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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town
« Reply #100 on: April 12, 2012, 09:04:32 pm »
Dis beslis ek en die Oos Kaap in Desember!

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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town
« Reply #101 on: April 12, 2012, 09:06:22 pm »
Dis beslis ek en die Oos Kaap in Desember!

Lekker gelees... dankie Oom Juppie!

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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town
« Reply #102 on: April 12, 2012, 10:05:16 pm »
Dankie Jup.  Dis nou 'n plesier om die te lees.  Onthou nog toe ons op Cradock gebly het, dan het jy vd naweek altyd "Baai" toe gegaan  :biggrin:

Al die liggies en dinge was darem mooi gewees daai jare.

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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town
« Reply #103 on: April 13, 2012, 07:43:39 am »
Dis n goeie plan!  :thumleft:
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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town
« Reply #104 on: April 14, 2012, 08:33:39 am »
Dis beslis ek en die Oos Kaap in Desember!

Lekker gelees... dankie Oom Juppie!

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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town
« Reply #105 on: April 14, 2012, 09:39:50 am »
Hey Marissa, wat se ge-oom is dit? Die man is net so jonk soos ek. :ricky:
 

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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town
« Reply #106 on: April 14, 2012, 11:38:16 am »
Nice thread, I lived in PE from early70's till 80. I have hardly been back, I can not believe the changes.

keep it coming J
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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town
« Reply #107 on: April 14, 2012, 12:24:48 pm »
Hey Jupe - brilliant report! My roots on mother's side is there, she grew up there, used to work in the old Railways Office close to the Campinile. I still have family living there, in Victoria Park, across from the Victoria Park High. All our holidays was spent @ Willows.... I did a stint in the Tek in Russel Road, and we stayed at the YMCA. Of course, right in the middle of the two places used to be The Farmer's Home hotel, and we contributed hugely towards making their books balance that year!!  :D We used to "study" for the exams in Happy Valley, strengthened by a case of beer per person per study session...... :biggrin: (and we passed!!)
 

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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town
« Reply #108 on: April 14, 2012, 12:31:21 pm »
Hey Jupe - brilliant report! My roots on mother's side is there, she grew up there, used to work in the old Railways Office close to the Campinile. I still have family living there, in Victoria Park, across from the Victoria Park High. All our holidays was spent @ Willows.... I did a stint in the Tek in Russel Road, and we stayed at the YMCA. Of course, right in the middle of the two places used to be The Farmer's Home hotel, and we contributed hugely towards making their books balance that year!!  :D We used to "study" for the exams in Happy Valley, strengthened by a case of beer per person per study session...... :biggrin: (and we passed!!)

I worked in Hawe Eise, in '79, in a building that now lies next to the freeway. Will take a pic.

In this pic its just behind the Sturrock building off where Jetty Street used to be, Ah ! The memories.

« Last Edit: April 14, 2012, 12:38:30 pm by jupiter »
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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town
« Reply #109 on: April 14, 2012, 06:30:34 pm »
Was chatting to Bosparra a while back and he mentioned that a lady friend of his owns the shop in Blue Horizon Bay and, if I ever go around there, I must give his regards. BHB is on the way to Van Stadens River mouth and I had not been around there in years.

Today was one of those perfect, tranquil PE Autumn days, and I need little excuse to go gatskuur.

The nice thing about PE is you point your front wheel South West, away from the Bay, and within five minutes you're out the suburbs and into the country side. There are many little back roads where you can just cruise around for hours to escape it all.



I take the Upper Draaifontein turn-off and in the Surrey Hills, accross the little valley, is this little house. One day I want to sit on its stoep and write my story.



Out on van Stadens Rd I get a beautiful view of the Lady Slipper



A little further along, looking in the opposite direction, towards Maitlands mouth(that little ‘nick’ in the hills is where the gorge is)



It’s at least twenty five years since I’ve last seen BHB. When I take the turn-off I am astounded. From what was a sea-side village is now a full blown coastal suburb





It’s difficult to get the full picture of it, as the place lies tucked into the folds of a coastal escarpment. BHB lies between Maitland and Van Stadens River mouths. On the far end you can see the Maitland Hill, with Beach View and Sea View in the back ground.



And I did not get to see Bosparra’s lady firend  :biggrin: … Sorry Wynand, sy was nie by die winkel nie, maar ek het die groete oorgedra. Sal weer ‘n draai maak.  :thumleft:

I take a few more pics and head for Van Stadens,... where I have some good memories.  :ricky:
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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town(14 April 2012)
« Reply #110 on: April 14, 2012, 07:40:34 pm »
Cruising down the hill towards Van Stadens



It’s no longer the rustic little sea-side resort(with longdrops) as it was in my high school days when I camped here in December holidays with my sweetheart and her parents







The mouth



Looking back towards the gorge



Further up the gorge you of course find my favourite bridge



That spot under the trees is where I camped as a kid



Now this little dune we see in front has a story. On 23 December 1983 I sat on the other side of it, in a beautiful romantic sunset setting, and told my beloved she was going to marry me.   :ricky: (I don’t believe in democracy, so she did not get to vote  :eek7: ) She is still my beloved.  :3some:



On the way back I get another nice view of BHB



You cruise amongst the hills all the time



On the way back I take the turn off to Sleepy Hollow, a very nice camp spot in the Maitland gorge, and you cruise down this nice little pass to get there





