Excellent trip report. You did a really good job of conveying the "feel" of the trail for those thinking of doing it; which I find useful.
I live pretty close and am still not sure how much I really want to do it. One day. It's another beach walk, and although I have no real comparison never having done the WCT, on the other side of the country in St. John's Newfoundland is The East Coast Trail .
I'd imagine it's similiar in that it's a coastal walk, and a well managed trail, but drier with more views of the ocean. The downside is there is some road walking, but the communities are pretty cool.
I only did a quarter of it because my friend and I went out the day after the worst hurricane they had in 50 years (Igor), but it was excellent. My ECT Trip Report from Sept. 2010.
Varied terrain, not too difficult, 250+km, and completely accessible from St. John's (the capital, well worth a visit in itself). Logistics are very very easy, no need to rent a car or deal with transportation hassles for out of towners. Perfect for solo hiking.
Cab from airport to trailhead $20-40. Taxi from end of trail to airport $80-100.
Just food for thought.
Thanks for the TR.