park towards Sutherland. With beautiful road conditions, here and there a dry river crossing caused a few of us to become airborne for seconds. The lights became smaller and then disappeared in the rear view as we realized our sweeper needed to be swept. Heading back to see what was keeping him occupied, we realized his topbox flew open with one of the dips in a dry bed and his evening tuxedo was spread all over the Tankwa. Quickly collecting his bits and bobs all over the field we were back on the road again.

The temperature was a healthy 13.5 degrees on the bikes electronic clock. As we hit the tar the digits started dropping. We came to a standstill at a healthy 5 degrees Celsius.

After unpacking in our little cottage we rented for the night, we took off the top layer of clothes and replaced it with another as we joined the group for a quick drink on the day. Happy faces were warming up at the fire with a well-deserved glass of their favorite.

The next morning, we did a leg stretch and went to discover the town on foot, at a healthy minus 7. We later met the group at the Hotel, everyone looked very well rested and keen for another day of dirty adventure.

We exited Sutherland and soon turned left off the tar, we winded through beautiful gravel roads, and entered a wind farm. The view was breath taking. Here and there was wildlife in the field and again you think to yourself, why don’t more people do this. We have such a beautiful country, and it has so much to offer us, with two wheels and a fair amount of guts – this can be your playground too.

We stopped for a quick group photo and then headed back towards Matjiesfontein on the last stretch of gravel. One of our riders had an accident on the road and the team quickly took control of the situation. The additional training that they received kicked in immediately and soon enough there was emergency services present to assist our friend. After he was safely on his way to the closest hospital for medical care, we regrouped. Even though the brave faces were there. When one of your rider friends go down, it does affect you. You can’t deny the feeling when you put that helmet back on your head. Everyone is left alone with their own thoughts in their helmets: worry, concern, gratitude and humility.

We refueled again in Touwsriver, the N1 wasn’t designed by and adventurous human that’s for sure. We headed towards the flat mountain, with Sutherland in our rear. Over Du Toits Kloof pass we quickly were back in city life reality. We said our goodbyes at the foot of the pass before heading back to our normal lives.

I have been a pillion for 5 years and a rider for 3 years. It doesn’t matter I guess where you sit on the bike. Your reason for getting on the bike every time is the same. It also doesn’t matter whether you are a doctor, lawyer, I.T guy or engineer from a Monday to a Friday. When you put your boots and helmet on and hit the road on your bike with a group of riders, you are family.

Back to Monday, ordinary people things, ordinary people clothes, ordinary people traffic…
but extra-ordinary memories !


Lambert’s Bay Overnighter [5-6 March 2022]

This is by far my favorite trip to do with the BMW Club. It is a great kick off for the year and sets the trend not only for routes and riding but for friendships and good food.

This time, we however didn’t do it on the famous black BMW800GS, which has become Carel’s trademark on the road, but on his new baby, a blood red BMW800GSA, we will call her the Red Phoenix from now on. (Raise your eyebrows, if you want, but we all know that baby standing in your garage also has a name!)

We also decided to join the tar toads 😊, instead of the dirt donkeys this time. A relaxing afternoon at the Lambertsbay hotel in high temperatures sounded a lot more attractive than loose sand in a hot helmet. No, we are not getting old!

We met Ian and the group at the Engen Swartland, and after a quick hello and route plan we hit the road towards Philadelphia and then towards Klipheuwel. The morning had beautiful clean air. Helmet time is still great medicine for any illness you currently have.
Towards Malmesbury and onwards through Riebeeck kasteel and Riebeek West. We made our way towards Veldrif. For some a petrol stop was necessary, for others some H2O did the trick.

Next stop was Deli on Main in Dwarskersbos.
We all quickly found our seats in this little restaurant and ordered something cold. The service was excellent. Carel and I have lots of fond memories of Dwarskersbos, as we have kind of made this town our own since our Mini-Moon 3 years ago. The restaurant offered very good service, the quality was amazing, and we got free dessert, milktart rolls as a gesture to thank us for our visit. Once again, you kind of glance back in your mind to the side effects that C19 have had on local businesses and see the need and want to support our own. But let me not give that terrible word any further airtime. 2 years down the line and we are still here, healthy and riding in fresh air again!

We were on the road again. The temperature started to drop, and it was refreshing riding on the coastline, along Elandsbay. We arrived in Lambertsbay soon after that. Helmet in hand, bags over the shoulder we descended on the receptionist.
After a few cold ones, some napped and some just accidentally glued their bike pants to the bar seat for another few, while the brave embraced the swimming pool.

As always, our mini van collected us for our dinner at Muisboskerm.
This venue, setting and menu never disappoints. You always end up eating too much, drinking too much, and laughing even more.

Sitting that night at the table amongst riders that have become friends. I thought to myself. I have probably been part of the club for about 5 years now and seeing these familiar faces on these trips is like a family reunion with the cousins, Aunts and Uncles that you only ever see on special occasions. It’s lekker!

So, we have that BMW badge on our clothes and bikes, so what?

It’s the camaraderie of the group that makes the badge worth wearing.

After a wonderful evening at Muisboskerm. The minibus convoyed us all back to the hotel. The Die-Hard’s stumbled in a bit later, as usual.

We all met at breakfast the next morning. Some rider’s eyes looked smaller than the day before. Must be all that dust on the dirt road? (Cough)

We departed soon after, toads and donkeys together. We said our final goodbyes at Velddrif petrol station. Jandre and his nephew joined us for one more waterhole stop at the Plaasmol near Hopefield. This is another Padstal that is worth the visit. On Sunday’s they have live bands and craft markets and a decent ‘’refreshment station’’.

