Old Thomas River – the station that goes nowhere
On the surface at least Old Thomas River is pretty bloody boring. Yes it’s beautiful, and yes it gets rave reviews. But at first glance you got to wonder; why?
There are sheds full of old cars and bits of engine lying around. Not to sound insensitive, but I really don’t care what the flywheel from a 1964 Studebaker looks like? I am also told that the area is a haven for mountain bikers, and thats great… if you own a bicycle. And as for walking… Well who has time for that?
Driving around you see nothing but empty farm lands and the occasion malnourished sheep. There is probably more to see but you don’t since you spend every second making sure you don’t loose a tyres in a pothole.
I may even go so far as to say I often wonder why I ever go to old Thomas River?
But then there are the people. A special bunch who you don’t see much of during the day, probably because they out toiling the land. But visit the Station Pub on a Friday night and be prepared for a savage onslaught on your liver.
What I thought was going to be a quiet dinner at a country restaurant turned into one of the most wayward evenings I have ever had the good fortune of being apart of. By the time my liver could cope no more, the men were urinating off the roof while my Dad was in the street blatantly insulting the Afrikaaners for their inability to give directions.
We left that evening with tears in our eyes from all the laughter and thankfully only had to stumble across the road and into bed at the Station Masters House.
Old Thomas River may be the station going nowhere, but the reality is that you really need not go anywhere at all to enjoy it.
- We stayed in the Station Masters House.
- We ate lunch in the pub.
- We took afternoon drinks in the pub.
- We ate dinner in the Pub.
- If you feeling energetic take your bike along
P.S. Check out https://www.oldthomasriver.co.za/ for some actual information.