Once again I left early without breakfast, it seems so much better than wasting time in the coolest part of the day. Amazing to see all the school girls dressed in pure white dresses from infants to seniors. Must be a nightmare for washing.
Once out of town the road wasn’t busy except for the usual nutters driving the buses. Pedestrians are another problem, they just wander across the road without looking then sweetly smile when you 🙂 I also had a couple of dog attacks today, two were beginners and came side on – a good yell sent them away. The more experienced came up from behind 🙁 but my long metal pump did the trick there 🙂
No nice posh eateries out this way but one shack was selling something like spicy scotch eggs but without the meat, quite yummy. Other ones had melon and coconuts etc so lots of fresh stuff today. My microbiome is doing well 🙂
Another thing which I’ve discovered is the joy of listening to podcasts such as the Food Programme, On our line etc etc. Really interesting and they play well on my JBL Clip 2 , unless the loud buses & trucks are passing 🙁
I was getting a bit tired and thee road very busy at the end. Amazing how 99% of traffic is generated in the city. It only seems to need a small amount of headwind to slow me down.
I turned of the busy road asap and stopped right outside Orr’s Hill Guest House, they had a room for 3,500 so here I am. A friendly helpful place, they cooked a great meal tonight and even went into town to buy a couple of beers for me 🙂
After a nap I took myself of to Fredericks Fort, a bit disappointing but a good ride with some 25% hills 🙂 The whole town is a garrison with barracks everywhere.
This place was a first for me. The guy on reception bought a cup of tea to my room OK it was totally disgusting but its the thought that counts 🙂
I made a very early start at before 7am by dispensing with breakfast and hitting the road before peak sun. I was pretty certain food would be easily available en-route. It was a busy fast road with mainly a painted cycle lane so I bombed along 🙂 using the draught from the buses as power. I even saw a peloton going the other way – with a land rover as a safety vehicle! Maybe SWNC should get one 🙂
Amazingly I found a de-luxe roadside restaurant complex for breakfast with a lovely mango fruit smoothie.
I continued on at speed until I saw these two guys carrying unbelievably high loads of firewood on their old bikes. Totally amazing and they made it seem so stable even with trucks passing them 🙂
The stretch between Medawachchiya and Rambewa was particularly bad with very heavy traffic and the road narrowed due to the edge breaking away reducing the width. Scary in the extreme.
I arrived in Anurradhapura OK and found The Senowin Holiday Resort, once again Resort is in the phase “last resort” rather in any positive sense. She insisted that AC would double the price as the booking.com was for a non AC room 🙁 I agreed. Then I found the WiFi was rubbish.
My Marco Polo guide said I should see the Mirisawatiya Stupa constructed in 200BC (what where we building in the UK then?) so off I pedalled around the complex until a policeman asked me for my ticket, I shrugged my shoulders and he escorted me away. Just wasn’t worth paying $25 30 minutes before sunset 🙁
Trying to get a meal in the evening was hard I could only find one restaurant open. Weird in a tourist mecca like this.
A pretty impressive day with Strava saying I did over 84 miles at nearly 13mph 🙂