Glad to kick of 2022 with this one. The muscles are stretched now. Let’s keep them loose.

(Y)mansdam Farm

Tankwa Karoo – June 2021

‘’wanneer jy hier ry, en om jou kyk besef jy dat jy rerig net n klein poeppie in die heelal is’’  

This place is just another world altogether, and I will never get bored of the silence, the nothingness, the humility and peace that it brings every time you enter the dust of the endless R355.

We set out on a long weekend mission to the Tankwa Karoo. As usual Carel found us a new place to visit, that we haven’t even heard of before. A working farm about 90kms from Calvinia. The name of this sheep farm is Ymansdam. 

We left nice and early on the Thursday morning and headed towards Wolseley forestry plantation where Carel grew up, we stopped in between the pine forest and yanked out the flask that we had filled at home, we enjoyed the fresh air and open spaces while reminiscing on the past with a cup of coffee. 

We headed for Geldenhuys butchery in Prince Alfred Hamlet to buy our meat for the weekend. When going into the Tankwa Karoo on a roadtrip, biltong and droewors are obvious necessities. Their products are really good quality and you can support them when on your travels out that way again.

Last stop for diesel before we said au revoir to tar and society was at Op-die-berg. We made our way quickly out towards Katbakkies pass. To think a few years ago I had no idea this pass or place ever existed. Now it rolls off the tongue as if talking about Old Paarl road. 

Katbakkies pass is always beautiful, view is breathtaking when you get to the top. The air doesn’t get much clearer than this. Dropping off on the other side with the Tankwa laying at its feet, you know you have said goodbye to average life civilization and entered a world of magic. 

Yes, this place is Magic!

Quick pitstop at the famous Tankwa Padstal to stretch our legs then we headed towards our home for the next few days. 

Right, the entire route was plotted with GPS, the map took us through the Tankwa Karoo National Park. So, we did what the lady on the little square screen in the corner of the windscreen told us to do. ‘’Draai regs’’ so we did, ‘’Draai links’’ so we did, and we went on and on…. and on. 

She kept us busy with ‘’herberekening’’ for about an hour and a half. We soon realized that not even she knew where we were off too, who would of thought a woman without direction! Amusing to say the least but what better place to be lost than in the Tankwa. We decided to ditch the Afrikaans Tannie screaming from the little screen and work on gut feel making our way through the wet and narrow pathways through the park. The roads were wet, and certain places surprised us with mud and water potholes, which kept us alert and laughing as we missioned onward. Making our way finally towards to farm, the sun was setting. 

We met the Steenkamp’s who live and own the farm Ymansdam. It has been in their family for a few generations, and they farm mainly with sheep. 

We stayed in a little cottage next to the house. It was all we needed, furnished one bedroom cottage without electricity. They work on solar power for lights and gas for kitchen appliances. The water is kept warm with a wood fired ‘’donkie’’. It was perfect for us!

After a my mild panic attack for the limited WIFI, I was fine. To have break is necessary and we should grant ourselves this rest when it comes across our paths. If you need to switch off from the world then it includes your phone that has become a handicap item that we all now wear. 

We ended the evening off with a fire going, meat making musical tunes as the coals tickle it from below. And don’t forget glass of something to keep the insides nice and warm.

Waking up to the sound of chickens and sheep, now I know I am not waking up in my own bed. Beautiful sunshine morning with clear skies. We headed out to go explore the farm on foot. The farm is about 5000 hectares and definitely didn’t get to all of those hectares in our time there.

After a quick breakfast, we packed our flask and snacks and headed towards Ouberg Pass. This is a beautiful dirt road pass, but if you are nervous for heights or don’t like living on the edge (excuse the pun) maybe you should do this one as a sleeping passenger. 

Stopping on the lookout point, we took out our treats and made coffee. Now we can say we have made coffee in the middle of nowhere, on a ledge, with open skies and wide open spaces with not a soul in sight. We were about 1300m above sea level . Sipping my coffee looking out over the mountain , I thought to myself we haven’t even seen a human in about 2 hours.. do the people here even know what’s happening on the other side of the mountain? What is Covid and lockdown and Level 4.1.2 Annexure B? 

On our way down the pass we were bought to an abrupt halt with the day to day traffic stop, sheep!

During the winter months the sheep are trekked down to lower lying farming areas, as temperature is a lot higher down below than up in the pass’s farming area. This trek is apparently nothing out of the ordinary and happens often. The sheep however are not afraid of heights as little bla-bla-black sheep scraped his hoofs on the edges making his way around our vehicle. 

We entered Sutherland to get some last supplies for the weekend. And on our way back, we went over Gannaga Pass. We stopped at the famous Gannaga Lodge for a quick liquid refreshment before continuing down this beautiful pass. The winding turns coming down give a resemblance of Swartberg pass, but maybe a little more “Oopsie’’ moments if you don’t stay focused.

Another beautiful fulfilling day. The fire created heat while the Karoo night set in. 

The next morning we headed out again on foot in the opposite direction of the farm house. The farmer told us he was struggling with foxes on the farm as they are becoming quite a menace. They break through the fences and just bite the sheep and leave them for dead while moving on to the next one. This causes huge financial losses for the farmer. This is a disadvantage of bordering on the National park. In true fashion my husband, Sherlock Holmes sets us walking in that direction, with me trailing nervously behind.  We didn’t find any foxes but came across repaired and broken fencing, traps and holes that was not dug by Mary’s Little lamb. 

