Because of Ruth's accident with her hand on Sunday, we never made it down to Port Elizabeth's beach area. We wanted to have a quick look though.
First, we said goodbye to Leizel and family. Thanks for hosting us and looking after us so well!
Leizel, Kai, Niamh, and Ruth. Kurt had already left for work.
Then we drove down to the Port Elizabeth beach area and went for a walk.
The main beach, looking back towards downtown.
Nice little natural wading pool for the kiddies!
We wandered around for 45 minutes or so, then we hit the road. First stop was to get some fuel. I've been putting in R400 ($42.40) at a time. That gets us around 30 litres (8 gallons) of gasoline. The car we have is pretty good on gas providing we don't drive over 100 km/h (62 mph), so we don't. Problem is, the main highways have a speed limit of 120 km/h (74 mph), so we're typically the slowest ones on the road!
We stopped in Port Alfred for lunch. We usually find a grocery store and buy some corn cakes, some sliced meat, some cheddar cheese, and some lettuce and carrots to munch on and then find ourselves somewhere to have a picnic.
Having lunch in Port Alfred.
Scenery along the way.
Kids getting off school.
We had made arrangements with Guy, our couchsurfing host in East London, to phone him as we were entering the city. He said he would then give us directions to his work where we could meet him. We pulled into a gas station just past the airport and used our cell phone to give him a call.
I don't know how long our cell phone is going to keep working with the $2.00 or so credit that we put on it, but so far it's still working!
Turned out that Guy's work was only a minute away from where we had stopped. He's in sales at a big car battery manufacturer. I would have loved to tour the plant. They supply batteries to several new car manufacturers. There's a Mercedes plant here in East London, and a big VW factory in Port Elizabeth.
Guy came out of work and he said we could follow him through the city. He lives in a little seaside community on the other side of the city.
Following Guy through the rush hour traffic...he's the one on the motorcycle!
We got acquainted and Guy cooked up a roast chicken for us. Delicious dinner, and we stayed up talking about travel and couchsurfing.
A storm came through right around sunset. It made the sky look like it was on fire!
Yesterday's drive, 314 kms (195 miles).
Here's where we are right now.