Plus, it was almost 10:00am before we hit the road.
We said goodbye to our couchsurfing host Didi, and headed out. Thanks again Didi...we enjoyed your company!
Didi had suggested that we visit a pretty beach just on the outskirts of town. It's at a place called Noetzie Beach, and there are some interesting accommodation options there!
The road down to Noetzie Beach.
You can rent your own castle!
Only R4500 ($475) per night, but it sleeps six.
Ruth, enjoying the view.
There's one thing that we can't wrap our heads around though, and that's the huge difference in living standards between the have's and the have not's. At the beginning of the entrance road to this beautiful beach and expensive accommodation, are the shacks. We're going to do a full post about this one day, but we're still trying to sort out how to explain it.
Not a great picture, but this is how most of the other half lives.
We entered a new state!
The nine states of South Africa. We crossed the border from Western Cape into Eastern Cape.
At that border is the Bloukrans Bridge. The highest bridge in South Africa at 216 meters (709 feet) above the river in the gorge below. The bridge opened in June of 1983. In 1997, they began bungee jumping off the bridge!
Now, this is the highest bungee jump in the world. You actually free fall for seven seconds before the elastic band snaps you back up the other way! At a height of 216 meters, this is more than three times higher than the bungee jump that we did last year!
Notice the activity just below the road surface at the center of the bridge.
Lots of people bungee jumping!
We stood and watched them for fifteen or twenty minutes. Ruth decided that she wasn't interested...even if it was free! I think I might have thought about it though. Cost here is R795 ($84.00).
Scenery along the way.
Yesterday's drive 260 kms (161 miles).