They call me Hillbilly…

They call me Hillbilly…

Today was a good, good day. This was the 96th day of the best year of my life… They’re not all this good, but it reminded me that many special treats await me in the days and months to come.

It has only been 3 days since I struggled to get through the hills of the 56km Two Oceans Marathon. It was a tough race and I struggled to live up to my own expectations, with a stomach bug that played chaos with my plans. I’ve had a couple of days getting around, seeing the sites, spending some time with the Wimbledon Windmilers Crew – Abby, Paula, Judes and Mike. It was a lot of fun, but I was pretty worn out from Saturday’s efforts.

Today, I took it easy. I started my Two Oceans Report, caught up on a lot of emails and work related stuff. I got the sweet article from the local paper scanned, so I can share it with you tomorrow. I even went shopping and finally found some rad jeans and shoes to replace the destroyed stuff I’ve been dragging around for months.

I had a conversation with Daz that went something like this:

I walk onto patio and sit down..

Daz – Bro! I’m going to Mozambique. Goin surfin!

T-Bone – (Pause..perplexed look) Ok mate… Well, I guess I’ll see you in Boston bruv…

D – Eh?!

TB – Well, it’ll take a week or so for you to get there, surf and get back, so you’ll prob wanna skip Paris and meet me there..

D – Nah mate, it’s a 45 min train ride away. I asked old mate!

TB – (Pause…perplexed look) You mean Mozambique? The country?

D – Nah, the beach

TB – (…) Well, the country’s on the other side of Africa and a little north… Hang on… You mean Muizenberg Beach?

D – (Pause…perplexed look) Aahh, yeah. That one..


Kid kills me!

Later I heard that the wind had died down and it might be possible to get to the top of Table Mountain. I’d been wanting to have a stab at running up it all week. So I thought, now or never!

It’s about 1000m high. The run from my hostel to the cable car was pretty steep, but only 3kms. I ran there pretty well, wearing my Vibrams, because I knew I’d be up on my toes anyway. I was roasted by the time I got there, but rewarded with some amazing views. I’d been told if I wanted to keep running to the top, then it would take about an hour and a half, but I only had 45 minutes if I was to make the last cable car down.

I ran to Platteklip Gorge, which is supposedly a staircase that takes you to the top on the far side of the Table. When I got there, I was a little concerned to find a string of large rocks, emulating a staircase. I progressed quickly… for about 2 minutes. Then I struggled for a while and tried not to slip on the rocks. I was rapt to have my Vibrams on, because I could step lightly on the boulders and feel the sharp edges before applying all my weight.

I passed a few walkers and each time I thought I was closer to the top, they would tell me I was more than half an hour away. I struggled again for a while. I looked back and I could see some amazing views of Cape Town, so it gave me a thrill and another wind to keep moving. I wanted to get to the top before the sun disappeared.

I pushed up the gorge, grabbing rocks with my hands and pulling as I darted left and right to get the right footing.

Finally, after 1 hour and 20 minutes total running, I found the top and emerged to see the sun setting on the far side.. A thing of beauty people… The oceans below glimmering in the final sunbeams of the day. The peaks of the nearby hills and mountains bright on one side and deep in shadow on the other. The lights of Cape Town were already beginning to flicker a little. I was so enamored by the scene below, I almost forgot that darkness was falling..

I shot a quick vid and skipped along the path to find the cable car station. I figured that even though I’d missed the last cable car, maybe some there could be someone there who could direct me to a softer run down. The last car was late leaving, so the boys there shouted, “It’s your lucky day pal, get on quick!”


They didn’t even make me pay. What a day…. what a day… I ate a braai (bbq) under the Southern Cross.. I love the Southern Cross. Tomorrow I’ll leave and I’ll miss her.

Life is amazing. Lap it up!

By |2010-04-07T18:00:09+00:00April 7th, 2010|RunLikeCrazy|10 Comments

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  1. Fred Olsen April 7, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Wow Rock on Tristan!!

  2. TJ April 7, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I saw that you were wearing Vibram and was wondering if it was comfortable to run in? Would you recommend it? 🙂

  3. BC April 7, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Those shoes crack me up. Looke like your feet are carved from granite or something. The pics take me back to that exact same place a few years ago. Awesome! Love the read.

  4. TBone April 7, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    They’re AWESOME TJ! You can’t wear them all the time, because your legs get tired. But they’re really fun to run about in. Get some… Do it… DO IT!

    Check this out –

  5. brett homewood April 7, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    sounds like a dream fella, hope the video does it justice.

  6. Goldy April 7, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Looking forward to seeing that view in June, the wife and I will be there for the World Cup….view from the top is something I’m looking forward to.

  7. Peakester April 8, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Tremendous post Brother. Tremendous.

  8. T-REX April 8, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Impressive feat running up Table mountain mate! Great effort. The view must have been all the more stunning.


  9. Mike Short April 9, 2010 at 4:19 am


    what a great story. I so wanted to join you – and would have had it not been for my busted arse toes and the fact I was up in Stellenbosch drinking wine with the girls.

    I trust you and Daz have arrived and settled in in Paris by now. Good luck with the weekend’s race. I hope it goes according to plan. Shame we didn’t get to say Ta Ta in Dubai. had no idea we were on different flights into London.

    Judea and I have just arrived back in London to find our bank accounts skimmed and 3 bikes (£2,500 value)stolen off our balcony here whilst we were in Cape Town. Ho Hum!! C’est la vie!!!!

    Catch up soon Dudes. Looking forward to seeing the videos from Cape Town and hearing all the news of your Paris and Boston races.

    Mike and Judes

  10. Mitchel Gamet April 17, 2010 at 6:13 am

    Generally I do not make comments on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so. Really nice post!

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