Touring

Recyclers cycled from Lagoon Beach Hotel to Melkbos

On a cold winters morning in St James, Yvonne and I drove at 6.15 to Lagoon Beach hotel to meet our  Recycler friends. The Lagoon Beach hotel is on Table Bay. http://www.lagoonbeachhotel.co.za/   We are about to start the ride to Melkbos It was still dark when we unloaded the bikes.           26 Recyclists met us. We cycled on a safe cycle path to Blauwberg and some 0r the...

Franschhoek only 50 minutes from St James/Kalk Bay

On Saturday we decided to spend the sunny winter's day in Franschhoek. It is an easy drive from Kalk Bay, along the coast with the waves breaking next to the road. Franschhoek is a town in South Africa’s Western Cape with centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture.  57 Huguenot families settled in the valley in the 16th century.  Many had skills, associated with the wine industry. Trails...

Kalk Bay to Seal Island

It was a perfect sunny winter's day in Kalk Bay.  We went with Chad in his boat to see Seal Island. It was very exciting to see whales from the ocean on our way to Seal Island. There are hundreds of seals in and out of the water.  Plenty of  food for sharks.   The island rock has no beach so the baby seals often cannot get out of the water. The adults catch a wave and arrive safely on the rocks. ...

Oak Valley Mountain Bike Ride

One of the most spectacular rides I've done was the day the Foresters' cycle group met at 8 am to cycle the Oak Valley track. This beautiful ride on the Oak Valley Estate, a wine farm near Elgin, is only 75 minutes' drive from Kalk Bay. There are 3 grades of track and most of us did the middle one which was 24 kms through wonderful oak trees, then open fields and vineyards. We started on a single,...

Silvermine dam, Tokai forest is 20 minutes drive from Kalk Bay

Silvermine dam and Tokai forest is 20 minutes drive from Kalk Bay and St James. We drove up the mountain and parked a car. Then we found the top contour jeep track and cycled slowly down the mountain. At the beginning we had wonderful views over the Constantia wine farms to False Bay.      We cycled through the forest to the Porter school and stopped at the Impala Jet.  Then cycled on through the...

Constantia Berg

Mountain bike ride in Constantia

One of my favourite activities close to Kalk Bay is my weekly mountain bike ride with the Tuesday Tribe in the Constantia valley, between 5 wine farms, oak trees and the Tokai forest. There are green belts with trails between the beautiful houses. My daughter from London enjoys the rides too. The trees are being removed to allow the indigenous fynbos to grow. There are hundreds of houses in this...

De Doorns visit on the Hex Pass Eco Train

On Saturday, at Hexpass station, 19 Recyclers boarded the Hex Pass Eco train which is pulled by a tractor on the railway line to travel up the mountain. The railway was purchased by farmer Stefaan Jordaan. We chugged up and up around bends and through tunnels to Tunnel Station. Here we disembarked to enjoy the panoramic view of the Matroos mountain and the veld. The guide, John, served us Muscadel and...

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