The road past Beachview

How about a little roadtrip around PE? Start on the beachfront and follow Marine Drive along the Wildside to Schoenmakerskop, around to Sardinia Bay and then onto the Seaview Road to Seaview, Beachview and Maitland (perhaps as far as the Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve), before returning along Kragga Kamma Road to Port Elizabeth.

This is what the road past Beachview on the way to Maitland looks like. Views for ages.

Marine Drive on the Wildside

Marine Drive along the Port Elizabeth beachfront and the Wildside all the way out to Schoenmakerskop probably has some of the best scenery in PE. Sea views, a rugged coastline, gullies to enjoy with kids, fishing spots, coastal fynbos, shipwrecks, whales and dolphins, hiking trails, nature reserves, picnic spots, camp sites, tons of photo opportunities and so much more.

Under the freeway

Strand Street under the Settlers Freeway isn’t really a place where many of Port Elizabeth’s suburban inhabitants wander but if you do you’ll encounter interesting scenes, vendors and shops that you won’t really find anywhere else. The painting on the freeway support pillar is one of a series of colourful and evocative portraits that depict young South Africans from a range of cultural backgrounds.  It forms part of Route 67 and is called IDENTITIES.

Campanile view – Looking north along the Settlers Freeway

There are four viewing windows at the top of the Campanile.  The new full-length viewing window looks out to the east over the Port Elizabeth Harbour.  The view south is towards the beachfront, west across the city centre towards the Donkin Reserve and then north along the Settlers Freeway.  Looking at the picture the Settlers Freeway (M4) is on the left and the railway lines on the right.  The roof at the bottom of the picture is the Port Elizabeth Station building.  Into the distance Algoa Bay is on the right-hand side and the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is the white building roughly in the middle of the picture while the mountains on the horizon are the mountains beyond Uitenhage.

The road is long…

When I downloaded this photo of me sitting in the road near Jansenville in the Karoo Heartland from my camera onto the laptop and saw it, the first thing that came to my mind was “The road is long…” from He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother by The Hollies.  The tune, melody, words, everything.  It’s probably also the best description of my life lately.  Between work and personal life it’s been busy, busy, busy with lots of time spent on the road and driving my desk when I’m not, catching up on admin.  I wouldn’t have it any other way though because I love what I do, but in the process blogging was the one thing that was left on the luke hot back burner.  There just hasn’t been much for blogging and I really need to make a plan to change that.  But a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step and the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.  So at one stage or another, I need to get back into blogging and this is as good a time as any.  I posted for the first time in over six weeks on Port Elizabeth Daily Photo earlier this week and its time to get Firefly the Travel Guy going again after this break.  So, “The road is long, With many a winding turn…”

The road to Noodhulp

The road to Noodhulp (Afrikaans for First Aid) is not what you call the route somebody takes when they are cruising for a bruising and looking for trouble with a big oke.   Not that kind of thing at all.  I found the road to Noodhulp while en route to Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve outside Graaff-Reinet and after a double take reversed back for a better look to make sure that was the name I saw and then a photo.  It turns out Noodhulp is the name of a nearby farm which at first I though was weird.  On second thought though it probably makes sense if it refers to a place where you go to heal your soul from the battering it takes in the city.

There is no end to the adventures we can have

On a game drive at Mount Camdeboo Game Reserve near Graaff-Reinet recently we stopped to watch a couple of  Gemsbok on the side of a hill.  Strangely enough my attention wandered from the antelope to the road in front of us and I snapped this picture.  Looking at it afterwards I wondered how to use it as I didn’t have enough material to do a full article on my visit to the reserve.  I decided to rather post it along with a travel quote, but which one would fit this picture?

I decided on the following one by Jawaharial Nehru:

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

So my advise to you today is to travel down this road, or any other one, with open eyes and an open mind and realise the beauty, charm and adventure of not just your final destination, but also the journey getting there.  Even if your destination is your own city.