Monaragala – Kalmunai: Cycling on nice rural roads

Monday 12,February 2018 114 km – Total so far: 1184 km

I started pedaling very early, at 6:10 in the morning. After 8,5km on the main road I took a turn to the left and I cycled on a small secondary road with less traffic and much nicer for cycling.


I passed a lot of rural areas and really poor regions.
At 9 o’clock I was ready to have breakfast. Some crackers and some cheese from yesterday with two nescafes – all my food for today’s ride…

For 35km I cycled on like this, then I reached again the main road. All the signs told me “hey, this is elephant area”, but I was lucky enough not to meet one.
All in all I was cycling fast, and at 3p.m. I already arrived in Kalmunai.
I had planned to find the guesthouse I checked before in the internet, but I couldn’t find it. None of the people around I was asking could help me.

At last I found myself in another guesthouse”Sea Breeze Hotel & Restaurant” with a terrible room. Dirty and full of lizards’ shit. The TV also couldn’t  comfort me, as all the channels were Arab or Islamic teaching.
Mohammed,  the gofer here,  is a friendly guy. He went to get me a beer (of course I told him to get one for himself, too), and when he came back he brought a beer mixed with apple juice and 8,8% alcohol.

Then he offered me some ganga, extasies and what ever. When I refused he asked me if I at least could hide his beer, so that his boss wouldn’t know……
What a city. So ugly and dirty. The whole beach is covered with garbage and plastic stuff. Disgusting. Poor planet.
I showered and finished my beer then I ate here in the restaurant the food was good at least something. I’m happy to leave this place tomorrow!

Going up and down
Going up and down
Very rural
Very rural
Really love it,nobody
Really love it, nobody
Breakfast stop
Breakfast stop
Not nice surface to ride
Not nice surface to ride
Beware of elephants
Beware of elephants
This sign really mean going up
This sign really mean going up

 

Again, hope not see any
Again, hope not see any
Nice place
Nice place
Just monks
Just monks
Water monitor
Water monitor
Crossing a small bridge
Crossing a small bridge
Almost there
Almost there
Arriving
Arriving
Main mosque
Main mosque
No words...
No words…
No words...
No words…
My room
My room
View from my room
View from my room