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Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: LuckyStriker on October 30, 2006, 10:26:52 am
Herewith 28 completely unaltered pictures (just over 4MB). Perfect weather in an awesome country. Sorry to sound like such a patriot, I know it can become a bit irritating.
I will break up my post to see if it alleviated time-outs (probably won't)


My wife and I went to visit our friends Christa and Hilfred, who both work for Cape Peninsula National Park.

We left on Saturday morning and rode the M5 (Lavender Hill and Grassie Paak is lovely this time of year :P ) to Muizenberg and from there on to Cape Point.

Early afternoon was spent on the beach at Smitswinkelbaai
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Our friends stay at the forestry station above Smitswinkelbaai. A lovely place with DSTV but no cellphone reception... perfect?
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The weather was most excellent and we made a chicken potjie outside
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We stayed up long after the potjie was emptied and listened to the quiet of the mountain interrupted by the krackeling of the fire.
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On Sunday morning we entered to Cape Peninsula National Park and rode all the little roads veering away from the tourist trampled main route.
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Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: LuckyStriker on October 30, 2006, 10:27:46 am
It was a blissful morning with perfect weather.
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During the past couple of years my wife has tried to teach me the plant names of the Western Cape. I think this one is some kind of leeubekkie?
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Perhaps a Boeggoe. I can?t remember? ?her teachings are completely wasted on me.
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I?m not terribly good at identifying reptiles either. I think this one is a koggelmander of some sort.
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With the Da Gama Memorial behind me. The Diaz Memorial is further up the slope (not visible here) and local fishermen apparently use the towering crosses to navigate their way into the harbour.
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Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: LuckyStriker on October 30, 2006, 10:28:30 am
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The same cliffs but from further up the hill
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A wide angle view of False Bay
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Diaz Beach
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Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: LuckyStriker on October 30, 2006, 10:29:11 am
I can?t remember the name of this little critter. Black Zanor or something?
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The point. This is where the Atlantic and the Indian oceans meet.
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Cape Point has two lighthouses. This is the upper lighthouse where all the tourists hang out. There are a great many tourists in several busses every day. Mostly Europeans I think but the Americans and Japanese are hard to miss.
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You can almost see Simonstown from here. (behind the cove in the middle ground)
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Another gogga. I feel really stupid for not being able to memorise their names. I?d better quit the mid-week drinking!
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Wales at the base of the precipice. They come here often to frollick and rub themselves against the rocks.
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Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: LuckyStriker on October 30, 2006, 10:30:07 am
The lower lighthouse. Both lights are in use but only one operates at a time depending on the altitude of the fog.
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Quaint little cottage. Wouldn?t mind owning this as a holiday house.
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Lighthouse near the entrance to Simonstad harbour. The only way to get there is by boat, and then only when the sea is calm. It was automated several years ago though.
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To all the taxpayers from across the country. Thanks for your contribution to our navy. Four corvettes call Simonstad their home but two seem to be out on patrol today. I can?t wait for them to sink a Chinese waling ship fishing illegally in our waters! (I did enhance this pic slightly because slight mist obscured the ships)
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We stopped for lunch in Kalkbaai and got home just before SurvivorSA started on the idiot box. I can?t believe that bitch Jocinda and her cronies kicked off Mzi!

Thank you. My name is LuckyStriker and I eat cannibals
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: Lito on October 30, 2006, 10:47:23 am
The only bad thing about this report is that you watch sa survivor thing.

Apart from that, the only other bad thing is that you are irritating with your patriotism

And apart from thaat, the only other kak thing are your photos. I mean really, go on a photographers course or something.

Poor subject choice, poor exposure, shit landscapes.

You should go and shoot in canada or something



 :wink: fking A cyril, you had a great weekend...
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: Clockwork Orange on October 30, 2006, 10:49:24 am
Excellent as alsways LS.

At the risk of sounding pedantic. This is not where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. My understanding is that the two oceans meet in Aghulas. It is often stated that it is at Cape Point but this is not the case.

Awesome pics there!
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: Ama ride ride on October 30, 2006, 10:56:26 am
Lekker lekker

What happened to your hair? :lol:
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: JonW on October 30, 2006, 11:03:02 am
LS

Awesome pics. I gotta get back to your part of the country for a visit soon.

Thanks for the report.

Jon
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: macduff on October 30, 2006, 11:05:05 am
he must have lost his hair saying s.africa will lose to pakistan  :wink:

nice report LS (as always)
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: LuckyStriker on October 30, 2006, 11:07:19 am
Quote from: "Ama ride ride"
What happened to your hair? :lol:

My wig got stuck in the helmet :oops:

CO - I'm not 100% sure but I think you are referring to the confusion regarding the most southernly point. Many people think the Point is as far south as you can go while it is in fact Cape Agulhas.
As far as I know the water on the eastern side of the point is warmer than the water on the western side - which is taken as proof that this is where the two oceans meet
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: macduff on October 30, 2006, 11:09:56 am
i think the geographical split between the atlantic and the indian is in agalhus.
but its a huge area where the waters do mix, and yes, fish hoek water is def warmer than kommertjie waters.... so there  :lol:
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: Lito on October 30, 2006, 11:10:16 am
The only bad thing about this report is that you watch sa survivor thing.

