Huffin and Puffin

Trip Start Feb 24, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2010

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

From Barbara 8:30 pm March 6 following room service and hot shower
On Saturday Mel and I went on a biking/hiking tour of the Cape of Good Hope. Before getting to our starting point at Chapman's Point, we went on a 45 minute tour of Seal Island - not much to say about this except there were a lot of seals and the setting was lovely.

I, throughout this trip, have been at a loss for words - the extremes of great beauty are so vast that descriptions inevitably fail. The Cape of Good Hope is yet another example. We biked to the beach - not as much fun as I had hoped perhaps because it was REALLY hard work but I did it and as I often say - it was better to have done than to do. In any case, we switched to hiking and as Mel's photos will attest - this is one of the most sublime and stunning places on our trip. A minor disappointment here was that we didn't see the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans - that was slightly further than our time constraints would permit - but nonetheless, it was a stupendously beautiful day - where we encountered unforgettable sights. We all plied on the bus and went to Simon's Town to see the jackass penguins - again, what can I say, there were tons of them and they were too cute. After eight hours we returned to the hotel and began packing for the next leg of the trip.

Cape of Good Hope March 6 from Mel
Winds blowing at 30knots with gusts to 40, white caps at 3 feet plus, heart racing, equipment failing, and I've been challenged to lead our group of 20 on the way round the Cape. As you all know, if this was sailing I'd have died and gone to heaven....unfortunately it was bike riding and as Barb pointed out our 12 miles to the southern most point on the African continent was REALLY HARD. It was also really beautiful....I was glad to be back near the sea and to feel the weather and to explore the Southern tip as Darwin did (without a bike that is)! Following the bike ride to the tip we hiked about 4 miles to the top of the ridge near the light house. Gorgeous. I am lovin it.
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Laura on

Love it, but it sounds like alot of hard work!! Good for both of you. I have a feeling Mel could make anyone work hard and make them think they love it!

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