Ysterperd Rally 2017
- National Rally
The Ladies of Harley® Johannesburg Chapter planned the 2017 Ysterperd Rally to focus on the needs of new Lady Riders. No one could have guessed how successful this would be!
The organisers ensured that travel to and from the rally, riding during the rally and the arrangements for the rally catered for new riders and helping them open up the fantastic world of Harley Owners Group® rally events as an activity they can and want to participate in. In our wildest dreams we could not have imagined the bonding, love and friendships that would form a part of our daily lives after the Ysterperd Rally.
The departure on the 15th of June started off with more than a bang when the cast from the well known Carte Blanche television series met up with the pack of riders. No one on our side was the reason for them turning up thankfully. The Carte Blanche crew members were very impressed by the Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and a quick photo shoot was organised and executed prior to the pack departure.
While the roads were busy with long weekend traffic, the sixty odd bikes made good progress as a pack toward their lunch stop at The Ranch, which included yet another unplanned photo shoot, the excitement and adoration on the public’s faces worthy to see.
Arriving at the hotel in late afternoon, rally attendees took some time out to unpack, unwind and quench the thirst of a day on the road. The first evening was meant to be spent relaxing at our venue Hotel @ Tzaneen, but with some much needed pink (and other coloured) drinks in hand, what followed was in fact a lot of partying. To the point where some folks may have tried to use a glow stick as a straw…
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel. The riders went out to enjoy a day on the roads around Magoebaskloof. The riders being split into two groups, with experienced riders going first to go enjoy the “twisties” while some of the chapters experienced riders took the newer or more novice riders and introduced them to the fun of mountain pass riding building their confidence and experience in riding and enjoying the fantastic roads. Hats off to the new lady riders who rocked Magoebaskloof Pass perfectly while much needed tender loving care was provided.
Both groups got together for some scenic photos just outside of the picturesque town of Haensesburg, before the Johannesburg Chapter met up with their sister Chapter, Clearwater. Who held their Mustang Rally 2017 in Magoebaskloof over the same period for a lunch and some much needed inter chapter catch up.
The “Welcome to the Jungle” themed gala evening followed that night and was met with great enthusiasm by all attendees. As Harley Owners Group® is family orientated, children in attendance delightfully took part, went to great lengths to dress up and were rewarded on the evening for their efforts with some small cash prize. Winners of the “Spot the Pin” completion Deeno and Anusheri won a cash prize, the remainder of rally attendees were unfortunately found on the long and exhaustive fines list from the previous days and good heartedly accepted their fines.
Sulette Thompson wrote a memorable note on the weekend:
“Lots of laughter, lots of fun and creeping into people’s minds. Riding in a group is always a Look-around and a heartbeat to look in the mirrors and see the lights of bikes dancing ...makes one feel privileged to be part of this awesome experience.
Saturday out ride a twisty and a half...with lines to follow, corners to smooth and mountain to tar. Meeting up with a man that was part of my singing career with Al Debbo - touching on old times my voice mixing with his one song. “Hasie hoekom is jou stert nog steeds so kort” ‘n lag, ‘n traan en ‘n verlede gevul met herinneringe.
En dan die paartie...the hit over the head that comes in a glass for “strafdoppe” but a spiderweb catches the laughter in a web in the jungle. Our Lady of Harley® did a terrific job with all the help from the Harley® crowd. Cheers my friend - you have made a night to nest in our minds. Friendships formed in a balanced way...
What a fantastic lot of humans. But most of all - to ride with the man I love, to come home with him and taste the weekend on our sharing....is a gift that God and my Angels wrapped in the small being of the universe.”
- Article submitted by: Marchell Fouche Van Niekierk (L.O.H. Officer) & Dean Addison (Director)
- H.O.G. Photographer: Joe Pieterse
- Source Photographer: Jeff Hampton
- Editor: Angelique Dermit