Apart from that, the only other bad thing is that you are irritating with your patriotism

And apart from thaat, the only other kak thing are your photos. I mean really, go on a photographers course or something.

Poor subject choice, poor exposure, shit landscapes.

You should go and shoot in canada or something



 :wink: ...fking A cyril, you had a great weekend..great shots.
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: Kaboef on October 30, 2006, 11:11:38 am
Great report and pics as always, C.

En onthou: Hoendermis help om die hare weer vinnig terug te laat groei. :D  :D
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: shark_za on October 30, 2006, 11:12:21 am
Cape Point on a clear day is one of my most beautiful places on earth!

Diving the wrecks in the bay.
The wreck off the point is super challenging too.  Bolt through white water before you get washed on the rocks.
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: JourneyMan on October 30, 2006, 11:15:42 am
A++ report! Thanks LS.
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: wino on October 30, 2006, 11:17:57 am
Quote from: "Ama ride ride"
Lekker lekker

What happened to your hair? :lol:


some lovely pics ls! :wink:  did kilersa coax you into his barbershop?
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: Mark Hardy on October 30, 2006, 11:27:03 am
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Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: Clockwork Orange on October 30, 2006, 11:29:12 am
Quote from: "LuckyStriker"
Quote from: "Ama ride ride"
What happened to your hair? :lol:

My wig got stuck in the helmet :oops:

CO - I'm not 100% sure but I think you are referring to the confusion regarding the most southernly point. Many people think the Point is as far south as you can go while it is in fact Cape Agulhas.
As far as I know the water on the eastern side of the point is warmer than the water on the western side - which is taken as proof that this is where the two oceans meet


This was taken at Agulhas...which is why I thought that this is where the two oceans meet. I do also agree that Agulhas is the southern most tip of Africa too. Its hardly important though.

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Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: droffarc on October 30, 2006, 12:54:07 pm
Quote from: "LuckyStriker"
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Lighthouse near the entrance to Simonstad harbour. The only way to get there is by boat, and then only when the sea is calm. It was automated several years ago though.
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There is another way to get to the lighthouse but mostly back from the lighthouse which is done quite often.

many more reasons why Accton should stay, stay and stay.

Some really beautiful pics there LS. Thanks
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: Kev on October 30, 2006, 01:20:56 pm
Very nice! :thumbup: No pics of the bobby-janes?
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: LuckyStriker on October 30, 2006, 01:53:37 pm
Quote from: "Kev"
Very nice! :thumbup: No pics of the bobby-janes?

Thanks :)

'saw several but they are so common we didn't really bother to take pics.
We did come accross this one large troupe (around 15 adults!) blocking the road but they scrambled before my pillion could swing the camera around - here you can just make out the stragglers
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Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: Kev on October 30, 2006, 02:13:16 pm
Quote from: "LuckyStriker"

'saw several but they are so common we didn't really bother to take pics.
We did come accross this one large troupe (around 15 adults!) blocking the road but they scrambled before my pillion could swing the camera around -

 
I used to kak myself when I went mountain biking in that area... some of those large males had no fear.  :shock: And the teeth!!  :shock:
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: mango on October 30, 2006, 07:14:56 pm
Very very nice LS....Last year we did a 2 day hike around Cape Point, up
one side and down the other, and not a soul in sight, and luckily, no
baboons either......

Cape Point is actually the Southermost tip of the Western Cape Peninsula where the warm Agulhas current meets the Benguella current.

Aguhlas is the Southermost tip of Africa.

You guys are lucky....shaved heads not only make some of you look good.
but no bad hair helmet days either  :evil:
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: Lito on October 30, 2006, 07:21:12 pm
that dude right in the front there CO needs a haircut  :shock:
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: Clockwork Orange on October 31, 2006, 07:32:18 am
Quote from: "Lito"
that dude right in the front there CO needs a haircut  :shock:


Huh :shock:  :?:  :shock:
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: accton on October 31, 2006, 11:56:11 am
Quote from: "droffarc"
Quote from: "LuckyStriker"
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Lighthouse near the entrance to Simonstad harbour. The only way to get there is by boat, and then only when the sea is calm. It was automated several years ago though.
(http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/3278/kaappunt997qy7.jpg)

...


There is another way to get to the lighthouse but mostly back from the lighthouse which is done quite often.

many more reasons why Accton should stay, stay and stay.

