Breathtaking and scenic Clarence Drive (R44) from Gordon’s Bay to Kleinmond

On our recent trip to the Cape …

… and leaving Cape Town behind, hubby and I popped in to see my very frail Mum in Somerset West for the last time during this trip.  Saying my goodbyes is always so hard as I never know if I will ever see her again 😦   She was asleep .. still and calm.  I didn’t want to wake her but I had to touch her, stroke her hair and hold her face gently in my hands.  She would open her eyes and look at me with glazed eyes and fall asleep again.  This happened several times before I said goodbye and waited for her to fall into a deep sleep.  I gently laid her head on her pillow and kissed her forehead.  She was still and calm.

We then met up with Kathy and Cassie, Ian and Kathy’s  son’s Canadian girlfriend – a really lovely girl .. great catch Kevin!!!   Hope to meet her again one day soon 🙂

There are two routes to Hermanus, our next destination.  One is the normal route over Sir Lowry’s on the N2 national road.  The other is the R44 Clarence Drive which hugs the coastline from Gordon’s Bay to Kleinmond.  It’s a little further in kilometres but breathtaking!!!   I haven’t taken many photographs when we’ve travelled along it but enjoyed the views as we wind between the sea and mountains.  Forgive me though, most of my photos are taken at the spot where we scattered my Dad’s ashes in 2001.  My brothers and I decided to give him the best view possible 🙂   We climbed halfway up a mountain to scatter them … vastness of beautiful False Bay in front with a mountain backdrop as a tombstone

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Quote from http://samountainpasses.co.za :

“It is one of the most scenic routes the Cape Peninsula has to offer.  It follows the False Bay coastline, squashed between the sea and the foothills of the Southern extension of the Hottentots Holland Mountains.  The route undulates along the mountainside, at times almost down to the level of the waves and at others rising above the waters edge, allowing one the opportunity to stop at any of the numerous viewing sites to enjoy the beautiful view of False Bay.  Between July and Oct, one could enjoy the company of Southern Right Whales as they frolic in the Bay during their calving season.

Clarence Drive was named after Jack Clarence who was responsible for replacing the footpath between Gordon’s Bay and Rooi Els with a proper road.  It was built with the help of Italian POWs during WWII and stretches all the way from Gordon’s Bay into Kleinmond and the heart of the Kogel Biosphere. “

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I know my Dad’s mountain well … took the ‘Nov 2014’ pics from the moving car

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Cape Point in the distance across False Bay ..

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Quote from http://www.viewoverberg.com :

The Kogel Biosphere is the first and only Biosphere in South Africa to be proclaimed by UNESCO :  a testament to the stunning diversity and large number of its flowering plants, many of which are found nowhere else in the fynbos biome.  The whole Hangklip-Kleinmond area (Rooiels, Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond) is to be managed according to international principles, which aim to combine conservation, sustainable use of natural resources and wise development.”

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On our holiday down the Garden Route (from Port Alfred to Cape Town) in May 2011, we drove along Clarence Drive the opposite way .. from Hermanus to Somerset West

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Next stop …. Hermanus

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