Around Trinco

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Our view before cycling, a monsoon.

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Hope it doesn’t happen again, they are not ready.

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Protected species, wandering around the fish markets.

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Different jubilee. Different Queen. Faded now.

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Evening stroll

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Too much for one person? No.

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Our group. L to R, Ganesh, Bill, Janice, Paul, Suranga, Linda, Paul, Marcus. 27/11/2015.

Still hot but wetter.  Beaches beautiful with light touch tourism.  Trinco harbour escaped the Tsunami due to its deep waters, not so the surrounding areas where 35,000 people lost their lives.  So much history here with invasions by the Dutch, Portuguese, Indians, British and a few skirmishes with Burma and yet the Sri Lankans remain friendly.

Last day with the group.  Back to Colombo tomorrow and the start of our 2 week unguided adventure.  A little disconcerting.

To Trincomalee, Thanksgiving.

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Leaving our great hotel,Giman Free Resort. Rural, lovely food and great rooms. Huge bathroom. Friendly folk.

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Fuel for the cookers. No diesel needed

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Maybe the reason we were the only ones in the hotel? Not passable by anything other than 4×4. Or feet.

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Girls and boys wear very smart uniforms, and take their education seriously. Happy the country is at peace. At last.

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Most of the ladies are very elegant and shade themselves as much as possible. Hindu, Muslim, Christians and Buddhists live side by side.

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Lunch. Tasty and better than it looks.

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Its customary to use any loo when passing. Just knock on the door and ask (Linda would feel happier using a bush. Except for the snakes.) The picture does not include the smell.

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Drying fish. Again, the smell…

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Fish retail outlet. Again, the smell.

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Cows add something on the beach

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End of day beer. 100k!

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Our 100k route. East coast Sri Lanka.

Later than anticipated start to our 100km cycle after a full curry meal served together with omlettes and fresh fruit.  Already high 20’s getting on the bikes.  We have been so well looked after by Marcus, Suranga and Ganesh, who anticipate our every need with refreshment stops.  How will we cope next week on our own?

Head wind all the way up the coast but wonderful views of the lagoons and the plains (still trying to spot a rogue elephant).  The thought of a chilled beer at the end keeps us going.  Now for that beer.

 

 

 

 

 

To Pasikuda Bay, Wed 25th Nov

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Hotel, Polonnaruwa.

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Rs is 200/£. ie red rice 30p/kg. Great shop.

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Our transport to bird island. 8 am.

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Egret flying peacefully. In fact may be jolly hungry.

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Cormorant and crow. On the nest, and the crow wants his breakfast egg.

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Ibis, landing. Noisy birds.

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Hard to believe this reservoir will drain completely in the dry season, every year.

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King coconut, natural electrolytes. Marcus chops the tops off with his machete.

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And we think we’re carrying a full load.

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Lunch in Pasikuda, a muslim town. Lucky to get any food as full moon bank holiday. Cling film on plates saves washing.

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Chefs preparations.

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Overlooking Bay of Bengal. Just recovering from the Tsunami.

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Spot the pro cycling tan lines.

Marcus arranged a trip to bird island on the reservoir.  Huge numbers of nesting birds, including egrets, ibis, various herons, cormorants and storks.  Felt guilty stepping onto the island as it disturbed the birds.  However, they quickly settled.

Then to the bikes and a flat ride heading east into a head wind, average 30c temp.  The area is getting drier with lots of cacti and skinny cows and goats.

Needed a lift in a truck down to the hotel as the road was too rutted for Marcus’ van.  USA Paul was nearly sent flying out the back.

Hotel seems best so far, on the beach with no-one else around.