Negombo-Chilaw: Finally on the road

Thursday December 26, 2013, 58 km (36 miles) – Total so far: 76 km (47 miles)

After a nice sri lankan breakfast in our garden we set off for the road. Surely this lovely breakfast had provided us with a lot of energy, for we had some fresh woodapple-juice (a fruit of the jungle, never heard of it before, but tastes good) and some sri lankan bakery.

The bakery was still warm and it looked a little bit pale but tasted awesome. It was steamed rice noodles with a mixture of coconut and honey inside-really wonderful.
So we took our time before we finally said good-bye to this lovely place with its friendly people.
The first stretch on the main road we had to get used to the traffic and to go on the left side.

The road was busy and soon we decided to take some secondary road which turned out to be a good choice. Very calm, almost no traffic, instead a lot of “hellos” shouting from everywhere we passed by. Especially the children could hardly stop waving at us and I sometimes put my red nose on to make them laugh. They almost
pissed themselves laughing then and their giggling followed us for the next meters.

Our Orientation was the train lane which we followed as there are no road signs at all as soon as you leave the main road. Sometimes a driver of the typical small motorbikes they have here went some kms beside us trying to practice his english knowledge (Which is normally less than basic and ends after a few sentences “Where you come from/where you going/ You children/Name/Bye bye” that`s it)

Sometimes we got lost a little bit, made it back to main road and back again on the secondary road and so on until we arrived at our destination Chilaw.
There isn´t really to see a lot in Chilaw but it makes a good stop on the way to the north. The first guesthouse we saw didn´t seemed to be so inviting, all looked pretty run down, so we decided to stop at the “Chilaw hotel” close to the sea. The room wasn`t worth the price either, but they had a reasonable restaurant where we could have dinner (rice and – yes – curry). For one night it was o.k. for us.

Rice noodles filles with coconut and honey
Rice noodles filles with coconut and honey
Road to Chilaw
Road to Chilaw
Getting closer
Getting closer
Buddha beside the road
Buddha beside the road
Short brake
Short brake
Passing small villages
Passing small villages
Rice fields
Rice fields
Concurrents?
Concurrents?
Hindu temple
Hindu temple

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