Franschoek on the move

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October 15, 2012 by leighnewlands

I decided to explore somewhere I hadn’t been to in a while: Franschoek.

Of course, it’s one thing to go on a lovely drive through this area but it’s another to do it on the back of a Harley Davidson! This being my first time on one, it was a whole new experience.

The sound that bike makes is monstrous with heads turning at every point. After telling my parents I was going on a bike ride, with hastiness, my friend Ashton who was taking me on the ride was also read the riot act beforehand by his parents. Needless to say, when I arrived at his house, I was kitted out more than expected. the leather jacket, leather gloves, bandana and helmet. If i was worried about anything before, it disappeared in an instant.

We packed our cameras and set off. Travelling through Stellenbosch and on the R45 towards Franschoek, I didn’t recognise the beautiful road I was travelling on with the luscious green and yellow trees surrounded by miles and miles of farmlands. I’m not sure if it was because I was on a motorbike that I saw the route as different and new and that I had in fact been along it before. Regardless, it was breathtaking.

Once in the city centre, full of other motorists, tourists and winemakers, we stopped for a drink which ended up being lunch.

Pizza and savanna under the greenery with the warm sun hitting our backs, what more could you want.

With the winds picking up, the thought of going through the bends of Franschoek pass were daunting but what lay ahead of us was more appealing so we hopped on and took on the pass. With Ash not stopping at all, I took all the images while quite literally on the move. Suprisingly, they didn’t come out as blurred as expected.

The Franschoek Pass was lovely and lead us through the entire valley. We then proceeded through the mountains and ended up travelling through Villiersdorp and then Grabouw. With all the friendly people smiling, acknowledging you, you couldn’t help but get a good feel of the community around here.

Finally, after approaching the trechorous climb of Sir Lowry’s Pass and coming over, one is welcomed by the entire view of Cape Town and Table Mountain in the distance. There is nothing quit like it. A recommendation for those who are looking for an alternative sundowners or view point than the well-known like Signal Hill – go to the Sir Lowry’s Pass view point. Just as you reach the top of the pass coming from Cape Town, you take a sharp right to the entrance of the view point.

Climbing up Franschoek pass

We ended off the excursion by travelling through Gordons Bay and watching everyone relaxing on the beach, soaking up the Vitamin C and eating ice-creams like they’re going out of fashion.

It’s a trip worth exploring on a good day. Another great thing to try along that route as well is making some stops along the way at various wine tasting hot spots such as Le Grand Provence and Boschendal.

Next time though, I think Hugenot Fine Chocolate in Franschoek needs a visit from me.



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