Anniversary Breakfast Run

Today is my 28th Wedding Anniversary. So no walking today…

Today I took my bride on one of my favorite breakfast runs. It is a 300 km circle route in the Waterberg region, Limpopo province of South Africa. In this 300 km we only pass through 3 towns, 2 of them very small. The rest is scenic nature at it’s best…

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Like this… the beautiful entrance to the pass on the Mokopane (Potgietersrust) to Marken road… Biker’s heaven!

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When we rode this breakfast run, we stopped for coffee at the beautiful Vintage Lady Tea Garden on the curvy road from Naboomspruit (Mookgopong). You reach this Tea Garden  when turning onto the Sterkstroom road.

From there onwards, turn right at the Tinmyne (tin mines…) road, and left at the T junction between Mokopane and Marken.

We continued onwards, turning left on the Vaalwater road, and right at Melkrivier. We had a wonderful Mutton Curry at Eventieria. This place, a big cat sanctuary, is simply a must-see in South Africa. Lions, leopards, cheetahs and yes, tigers in Africa… click on the link to read that story… “One day when I am big, I want a TIGER!” Erich Venter…

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The famous South African author Deon Meyer said of our region there was only two good things: the hamburger at the Big 5 Restaurant in Vaalwater, and the way out of here. I beg to differ, although that hamburger is very good indeed. Big 5 is now Hunter’s Hide in Vaalwater.  Worth a visit, but not today. We rode on to Modimolle (Nylstroom)…

It was a 300 km breakfast run with my wife, on our trusty BMW R1150 GS (2000 model, still going strong!) .  When we have grandkids one day, this trip will still be worth boring them with….

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Fortunately my wife has not fed me to the crocodiles… yet…

PS:

The Breakfast Run: starting in Nylstroom (Modimolle) on to Naboomspruit (Mookgopong) onwards to Potgietersrust (Mokopane). About 15 km before Mokopane turn left on the Sterkrivier road, a beautiful road with nice sweeping curves. At 100 km from Nylstroom you get the Vintage Lady Tea Garden, and they do have excellent coffees and breakfasts. On to where the Tinmines road turn right, very good sweeping curves. But be careful, the T Junction is not very clearly marked, you will have trouble when approaching at 300 km/h! Turn left towards Marken. Enjoy the pass underneath Hanglip, not too far past the summit turn Left on the Vaalwater road, and later on right just pass Melkrivier, before the tar becomes gravel onwards to Modimolle. On the Vaalwater road Eventieria will be at about 203 km from Nylstroom. 30 km before Vaalwater. Spend some time here. Then in Vaalwater, turn left towards Nylstroom, another 60 km to go. This circle is about 298 km from Nylstroom around and back. You are welcome! Enjoy.

Where the H is Nylstroom? 130 km north of South Africa’s capital Pretoria. About 170 km north from O. R. Tambo Airport in Johannesburg…

 

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