Yesterday evening Pan and I drove up to Signal Hill overlooking the bay to watch a spectacular sunset (together with a lot of other tourists). Here’s a Video of the ride and a few pictures of the view.
Afterwards we wandered around the shops and bars in Waterfront. Today we got up early (9) and did a beautiful tour of the area surrounding Cape Town. We rode 350 km through Betty’s Bay, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and back through amazing passes and scenery:
At Stony Point in Betty’s Bay we saw African “Jackass” penguins, once called so because of their braying call. In the 1900’s there were millions of them in breeding colonies all across the coasts of South Africa and Namibia. However, because of a decline in their population today the largest colony consists of only 2,000 individuals here at Stony Point.
From Betty’s Bay we retraced some of our steps along the costal road skirting the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. I drove this part, and was very excited about riding the Harley “Iron” 883. I’ve never ridden such a large-capacity bike or driven with a pillion. Or driven on the left-hand side of the road for that matter. The feeling of slowly gaining confidence and relaxing into the movement of the bike, that sense of accomplishment and reminder of why I love riding so much (after not driving for two months) was euphoric. The view is breathtaking – cliffs falling down into the expanse of the ocean on one side and mountains towering over your other side. The sun coming through the clouds after the rain. And most of all the purple-blue ridges which lead from Cape Town all the way to Cape of Good Hope and seem to surround you completely. Several times we even saw baboons in the middle of the street!
We continued to Franschhoek where we stopped for a drink before continuing up the pass and down the other side.
Let me tell you, Harley’s are not built for pillions! Despite all the padding I had tried to provide my butt with in the form of too much cheesecake and just-another-slice-of-pie, the last stretch was painful. But of course, what is a little pain? It was an awesome day, one of those days that make you thank god you are alive and get to experience things like this!