Bike road trip with Juan…

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The Naked Barista                                                          January 2014

 (backdated, actual date of writing 30 Sep. 15 for blog purposes)

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Woweee!!!!   How superblessed are we? At last, living the life we choose…

To be able to take a bike road trip with our son, Juan, was absolutely amazing…one for the books, that is for sure…

When we got married Bethesda was 22 years of age. I would like to mention this, as we have always wanted to own a motorbike since then, …but, with marriage and kids comes so much responsibility and the motorcycle idea had to wait for a good few years…

So now at present time, to be able to play like we do and then to have our son play with us, is just sooooo much fun…

I would like to mention that our daughter, Maryna, is also an avid motorbike enthusiast and she and her man, Joe, up until a year ago, were on his superbike almost daily. Obviously they are now finding it a bit more challenging with our granddaughter, Alexia in the mix.

So, for those who have not been on a bike, it is such a different experience than a road trip by car. The fact that you can smell everything around, when a farm is passed by…or the rain…or a fresh water stream or a forest…all the exotic smells surrounds you and eminates through you as a vibrational being.  Also an open 180 degree visibility without the blocking materials of the inside of a car…the road so close by, it can nearly be touched…it all adds to this amazing feeling of freedom…

An added bonus is the fact that adventurous back roads can easily be taken…roads that a car would not be able to drive and even if we get lost…this in itself could be the best adventure…IMG_00001124 (2)

Back to our trip…which started the beginning of January 2014 and blissfully lasted for more than a month…

…or… before I take you there, let me share the miraculous way in which we found our second bike.

What an absolute blessing this was.

Bethesda and Juan purchased our first motorbike together to share expenses.

Then we started making plans for a road trip together and so we were scouting around for another bike…

At this time, we were invited to a birthday party of our friend, Mia.

Here is a good example of our connectedness again…or maybe the law of attraction…

As I was visiting Maryna in Cape Town, Bethesda and Juan went to Mia’s party where they met a new friend from Israel, Tsahi.

Two days later, Bethesda was having breakfast in Wilderness at Cocomo’s Restaurant and there were Tsahi again. Having met at Mia’s birthday party, they struck up a conversation and Bethesda found out that Tsahi was on a solo road trip on a motorbike that he purchased as the cheapest mode of transport for travelling around while he was in South Africa. He had to sell it again before he left for Israel…

…and right there and then our second motorbike became a reality as it was arranged for purchase after Tsahi has completed his road trip. Off course we also became the best of friends with Tsahi who has been back to South Africa and visited with us and we will probably be friends for life.20140122_133009 (2)

The second bike was purchased for an excellent price for both parties involved. We had it for more than a year and recently we upgraded and we still made a buck or two from the deal…superblessed.

So we set out on a rainy day, yes, the very same day Tsahi delivered the bike… as we just could not wait for dryer weather, we were super excited.

Jeffrey’s Bay was our first stop and we found a little restaurant with a stoep (verandah), to lay open our damp jackets, to utilise the little bit of sun that had appeared. We had a nice long rest; enjoyed brunch and off we went again…

Our first overnight, was at Woody Cape Backpackers as we wanted to show Juan what this backpackers looked like. biketrip

And again, it is always interesting for me to see just how interconnected we all are, for example…

B and I have met the owners, Che and Sandrine, even before we actually met them…yes, you read it right…

IMG_2009We happened to be working somewhere close by in the year 2012 and we were invited to a weekend party being held at the Woody Cape backpackers.

At the time, we also had made a new friend from Finland, Sam (short for Samuli) or, as we refer to him, AweSam. Well, Sam was also travelling with us and joined in at this party…

…but wait, he was not the only one, as we also befriended Pegah from Ontario and she also joined us…and on the way we picked up some hitch hikers who were on their way to the party anyway…

So we had a vehicle filled with partygoers (rent-a-crowd) and arrived adding value to a beautiful little weekend party. That is how we met the owners of the backpackers, but as it was a party and there was a lot going on, we did not spend time with them, so, not really connecting.

About a year later, our French friend, Sylvain, came to visit and hitched a ride with us to Port Elizabeth as we were off to work again…

Sylvain had to meet up with friends who he was going to stay with for a bit…this was the same people of the Woody Cape Backpackers…

Also, we met the party organisers that weekend and have been friends with Frankolius and Raynard ever since…IMG_2047

So…back to our bike trip…

We arrived at the Woody Cape Backpackers just as the sun was setting and it was absolutely beautiful. The backpackers is snugly situated behind a dune on the Sunshine Coast close to Alexandria and right next to the Addo Elephant Park in the Woody Cape Section.

IMG_2012A little walk through the trees and the most IMG_2027beautiful sunsets on the beach can be enjoyed…

We had an enjoyable meal that evening with the owners and afterwards a good nights sleep.

