After spending a few days in Durban catching up with family and a few close friend and running around looking for a stove as our’s decided to pack up, we made our way down the south coast. The stove saga started in Piet Retief when I tried to use it for breakfast and realized that it didn’t work. Even after taking the stove apart and fiddling around with it, we had no luck and decided to give up on it. I really like the Coleman 442 stove that we had, but alas it failed after 7 months of daily use.
All the store attendants of the camping stores that we visited looked at me funnily when I asked for a stove that ran off gasoline or was multi-fuel as they’ve never heard of such thing, yup, they’ve never heard of the MSR brand of stoves. I’m still shocked. We finally gave up hope of trying to find a stove in South Africa and got our friend Harry back in Vancouver to purchase a MSR multi-fuel stove and courier it out to Cape Town, Thanks Harry – you are a life saver.
|Durban's World Cup Soccer Stadium|
We finally got to East London around 5:30pm and gone are the days when the sun sets at 8:30-9pm. Here it sets around 6pm. After a few wrong turns, we managed to find the Hostel that we were planning on camping at and learnt that the only parking that they had was on the main beachfront road. They did suggest that they had a security guard to watch over the vehicles/bikes that were there. I wasn’t too comfortable with the idea and after such a long day, the thought of having now to put up the tent in the dark, lug all our stuff from the road up into the camping area wasn’t appealing and had learnt about a Backpackers that wasn’t too far from us that had secure parking for the bikes from a local fisherman, so decided that we will settle there for the night. It didn’t take us too long to be seated at a local restaurant as well and we were in bed soon after.
The next few days were to be short days as we stopped off in Port Elizabeth to visit family for the night, then on to Mossel Bay were we stayed at one of the nicest caravan parks with the most amazing sea view from our tent which wasn’t expensive either, and then on to Cape Agulhas, the most southerly tip of Africa. Our visit to Ushuaia was just over two months ago and was still fresh in our minds, and now to be at the most southerly tip of Africa was another tick off our checklist. It wasn’t the same feeling though as we had ridden almost 25,000km to get to Ushuaia, and had only done about 2,500km after arriving in Johannesburg to get to Cape Agulhas. We had our customary picture with the sign which also demarcated the meeting point of both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. One is meant to see a color difference as the Indian Ocean brings a warm current to the shores of South Africa while the Atlantic is the “cold” ocean.
New photos added to the South Africa album.