First outing in South Africa with my hiking buddy Ralph, a 40-odd km cycle along the pristine Cape Peninsula False Bay coast from Gordon’s Bay to Rooiels and back. The weather was just perfect, a slight breeze without being gusty. We reached Rooi Els in just over an hour, stopping occasionally.

Endless photo opportunities present themselves en route. We scoured the rough roads of the town and its scattered array of up-market holiday homes. After enjoying a pot of tea each at a restaurant in Rooi Els, we headed back with great expectation though sadly, my cycle was cut short by a sudden puncture.

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