Next morning we felt refreshed and was eager to be on our way as we were only at the start of our bike trip…

Juan had a special fixture put on my helmet for the go-pro and I hope to find some footage…

Another advantage of being on a motorbike road trip, is the fact that a decision to overnight at a beautiful spot is reached much faster as usually you need to rest and stretch legs more often.

IMG_2163Our next overnight stop was Port St John’s and here we stayed twice on our road trip, as we met up with our good friend, Christo, who was there with friend Albert. We were all invited to a weekend party at Amapondo Backpackers.

Some more friends, Theo  and Uprize were also there to dj at this very same party. Theo is part of our Garden Route Family as he is the son of the family owned business in Wilderness,  The Wild Farm.  We have spend many an amazing time there as it has the best views of Wilderness and surrounds.

Obviously we made some more new friends at Amopondo Backpackers. We met the owners, Niel and Amanda and they even have a friendly donkey named Donkeyliswe, who would not hesitate to help you eat from your plate of food.

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Port St Johns is a beautiful seaside destination Africa style, but they do not encourage swimming, because of the many sharks. The town is well known as the “Jewel of the Wild Coast and Berg” and it’s signature is the mangrove swamps and impenetrable forests.

IMG_2214The Umzimvubu River (Xhosa for ‘Hippo’) cuts a huge gorge right to the sea IMG_2213between the Thesiger and Sulivan twin mountains, which stand on either side of the river mouth, like strongholds and are regarded as the gates of Port St Johns.

It is considered to be a very dangerous coastline as jagged rocks lines it. Since 1903, the Cape Hermes Lighthouse has been warning passing ships.

Port St Johns has three beaches, which is popular for whale and dolphin watching as well as fishing.IMG_2126

Third Beach is well known for it’s ‘laid-back atmosphere’ and is a favourite retreat for free spirited bohemians.

Silaka Nature Reserve is close by nestled in a forested valley between Second Beach and Sugarloaf Rock.

The Isinuka Springs is also a popular destination as thousands seeks relief in the sulphur water for various ailments.

Some wonderfully unique restaurants can be found here and a ‘must visit’ would be ‘Delicious Monster’ famous for it’s beautiful views and fresh seafood.

PSJ even sports a nine-hole golf course and we had some awesome fun there, but not on another trip…a story for another time…

IMG_2419 (2)One day we took a trip out to the beautiful majestic Magwa Falls and this is truly a site to behold. We got lost on the way and it was so hot, we were getting very thirsty and our water that we took along for the day was running on empty…IMG_2427 (2)

Imagine our surprise when we found a beautiful five star resort in the middle of nowhere. I forgot the name unfortunately. We had cold beer and a lovely IMG_00002076 (2)lunch there and felt totally refreshed after.

It was as if we had found an oasis in the desert.

Port St Johns also has the most beautiful hiking trails and in particular a 60km stretch of Wild Coast for five days right into Coffee Bay. We had more than enough to keep us occupied and went for the shorter hikes in the enchanting forest with our friends.biketrip3  On one of these hikes, friend Theo and myself had quite a good scare as the path was very slippery and he is a rather large man. He was walking behind me and slipped and slid my legs from under me…as I fell over a cliff, he caught me by my T-shirt and saved me from what could have been very serious. It must have been adrenalin pumping, as it was a miraculous saving and we joke about it nowadays as if Theo has shown some superhero skills.

IMG_2183Another time we hiked over cliffs to see the natural blowhole in the rocks. It was a very hot day as PSJ is well known for such days.

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Our good friends Dana and Debra were on a road trip of their own and came to be with us at PSJ when we were there the second time around. We had some good fun together.

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After the party, we left PSJ and road tripped up to visit with Christo where he stayed in Durban.

IMG_00002143We stayed there for two days and were super blessed with a full moon, which made for a lovely impromptu full moon party. It was beautiful in the garden and I felt super blessed to be lying with my head on my son’s tummy as we all stared at the moon. We were also blessed with a stunning display done by our friends, Christo and Megan who is well gifted in the art of fire dancing.

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Tugela Mouth…beautiful!

From there, Christo wanted to introduce us to some more friends, Geoffrey and Ashley. For this, we had to take a little road trip to the Tugela Mouth. They are superblessed with the most beautiful backpackers…Sensayuma (sense of humor), you will ever visit…do yourself a favour and visit. This is situated at the Tugela mouth and the views and feel of this place is as of another world.

Theo was also visiting Sensayuma and another friend we met, Simon and obviously we had an awesome time, very well spend.

Next we rode all the way up to the Sani Pass and stayed overnight on top of the IMG_2298mountain range where we had dinner at the ‘highest pub in Africa’.