I have a lot of compassion for the farmers, I doubt the everyday customer actually grasps what these people go though every day. Water, drought or flood, fire, wild animals, hail, snow. And don’t forget to add the unwelcome masked visitors. We just throw the meat in the trolley and if it is braaied  to dry we moan it was the sheep’s fault. 

We headed to get the bakkie and explore the rest of the farm for the day. Finding a peaceful spot in a dry river bed we parked and had a picnic. Moments like these are made for movies and novels. You can’t buy it, you can’t touch it, you just have to actually be there. 

We did some 4×4 trails on the farm, I polished some skills behind the wheel as well and it was loads of fun. 

Lighting the fire for the last evening was bitter sweet knowing that tomorrow night this time we would be on the couch watching the Sunday night movie.

The next morning we went on our last mission of exploration on the farm. A quick breakfast of champions – Leftovers ! We sat with Nettie and Arno Steenkamp for a few minutes before heading back towards ‘’The Normal’’ . they are humble and good people, we can recommend our friends to stop there on their missions through the Tankwa Karoo next time. You will be welcomed by this family and your stay will be something to remember. Just for them to share their home and family farm with us was an honor.

I can tell you about the views and open spaces we saw, but there isn’t really a picture that can justify this. I can tell you its peaceful , but you have to experience it yourself. 

The Tankwa Karoo has a way of keeping you humble. The farmers and community that live here know what it is to struggle, but you don’t hear them complain. 

We can all learn a little something here. 

“At first encounter the Karoo may seem arid, desolate and unforgiving, but to those who know it, it is a land of secret beauty and infinite variety.”

Ons harts plek, ons sien julle nou nou weer. 

Kind ❤ Karoo

24 – 27 September 2020

We can travel, we can travel with in our country’s borders … 

That was probably the next best thing since lifting the ban of purchasing alcohol and cigarettes . . . legally.

What a year, I know … just like you , I was also living in this covid time.  A story that will  be told generations from now. People will read about this time and think, how did the world stand still? 

But 6 months down the line we are alive, we are healthy, wiser, more grateful, we all know ‘’a guy’’ who can get stuff, and the next season of Master Chef will have a lot more entrants.

Many people missed many things, but 1 thing I missed a lot was just getting in a car or on a motorbike and disappearing for a few hours or a few days.  

I guess for some of us, the wide-open spaces of dirt, endless blue sky and silence is something that our souls long for. To get to the place where you inhale peace and exhale worry. That probably sounds very  dramatic … but until you have stood on a mountain pass overlooking the Karoo, you won’t understand this feeling of fullness and emptiness all at once.

As soon as we were levelled down to get access to exit our street pavements to travel, we decided the time is now. 

We put together a quick 4day Karoo road trip, making sure we slept somewhere else every night. This is one of my favourite ways to holiday… you just see so much more, and it has an extra element of adventure in it. 

We quickly roped in our parents as well. Being in lockdown has been hard on a lot of people. While our parents should have been making memories, with their children , grandchildren and travels… they lost time. 

So the decided trip was mashed together , 2 x vehicles (neither one being 4×4… this has to be stated for the record😊), 6 people, 4 days, 3 nights, 1200kms to cover, and many, many dirt roads. 

We left the Thursday morning, headed out over Bainskloof pass, we made Calabash at opening time for a cup of coffee.  It wasn’t long and then we were through Ceres, onto Op-die-berg where we grabbed our dinner menu at the Spar. I was quite impressed with the shop considering the location. 

Headed towards the gravel, the turnoff reading Tankwa Karoo, came closer like a hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day

Katbakkies Pass stays one of my all-time favourites. It has many good memories for me, and this is where the world switches off… 

Down to Tankwa Padstal we stopped for a quick lunch, it is great to see that they are very busy, with some familiar and friendly faces. Finishing up, we headed out for our last stretch for the day.

Just after Padstal there is a turnoff which heads in the direction of Sutherland. It is a lovely road, for people who are weary for the dust and dirt. 

Entering Sutherland, I had booked a house for us called, “Jack the Karoo’’

It is a very nice house, modernised on the inside but the old style look and feel still kept on the outside. 

We made a fire and did some good old South African cooking on the grid. 

The sun rose the next morning,  as we went for our morning run in the direction of Fraserberg. The air so clean, I could feel my lungs burning. Not so used to this fresh fresh air.

We packed up and headed out back the way we came, except turning towards Tankwa again, we turned left, towards Merweville

This town is one of my ‘’bucket list’’ towns. Driving through the Moordenaars Karoo was beautiful. I don’t think I have seen a place like this. The only place a I can semi compare it to that I have been to is the Richtersveld in a way.

We stopped on top of Rummelkop pass for breathing and photo oppurtunites. Wow… its stunning. 

I was driving with my mom and daughter in the one vehicle and my husband with his parents in the other vehicle. Having walkie talkies to keep the communication alive. 

Driving this pass was interesting for my mom. She has never ridden so much dirt before and also never tackled passes like these before. Not to mention her cigarette quota was definitely maxed by the end of Rummelkop pass. But will we do it again? hell yeah!

Getting closer to Merweville, I could see the Church stick out above the town. It always amazes me how these small towns, that are almost forgotten, have the most beautiful churches. 

