Friday, April 13
Today I keep my promise and go to a place 10 kilometers behind the namibian/southafrican
border. Here, two years ago a horrible accident occurred and a wonderfull person died much to
young at the age of 12 years. In
Thank you Rushan, only the lord can judge us and decide where the road will lead us to. May god bless your way and your strenght eternally!
Saturday, 14. April 2007
Now I’m only 400 kilometers
away from Capetown. Instead of heading down all the
way on the main road, I decide to get on the gravel again and to cross the
western part of the
I’m already at the northwestern cape and the landscape is scenic.
Some parts of the road need to be done with decent speed control, just to make sure not to go airborne. It is really great to spend the day in the mountains without seeing a single car.
In the evening I reach the small town of
Sunday, April 15
As I get up in the morning Capetown is really close. I take it easy and go for a run around the lake. After a true southafrican breakfast I hit highway N7. The closer I get, the more unreal the whole thing starts to become. It is hard to believe that I have just gone down all the way on my own motorbike.
I reach the „sexiest city on earth“
in the afternoon and take a ride along the waterfront and seapoint area. There are girls working out in hotpants on rollerblades, just next to porsches
cruising down the boulevard. Beeing a classic overlander on a dusty motorbike I really get the feeling
I’ve just entered a different world.
I stay next to the corniche
and ride along the scenic mountainroad. My
destination is still ahead and behind the mountains it waits for me. The
Long and winding the Capman’s
Drive leads up the mountain and offers great views over the bay and the table
mountain. The cape of
The tarmac is so good it is unreal and the evening sun
is breaking the light in colors. This is bikers paradise. As dusk starts to creep in I stop in the
Monday, April 16
I get up at 6 in the morning, take my breakfast and
start my bike. Only 10 kilometers are between me and
I can already see the Lighthouse of Capepoint appearing on the horizon. Just around the corner
the road ends. I look at my GPS, I have done 18989 kilometers
and I have been on the road for 6 months. I have made it now, I have just
This moment of my life is called happiness!
For the next 2 months I’ll be based in Capetown and from here I will organize my motorcycle
transport by ship to
My motorcycle is overhauled completely by BMW
Also the South African press becomes attentive to my project and the Capetowner brings an interview with me as well as a report over my voyage round the world for UNICEF.
The cape of
The climate here is felt as pleasant nearly over the whole year and usually functions according to a simple principle.
View over the cape from Capepoint,
from the left the
The northwest wind is a safe indication of bad weather and usually alternates after to two days with the southeast wind, the so-called „Capedoctor “. This brings weather improvement again.
For me the city is actually the ultimate place. When I get up in the early morning I can choose if I like to run along the coast from Seapoint via Bantrybay to Campsbay, or whether I want to make a long round over the Signalhill up to the top of tablemountain.
Bantrybay is the most expensive Suburb of Africa, here David Beckham and Madonna posses their mansions at the sea and at the beach of Campsbay, just next to it, the jet set gladly meets up for a Sundowner on the veranda of the club Ignite. The coastal road here has got the flair of the Corniche at the Cote D' Azure and everything is „very up market “.
The runningtrail up on the table mountain however offers a proper mountain run, which does not need to shrink from the comparison with our alps. You begin along the route of the cablecar and finally run a steep ravine up to the plateau.
Over boards and through wild-romantic swampland it goes to the summit and if one likes to preserve his knees, there is always space in the cablecar to take you down again. After a good cup of roibos tea, of course.
In Capetown rarely one afternoon passes without me jumping on the bike and going for a ride. The roads go from stunning to unreal. As for example the well-known Chapman' s drive, on which one can drive over a narrow mountain route besides the sea, directly into the sunset.
Of course, one of the absolute must sees around is
The view from
Many never left the island alive. Now the prison is a museum and you can visit it with a guide.
In this inner court the prisoners had one hour of walking each day.
The prisoners arrested on
During the day, the prisoners had to perform their
work in the quarry. Here a small cave was at their disposal, in which they were
allowed to spend a short break. Before it, the guards stood and none of them
was allowed to leave the hole during the work break. Nelson Mandela and his sameminded companions used this short break in the cave for
the political education of other inmates and in fact in this tiny cave actually
the first democratic government of
At the age of 54 years Nelson Mandela was released
from prison in 1990 and became president of