Don’t Jump Off This Pier – Road Trip to East London

by Candice Land
pier port elizabeth

Never a dull moment on our road trip to the Eastern Cape. Although we both thrive in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, Candi was actually raised in a small town in the Eastern Cape.

When the opportunity of a long weekend blended with parental funding – there was only one thought on our mind – ROAD TRIP!

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When the going gets tough…

The tough get going. There were a few obstacles to overcome – such as going to work early so that we could leave early and pouring ‘Stop Leak’ into the radiator 2 minutes before departure, but we were beaming with excitement.

Candi’s mum knew we were coming, but her sister and dad had no idea. We were set to arrive in East London on her dad’s birthday. Our car was filled to the brim, and surfboards were strapped onto the roof. Needless to say, we were expecting this to be a real surfing road trip.

Boy, were we in for a surprise.

Taking in the scenery

We drove through the night, settling for a dinner of Cheddars, biltong and Steri Stumpie. Our Airbnb was booked and our host was expecting us in Plettenberg Bay for the night around 10 pm. The second we stepped into Karl’s home we were blown away. There was freshly baked bread in the oven, wine glasses on standby, and an incredibly warm home which settled us down right away.

It was tough to say goodbye the next morning and leave the hammock with a beautiful view. But the promise of waves in Jefferys Bay was alluring and it wasn’t long before we were back in the car, hitting the road.

Harsh reality

There were no waves. At all. Neither in Jefferys Bay nor in Port Elizabeth. The situation was unheard of and it stumped us in our tracks.

We decided to break up the trip by meeting up with some friends in Port Elizabeth. And then, in true Ollie and the Captain style, did something spontaneously reckless – Ollie jumped off the pier. In hindsight, if we didn’t get solemnly reprimanded by a very kind lifeguard who let us off the hook, we don’t think that the night in jail, nor the expected bail, would have been worth it.

The last stop was at Nanaga for their deliciously famous pies before the final stretch home.

Watch the video to see the surprise end result!

Music credit:
* PYC – Far Away
* Johan Lilja – Get Your Love

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