Sani Pass is located in the West of KwaZulu-Natal, on the road between Underberg and Mokhotlong, Lesotho. It is considered part of South Africa, because the border control point for Lesotho is at the summit of the pass.

20140117_151608 (2)The route up Sani Pass starts at 1544m and climbs 1332m to an altitude of 2876m. It is a very dangerous road and it is advised to use mostly 4×4 vehicles…we went up with the motorbikes with adrenalin pumping wild. 20140117_151823 (2)

The Sani Pass Hotel opened its doors in 1958 and has been recently renovated. It is well known for it’s warm hospitality and breathtaking views.

IMG_00002134Juan made sure that we were acknowledged to have been there by writing our IMG_2311names amongst all the other visitors on the ceiling of the pub.

Bethesda and Juan went for a drive into Lesotho as I rather went for a shower…

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It is very rural there and we stayed at the Backpackers amongst mud rondavels and free walking sheep and other cattle.

 

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Christo has been there before and knowing that we were heading there, advised us to set our alarm and get up way before sunrise for the best viewing…he also told us where to go for the absolute best viewing point…

IMG_2357…and we were not disappointed. It was very cold, just after five in the morning and after walking a plane of rocks, we were well rewarded.  I do believe that this was the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen…

At one stage it felt like the clouds were under us as well as above…as if we were sandwiched in between… and then only the most beautiful sunlight slowly appeared…

IMG_2375We left later that morning and made our way to Hiberdene where we stayed at the Mantis and Moon Backpackers. This is also a one of a kind ‘backpackers’ and I would definitely want to stay there again.

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Definitely worth braving the cold…B taking a pic of Juan and myself!

 

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I had the most beautiful spiritual insight there…

I felt a bit under the weather and stayed at Mantis and Moon while Bethesda and Juan went in search of a ‘Bunny Chow’, (they were told that the best kind was around these parts).

…A ‘Bunny Chow’ is a half a loaf of bread hollowed out with very hot curry in the middle…IMG_00002147

Upon their return, I was told (brag photo) that they indeed found the right restaurant as they were well satisfied.

While they were gone, I did some yoga with the owner who was pregnant at the time, in her most beautiful, very newly build yoga studio…

I felt the ‘me time’ very deserving and I journaled a bit and it was a most profound time spend with myself. (I might share more of this on the ‘soulgrower’ side of our website sometime).

The next day all of us had a massage at Mantis and Moon, also done in this beautiful studio. Let me tell you some more of this studio…it is an 8 sided glass building with views into the forest and inside it is so very peaceful with candles and not much else, but the simplicity just adds to the feeling of very, very 20140119_150406 (2)peaceful…

We stayed for a couple of days, swam in their exotic rockpool, swung around in hammocks and played pool at night.

20140119_151630 (2)Bethesda and myself even had a romantic candle lit openair bath stargazing.

It was a most relaxing time, in a very magical place, but soon we felt restless and went all the way back to Port St Johns again for a couple of days…

Then we were back on the bikes and heading to Mdumbi via back roads…most definitely…roads less travelled. Here we stayed for two days…IMG_2225

Mdumbi is set on rolling green hills above a pristine beach along the Wild Coast and it is for sure one of the most peaceful places one could visit.

Mdumbi backpackers is a rustic, laid back and relaxing getaway. This is why Juan decided that he wanted to spend more time in Mdumbi. Mdumbi is also one of the best surfing spots and best kept secrets. IMG_00002201 IMG_00002197

Bethesda and myself rode on to and spend a weekend in Bulungula, where we have never been before… we slept in a tent and had some fun times on a very white open stretch of beach with soft, fine, sand.

IMG_2530The backpackers is community owned.

The Wild Coast is potentially one of the world’s greatest community-based ecotourism destinations. Bulungula is such a place, with vibrant traditional communities living simple rural lives in harmony with their environment. Mud huts on rolling green hills overlooking jagged cliffs.

IMG_2535The first time we were in the Transkei, we were well amused by the livestock on the beach. Cows, donkeys and goats frequented pristine beaches. Only in the Transkei have we seen this.IMG_2515 (2)

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We saw some whale carcass that could actually well have been utilised as outdoor furniture.

 

IMG_2465 (2) After relaxing in Bulungula…

we went to….IMG_2502 (2)IMG_2460

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…one of Bethesda’s favourite places, Coffee Bay, where we stayed at Coffee Shack Backpackers for a few days and Juan duly met up with us there.

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From there we went to Buccanneers in Cintza and onwards to Port Alfred where we had an awesome meal at Ocean Basket and slept at a local Bed and Breakfast…

 

IMG_2276More than a month later, we arrived home, having had the time of our lives and the best memories made…

Superblessed indeed!…

 

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