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Monday, February 27, 2017

Part five of the 1984 tour, Lambert's Bay to Capetown

I see in my diary that this was Thursday 20th September and again we weren't in any hurry, we went for an early walk around the town and then after breakfast set out for the last 300kms to Capetown. We got back onto the N7 and headed south to Piketburg. Lovely weather and the sore saddle muscles from the previous day were forgotten.
We traveled through beautiful mountainous countryside on well maintained roads and at Piketburg we turned west and headed towards the little town of Velddrif and the coast. That is a narrow, bumpy road and was best taken at a moderate speed to avoid jarring Janet's back. After 80kms we joined the R27 and rode south again, making a detour to the little town of Darling where we had a couple of lunchtime beers.
Little did we know that within another three years we would be relocating to the western cape and the R27 and the small surrounding towns would become our regular riding area. Funny how things turn out.
As we got nearer to Capetown that afternoon we marveled at the sheer beauty of the wild flowers that we had been seeing all the way down the coast from the previous day, we were to learn that that is a regular annual occurrence on the western cape that attracts tourists from far and wide.

We arrived in Capetown during the mid afternoon and after visiting with Eddie's cousins we arrive at the Royal Cape Yacht Club where our weekend accommodation was the 18 berth racing yacht "Wesbank". It was very nice sitting out on the deck that evening enjoying a couple of drinks after a good meal in the yacht club restaurant.
We spent the rest of the weekend in Capetown pretty much exploring and doing our own thing and then on the Sunday the Glanvilles who were the owners of the yacht took a group of friends and family, 26 people in all including us out for a sail. That was one of the highlights of the trip which I thoroughly enjoyed.
It was the first time I had ever been sailing although within the next few years I would be doing a lot, they took us around to an area just off Clifton where we anchored and Mrs Glanville cooked an incredible three course meal for everyone!
 I went for a swing and a dip in the bosun's chair, it was actually quite a bad decision because that water is bloody cold!
We had a thoroughly good day on the yacht and then a couple of beers in the clubhouse with the crew after which we rode downtown for a meal at a steakhouse, it was fun riding around Capetown at night and we had lots to talk about that evening back on the deck of the yacht while we sipped our nightcaps. The following day would see us heading on the final stretch back up to the Eastern Cape and the end of our wonderful trip, we had completed 7,000 kilometers by the time we arrived in Capetown.

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