Back to the sea

Trip Start Feb 25, 2010
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Trip End Mar 13, 2010


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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The tour notes refer to today as “an epic 110km ride” to Galle. Another 6am wake up and we are on the road again by 7am. We had a large breakfast that included a plate of what I think were Spam fritters. None of us had the nerve to try. You can take all this foreign food nonsense too far. We start off riding on gravel roads beside tranquil canals and spot a kingfisher and a couple of monitor lizards. After about 15km, we start to climb again but a bit more gently than on previous days. We are keen to make good time before the day heats up and do about 50km in the first 2.5 hrs. The roads vary between smooth to extremely potholed where we have to weave from one side to another looking for a flat surface and we have an undulating ride. We have a couple of stops for cool drinks in small towns, one accompanied by Madeira cake. The programme had included a stop for lunch at a scenic restaurant but we couldn’t face the prospect of another curry and rice lunch with the heat of the day building and more km ahead. Instead we press on and enjoy a picnic in a field with curried pastries and fruit: papaya, pineapple and banana.

As we pass through larger villages, Janice gets catcalls from groups of men if she cycles on her own. It desn't seem to happen if I cycle beside her. This is the first day that this has been an issue. She has been careful to dress as conservatively as possible given that she is cycling. By contrast, village women, paricularly tea pickers would interact with her far more if she alone, sometimes clapping, cheering and waving.

After another 15km in tar-melting heat we are all struggling and are grateful when Sampath pulls us in before a main road. We are driven for 20min to our hotel, the very smart Galle Lighthouse. It is right on the coast about 3km from Galle itself and there is a background noise of crashing waves everywhere. Our room is the most luxurious yet. We have a very pleasant relaxing afternoon reading our books, revelling in inactivity. Meal in the hotel 4 courses including soup.

107km today, 621km so far. Rest day tomorrow followed by short ride on Friday.
Slideshow Report as Spam

Comments

Pete Woollcott on

We must go out for a ruby when you get back ... I expect you`ll enjoy that ..x

E.Burnett on

My favourite tale so far. Well done both Love Mum/Elizabeth

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