Destination: The Cape of Needles

I hadn’t done this for a while, but on Friday night I got the sudden urge to jump in the car the next day and just drive somewhere — so I did.

The destination this time was somewhere I’d wanted to go for a long time but hadn’t managed to get around to — Cape Agulhas, the southern tip of Africa.  After leaving Cape Town at around 11:00 and making a lunch stop en-route, I snapped this pic with the mobile phone camera around three hours later:

End of the road!

(You may need to click on the image to load the full size version if you can’t read the text on the plaque.)

After exploring the area, I took the scenic route back — cut across a dirt road from Bredasdorp to Gansbaai, and then followed the route along the coast through Stanton, Hermanus, Kleinmond and Betty’s Bay (bringing back pleasant memories) before hitting the N2 again at Gordon’s Bay and following that home.  (No photos, sorry — the light was fading by this time.  Maybe next time…)

Total distance travelled: just a touch over 500 km.  Just short of the road distance between Durban and Johannesburg.  Not bad going.

Up next: grab some mates and head off to Ronnie’s Sex Shop!

Roadtrip rules

These come courtesy of Megan (an old friend of mine), who has recently driven down from Durban to Stellenbosch to start studying at Maties.  Having recently done the Cape Town to Durban roadtrip myself (albeit the N1-N5-N3 route, whereas Megan followed the N2 down the coast), I definitely agree with these!

  1. The driver picks the music.
  2. “Aww, I like this song!” trumps rule #1.
  3. If you stop at a township, you have to take a shot.  Pun not intended.
  4. No car flirting in the Transkei, there are only trucks on the road.  [Ron — this also applies to anywhere on the N3!]
  5. Fist pumps are acceptable, and indeed welcomed.
  6. Don’t say “I’m going to crash early tonight” when still on roadtrip.  “I’m moeg” will suffice.
  7. If you are not the driver, you don’t need to see.

I’ll add more as I think of them.  If you have any good ideas, feel free to leave them in the comments below…

The Stilbaai excursion

Yesterday evening, after playing in the church band for the Sunday evening service, a few of us headed out to a local eatery for dinner.  The conversation between two of the guys revolved around their planned weekend away in Stilbaai (this coming weekend) – and halfway through, they turned to me…

“Hey, want to come along?”

You don’t need to ask me that twice!

Hence, I won’t be around this weekend (but may be able to post remotely).  This time though, I will remember to take the camera with me, so there should be a few photos posted around this time next week.

Stilbaai is, for those who have never been there, a rather peaceful and relaxed little dorp on the southern Indian Ocean coast, around four hours drive east of Cape Town (you take the N2 out and turn off just after you go past Riversdale).  I’ve been there once before in January, when some friends from Gauteng were staying in a holiday house there and phoned me up inviting me to pop over for the weekend.  I’ve only good good memories of that place, and I should be adding more in a few days time.

This does however mean that I need to get moving with my roadtrip playlist

Roadtrip music

My sister and I are doing the Cape Town to Durban roadtrip in December (visiting the folks for Christmas).  Obviously, 20 hours of driving (per direction) is going to get a little bit tedious, so I’m trying to come up with the ultimate roadtrip playlist.

Below are what I’ve thought of so far.  If you know of any other good tracks to include, please mention it in the comments!

  • Alistair Griffin – Just Drive
  • Motorcycle – As The Rush Comes
  • AC/DC – Highway To Hell
  • Rascal Flatts – Life Is A Highway
  • Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild
  • U2 – Beautiful Day
  • Andain – Beautiful Things
  • Tracy Chapman – Fast Car (how can I not include this?)
  • Daft Punk – Around The World
  • DJ Shah feat. Adrina Thorpe – Who Will Find Me
  • Jose Amnesia feat. Jennifer Rene – Wouldn’t Change A Thing
  • Willie Nelson – On The Road Again
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Road Trippin’
  • Armin van Buuren – Coming Home

And after coming up with the measly playlist above (which won’t get me past Worcester!), my brain has decided that it’s fried for the day…

Between the mountains and ocean

Memories of a weekend past:  some random bored browsing on YouTube uncovered these clips of the R44 drive between Betty’s Bay and Gordon’s Bay:

(For the trance addicts that follow this blog: the background track for the second clip is Adam Nickey – In Motion.  I’m not sure what was used for the first clip – yet.)

The awesomeness that is the Western Cape

As I’ve alluded to somewhere else on this website, I have the habit of simply jumping into the car and just driving wherever the road takes me.  I’ve done several such trips, and my thoughts afterwards are always the same:

The Western Cape is a simply beautiful part of the world.

I had a close friend stay with me for the weekend (she’s both female and crazy, so whether that’s a blessing or a curse is highly debatable – but that’s a whole different subject, and is not the point that I’m trying to make here) – so, I decided to show her around the place.  This consisted of a small roadtrip to Hermanus (going there via Grabouw and Botrivier and returning via Kleinmond and Betty’s Bay), and then a visit to the Paarl winelands the next day.  Cameras were forgotten about in a moment of absent-mindedness, but we both realised how amazing this part of the world is.  Probably the defining moment was when I pulled off onto a view site on the road between Pringle Bay and Gordon’s Bay.  Behind us, mountains; in front of us, False Bay and the distant mountains around Muizenberg and Fish Hoek on the other side.  It was a moment just sitting there in silence, taking in the view, contemplating life, the universe and everything.

I feel so privileged to be living here, and even more so that I was able to share this with someone who hadn’t experienced it before.