lovely little town of Patensie was a wonderful sight and the Gamtoos
valley was really spectacular and then it was past PE and on to
Port Alfred. I arrived there at about 7.00pm after 913kms.
The next day
we tried to find Thomas Bain's Nature Reserve, but the map was
wrong and all we found was an elephant park with some buck!
see any elephant.
explored Grahamstown, the Cathedral and lots of churches in the
City of Saints and then headed for the highlight of the day -
Bathurst! What a magical little town.
we stopped and looked around at the Agricultural Museum and I
am sure that the old wooden harvester at the museum is the same
old harvester that was at a farm stall outside Swellendam where
the big baboon statue is. Then we drove up the hill to the Toposcope
and had a look around there before heading down to the centre
of town. We strolled around, took a few pictures, looked at the
curious and pottery and at last, off to The Pig & Whistle.
wanted a picture of myself under the "No thirst like Bathurst"
sign and asked Verine to take a picture. A chap sitting at the
bar with his wife offered to take a picture of the two of us together.
At least he didn't expect a tip like the guy in Key West. We started
chatting and a friendship was quickly formed. It started getting
cloudy and cooling down so a fire was lit and out came the Port.
was phoned and told to get here immediately after work and the
kuier continued. Dave had to go to Grahamstown to pick up another
Dave and Celeste went home and we went back to Port Alfred to
have a late supper at Guido's, but not before we were invited
to Dave and Celeste's for a braai the next day and to watch our
cricketers thump the Aussies and to listen to some good music,
as Dave put it.
That was then
Friday and Cecile had to work, so we explored a bit more of Port
Alfie for a while and drove back to Bathurst to Dave's place and
did just what we were invited to do except we had a few toots
as well. Cecile joined us there after work and we went back to
Port Alfie again after a lovely time but again not before they
invited us to see the Horseshoe and Waters Meeting the next morning
with some Champagne. How could we refuse???
Cecile was off to work again and we were off to Bathurst again.
The Bottle Store was closed but Dave went and had it opened and
we were off with the bubbly, a few beers and some snacks.
Horseshoe is a natural bend in the Kowie River that looks a bit
like a horseshoe of course and then you drive down a very steep
gravel road to a lovely picnic spot at Waters Meeting.
is where we cracked the Champagne and beers but this is actually
also where the salt water from the ocean and the fresh water from
the river meet at a drift which is roughly 25kms as the river
flows I believe. After going back up to Dave's we said our goodbyes
and promised to meet again sometime.