Posted by: Delene | February 10, 2012

Oak Valley Mountain Bike Ride

One of the most spectacular rides I’ve done was the day the Foresters’ cycle group met at 8 am to cycle the Oak Valley track.

This beautiful ride on the Oak Valley Estate, a wine farm near Elgin, is only 75 minutes’ drive from Kalk Bay.

There are 3 grades of track and most of us did the middle one which was 24 kms through wonderful oak trees, then open fields and vineyards.

We started on a single, smooth track through an oak tree wood before emerging onto the grassy farmland slopes.

Here we started to get to grips with the pine pole “bridges” over the wire fences.

The scenery was gorgeous. There were many hills which were too steep for me to cycle but walking was easy and lovely.

The weather was mostly sunny but with a pleasant breeze to keep us comfortable on the bikes.

We finished under the oaks with a bring-and-share picnic.

About 30 of us were cycling and others enjoyed the walks under the trees.

We all had lots of fun and laughed a lot.

See the web site http://www.oakvalley.co.za/



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Posted by: Delene | February 8, 2012

Pre-1919 cars in St James and Kalk Bay

On Sunday morning, many residents of St James and Kalk Bay stood on Main road to cheer these pre-1919 cars which were travelling to Cape Point.   Some were built before the steering wheel was invented. These old cars are difficult to drive. Most drivers will not attempt to drive a car with a stick instead of a steering wheel!

                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When this Ford was manufactured, Henry Ford was aiming to make a car that every one of his staff could purchase with 3 months’ wages!!!!

While showing property for sale in Kalk Bay a number of MG midgets drove down Quarterdeck road.  When I returned home I read the invitation to attend at the Crankhandle Club the MG Club welcome party for Roy Locock from the UK.  Roy drove to the celebration from a village near Oxford in England.  www.bridgetthemidget.co.uk

 

 

PURCHASE  YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFTS AT THE KALK BAY COLLABORATION

18 Rosmead road,

Kalk Bay.

Park in Main road opposite the stone church.

Walk up Rosmead road from Main road past C’est la View cafe.

Open Monday to Sunday 10.00 to 16.30 Chris 083 788 1398

At last summer has arrived and with it the sea is warm.  It has gone up from 18 to 20 degrees.   After the South Easter blows we sometimes see bluebottles on the beach and in the water.  Then I fear the sting so I do not swim.  MSG rubbed on the sting does stop it.

St James pool and beach and Dalebrook pool in Kalk Bay are my best pools.     Muizenberg surf will be warm too.  This is the best beach for surfing. Danger Beach will not have many people on the beach.

The South Easter wind does not blow on this beach.

Silvermine dam and Tokai forest is 20 minutes drive from Kalk Bay and St James. We drove up the mountain and parked a car. Then we found the top contour jeep track and cycled slowly down the mountain. At the beginning we had wonderful views over the Constantia wine farms to False Bay.

  

 

We cycled through the forest to the Porter school and stopped at the Impala Jet.  Then cycled on through the forest to Steenberg wine farm.  http://www.steenberghotel.com/   Wonderful food and the winter special menu was super.  Such a beautiful place to sit in the sun and only 15 minutes from home in Kalk Bay

 

Posted by: Delene | February 23, 2011

Tulbagh village is 80 minutes’ drive from Cape Town

Tulbagh is a village at the end of the road.   We enjoyed a wonderful stay on a farm Schalkenbosch.

Valley from Schalkenbosch road

Pretty cottages

Our cottage number 3

FLOWERING GARLIC. Tulbachia

Paddagang for lunch under the grape vines.

Lovely pool in which to cool down in hot weather.

Tea on the lawn

Witzenberg mountains above the farm

We cycled into Tulbagh. At the Tulbagh Hotel we met the owner who gave us a map of cycle routes. We plan to return to look for more routes in the nature reserve near the station.

Posted by: Delene | February 13, 2011

New cycle path underconstruction in Tokai Forest

At about 5 pm on Saturday family and friends met to cycle the new path. It is 15 minutes drive from Kalk Bay towards Cape Town.  The path is suitable for all ages.  Cyclists ages were from 7 years to 70 years!


Non cyclists found a lovely secluded spot in the forest near the path for our picnic.

The youngest cyclist While we chatted the children had such fun cycling  on the path.

 

Posted by: Delene | February 2, 2011

20110201 New Cycle path Milnerton to Cape Town

This morning 8 Recyclers joined hundreds of cyclist at Woodbridge Island in Milnerton to cycle the new safe cycle path to Cape Town. Despite the strong wind it was fun to be there.

After super breakfast provided by Pedal Power and City Council the Recyclers decided to ride to Three Anchor Bay and on the Green Point common. There was no wind and the park was wonderful.

Arrived for breakfast Cape Town Council offices.

Green Point Common is developed as a beautiful park.  with lovely cycle paths.     Lions Head and Signal Hill are in the background. I spent my childhood there.

Posted by: Delene | December 6, 2010

Mountain bike ride in Constantia

One of my favourite activities close to Kalk Bay is my weekly mountain bike ride with the Tuesday Tribe in the Constantia valley, between 5 wine farms, oak trees and the Tokai forest. There are green belts with trails between the beautiful houses.


My daughter from London enjoys the rides too.


The trees are being removed to allow the indigenous fynbos to grow.

Constantia Berg
There are hundreds of houses in this valley with the wine farms and forest.
The fynbos flowers are already flowering. There are lots of Pelargoniums.

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