Pete has been talking about us taking our bikes for a walk on the beach where we live for a very long time. The opportunity has never quite been right, as we would not be able to accomplish our ride if it were high tide. A couple of weekends ago while enjoying our weekend coffee in bed and watching the weather report, Pete announced that the times for low tide were perfect even though there was a near gale blowing. Wind has never put us off before so it was decided, we would finally do “The Ride”.
Pete uploaded the information from his heart rate fitness monitor/GPS thingy and was able to produce this Google image of the route we rode. Must say, it does look very impressive.
I was hoping to take my camera with but realised with the amount of sand that was blowing all around us, it was not a good idea – besides I would want to stop every 3 minutes to take pictures which would have necessitated our having to take an overnight bag too. Thankfully our mobile phones have cameras so we are able to share a few shots of our adventure.
We left home, took the little dirt road onto the N2 highway until we were over the bridge and hooked a left at the road we know leads to the beach. Under the barbed wire fencing with our bikes and from here on out was me behind Pete saying, ‘oh “that” would make such a beautiful photograph – we must bring the camera next time.’ We really do live in a beautiful and peaceful part of the country and are very lucky to be able to see so much of it. We live 2km away from the new gate into the Addo Elephant Park and can proudly say that we are home to the Big 7 – yip 7, the big five, being Black Rhino, Lion, Elephant, Cape Buffalo and Leopard and the extra 2 being the humped back whale and the great white shark.
After the barbed wire fence is a lovely gravel road which leads to the pump house on the beach. Here we are on the beach ready to ride along the water’s edge all the way to the mouth – not knowing yet if we will get a lift across the river. Worst case scenario we just turn around and come back the way we came.
What a beautiful ride – the water was crystal clear and the hard wet sand made for mostly easy riding – there was the odd soft section… Every now and again we would hear a popping under our tyres – still not sure what was under the sand – at first I thought it might have been blue bottles but there weren’t any to be seen so it remains a mystery.
And then out of the blue was the biggest bone I have ever seen! A whale bone – it is huge and stand well over 7 foot high! Pete and I decided it would make an awesome double chair – there are the perfect seat indentations on either side – we are assuming that they are hip bones with the spine bone sticking up into the air.
I would love to go back with my “real” camera and take more shots of this incredible monstrous bone. Wish I could put it on the back of my bike and bring it home to use as a feature piece in the garden.
We were amazed to see how the mouth of the river has changed – it has been over 3 years since we last saw it. Luckily we were able to ride most of the way and only had to walk a short distance where the sand was very soft and took our bikes over the pencil bait covered sand to where Pete kindly asked a family if they would take us across the river – I am convinced they thought we are mad coming along on our bicycles out of nowhere. They were gracious enough to take us and our bikes to the other side and dropped us at the top end of the caravan resort. It was a lovely ride through the park to where it exits at the local supermarket and post agency. Ordinarily you aren’t allowed into the park without a day pass – not sure how we would have explained our being there without having actually entered in the first place.
We stopped in at the supermarket for a quick bite to eat – the apples we packed had not quite done the trick on tiding us over until we got home. In hind sight, stopping was probably not the best idea as we hit MAJOR wind on the way home and felt like we were barely making any progress against mother nature, but we steadily peddled and made it home very satisfied with our efforts.
This was definitely THE BEST RIDE EVER and I cannot wait until we can do it again!