Walking Update 13: Back to the Treadmill

Almost exactly one year ago on the 8th August 2012 I started a walking for exercise project  and called it Walking Wednesdays http://wp.me/p2BDQm-4S  2012/08/08.

In the meantime, life happened and I was forced to abandon the walking due to a foot problem. Now 6 months after my foot operation, I am able to resume my walking programme.

In my previous series of walking posts I explored the beautiful Eastern cape region from East London to Coffee Bay.

As it is August and time for the arid areas of the Cape West Coast and the semi desert of Namaqualand to be transformed into a floral wonderland, I chose this area for my next destination. These wild flowers are one of the natural wonders of the world and attract many tourists, artists and photographers from around the world each year.

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The flowers usually start flowering in late July or early August. The sun shines from the north in spring and as the flowers only open when the sun is shining, they usually face north. Therefore, it is best to approach the flowers from the north, starting at the small town of Springbok and the Goegap Nature Reserve.

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The flower season is dependent on the winter rains, the wind and other weather factors, and the displays vary from place to place each season.The towns along the route are small and one can usually get good information on the best places to view the flowers from the friendly locals.

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So I invite you to join me each Wednesday as I report on another town along this route from Springbok in the north to Clan William in the south .

Walking Update 8

After going through a week of upheaval and being totally out of my normal routine, life is slowly returning to  the ordinary again.Today I started my walking on the tread mill routine again and walked for 15 minutes. It is amazing how quickly one looses the fitness reached, but I am told that  I will pick it up again faster than before.

I am still wandering around in the Eastern Cape, on the long stretch of the Wild Coast between Kei Mouth and Mazeppa Bay. You might remember that  although I walk on the treadmill in my home, I put up a map on the wall and  in my mind’s eye I am visiting places of interest along this beautiful part of the South African Coast. This is the only way that I can tolerate the boredom of walking on the treadmill for excercise. It gives me the incentive to walk, as I can then do some desk travel on the internet.

On this part of the coast I came across a little gem of a family hotel and holiday destination called Trennery’s.( photos from this website ) 

Horse riding on the beach
Eastern Cape culture
Fishing

I undertake to walk more this coming week and to update with more of my wanderings along the coast.