It is impossible to get anywhere. My bike stops increase in frequency, much to the chagrin of my cycling partner and husband. He has lunch on his mind. South Africa’s False Bay coast shoulders the blame. As the relatively flat and smooth highway presents itself to our bicycles, the road conditions can not be blamed for my tardiness.
Cycling one of the most scenic coastal roads in the world, my bike moves at an even slower than usual pace. In my defense this is a preventative measure so as not to drive off a cliff while gawking at the splendor.
Here in the extreme southwest corner of South Africa, mountain passes and crags share the spotlight with beaches of every demeanor. From shy and secluded to show off wide and panoramic, the False Bay coast beckons.
I stop to see why there are so many lifeguards along the way. At least I think they are lifeguards although not a single piece of lifesaving gear is to be seen. In small buildings high above the beach the lifeguards in question groove to loud music while peering toward the ocean.
These are not lifeguards. They are shark watchers.
Looking at the wet suit covered surfers bobbing about below I hope the music loving dudes have extraordinarily good distance vision and very loud voices.
Not to worry says a local bystander. Shark attacks are pretty uncommon on the False Bay coast. Only two deaths since 2010.
“Some of the biggest great whites in the world here though.”
Mental note to self. No surf lessons on our rest day.
The False Bay coast line is perhaps most famous for its colonies of African Penguins near Simon’s Town. Truly one of the high points of our entire trip to Africa. More penguin stories to follow but for now one photo to share a glimpse of the 3000 waddlers in the colony.
After all of that slow cycling along False Bay, grab your helmet, and possibly your anti nausea medication should you be prone to motion sickness. Dave is going to take you on a high speed tour. Click below and hang on tight!
Time Lapse – Cycling False Bay Coast
At another pull out Hubby reminds me we have been warned about the baboons in the area. I remind him that no baboon has given me a second glance let alone harassed me.
My guess the baboons are quite happy to stay clear of this slow and sweaty Canadian cyclist.
Have you heard of False Bay, South Africa?