Well it has been an eventful last two days We headed off to start our two day hike over Table Mountain. Our first obstacle to overcome was the peak traffic at 7am in the morning over to Silvermine - part of the Table Mountain national park. We made it to the entrance at 8.05am!!! When we got there we were met bu the trail organisers and we soon discovered that it would just be myself and Neen doing the walk - which was great. We bascially dropped off our overnight bags and headed off with our guide Grabeth to commence our 17.5km hike. It was bloody hot too. Our first sight was to see silvermine dam - which was very beautiful (the pictures will follow tomorrow - bit tired right now!). We then began a clim up the side of constantia berg and round to a fantastic view point overlooking Hout Bay and Chapman's peak drive. The views from up here were amazing - wait till you see the photo's. We stopped for a tea break here to enjoy the view. Then our guide pointed out where we were off to next - neither Euge or myself could see how we could take the path as it was like a drop down!! We walked around the mountain - there was lots of climbing over roack but it was in the shade. Not for too long - we had an hours walk at 11.30 in the sun - it was about 30 degree's by now - for one hour until we could sit and eat lunch. This was pretty tough going for Jacqui - not so fit she hasn't been swimming in any races recently! We had done over half of the walk by now so Jacqui was pleased and kept willing herself on. The scenery was stunning we got to what we both thought was the end of the walk only to have to scramble down and down and down for about 1 hour. Jacqui managed to twist her knee slightly on the way down but soldiered on. We arrived at the camp at 4.30pm both very tired people! Neen went off for a dip in the weir. Jacqui ran off for a cold shower. We where staying in a new camp - all on wooden boardwalks with a wooden tent to sleep in. We had a nice bit of food already prepared by Jacqui the night before so all we had to do was heat it up.
The next day we set off on our 9km walk which Jacqui was assured was not as bd as day 1 By half way up the first part of the mountain Jacqui's feet and knee was starting to hurt so Neen graciously carried my rucksack up! My hero. The weather was pretty bad it was very misty as we started to climb toward Back Table the smaller part of table mountain. We arrived up there at 11.30am. Grabeth was concerend about the weather as the cable car was not working due to the wind - we made the decision to come down off the mountain via Skeleton Gorge into Kirstenbosch Gardens. Nenn and Jacqui thought this was a great idea as it was raining quite heavily and it would get them down earlier. By the time we reached the gorge our bottom halfs were soaked!!! Any then we saw the decent it was like climbing down an old waterfall over rocks, some steps and even some ladders in places. Jacqui's knee was now gone. Unable to put any weight on it it was slow progress trying to get down. Neen again came to the rescue he more or less held her up for over an 1 hour climbing down the mountain. All she kept saying was tell me we are near the bottom - so Neen did but a decent that should take 1 hour took 2 hours!!! We were both glad to see Barbs and Mike waiting for us with a nice walm car and a shor ttrip back to Debbie and Graham Owen's for another nights accomodation. First thing Jacqui did was have a soak in the bath and Neen has a nice cold beer and watched some rugby with the boys!!! That night we ate like kings again thanks to our hosts. Pete - Debbie's dad made a fantastic crayfish curry!! It was delicious. Then Neen and Graham stayed up drinking german schnapps till the wee hours of the morning putting the world to rights