Cape Town, South Africa’s Chapman’s Peak Drive is both a marvel of engineering and a breathtaking stretch of coastline.
As the conversation turned to traffic and the best route back to our hotel, I zoned out, rescuing the last slice of pizza and watching the afternoon sun turn everything silvery. A cold gust blew off the South Atlantic and I shivered. Winter afternoons in the Western Cape had a metallic quality: cold but bright, like polished steel.
“Chapman’s Peak Drive is a nice way back into Cape Town,” I heard Cole say in passing.
That sounded fine, so we paid up, said our goodbyes and told Google to take us that way – unaware that we were about to embark on the most scenic drive of our lives.
The chain, founded in 2015 by Andrew Richmond and Amin Todai, has 20 locations, mainly clustered in the Greater Toronto Area, and is known for its decadent frozen desserts. It has recently expanded into the U.S. and plans more locations south of the border, which has raised the ire of Christians.
“Choosing the name of our Lord for a brand of soft-serve ice cream is totally offensive and revolting,” reads one petition on CitizenGo.org, an activist group that describes itself as being in favour of “life, family, and liberty.”
Ultra-endurance bicycle racer Lael Wilcox puts more miles on her bike every year than most people do on their cars. Here’s how she trains for and rides some of the toughest races on earth.
As the last few clouds disappeared, the perfectly visible towers pierced the bright blue sky like a Gaudí masterpiece. I settled on a boulder by the lake with Sarah, a prison guard from Northumberland, England. “I’d never done any kind of adventure before this,” she said.
“I think the only real thing that was holding me back was me. The women on this trip always pull together and never make me feel like someone is better at something. I’m more confident now and want to experience much more of the world. I know there’s no limit to what I can do.”
At 76 years old, Dag Aabye is a living legend. Existing entirely off-the-grid in the mountains near Vernon, British Columbia, and without the trappings of modern day society. He has no cell phone or email address. Yet he is closer to freedom than most could ever imagine. If that isn’t enough, Dag dedicates his life to living out his greatest passion, training for a 125km Ultra-Marathon aptly named the “death race, for which he holds the record for the oldest person to ever complete the race.
“Never die easy,” Aabye says. “To me, there is no age. Age is something other people put on you. You put a person in an old folk’s home, and this person’s gonna die pretty quick because you tell them, ‘You’re old now—you’re ready to go.’”
The North Face: James Pearson, Cedar Wright, and Yuji Hirayama travel to climb the world’s tallest sea cliff, Cape Enniberg on Faroe Island.
Guillaume Rey claims his employer at the Milestones Resturaunt in Vancouver, British Columbia misinterpreted his “direct, honest and professional” French personality when they fired him for his “aggressive tone and nature.”
He filed a complaint at the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal claiming he was fired for being French, claiming it’s a culture that “tends to be more direct and expressive.”