Some really beautiful pics there LS. Thanks


Hey Drof how many times did you have to swim to the dam light house at 05:00 in the morning, the most we did was 4, but that was for a opf*&k
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: accton on October 31, 2006, 12:38:03 pm
Lucky some lekker pics, now that I can see them, this must of been a nice trip and so cool that you are doing it with Hubby, when is she getting her own bike?
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: LuckyStriker on October 31, 2006, 12:55:59 pm
Hubby? :shock:

We are talking of selling the GSA in a year or so and getting two KLRs (or equivalent). Eventually we hope to ride them up to friends on the Isle of Jura (Scotland).
when we get back home we'll start our family and I'll get a Harley






just kidding about the Harley!
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: accton on October 31, 2006, 01:48:59 pm
My wife checked one of these URAL 750 Bikes the other day, this was one with a sidecar, she loves it and wants one. Next year my son should be cool to ride with me and the wife will be taking our girl on the URAL in the sidecar. Just think weekend Hubby & Me on the bike and the two rugrats in the sidecar of to Rooiels for brekkies, what a joll.
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: Ama ride ride on October 31, 2006, 02:20:56 pm
Accton

Ek wil nie vir my wysneus of slim hou ni emaar Hubby = husband = manlik.

and by the way I myself wont mind a Ural sidecar bike.  :lol:
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: accton on October 31, 2006, 02:59:27 pm
Quote from: "Ama ride ride"
Accton

Ek wil nie vir my wysneus of slim hou ni emaar Hubby = husband = manlik.

and by the way I myself wont mind a Ural sidecar bike.  :lol:


Ag sorry man, shrubie then okay.

Please note all Hubby?s revered to in my posts are actually shrubie?s
I was wondering why LS was posting ? marks. Must be because I?m still a child and don?t understand the meaning of live or something like that.
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: Metaljockey on October 31, 2006, 03:27:51 pm
LS, most excellent pics, and eye. I must get some pointers from you. How wide is that wide angle?
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: KiLRoy on October 31, 2006, 03:41:16 pm
The sidecar set-up we get here is a CJ -Chinese copy of the URAL, which is a Russian copy of a WW2 BMW.  

Heavy, unreliable and not at all easy to ride.  But nice in a retro kind of way.

http://www.imz-ural.com/tourist/

H
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: LuckyStriker on October 31, 2006, 03:50:24 pm
Quote from: "Metaljockey"
How wide is that wide angle?

MJ - It's a 10-22mm EF-S lens on a Canon 20D body
the other shots were taken using an old 75-300mm EF lens. It's not good in the dark and has a little trouble focussing when fully zoomed but it takes lekker closeups and interesting portraits methinks (and it's cheap!)
the first two pics were taken with my little mik-en-druk

I'm saving up for a 100-400mm L-series lens (those white bazookas) but they cost more than all my camera equipment put together :(
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: KTM BIGGER on October 31, 2006, 05:12:23 pm
Excellent pics, you shoule get yourself a job at Cannon.
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: LuckyStriker on November 01, 2006, 08:49:51 am
Quote from: "Clockwork Orange"
At the risk of sounding pedantic. This is not where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. My understanding is that the two oceans meet in Aghulas. It is often stated that it is at Cape Point but this is not the case.

Well CO. It turns out you were right. I stand corrected

Got the following info from a marine biologist who works with my wife:

Agulhas is the most southernly tip of Africa, geographically speaking.
Agulhas is also where the two oceans meet ...as you said.
The two currents (warm & cold) never actually meet. The point where they are closest together is halfway to the antarctic and it continualy shifts

The only significant thing about the point is it's beauty. The certificates, postcards, marathons, wine and whatnot that claim the point as the meeting place is just marketing bulls$%t
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: Clockwork Orange on November 01, 2006, 09:02:56 am
Quote from: "LuckyStriker"
Quote from: "Clockwork Orange"
At the risk of sounding pedantic. This is not where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. My understanding is that the two oceans meet in Aghulas. It is often stated that it is at Cape Point but this is not the case.

Well CO. It turns out you were right. I stand corrected

Got the following info from a marine biologist who works with my wife:

Agulhas is the most southernly tip of Africa, geographically speaking.
Agulhas is also where the two oceans meet ...as you said.
The two currents (warm & cold) never actually meet. The point where they are closest together is halfway to the antarctic and it continualy shifts

The only significant thing about the point is it's beauty. The certificates, postcards, marathons, wine and whatnot that claim the point as the meeting place is just marketing bulls$%t


The point is stunning. We often take the Cape's beauty for granted. Biking gives us the great opportunity of not only seeing but feeling and smelling the awesome nature and scenery around us.
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: accton on November 01, 2006, 11:21:07 am
HiJack: Hay dudes do you have any lekker gravel roads that you take to get there, I know the standard routes, are there any not so known routes?\Hijack off:
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: DaCat on November 05, 2006, 10:51:45 pm
8)  8) LS, what a lekker report man and stunning pics... and I know it sounds weird, but even enjoyed the fauna and flaura pics  :oops:  :wink:

The Cape is one of the most beautiful places in this country... especially once you get away from the major centres  8)
Title: Cape Peninsula - Two days of bliss
Post by: SMD on November 06, 2006, 01:31:47 pm
it's always nice to see the views like those taken by a good photographer. Well done