Greg and Roger from the Adventure Club popped over as well and we took a short walk into the Victoria and Alfred shopping centre for a spot of breakfast. Alve is interested in an expedition throughout Africa and from what he was telling me, I would just love to be involved.
Our next meeting was with the British Defence Attache who was in Cape Town on business. He had heard about our drive and our fund-raising efforts for Help for Heroes and wanted to meet us. A keen Land Rover man himself, he too would like to drive across Africa and plans to drive home to England on completion of his tour here. Unfortunately due to the obscene prices of Land Rovers over here, he has been forced to buy a Mahindra. You may laugh, and I can hear you from here, but it sounds like a pretty good vehicle and more than capable of making the 10,000 mile trip back to Blighty.
The DA had to leave for another engagement and so to our next stop, Byron who lives in Camps Bay. What a stunning part of the world and such a great place to live. Just a bit further along the coast from central Cape Town, it had a real Mediterranean feel about it, with its bars lining the beach. Byron is clearly a Land Rover enthusiast and has a whole host of vehicles in his collection from a Series 1 to a Discovery 3. He had met us at the finish point at the AA of South Africa building, as well as attended the talk I gave last night.
We sat overlooking the sea chatting about everything from Land Rovers to stag weekends - laughing at the antics we had each got up to. It was a great way for Chris to spend his last few hours in Cape Town. He had to catch the 8pm flight and so a quick trip back to the hotel to get his stuff and he was gone. He'll be back I'm sure, but I think that's the case for most people. Once you've visited Cape Town it has a habit of dragging you back.
I'm up early tomorrow to load the Land Rover into a 20' container. Hopefully all will go smoothly and then I can catch the 8pm flight tomorrow night. A part of me though really doesn't want to leave. South Africa gets what I am trying to do with my overland adventures - the UK doesn't seem to understand me!