We stopped and had a lunch at the ‘’Boek Klub’’ , apparently a Tv series was filmed here as well, relating to this name.

It is a very cute restaurant. If you are going  this way make a point of stopping and supporting this local business.

Pushing on towards Leeugamka for a quick trip down memory lane. 

My father-in-law grew up here. After many moons, it was only right to drive by memory lane to see the remains of what once was his childhood home. 

That night we slept on a farm called Abrahamskraal, outside of Prince Albert. 

It is a beautiful farm, my first ever bike trip as pillion was to this venue. So many ‘’braai stories’’ have come from this place. 

The décor and setting has been done in a way that definitely preserves the heritage of the family that owns this farm.

Aunty Hestie, welcomes you with the same warmth as the winter sheets on the beds. We had such a good time here, within minutes you feel that you are home.

After a good nights rest, we went for quick run around to make sure stretched legs for the day in the car again. The air amazes me. Its hard to explain being 1500m above sea level and the effect it has on your breathing when you live so close to the coast. 

We had a quick breakfast, leftovers (best road trip food ever!) 

Headed into Prince Albert, quick stop at the Spar for reinforcements and then my highlight, Swartberg Pass. 

My mother and daughter have never been up here before… so it was something  I wanted them to experience. Photo’s don’t do this place justice. We crept up with little Mahindra Mouse (which has proved to be more than capable to handle mountains)

We had faded out the old favourites as the cd’s were packed back into its pouch. There was just the noise of the engine, and aromas of fresh air. My daughter flung half her body out the car window. don’t think she has ever experienced this sense of freedom and peace before. Snapping away, taking pictures, giggling and laughing of how awesome this place is to her 

Swartberg Pass is beautiful and you climb about 1000m height in 14kms

If you are afraid of heights and cliff edges, then this might not be your kind of thing. Keep in mind it’s a perfect example of life… the only way to get to the other side is to go through, even if it scares you.

Dropping down on the other side of the pass we twisted and turned until the engines stopped at Kobus se gat. We gathered our thoughts here, had a quick snack and missioned onwards

Just after Kobus se gat we took the gravel option towards Calitzdorp. This is a beautiful road, with even more beautiful views. The ‘’spekbome’’ and aloes grow bountiful here and the look like they pour down the mountain sides. Everything is very green, and we even spotted a family of giraffes peeking at us over the tree-tops

You can see this area has had sufficient water, I could easily live here, but the voice on the walkie talkie from the other car brings my day dream back to earth… ‘’Vrou, ons kan nie in elke dorp wat jy van hou, n huis koop nie!’’ 

Coming out in Calitzdorp , towards Ladismith we took the turn off for Seweweekspoort. The river here crosses the poort 28 times. (yes , we counted) 

The mountains tower above us, as we drive through it. Breath taking. My mom said a very true thing, she said travelling through places like this remind her of how small we really are … it keeps you humble and grateful.

We spent the last night on a farm in Seweweekspoort. Lovely secluded flatlet on the farm. 

We gathered the wood for the last nights Karoo Fire! We laughed, a lot.. carefree.. no talks of covid or its side effects. It was just easy to be carefree for the first time in months. 

Next morning we went for a hike on the farm, going over the hill we spotted kudu , and the spotted us and quickly disappeared into the surroundings.

Packing up, we knew today we are homeward bound.

Hitting the tar we headed to Diessel and Crème in Barrydale, it was definitely a selling point for the trip to my daughter. Milkshakes all round! Great ending to a fantastic 4day road trip

Getting home, unpacking and there is just no place the dust didn’t get into you almost don’t want to have the car washed… its means the roadtrip is over

On the Monday morning when I woke up, the first thing that crossed my mind is… ‘’okay, where to next?’’ 

Just for the record, no Mahindra or Hyandai Creta was injured during this journey 😊

The way back …

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It’s definitely been a while, maybe close to 18 months that I last rode my own motorbike. it seems silly and nonchalant, but sometimes our own minds are the only things keeping us from something we really love doing.

When my husband said I have to ride my own bike on Sunday, I knew it was coming, I couldn’t hide behind the comfortable seat between his back and the topbox. He just wouldn’t let me have my way. In my mind I headbutted him a few times, repeatedly and shouted to him ”are you crazy?” like a five year old having a full blow tantrum, but the only words that came out of my mouth was, ”Okay!”

I have been avoiding this day for so long, since my dad passed away, I decided to park my bike physically and emotionally, as it was something that I did to honour my dad and couldn’t help but think of him every time I would ride as it was a passion I shared with him. Every time I would get on my bike in the past , and get to my first destination or stop I would usually WhatsApp him a picture or two to make him jealous of my adventure. He used to love reading and listening to my stories after we got home, from ”another bike adventure”.

So subconsciously I couldn’t actually ride again…

Getting dressed yesterday morning, as I put my bike pants on, my hands were shaking so much I couldn’t even get the Velcro to close properly, maybe I was coming down with a bug? that would of been great, because then I would have an excuse to sit this one out.

Not having my glasses either, I was using impaired vision as an excuse as well. Have you ever been so full of excuses in your life!

My husband wouldn’t have any of it. He just kept saying ”you will be fine, don’t stress” , in my mind, I headbutted him again!

Getting on my bike, looking at the handlebars and electronic little dashboard , I hit a blank, I couldn’t remember how to use any of the little buttons in front of me.

