Zip em Down

(C) 2014 Edward C Lunnon
8 years 2 months ill …
Physical: Deuce / Mental: Advantage Ed


A few weeks ago, I spent time with Terri and Chris Pickels at Chrislyn and Crisscross Adventures in Addo. We canoed, birdwatched, quad-biked and braaied.

This last Sunday, I returned to Addo to spend time with the Tayler-Smiths. Matthew is on holiday, out from Florida and the “boats” of the romantic seas of the world!

Two years ago ,just before he headed off to the boats, we had sat on the banks of the Sundays River on their farm Happy Lands (just upstream from the Pickel’s place) and he had told me of their vision for an adventure area. We had got quite excited but it was difficult to imagine then what was envisaged – especially looking at all the bushland, reeds and rocks.

But, in Matt’s absence, his brother Ryan has proceeded with the hard work and, in September, Addo Adrenalin opened to the public. I was there to try out the zip line!

They gave me all the stats in the rundown to the trip, but I guess i was a little tense and don’t remember too much!

The trip across the river on the pont and the walk up the rather steep cliff of the banks of the Sundays was quite tiring for me. But I made it!

Then up the tower to witness the most magnificent view of the Sundays River Valley – known locally as The Valley!

Then the final attachments of the ropes and the harness and the pulleys, a deep breath and I was gone!

A step from the platform into the void, and then I zipped down, some 500m across the river and into the landing area on the other side!

Another rush of Addo Adrenalin …

We (almost the entire Tayler-Smith compliment, spouses and grandchildren) sat on the stoep of Happy Lands and what a happy afternoon. Lunch and the chit chat passed far too quickly and too soon it was time to go back to Port Elizabeth.

So, once again, thanks for Addo and Sunlands hospitality.

And, to the readers, if you are looking for Adventure – head north out of Port Elizabeth for 40 minutes to Addo (even if it’s raining in PE as it was on Sunday – the sun was shining in The Valley!).

Go zip it down …

There, in amongst the Citrus orchards of the Eastern Cape, you will find the sunshine of the folks of the Valley, and Crisscross Adventures and Adrenalin Addo. Try it out for yourself and be pleasantly surprised.



The Week that was …5 November 2014

(c) 2014 Edward C. Lunnon

8 years 1 month ill …
Physical: Deuce / Mental: Adv Ed

* The Herald reports on 22 October that “A paralyzed man can walk again after revolutionary treatment hailed as a breakthrough”.

Nerve cells were transplanted from Darek Fidyaka’s nose into his severed spinal column. (in Poland). He was paralyzed from the chest down but can now walk again.

* I start taking Coconut Oil in my coffee. The oil is highly recommended for people with neurological illnesses. Let’s see what happens. I’m also now taking ten carbolev (generic tablets at least, thanks to GEMS) tablets a day. Let’s hope for good results!

* Rob Stear is laid to rest. RIP. And then Monday we hear that Richard Stretch had passed away, and last night further bad news of how The Big C has encroached into our friends and family circle. I am devastated and our prayers and thoughts are with all concerned.

* Three of our national sportsmen/woman pass away in tragic circumstances.

* Tinus Linee ex Springbok and WP rugby player and MND patient passes away in Paarl

* We attend Grey Staff Soiree now in its 26th year

* I do the zip line at Adrenalin Addo on Happy Lands farm and spend the day with the Tayler-Smiths

* David Maynier, ex pupil and now shadow minister of Defence in the SA Parliamen, came to visit and we had a beer at Something Good


Spring has Sprung

8 years ill with CBD …
Physical: Deuce / Mental: Adv Ed

The week that was:

Ice buckets and Kings
Reunion and Arrangements
Scarce Resources and Donations
Hospitals and Aurora
Health and Ill-Health
Boats and Birds and Bikes
Oranges and Lemons
Addo and Ado
MNDA and Friends of MNDA
Zip lines and Zebras
Winter and Spring


Wild Week

7 years 10 months on …

Mental: Advantage ED / Physical: Deuce

  • Picking up the pieces of missing student friends
  • Aurora Hospital Visit
  • Malyasian Airlines Flight MH17
  • Gretel and Wiillem arrive via Prince Albert and Baviaanskloof
  • Depart for Somerset East to Eastern Cape Safaris and the Abrahamsons
  • Kom ons braai
  • Biltong Festival
  • Game Drive
  • Ons braai alweer
  • Return to PE via Pearston, Camdeboo, Jansenville
  • Off to Addo
  • Zip line
  • Hospice AGM

These are the bones – the flesh to follow!