The Two Passes Rally 2016 took place from 4 to 6 March and was based in the beautiful little town of Wilderness on the Southern Cape coast. Altogether 140 Harley-Davidson® motorcycles took part with 195 participants (riders and partners).
Registration procedures at The Wilderness Hotel and Resort Spa on Friday morning was followed by the handing over of goodie bags crammed with edibles, event polo shirt, pins, wallets, coasters and a variety of other items donated by generous sponsors.
A Bedouin tent erected alongside the hotel, canopied the swimming pool to allow some respite from the intense heat, as well as shielded participant when welcome rain fell on Saturday afternoon and evening. As Friday was a leisure day participants rode to different places of interest along the Garden Route, chilled around the pool or browsed through a number of stalls, including tattoo, jewellery and a range of Harley-Davidson® Motor Clothes. Vegetarians wanting something even more to their taste was accommodated for, while tasty hamburgers with an array of toppings, sauces and a number of salads that justified any palate were served.
Having recharged their digestive systems with a veritable feast of just about anything that could be provided for the “most important meal of the day”, the riders took part in the mass motorcycle ride. Traffic Department Law Administration approved and with the kind assistance of the George and Mossel Bay Traffic Officials as well as the Provincial Traffic Department lead approximately one hundred and thirty Harley-Davidson® motorcycles from The Wilderness Hotel Resort and Spa at 10.00 a.m. on the Saturday morning. The route for the mass ride had been carefully planned to avoid the busy N2 as much as possible. It therefore utilised the old, historical roads, meandering through little towns, rolling, green farmlands, magnificent scenery and finally ending at the Garden Route Casino in Mossel Bay.
Upon arrival the Casino laid on “Welcome” drinks and snacks and gifted each rider with a R50 voucher to use in the gaming hall. For some it was “easy come, easy go”, but others ended up considerably better off than when they arrived! After an enjoyable lunch and casino experience, riders were free to return to the Wilderness individually and at their own pace.
During Saturday evening, an auction was held where a variety of items of interest donated by generous benefactors were sold and the proceeds given to charity. A spit-braai with salads and freshly baked breads was on the menu whilst entertainment provided by “Cloud 9”, a popular local band well known for playing great music in the Garden Route night spots and over weekends. Revellers took to the dance floor and some took advantage of the warm conditions to swim and play around in the tent-covered pool, finally hitting the hay after midnight.
Packing belongings, mounting motorcycles and taking leave of organisers, fellow bikers and newly-made friends to head home has never been easy. Especially not when the Two Passes Rally 2016 was such a success.
Feedback received from Peter Brown, one of the participants, summed up the weekend’s experience thus, “Think you guys can count that week-end as a success. Value for money in terms of what it cost and what we got. Food excellent. Hotel great. Organisation very good and had a great time, meeting new biker contacts. Great stuff. Well done. Please pass on to the team.”
Harley-Davidson® Garden Route extended their thanks to everyone who helped to make the Rally such a success, the sponsors who lavishly contributed and assistance received from the relevant Provincial and Traffic Authorities.
- Article submission: Wendy Rademeyer
- Source Photographer: Neels Blom
- Editor: Angelique Dermit