I put the ignition switch on and the familiar sound of the idling engine of my ducky came to life. I dropped to first gear and pulled away. I was still shaking like a leaf , as I went through the gears. By the time I reached the R300 the nerves had settled and I was still on my bike, like it was yesterday.

We took a ride through Strand and had a waterhole stop at Pitstop in Clarens drive, yes they are open and serving cooldrinks and snack foods for passer by’s.

While the boys were getting our cooldrinks, I hijacked a table in the afternoon sun and lit a cigarette (for the nerves you know .. )

I thought about the last half hour or more, and my dad.

My fears of heartsore of the loss of my dad had kept me from doing something I really loved. So I needed to find my way back the hard way. Being left with no other choice than just to ride.

The time in the helmet yesterday was with him. and I know I cant just send a WhatsApp pic to make him jealous anymore, but I can share the memory of it.

After a quick drink with the boys, we put the helmets back on and I pleaded for something that resembled gravel.

We headed through Stellenbosch on the Klipheuwel road and turned into Hoopenberg road for some dirt.

Aaaaaahhhhh heavenly dust everywhere. Some cows, some sheep, some trees, some sand patches, Yes I even welcomed those !

When we got home, I took my sunglasses and helmet off, and went to look at myself in the mirror… eyes red from the dirt and fresh air, cheeks filled with dust, But oh boy, I felt alive again.

We all ride for different reasons, and the thing that gets us on the bike or takes us off the bike is different for everyone. Yesterday I didn’t ride the Sani pass – but in my heart it felt like I just completed a Dakar Rally.

So Dad, you and me and my helmet have many roads still to ride. I will honour your memory by carrying on..

Sorry it took me a while to find my way back

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West Coast ( The Karoo of the Coast)

After a very busy few months of planning and wedding things to do, we finally were able to get a few nights away at (Dwars)Kersbos in the West Coast. Here we would celebrate our mini-moon.

A lot of people would have bought the airplane tickets long ago already and have the airport taxi ready. Carel and I aren’t really bothered with airport queues and long flights, as neither of us have the patience to sit still long enough.

We both love this country despite what news24 says, we still believe in the simple beauty that our country has to offer and therefore we kept our mini-moon local. And what is more local than the Westcoast.

We booked into a self catering apartment in Kersbos, this is a newer development beach area just on the outskirts of Dwarskersbos.

We headed out via Hopefield, we like this way out, as the R27 is just soooo straaaaiiighhhht and boring.

We stopped at the Plaasmol outside Hopefield. We have driven past this place a few times but now we had the time to stop, so the car came to an abrupt halt.

Lovely family run farm, with a rustic kind of store which has been turned into a bar.

We pulled our seats up close to the bar, being the only ones there. We ended up spending time with the bar tender learning the history of the farm and what they do etc. if you are ever in the area. Do not drive past this place. They are just outside Hopefield on the left and is noticeable from the little airplane in its front yard.

After our book in at Kersbos with Sallie at the Tumble in , we went on a hunt for food. With only one local superette and a pizza restaurant on the side of the road, our endeavours for shopping left us with limited choices. We didn’t mind as too many options leads to too much wasted time.

We visited the superette, spent about twenty minutes dawdling through the rakkies-of-akkies and then walked out with a 2ltr coke. I just roll my eyes, this happens often.

The locals said that the pizza is good, so who are we to argue. We stopped at SEE KAIA and ordered pizza. To our surprise the prices were so good and the pizza was amazing.

Grabbing the pizza and beer we headed for the beach to enjoy the sunset of the West coast.

Moments like these are priceless when you think of how much people spend to see what we did, with nothing but a pizza in a cardboard box and a few beers. Painted skies, was a live colourful show with the crashing waves to add the sound effects for free.

The next morning we headed to the beach for a run, being a bit tired from the heavy week I can guarantee you that we definitely weren’t doing a Bruce and Elana sprint. The sea life from Kersbos to the right along the boundaries of the farm are amazing. There is no pollution on the strand, only here and there a fish skeleton and a friendly seal coming out of the ocean for his morning yoga.

After a quick breakfast we headed out . Inland Bound.

When there is a dirt road, Carel gravitates …. On the bike or the car. The poor Hyandai was tested to its limits and we headed towards Elands Bay. Traditionally we stopped at Elandsbay hotel for a leg stretch. Here as in the rest of the raw parts of West Coast… don’t expect the fancy, the beauty is in the simple and friendly people that live there.

We jumped back in the car and headed out to Redelinghuys. I have never been to this little town before. So pretty and simple. It reminds me of a really old version of maybe Matjiesfontein and Sutherland.

The Church that burnt down recently is in state of demolition or repair. I couldn’t really make out if it was being further torn down due to irreversible damage or the attempt at restoring had commenced. The droning of heavy duty machines was the only noise that echoed through this little peaceful town

We headed towards Aurora, which is via gravel road from Redelinghuys a quick dust cloud over the mountains and then we arrived. Don’t sneeze and look for a tissue or you will mission right through this town and never notice its quaintness. As in every one of these little towns, the old churches stand out like a rose in a thorn bush.

We had a quick cooldrink as we strolled around the roads there. All this history hidden in our beautiful province.

Carel said it was time to join in the fun in Velddrif , being Friday afternoon , we checked into the local joint, Riviera pub.

We had a good visit with local residents. The chats are as if we have known each other for years. Within minutes you feel welcome, that is just how these people operate. Everyone greets eachother and smiles. They say it like it is in the best Weskus slang, and you embrace the whole of it. Good people live here.

