Bloubergstrand, jumping from cliffs and beer

Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
Trip End Jun 12, 2006

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

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Up early and took my scooter the 30km around the bay to Bloubergstrand. This is where most of the postcard pictures are taken of Table Mountain and it gives a truly spectacular view of Cape Town from across the bay. Took the motorway again and got away with it.

That afternoon I'd arranged to go paragliding. I'd expected we were going to head out to a place called Lion's Head, just above Cape Town and a place where you paraglide down to Camp's Bay. The wind conditions weren't great so we ended up going east on N2 for about 40 miles to Sir Lowrey's Pass. We passed miles and miles of township along the way. Wooden shacks with tin roofs mainly, but most would use any possible material imaginable. They really did look like dirty places.

The views from the top of the pass were superb. We set off for our first flight, unfortunately the thermals weren't fantastic and we only stayed up for about 20 minutes. We completed a second flight as the first wasn't too long and this time the machine that beeped to tell us if we hit a thermal, didn't beep once the whole way down, it was just a float to our landing spot really.

All in all thought it was a great experience. I particularly liked it when we drifted close to the road that was cut into the hillside that went up to the pass. You could look through the car windscreens and see the drivers looking at you.

Ian was my pilot, but Richard was the guy who gave me a ride out to the place. On the way home we decided to stop for a few beers and pool in Stellenbosch.

A few beers turned into a gallon and along with the Tequila shots I was I bit the worse for wear by the time we were thrown out at 3am. A good night out though in this big student town.
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