Not really Indiana
Not really Indiana
Last day and what to do? The Lonely Planet suggests that the only other thing on the agenda should be the West Coast and it's not really that far, really. It's an easy route, mostly long straights trough wheat fields, a bit like Indiana but there are mountains here. Endless road works are an issue but the road is very quiet so it's not to bad.

Paternoster is supposed to be a quaint fishing village, obviously it might once have been but now it's chocka with quaint, fishing cottage style, white painted, holiday homes for the well healed. Doesn't really do much for me so back to the nearby town Vredenburg for lunch. Well actually not, the only restaurant I could find was a Wimpy and although I might have been tempted it was in any case closed.

Paternoster
Paternoster
Langebaan is a less pretentious seaside holiday place with busy cafes and resturants and no quaint. Lunch is an excellent calamari and salad for $NZ12 including water and coffee. It's hard to better charges like that.

The main road back to Cape Town is pretty much arrow straight and devoid of interesting features, except of course for the strong wind that makes every mile interesting. The entire Cape suffers from this wind but this road is special. Last week it would have been impassible, this week with fine weather it's just scary.  The wind does keep the temperature down so that's perhaps a good thing? The road is worth it though for the spectacular views of Table Mountain.

The tentative destination for tonight is Gordon's Bay in False Bay, it would have been an earlier arrival had I not, predictably, got lost in Cape Town. The straight forward direction out is blocked by the miles of shanties, Mitchell's Plain, and I really didn't want to get involved with that. The difference between Mitchell's Plain and Paternoster/Langebaan is pretty dramatic.

View from Manor on the Bay
View from Manor on the Bay
Finally arriving at about five pm, a touch anxious I must say, I get the second four star I try. “Manor on the Bay”, 25% off simply for asking too. Sea view, huge bath, covered parking, large well appointed room, included internet access, even a fireplace - with wood. I can even here the sea as I sit here sheltered from the wind. Luverly.

Should be an easy run back to Constantia to drop the bike in the morning so I'll have a little time to explore.