CAPETOWN: Adventures, Motorcycles, Memories
Waves crashing on the rocks just a few metres away…
Champagne on ice and a view of Table Mountain to die for…
That was just the arrival in Cape Town.
The following day we picked up the Adventure motorcycles and headed down to Cape Point. Stopping along the way in Hout Bay and what has to be the best motorcycling roads in the world, Chapmans Peak. An overnight stop in the town of Hermanus we see six Southern Right whales in the bay.
Travelling along dirt roads on the fantastic dual sport bikes over winding mountain passes built by Sir Thomas Bain in the 1800’s using convict labour. Crossing the Klein Karoo we spot a building in the distance with a sign painted on the side which had us skidding to a sudden halt. We turned into Ronnie’s Sex Shop. OK it’s just a bar. Once an abandoned building with the words Ronnie’s Shop on the side, some local kids decide to have some fun and when the owner saw he conceived the idea of a great little desert bar.
Across the desert to the town of Oudtshoorn and visit to the 20million year old Cango caves. Cave dweller paintings in the entrance here and an adventure walk only for the fit and agile. An abundance of ostriches can be seen in this area and as we pass they flock together like a scene from Jurassic Park.
Back across the mountains via Prince Alfred Pass on a dirt road 100km long. Twisting and sliding the bikes around tight hairpin bends we ride through the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen. On in Knysna we sample oysters and cold white wine as the sun sets on the quayside. A superb end to an exhilarating day. The next few days are on tar roads visiting local places of interest including the Worlds Highest Bungee Jump Bridge. We see a group of “crazies” leaping from the bridge over the Storms River and I am reminded that my feet go to the ground for a good reason.
By the Sunday it’s back in the mountains and traveling over the Swartberg (Black Mountain) Pass. An over night stop at a converted Victorian Farm House gives us a dinning experience with the former owners of a Game Reserve in Namibia. The conversation is varied and has everyone leaning forward to hear details of the African stories.
Two day of twisty dirt roads follow as we head back down to the coast and for a unique experience. We cross the Breede River by a raft, on a rope pulled by two very strong guys. “Welcome to Africa” is the thought that enters your head. A final night back in the town of Hermanus gives the group a feeling of comfort and familiarity. We have our final meal as “The Adventurers” and exchange our “Best Bits “
Hugs, kisses and a few watery eyes are the order of the day at the airport as we separate and bring back the photos, stories and brown sun touched faces of what really is a Kaapstad Motorcycle Adventure Tour to be remembered.