On the way home towards Cow’s corner. People live all over in these hills



Last stop for a cold one. Very popular biker spot at Cow’s Corner




Have a good weekend and ride safe.  :thumleft:
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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town(14 April 2012)
« Reply #111 on: April 14, 2012, 08:07:48 pm »
Het so n Kombi gehad met bed en sulke goed in. Op die kant was die LP cover van Bad Company geverf (die een met die dagga plant op) Vrydag aande het ons op kingsbeach opgery tot daar waar die kombi vassit en net daar het ons geparty tot Sondag en die kombi dan uitgesleep of gestamp met n ander bakkie tot hy op eie stoom kon loop. Ons het daar op die beachfront in woonstelle gebly.
Pendennis court (penis court),Bella Fatima en kan nou nie ander plek onthou nie. Ek dink dit was in pendennis court ,eerste vloer wat ons n braai op stoepie gemaak het en die brandweer uitgedraai het want die vlamme lek by ou bokant ons se stoepie in.
Lekker ou PE. Baakenstraat polisiehet net 2 of drie blanke selle gehad,gereeld gekuier daar,op die dik matjies geslaap en oggend wakker geword met koerante of posmense wat lorries laai om pos te gaan aflewer dan hoor jy omtrent vir n uur lank hoe skree hulle al die local dorpies se name uit.
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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town(14 April 2012)
« Reply #112 on: April 14, 2012, 08:23:47 pm »

Ai een keer n maplotter altyd n maplotter. O0

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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town(14 April 2012)
« Reply #113 on: April 15, 2012, 05:34:19 pm »
It’s a cool, blustery day, but its Sunday, official riding day, so we ride. We’ll go a little out the envelope, but it’s still PE.

You’ll remember this photo from yesterday. We’re looking at the Southern (front) side of Lady Slipper where we going to do most of today’s sight seeing.(I want to show you something special)



I use to fly radio control aeroplanes and decide to first make a turn at the Airfield. It’s in St Albans and I take Old Cape Rd. Time for some gravel.



In the background you see Lady Slipper, so you get the idea where we are.

There’s no one at the Airfield. Bunch of woozies. Just a strong breeze and they hide under the covers. Waar’s jy Cappie ? In my days…



The PE Radio Flyers must have one of the best facilities in the country



I decide to ride around the mountain and head for Rocklands. Uncle Freddies, on the way to Elands River and Baviaans, one of our landmarks when route planning.



Going West we pass the back of LS



Fitchat’s Corner where old cape and Uitenhage Roads meet/split



We go around the mountain and now we at the front side of Lady Slipper…



… on this road, that runs all along its foothill, and at the end of which is the treat(We’re heading west again)



We are heading towards the Upper Van Stadens gorge, which is above the N2 road bridge(THE BRIDGE ! ), and there we find…

THE HIGHEST narrow gauge rail-bridge in the world. Ain’t it just a beauty ?





Its quite a trick to get around and onto the bridge



And just to make sure you did not blink and miss it… another one



Different views





The Story



A view of the gorge above the bridge…



… and below



Its time for coffee before we continue and I head for Falcons Rock, back along the road. It sits against the mountain and is very pleasant.





And who comes to say hello ?



Some okes you just can’t take anywhere



Bloody werfetter… that chick did not know what hit her.

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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town(14 April 2012)
« Reply #114 on: April 15, 2012, 06:22:41 pm »
It’s been some years since I’ve driven through the Van Stadens flower reserve. Lots of fynbos and Proteas.

This is where you find it. You’re looking West on the N2 and THE BRIDGE is just there where the road dips. The reserve and Lady Slipper lies to our right.



There’s a gravel road that runs around the reserve which lies on the gorge. It’s a pleasant soothing ride amongst all the pretty







Lady Slipper. You can see the kloof where we visited the rail bridge earlier



And what a nice surprise… I come around a corner and there is THE BRIDGE. Never seen this view before



It’s a very worthwhile ride if you like open space





Just up the road from the reserve, across the N2, lies Woodridge College on the lower part of the gorge, in a forest. What a pleasure it must be to go to school here.





All I remember about it is that it had the toughest, knee ripping cross-country course I ever raced on.

All over are these little forest tracks and I go mosie around a bit.



Time to call it a day. I’ve been cruising for four hours and it’s time to get home and face reality again.


Hope you enjoyed the trip with me ?


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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town(14 April 2012)
« Reply #115 on: April 15, 2012, 06:25:22 pm »
No I don't fly in this weather. Not fun.
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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town(15 April 2012)
« Reply #116 on: April 15, 2012, 08:19:00 pm »
Just had to check in on this thread.

Most of the roads you rode, I used to ride.

Bliksem, jy sal maak dat ek my hele lewe hier los en terug kom net vir n week se rondloop in en om PE.

Stunning pics, and much memory lane riding for me.

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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town(15 April 2012)
« Reply #117 on: April 15, 2012, 09:51:22 pm »
Ek hou mos nou daarvan om sommer net rond te ry, maar wil nie altyd 'n ver trip doen nie en dis wat so lekker is van hier bly. Vat nou gister en vandag.

Die trips het so drie na vier ure gevat en was elk net so oor die 100km lank, tog was ek nooit verder as dertig km van die huis af weg nie.
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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town(15 April 2012)
« Reply #118 on: April 16, 2012, 09:48:12 am »
Het vanoggend met Annemarie op Skype gesels....sy het die boodskap gekry, dankie Jupiter. :thumleft:
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Re: My Port Elizabeth : A Daily Walkabout Town(15 April 2012)
« Reply #119 on: April 16, 2012, 10:22:57 am »
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