Burning Tyres and an Oil Spill… My Life 04 OCT 2010

The scenic drive through to Muizenberg from Gordon’s Bay, Baden-Powell Drive (or the coastal road for those of you who prefer that title), turned out not to be particularly friendly to me last Friday, forcing me to travel both to AND from work in Westlake via the N2 on the day – and for two completely different reasons at that!

Friday morning started out pretty much as per usual, with me getting up at 05:30, getting dressed, grabbing a bite to eat and packing my bags, before leaving out the door just after 06:00. Happily travelling along the N2, I took the Baden Powell off-ramp and road slap bang into the tail of the beginning of a queue of cars, curiously held up by a row of flashing blue lights. As I edged forward I could make out that the road was pretty much blocked off and that there was a considerably larger stream of cars coming back towards the N2 than what there normally is so early on in the morning.

And for a change I caught the hint early, did a three-point turn and blasted back down towards the N2, taking the long way into work. Only later did I discover the reason for my beloved scenic route’s closure – turns out that I wasn’t the only active one so early in the morning. The locals of the nearby squatter camp had decided that the early weather was perfect for a good old protest, and so out came the tyres, petrol and matches.


As for being diverted the long way around on the way back from work, as I excitedly ran away from the office at the end of the day, hopped into my car parked at the gym and gunned it down towards Muizenburg, my ears picked up on a particular bulletin point presented in the 5FM traffic report. Baden-Powell was closed due to a truck losing its load which resulted in an oil spill blocking the way.


So another u-turn and back into the traffic as I returned to home via the long N2 road, complete with Friday afternoon traffic (which I must point out seems to be a lot better these day thanks to all the completed roadworks!)

Really. Twice in one day? What did I ever do to you Mr. Baden-Powell drive?

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South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.