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    Default Re: The Monthly Gauteng Breakfast Run - March 2020

    Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking, Hedge has asked me to do the Precis on the Brekkie Run. So I looked up the meaning of the word and found it is ''a summary or abstract of a speech or text''.

    This presents somewhat of a conundrum as I can only give my perspective from my vantage point, which was the rear end of some huge assed Ford F 250? And dust, lots of dust, and that was from the exhaust on start up!

    So, with this in mind, let me take a stab at it.

    The morning dawned with its usual lure of promise and myself and the First Wife headed to the rendezvous point at the Black Horse Brewery, a destination quite familiar to us so there was no need to use the 1st Waypoint Hedge had sent to everyone as part of his meticulous planning exercise.

    On this note, let me digress somewhat, Hedge's communications approach to the Brekkie Run, apart from using this thread, included a Whatsapp Group and the use of Zello. All parts of the route were sent out prior to the event. This served two purposes, the 1st to assist members who might have been late and they could then move to a waypoint and wait for us to get there and join up, but 2nd, I am sure, to whet the appetite further, in the full knowledge that some, if not all of us, would Goggle the way points ahead of the time. He also instituted the use of Zello as an alternative means of comms to radios.

    We arrived at the Black Horse Brewery at @ 07h39, slightly late although the vast majority of members were already there. After a round of introductions, a Drivers Brief was called and the Guidelines and Pointers (listed in an above post) were presented to the members. Convoy rules were also presented at this juncture. Comms were arranged and once again, Ian stepped up here lending his VHF units to members in the convoy so that comms could be relayed from Hedge to the UHF members via VHF members.

    Deflating of tyres took place and the convoy left on the R98 to the R24 where we turned right and then a left after a short distance onto the R763. The R763 becomes D14564, a very scenic route through thick bush with the Magaliesberg majestically in view. The D14564 comes to a T Junction at Vlakfontein Road where we turned right and then, in a very short distance, left and proceded along this route which crosses the Hex river and then on towards the R24 again past Konka Conference Centre. There are a number of interesting places along this route worthy of further exploration or visiting. On turning right on to the R24 and heading back towards the Black Horse we proceeded for about 11 kms to the Marikana sign to the left.

    This is a dirt section which leads directly to the climb up Breedts Nek Pass. Given the length of the covoy we seemed to have arrived at the top in good time where we stopped for the obligatory taking in of the views. The decent to the Buffelspoort Road is more challenging than the ascent and a two way trip on the same day could be a good outing in itself. Ian was the sweeper at the rear of the convoy and relayed up to date comms on UHF from Hedge in the front. The convoy did create a bit of a traffic jam at the turn in to the Buffeslpoort Dam, while all the vehicles were processed through the gate. On entry, we turned right with the dam on our left and everyone managed to find some form of shade except Hedge but his Tentco Bundu Awning came to the rescue.

    Once settled in, brekkie/brunch/lunch preparation commenced. The First Wife, FIL and MIL and myself found ourselves next to a real rowdy bunch from the East Rand It turned out to be zx14 so nothing was amiss. After a pleasant meal, a group photo was taken and the pack away started.

    The route is easily accessible and members should be able to follow it at their leisure, should they wish to retrace their steps. I would suggest at least 2 vehicles for Breedts Nek so that supporting guidance can be given over one or two of the rougher sections on the decent. The ''road'' passes Mountain Sanctuary Park which has camping facilities as well as Chalets and Log Cabins. Buffelspoort Dam has camping and appears to be a favorite destination for fishing and motorised water sports. What struck most members was the beauty on our doorstep and the number and variety of destinations that can be visited in this area.

    So once again, a big thanks to Hedge (Andrew) for putting this together, the precise organisation and his execution made it a pleasure. A big thanks again to the members for the turnout. I for one, cant wait for the next Brekkie Run which will be held in April.
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    Thank you Estee.. wonderful
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    Nice report back.

    I am interested to know how you found using Zello? I believe it can really be a useful tool for these types of events where cell coverage is not an issue.

