My birthday was coming up and I wanted to do something a little less traditional for a change – of course I chose to do a hike. I was deciding between the route from Jonkershoek to Franschhoek and the hike to Victoria Peak, but decided that the former would be much more enjoyable.

I had invited a bunch of friends and in my excitement I had made everyone maps and bought champagne. This was also a chance for me to test out my new Osprey backpack.

I awoke at 4:30 on the morning, got dressed and went to wait for Brian and Khaya. We proceeded to drive through to Franschhoek and left two cars at the end point. A few friends had cancelled and Khaya was not feeling too great so in the end there was four of us left to tackle the 26km hike. Since we were so few, I decided to leave my bottle of champagne (with its ungainly shape and unneeded weight) in the car – Joe had similar thoughts, but I had removed mine and he had the other bottle.

We set off just after 7:00 in the hopes that the skies would clear. The weather reports predicted a cloudy morning and clear skies later on, yet this was not the case.



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