Cool Runnings

Have you ever had the urge to find the "Speed Freak" inside of you?

Cool Runnings, located in the hills of Tygervalley in Cape Town, is where we found our inner speed freaks.

The mandatory Rules & Regulations
Four young(ish) lads decided to wake their creaky bones by speeding down a hill on a piece of plastic with four wheels and the mightiest excuse of a handbrake. Your lower sitting self is surrounded by a half tube of shiny stainless steel, woven together by meticulous craftsmanship... and OMG, is it just such a rush.

4 young(ish) lads
Climbing onto the toboggan, I felt giddy, like a teenager getting behind the wheel of a car for the first time, I knew it was going to be fun, but I had no idea what to expect. Once seated and relatively comfortable (comfort is not really the name of this game), the toboggan began its steady climb to the top of the hill via a simple pulley system. The ride up is pleasant, until the last fifty metres where the lazy hill suddenly says hi to muscles you forgot you had in your lower back. As the incline becomes rather steep, giving you a small sense of what is to come, you round the bend at the top and come to rest in the fast-moving queue.

The lazy ride up
You control your speed, and according to the marshals around the track, you can reach speeds of up to 50 km/h. My first run was probably at about 20 km/h, as I was feeling my way down, learning when to apply said handbrake and when and how to lean into each corner. From then on, I was on a mission to push the limits of my speed, challenging myself to take corners faster all the while trying to stay on the toboggan - this was a minor challenge in itself. 

In between runs, they offer a fully licensed bar. Unfortunately for me, due to my Sobriety (three and a half years now) I got stuck with the blue slush puppy. It was a bit sweet for my liking, but at least I didn't have to apply any more make-up for the rest of the day, as my blue lips were just enough.

Cool Runnings is Family orientated and kids much younger (oh to be younger again....) were zooming down the tube faster than the old boys.

I would highly suggest taking the trip to the other side of the *Boerewors curtain and go find your inner Speed Freak! It's something I will definitely be doing again (and again and.......).

This is me...... and this is my story. :)

*Boerewors curtain (a slang term of how people living in the Southern suburbs describe the Northern suburbs of Cape Town), Boerewors is a traditional South African sausage.

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