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    Nice write up Estee, thanks!

    A note from my side - the variety of vehicles was quite amazing, I wish I had had some time to come snoop around everyone's rigs and setups, maybe next time.

    Also, I think I definitely want to get a radio installed in my vehicle, Ian kindly lent me one of his handhelds, and it was so nice to be in contact with the convoy, listening to the banter etc. My 1.5 year old thinks otherwise of that handheld though, he thought it was so cool when we first had it, holding it and fiddling, until Andrews voice came bellowing over it at full volume. That could have actually been the reason for the nappy change now that I think of it
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    Oi!!!!

    Cant disagree Sean.

    Graham, we still are waiting for definitive proof that the nappy change was in fact for the 1,5 year old.
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    It seems that silence really was golden in the cars without radios.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    Give that man a muffin, 21 cars, probably 60+ people and

    Jeep
    Toyota
    Ford
    Renault
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    Suzuki ?

    all represented.

    great day out.
    I agree with the muffin for Andrew! But you left out the BEST (well, definitely the 'nicest' ) cars - Mitsubishi! Both a Pajero and a Triton in the line-up

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    Quote Originally Posted by NatureFan View Post
    I agree with the muffin for Andrew! But you left out the BEST (well, definitely the 'nicest' ) cars - Mitsubishi! Both a Pajero and a Triton in the line-up

    I agree, we represented the brand well and I'm sure everyone felt high confidence when we were around(TIC) just incase things got "real".
    I really had a jol and was very impressed with the organised manner of everything, I cant wait for the next outing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NatureFan View Post
    I agree with the muffin for Andrew! But you left out the BEST (well, definitely the 'nicest' ) cars - Mitsubishi! Both a Pajero and a Triton in the line-up
    Let's not forget the Patrols. There were two in the convoy as well... And there will be a petrol shortage in Hekpoort for the next week...
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    A LR D4 represented the soft roaders as well.
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    Ahem.....and range rover sport with 20" rubber bands for tyres....
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    I enjoyed the diversity.
    Was most impressed by the 2 Fortuners not asking for their bellies to be scratched.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NatureFan View Post
    I agree with the muffin for Andrew! But you left out the BEST (well, definitely the 'nicest' ) cars - Mitsubishi! Both a Pajero and a Triton in the line-up
    I am so ashamed, with my gammy foot I left my Pajero at home and bummed a lift with the Jeep
    Lusted for a Landy but the Pajero was sexier and bigger in the right departments, just like my Missus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    Give that man a muffin, 21 cars, probably 60+ people and

    Jeep
    Toyota
    Ford
    Renault
    VW
    Suzuki ?
    Mitsu's
    Land Rover
    Nissan

    all represented.

    great day out.
    Fixed, and apologies to those that I missed out on the post.

    Must have been the muffins, I get very worried when Swambo says "home made"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    I enjoyed the diversity.
    Was most impressed by the 2 Fortuners not asking for their bellies to be scratched.
    I was at death's door at any speed above 30km/h.
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    Hmm sounds lekker !

    If and when I get my Fordjie properly fixed, I want to come do it also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    I enjoyed the diversity.
    Was most impressed by the 2 Fortuners not asking for their bellies to be scratched.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedgehog View Post
    I enjoyed the diversity.
    Was most impressed by the 2 Fortuners not asking for their bellies to be scratched.
    As a newbie to this, I'm glad that my car did not have it's belly scratched (probably also due to Hedge guiding us through the one deep dip on the decent). Really enjoyed the outing and now I'm keen for more.
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    It was a nice outing guys. Good bunch of people doing the stuff we love best.

    Nature, diesel, and dust...
    And some charred meat.

    In Estee and Supermans case: Nature, Gas, and Dust.. with some charred meat
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    And the Jeep.. the one with the muffin
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    It was a nice outing guys. Good bunch of people doing the stuff we love best.

    Nature, diesel, and dust...
    And some charred meat.

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