A weekend in Prince Albert

Beautiful Cape Dutch style houses

Beautiful Cape Dutch style houses

As for Prince Albert itself, what a lovely little town.

Pretty cottages

Pretty cottages

Art deco style theatre

Art deco style theatre

Decorated rubbish bins around town

Decorated rubbish bins around town

A great way of sharing history

A great way of sharing history…

or even views on the most recent controversy

…or views on the most recent controversy in the Karoo

The local post office

The local post office

Craft shops

Craft shops

With a high preponderance of guest houses and subsequently cafes and craft spots it is a delightfully clean place that lends itself to slowing down and enjoying an amble -to the top of the koppie for a lookout over town or just around  town itself.

A view of the town

A view of the town

One of the many cafes

One of the many cafes, that serves a GREAT breakfast!

Of course its possible to undertake serious hikes in the area, or 4×4 exploring or mountain bike riding. Having our bikes with us we elected to bike around and persuaded friends to come and join us for a day.

Heading out on a bike ride

Heading out on a bike ride

To the top of a small pass

To the top of a small (always a relative term!) pass

At the top after 18+kms

At the top after 18+kms

Tony, Chelsea, Carolyn, Irene, Rob with the road ridden in the background.

Tony, Chelsea, Carolyn, Irene, Rob with the road ridden in the background.

Sadly it wasn’t a circular route so what we rode out on we had to ride back on -but at least it was downhill to start with!

Tony in lead

Tony in lead

Rob using no brakes

Rob using no brakes from the top of the pass (in the background)

Heading back

Heading back

Even a puncture on my bike didn’t slow us down much or ruin the day. With the goo in the tube not sealing, it took several stops to pump up and ride before we made it back, discovering 3 punctures in the tube. Whilst we enjoyed a well earned savannah around the braai, Rob patiently patched and reinserted the tube to have it literally explode as he pumped it back up on the rim! His face was a picture worth a thousand words and caused much hilarity.

What a magic time and all too soon it was time to leave our deceptively large cottage, and warm hosts, Elaine and Tom.

Our cottage for the weekend

Our cottage for the weekend

But not before having a fabulous sunset as farewell.

Sunset in the Karoo

Sunset in the Karoo

From Prince Albert back to Oudtshoorn

From Prince Albert back to Oudtshoorn

Making a circular route back to Oudtshoorn took us through Meiringspoort and De Rust once more. This being our third time through De Rust we gave it one more chance and stopped off for lunch at the Trading Post. A vast improvement on the other two places in De Rust, The Trading Post will definately become the coffee stop in the future.

And soon we were back in Outshoorn for Tony to continue his training.

 

 

 

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