Until this weekend I had never been to the Eastern Cape so it was all new to me. I drove through from PE to East London to meet David there. (If you are wondering why – it has to do with flight prices etc)

The drive was beautiful. I travelled on the R72 – it is a single lane for most of the way but it is such a lovely drive. You drive along the coast for a while and pass through some pretty little towns like Port Alfred,Kenton on Sea and Kleinemonde.

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Then you arrive in East London.

If you have ever watched the movie Cars you will know Radiator Springs, well East London reminds me of Radiator Springs. It is a small, unloved little town with huge potential!!!

The race is held on one of the dodgiest beaches in East London but to be honest I never really felt unsafe. The houses along the beach front are falling apart – literally but they are such beautiful old homes that with a lick of paint and some love could be stunning.

If I was a billionaire I would buy up all the homes within a block from the beach we were at and renovate them. They are screaming to be loved!!

I must say though that the people are incredibly friendly!!! Everyone we asked for directions or assistance was more than willing to help!

There is a hidden gem though! Beacon Bay and Nahoon Beach. Nahoon Beach is breathtaking. I wish David and I had more time to just chill there – it was just what we needed after the race.

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I would actually go so far as to say that this little beach make a trip to East London a must!!

We then spent Monday in PE waiting for our flight and it really is such a lovely little town. The beach is beautiful, the people friendly and vibe totally chilled!

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Another highlight was meeting Shayne – I have been following Shayne’s blogging for years and years and when I met her it didn’t feel like the first time we had met. It was so lovely and I could have chatted to her all day!!! I am just very glad she is a cycler wife because I am not sure a non-athletes wife would have understood my need to be back at the race when David let me know his bike had broken!

All in all it was a great little weekend away to another beautiful part of our country!!!

Have you ever been to PE or East London? What did you think?