We missioned off to another stop in Laaiplek. Die Vis Vlekhuis. Lesson learnt here… when in Laaiplek don’t order normal food, rather stick to what they are good at – Fish!

We ended off the day with a fire blazing and dreaming of our own plot at the sea one day. ‘’Eendag as ons groot is’’

Another beach run, day 2 seemed to go better on the legs on the sand. And then a quick brekkie and to the other direction we missioned

St Helena Bay, what a pleasant surprise. We ended up joining in the fun at the local Saturday market and had lunch in the middle of it. Ladies singing from a little amp, craft markets, people dancing. . . an unexpected time.

From here we headed out until we couldn’t go any further with the car. Brittania Bay, we had to turn the car around when the gravel road became to sandy for us. On the bike Carel would of still taken a chance, slight resemblance here to Kleinsee’s sand missions 2 years ago which became more a walk than a ride.

Back to Laaiplek , this time to the old hotel for a drink. We made it in time to celebrate our 1 week married life survival.

Back to our apartment we went , fire burned, we braaied and finished in time to catch the sunrise over the ocean. We missioned down to the sea and went for a long walk. Feet in the water…

Its on mini break aways like this where you realise that you can get along with the smaller things in life. You can always smile, and enjoy a stranger’s conversation.

Like the Karoo, and the Tankwa for me this part of the West coast has a peace that it brings over you, whether you intended it or not… it’s kind of the West Coast gift.

Tankwa Teaches Humility


Tankwa Tented Camp Overnighter : 07-08/July 2018)

‘’Afgeval, seergekry, opgeklim & weer (verder) gery!’’🎵🎶🎵– Tannie Jackie

On Saturday morning, as group of friends we met at the Klapmuts BP garage for our Tankwa Tented Camp overnighter. As the group came together, we knew it would be an interesting affair. We had a combi camper with the bike trailer, a little Jimny on steroids and a Mahindra. These were our vehicles on the trip. The rest of us parked our GS’s next to eachother and in the distance we heard Martin’s Honda arriving. Making sure we all knew well in advance that he would be the one who would keep us all on our toes. So here we were – 23 people, different modes of transport, different occupations, different dreams, different ages …. Yet in the next 24hours we would become friends.

A smartie box of sorts we suited up after a quick briefing, and headed straight for the gravel after the N1 turnoff. We headed left and decided that tar wasnt in it for us today. We took some detours via farms, and after the rainfall the fields are beautifully green, and the roads are hard. Awesome riding conditions. In the distance I saw the first water crossing, not having one of these experiences under the belt, and with Carel no where near intekom range, I just reminded myself. ‘’when in doubt – throttle it out’’ .. the rule applied and with great success, I must of face another 10 of those in that morning. I felt like a kid at a mud throwing party, it was so much fun. Back on to the tar it wasn’t long until we hit dirt again. With all the legs that had been stretched now, and the group finally finding its rhythm after a few lost ducks in another man’s pond we were snaking along the roads.

Arriving in Ceres, I was sopping wet. My ducky was covered with mud and here and there I saw a resemblance of what she was this morning when we left home. With my holey bike boots, my socks were wet – through and through. I hoped it would dry soon, because the cold on Gydo pass was waiting for my wet legs.

Carel gave us 2 options going up, one group could go straight to the Katbakkies turn off and the other could take the Touwsriver turnoff and do some sneaky surprise road. The group then split on Gydo pass. I followed Carel through this road. We went through 3 gates. Here and there we had to meander the bikes through some narrow entrances and the loose sand was very forgiving. The landscape was amazing. Its amazing what a little bit of water and a lot of snow can do.

We came out at the edge of the road near Katbakkies turnoff. Through the farmers gate we exited onto the tar. Katbakkies, hier is ekke !

I had been without comms most of the day, by now I was really at peace with the silence in my helmet, and knew that this was just going to have to be one metre infront of the other.. I love this pass… its just one of those roads where I lose my heart everytime. It humbles me completely and brings me to a point of overwhelming gratitude. Beauty endless !

Coming to the top of the pass, you are with in arms length of touching the white patches of snow that are still on the side of the road after last weekends sudden white decent.

We met up at Tankwa Padstal. I got off and instead of high fiving myself, I dusted off my pants, I earned the wet toes, and dusty visor – that was epic.

Meeting up with my parents and friends everyone was in good spirits sharing their story of the ride so far. A cold one was necessary to clear the dust stuck in between my teeth, probably because I was smiling all the way.

We headed to Tented camp, parked the bikes just in time to make it to the bus for the sunset cruise. Speechless this left me.

We climbed off and all walked up the hill. We listened to stories of the Tankwa. Can you believe this area only gets 30mls of rain annually – yet they are smiling. And we complain about grey water and a bucket system.

We took a few minutes to take this all in.. sat in silence. I am sure each one of us were sharing a moment with the sun that was going down, as the last peak of yellow sank, so did those private thoughts. We were given a game drive with a difference as we visited all the Africa Burn artwork that was still around. It is fast becoming a natural art studio in the desert. Whatever you consider normal, it is a flipside when you enter the Tankwa, and to embrace this, will give you a sense of peace.

Elzebet and her team made sure we had heated blankets in the tents and a warm meal. This makes you feel like home… ‘’Pap, smoor en vleis’’

The party relaxed and everyone climbed in and ensure a good time was had… one by one the weary ones started disappearing to the tents, admittedly I was one of them. A day on the bike makes me long for naps, nice long ones.

Sunday morning we got up nice and early and went for a long walk into the Tankwa veld to go and experience this sunrise…

Same as the night before, its like watching fine art in movement.. Tankwa does humble me, in a way that is indescribable.

After a good breakfast, we started getting ready. Carel gave the signal that we could all come home in our own fashion. So all decided which direction they were heading into and the group did a quick split.

I decided to head out with the one vehicle. My mother being the driver I knew I could give it a bit of stick. She would catch up.

I left the other riders and hit the Tankwa highway. I went over one of those awesome invisible bumps at quite a speed, and with that my body went airborne instantly all that was on my bike was my hands, having no comms I was swearing and singing to my guardian angel as my feet came down and hit the pedals too hard, knocking my bike out of gear. A quick recovery – find it – find it – find it – got it ! I am reminded that you should never ride faster than your guardian angel can fly.. in my case as fast as my mother can drive, Ha ha ha..

We met in Ceres just after 12 and then the wait began. Next bike in was Carel… and then it was a stagger.

After 2 minor incidents, all the ducks were in the pond, arms and legs attached. We did our meet and greets and headed back to the flat mountain and real life.

It is hard to get back into my car, walk into an office and pretend like this weekend didn’t leave its mark on me. Stopping in a pass like Katbakkies, alone, no phone, no human and no animal. All I can hear is the soft idling of the engine. I was so overwhelmed by how big it all is and how small we actually are, the warm tears turned ice cold as they rolled down my cheeks.. a year ago I didn’t even own a bike, or even dream of this reality. It is because of grace that we can do this awesome sport called adventure biking. May we stay humble in our travels, giving thanks as we go along.

A special mention ….

Andreas ‘s dad joined us this weekend, was a father son special date. It also seems that this wont be the last

My parents joined, a first and very special occasion … now they don’t only read about it on my blog.. but can live one too.

Oom Neels, for once again having to borrow a bike on the morning as the yellow bug didn’t want to ride… and for always being on top of it. Even in tough situations.

Elanza, for being a rockstar pillion and falling graciously !

Tannie Jackie, for her wisdom and handling her incident with a smile

Phil, for his optimistic, humbling attitude when the camper decided to rather want to stay in Tankwa….

I salute you !


(Dayride – 19/05/2018)

It’s been a while and the “Groot Trek” is over, the dust has settled on the home front and our feet are itching to just get some km’s on the tyres. Carel and I made a date with our bikes to finally go for a mini ride on Saturday. We had some good friends who were also eager for a dirt day and without much effort we had ourselves a ‘’ breakfast ride – gone long’’ again.

With only one firm arrangement in place, being the meeting point on Saturday morning we knew that whatever way we were going it would be 2 things, Beautiful and Fun. That was enough for me.

From the Bp Garage we exited and met up with Neels at the Strawberry farm near Somerswet west as the yellow 1150 decided she wanted the day off and Neels was to have a day out on an 800. In true fashion he took this pleasant surprise with a grin on his face and we headed to the N2. Quickly ascending Sir Lowry’s Pass, it wasn’t long until our turn off onto the Appletizer road. From there we turned tar to dirt onto the Highlands road. Considering its been a while, I didn’t even give my famous kopwurm time to have a chat, I voided it as I was hungry for this dirt and beautiful landscapes that comes with it.

The area of Grabouw is lush and green after the rains that we have had. The earth looks alive again, the aromas and smells that you get through the open visor is fruity and fresh. It’s almost like drinking a good wine, without the hangover.

Coming back onto tar we headed left to Ecology Farm. Here we sat in the garden, amongst the protea bushes and had hearty breakfast. This venue hasn’t been around very long, but is worth the stop. Here they farm with proteas and have a protea nursery too. Anyone who knows me well enough, will know here I felt at home… ‘’fynbos blommietjies is my hart’’.

After breakfast we headed in the direction of Karwyderskraal, just after the turn Neels led us off onto dirt again. Never riding here before, I was too busy trying to make calculations of how badly I would see my ass today than to even look at the signboards of the roads I was turning onto.

The landscape in this area is breathtaking. Beautiful and stretches as far as you can see through your helmet. Carel started subtly prepping me for a road through the comms as a friendly warning. I only heard every second word, and wondered what the peptalk was about, and then it came… I looked down the hill, it was steep, and at the bottom some of the guys was already waiting for me – to have my turn. Loose rock here we go… tick tock, tick tock. Arriving with the rest of them in one piece, I thought to myself, I am alive and so is my Ducky so I guess we did ok. Just as I gathered my witts again Carel started with is peptalk, seriously. Then I looked up, and here was a narrow loose rock path, and we were going up ! big girl panties on and I stayed sitting and jiggled up there. Getting to the top, if I wasn’t shaking so much I probably would of jumped off the bike and high fived myself.

Alive and kicking I caught up to the group. We stopped to have a moment and I was grateful that I don’t always know where I am going before the time, because if I knew I was going to have to face that I probably would have avoided that road completely, yet here we are testing and flexing our confidence muscle all the time. I love it (maybe I should get a plastic ….??).

Coming out onto tar near Genadendal we made our way to Greyton, this would be our turnaround point. We popped into the restaurant 1854 for lunch. The menu is mouthwatering and the atmosphere is very chilled. We had good food and the boys did some Ale-tasting. The air changed from 27 degrees and we knew our winter sun would be leaving us soon.

Leaving Greyton we did another detour onto dirt and ended up somewhere on Van der Stelspas. The road look a lot different than the last time I rode it. It is so much prettier in this season. It’s so green and fresh.

