CAPE TOWN DAWN TAKES 15 MINUTES – FROM DARK TO LIGHT
Did you know that dawn in Cape Town is 15 minutes long – from dark to light at this time of year? It’s because we are closeish to the south pole, where as, on the equator it takes a whole lot longer – or something like it! I heard this from one of the Argus commentators [bicycle race] on the local TV station, mentioning this as 35,000 [35 thousand] cyclists were getting ready to take off on their 109klm race – a world record for the most cyclists in any race. Being a bit of a cyclist myself, i peddled & walked to the top of the Bishops Court hill [where Mandela has a house – didn’t spot him in the crowd], which is a gruelling kilometre long hill for the cyclists to get to the top. I wanted to see them all file past – it was an amazing thing to see & eerie as thousands and thousands of them relentlessly streamed past on the motor way – i was there for over an hour and they still streamed past – no gaps to cross the road and they were all silent – there was absolutely no breath of air so it was seriously hot – i then went to the bottom of the hill to watch them freewheel down it – i was expecting to hear loads of squeals of delight “wheeeeeee” – i didn’t – all were silent – i could only hear the wereing sound of the chains going round and the wheels on the tarmac – it was a stunning site – on lookers were very jolly & a large board showed them they still had 97klm to go
Oh & …. No carbon monoxide fumes – they all notched up a very good carbon foot print that day!
LINK all about the race and history very good site nicely put together good for what’s going on in cape town
LINK gorgeous images of the cape
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