Kilinochchi to Anuradhapura Lifeday

Club day out

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Amazingly I found a de-luxe roadside ย restaurant complex for breakfast with a lovely mango fruit smoothie.

cyclists with huge tall wood
Backpacking on a pike

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ย “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 ๐Ÿ™ ย 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 ๐Ÿ™

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

The pictures are here

 

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