We turned back onto tar at the Theewaterskloof dam. What seemed to be a quick zip through Franschoekpass ended up dropping into Franschoek as the sun started setting, painting the skies different shades of magenta and yellow, framed by black silhouette of the mountains.

Perfect ending to another good day to be alive.

Sometimes the best days are the ones where you just go where the road leads you. And having good friends to do it with makes it a forever epic adventure.


Porterville Beaverlac Overnighter  : It’s never about the destination, Always about the Journey

24-25 February 2018

‘’Come and fly the skies where black eagles soar, and hike the paths of the leopard once more.

Come and climb the rocks where the baboon often play, and spend time at a rock pool each day.’’

The best thing about a weekend like this is the fact that very little planning is necessary, the hardest part is making place on the bike for a tent. We met for sanity sake at the Engen in Plattekloof, knowing that by now we all are au fait with this garage as a meeting point. Stefania’s bike decided to break the ice and trend for our relaxed ride and was so relaxed it just didn’t start. We ended up detouring via Vredehoek, with Carel jumping like a kangaroo on the motorbike freeing downhill in town. Here you place your hands over your eyes and remove one finger, just because you cant look, traffic in town, freeing down hill with a tempermental motorbike is a recipe for …….. after a few attempts the little ninja took, and the engine roared making its awakening presence known.

Now we were all awake, ready … from the N1, it was a quick dash through traffic to the N7 and the country side commenced just outside Durbanville turn off.

The previous nights rain had left the fresh earth smell hanging in the air, accompanied by a cool breeze which was welcomed as I rode with an open visor. It was literally a few gear changes and the dirt was under my tyres already. Admittedly a few minutes later I wasn’t feeling it. Neels says I have a Kopwurm.. I am starting to think he is right. After a few serious chats with this KopWurm, I decided that he lost and Jani won the round and put my fears and doubts in the dust behind me and just embrace the day.

I placed myself at the back with Andreas when we entered the Haaskraal road, so that I could flex my confidence muscle a bit more. Looking down my speedo was reading 90kms per hour on dirt and I was standing. KopWurm – you lose!

We took a refreshment stop at Du Vlei Padstal. The hot chocolate here is one of my favourites and shortly after stopping, the warm sweet beverage found its way into my hands.

Carel once again turned us off the tar, soon we were on Delsma Farm road that goes through to Gouda. This dirt road was a pleasure riding and we ended up coming into Gouda and then turning right towards Porterville. With the stop and go’s it wasn’t too much of a hold up and we entered the town soon enough to make the local butchery in time. We all peeled into the local butchery, the owner recognized Carel, and before we knew it half a cow was being sliced into steaks, with some complimentary braaispice for our barbi in the valley. Pitstop for cold beverages and then we headed out, exited Porterville we took the turnoff to the right, Dasklip / Cardouw road to make our way to Dasklip Pass, the one that would drop us in the valley at Beaverlac.

Some more dirt under the tyres and soon it turned to a now neatly tarred pass. The narrow pass trickles along the mountain side, making ascent quick. We stopped at the grid, to take in all the beauty below us and saw the path in the distance that we were on just a few minutes ago. We now understood why Carel made sure we had a cold beverage. Here we saluted and high five’ed each other for a good day to be alive and healthy.

The drop to Beaverlac commenced, it is a quick descent of sand, and loose rock. By now the comms had died, and the Kopwurm too. In 1st gear I spluttered down the mountain like a snail clutching to a wet rock. I got down, in one piece and so was my bike

Beaverlac is a natural heritage site in the Grootfontein Farm, it is hidden in the Olifants River Mountains and is situated in a 5000 hectare secluded valley surrounded by the Ratel and Olifants Rivers.

We all unpacked and set up camp at this beautiful camp site with in minutes bike gear was replaced with shorts, tshirts and barefoot as we made ourselves comfortable around the fire where Collen had already set up for us. With Bernie and Pi, his 2 precious bulldogs came with to be our brave body guards for the evening.

Sitting around the fire, I can say that a year ago, I didn’t know any of these people and here we are spending such a special time in such an amazing place sharing stories and dreams. We all have different careers and yet our idea of a good time is this. I have learnt that doing trips with people who enjoy what you enjoy, there is never admin.

The evening ended as we all found our way to our little cacoons for a well deserved rest

The next morning we ventured on a hike to explore the beautiful landscape followed by a refreshing swim in the rock pools of Beaverlac. The rock pools are beautiful and clean and a relief for all campers on a warm day. By lunch time the fire needed to be extinguished and the tents packed up for our route home again.

Carel didn’t hold back on the route and dirt and dust was there again. We made a few detours on a few farms, accidentally on purpose. Not one of us minded, as a good day is a good day, lost or not. We went past the Misverstand dam. And then did the long stretch of dirt before Riebeeck Kasteel. We entered the tar there for a quick trip through the pass to Malmesbury. Here we said good bye. As we hugged each other the dust lifted off our jackets as a sign of another successful day.

… when you were a child at a funfair, and you stood in the queue at the tornado, your hands used to shake as you held the ticket out to the conducter. You proceeded with caution onto the contraption that would spin you around and upside, and you would scream with exhilaration. When it would come to a dead stop you would hold onto the railing while you get off again with adrenaline pumping. And the first reaction would be.. ‘ lets do it again’ –

Monday morning when I opened my eyes… that was the words I uttered.