The African Adventure
Friday 5 August 2005
Western Cape Hotel, Kleinmond - Diaz Strand Hotel, Mossel Bay
Today began with a visit to Hermanus Bay where we were lucky enough to see the southern right whales for, which the bay is famous for, stretching out their fins in the morning sun.
Smooth gravel roads took us through fertile agricultural land, with distant rolling hills as a constant backdrop, having been delayed en route to the remote and unspoilt town of Elim when we were forced to stop to allow a lazy tortoise to cross the road.
Our next stop was at Cape Agulhas which is the geographical site of the joining of the two oceans after their meeting at Cape of Good Hope. At Agulhas we bumped into some cameramen filming a documentary on sharks, so decide it best not to paddle at this point!
For lunch we wisely chose to sample the home made bobotie at the Drostdy Museum which was situated in the Victorian town of Swellendam , which was extremely tasty and which is now highly recommended by all those who tried it. It is a traditional South African dish a little like a sweet curry.
Some decide to take a slightly longer route that missed out Swellendam taking them instead to Malgas Pont on a hand-operated ferry.
Tim Franey managed to post the first puncture of the event and later in the day in an attempt to consolidate his championship position managed another one!
David and Patsy Mitchell had a brush with the law today, apparently 65kph in a 60 limit carries a R500.00 fine. However, much to David's delight, the officer with a twinkle in his eye let David off on condition that he paid Patsy a fine of R200.00!
The day ended with a long, fast run along the N2 main road to Mossel Bay and our over night halt at the Diaz Strand Hotel.
A wonderful example of African honesty: one of the Adventurers topped up his tanks on arrival at Mossel Bay and drove off without collecting his change. When an identical Nissan pulled in 30 minutes later the station manager rushed over and asked if the change - more than R80.00, could be given to the forgetful party whose faith in human nature was well and truly reinforced.