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Day 2 of the Second Rob Burton Memorial Ride – 7 Dec 2016

The Route:

Middelburg to Willowmore, via Graaff-Reinet and Aberdeen

Highlights of the day:

After a lovely braai, prepared by our catering team, everybody had a restful night.

The day started early with some confusion about missing lunch packs and at the starting spot, the Bombardier, Sean Rice was missing. His roommate thought he had gone with his team mates and they thought he was with his roommate, so he was fetched by the media team started the cycle once he caught up with them.

The weather was superb, not too hot and with a slight side or tail wind.  The stretch to Graaff-Reinet went in record time and we were welcomed at Caltex College Motors and Fresh Stop in Graaff-Reinet with some coffee, breakfast burgers, fruit and fresh water.

After the break, the teams got on the road again and did 2 legs each, which went very well. We had wonderful views from the Lootsberg and the Naudesberg Passes.

The ride passed without further incidents, except for Andrew Wienand’s buckled front rim because of excessive braking on the downhill and Norrie’s 5th or 6th puncture.

All teams arrived at the accommodation in Willowmore by 1 pm, jumped in the pool immediately and had a relaxing afternoon further.

If you want to see more pictures of the Ride, please click here.

The route.

The route.



Stunning sunrise.


The Army on their first leg.






A welcome break at Caltex College Motors in Graaf-Reinet.

A welcome break at Caltex College Motors in Graaf-Reinet.

Grandads Army at Caltex College Motors in Graaff-Reinet.

Grandads Army at Caltex College Motors in Graaff-Reinet.


Norrie and Mike fixing one of his many punctures.

The Airforce flying in formation.

The Airforce flying in formation.

The Navy cruising past.

The Navy cruising past.

 Personal highlights of the day.

Stephen Salzwedel, 3rd lieutenant, Airforce

Pilot’s Log: Day 2 – What a pleasure, nice easy day in the saddle.

Mike Salzwedel, 1st Lieutenant, Airforce

Nice, easy day in the saddle with 2 new members.  What an absolute privilege and pleasure to be participating in this event.

Steve Haynes,Chief Petty Officer,  Navy

Perfect riding conditions, team spirit fantastic. The average speed for the day was 27.5km/h.  Thank you for all the support.

Stef Davi, Navy Chaplain, Navy

Beautiful conditions, incredible scenery and great team work! AWESOME!

Joyce Gibson, Medic, Army

Beautiful Karoo scenery with the wind in our backs (most of the time). We moved onto our 7th puncture with Andrew seizing his brakes down the pass, but it all worked well with the happy team.

Andrew Wienand, Warrant Oficer, Army

Absolutely fantastic, far better than day 1.  Bring it on!

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