Friday, October 26, 2007

A Beautiful Day

This morning was fantastic.
First of all, Friday is my day off.
Secondly the sun was shining from horizon to horizon and the air was still and calm.
After dropping my daughter Amy at school I took my trusty BMW 1150GS for an outing.
We drove down the Blue Route. We were ticking over comfortably when this Mazda came zipping past me: “Hmm...Should I or should I not show him what a bike can do to him?” Just as well I did not, because the next moment a flashing blue light pulled the Mazda off the road.

Up and over Ou Kaapse Weg feeling sorry for all the cars queued behind a large truck, and very glad that I had two wheels. Because of the truck, the pass was open road and I drifted all alone, enjoying the freedom of leaning into the corners unobstructed by cars. Through Sun Valley and up Blackridge Road. The bike’s torque came into its own as I opened the throttle to 5 000rpm and welcomed the acceleration. I crested the hill relishing how the warm Sun Valley air was replaced by sea-cooled air and a panoramic view of False Bay over the Glen Cairn beachfront. Turning onto the main road alongside the bright sand and white topped crashing waves, I drew in a lung full of salt-laden sea air and was instantly taken back to my childhood days of swimming in this bay. A slow canter alongside the blue sea took me to my breakfast spot at Simonstown’s Jubilee Square. So I sat – coffee, newspaper, and a relaxing view over the yacht club.

My good friend Sue tells me I need to get a real job. Not on a day like today.


Mev Dominee said...

Oh , I am so , so jealous.

I miss the sea. I would give my teeth for a bike (like that).

I can just imagine what it must be like to ride along the roads in the Cape.

Enjoy that bike my friend. May it be a blessing to you. May it help to soothe and rest your soul when life is tough.


Murray & Gina UK said...

You bastard!

But in a good way...

The worst is my wife doesn't like the idea of a bike... lots of work to do so I can 'go for coffee' via Ou Kaaps' and Glen Cairn!

enjoy boet, thanks for the summary version!

digitaldion (Dion Forster) said...

When I read your SMS this morning I was sitting in a conflicted meeting, having come from one appointment and watching the clock to get from this meeting to the next. I knew that as I left the office I would have to brave the rain and a temperature of just 19 degrees C. To make matters even better there was 'load shedding' which meant that the traffic was.... well, not good...

I was jealous...

I still am.

Blessings Pete! You're a gift!