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Storms River Mouth suspension bridge…

Storms River Mouth suspension bridge…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’d heard all about this bridge, and was certain I couldn’t walk over it. I’m scared of heights.

I wasn’t always scared of heights – I climbed trees as a lightie – then one day, walking along the top of a tall wall – I was attacked by vertigo and I’ve never recovered.

Having survived the Sauer Bridge, a distance upstream, I decided to give this one a go…and it was easy peasy. I’m thinking perhaps with moving water, my vertigo has no point of reference to adhere to. My brain appears happy with moving water, but not moving ground! Go figure…

I took this photo from the middle of the bridge, looking up the river mouth…worth braving the bridge hey? Look at the lovely yellow rocks the area is famous for.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And do I have proof? Yup. Look at me – no hands!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is a cute first-world board-walk to get to the suspension bridges….maybe one day there will be one to Inanke Cave in the Matopos???OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome of the views from here are stunning – I had to poke the camera through the forest though…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALook at this luminous green colour on the rocks. The waves boom into here at high tide. (PS – this is also taken off one of the suspension bridges…boast boast…)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis view is from the boardwalk – high up against the hillside. It got pretty stormy after four in the afternoon.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI think there is a cave in there…would love to investigate one day

 

 

 

 

Storms River Bridge…

Storms River Bridge…

I’d heard all about the suspension bridge at Storms River Mouth (pictured below.) I have always been certain I couldn’t walk over it.Suspesnsion Bridge Storms River mouth

I’d never heard much about THIS bridge, further upstream.  I see its called the Sauer Bridge. (Sorry its in Afrikaans – I’m told there is an English version, but I didn’t see it!)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There is a nice parking lot just the other side…so we stopped. I love bridges, and thought it would be nice to take some pics…

We walked a short way across, and I, with solid sides on the floor of the walk way, thought I’d manage my vertigo. I did, until a thirty tonne truck rumbled onto the bridge. I didn’t even see it, but I felt the bridge jump about a foot when the lorry landed on it!

Frank turned to see me hanging on for dear life, eyes wide. “This bridge must have shock absorbers in the structure,” he says with that measured voice of his…

…and this silly woman believed him. I mean, he is an engineer and all! He knows these things. In fact the only thing he knew for sure, was he couldn’t wrestle with a vertigo struck maniac in the middle of a bridge.

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Once you have braved the walk along the top, there is a cute little wooden pathway under the end structure and up again! Then the long walk down the other side. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe did get these views though…

Bridges near Cape St Francis

Bridges near Cape St Francis

Van Staden’s is famous for the number of people who suicide off it. Unfortunately, with the sun shining on the bridge, you can’t see the rail that has been put up to discourage the practice.

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The old bridge is still functional. I drove over it to take the photos, then walked around to the old “drift” I’m guessing the one the pioneers used…imagine pulling their wagons over this terrain!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m not sure which river this crosses – but its pretty wide. Old and new, again. Shortly before the Humansdorp offramp.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA