hi all. left Kurunugalle this morn and the madonna guesthouse at 2000rp’s wasn’t clean or cheap. Set off and rode to dumballa. What a nightmare, its very frightening as the buses rule the road and come within inches blasting thier horns. if they overtake heading towards you then you must steer off road in the gutter or be deceased, its that simple.
Stayed at Dumbala for 3 nights and visited sigiriya rock and the temple caves. our accomodation was at the Healey tourist Inn 1300rp’s per night. very friendly family who run this.
yesterday 29.12.2010 set off for polonnaruwa. Had my rack, for carrying my bag, repaired at a roadside shack as the support bracket snapped. He made a new strong one and fit it for 50p. Also the cycling has been much more enjoyable. Since the right turn at Habarana crossroads its been quieter roads and even a shoulder to ride on. We passed through Minnerviya national park and saw mongoose, elephant, and monitor lizards on way along with lots of different spieces of birds including eagles. Lots of military camps along this route heading eastwards. we are staying at the samudra guest house 1300rp’s in polonnaruwa. very clean and located just before roundabout in town on the right down a narrow alley. Its monsoon rain here today and looks like its set in for the day so maybe another night here. We met the owner of the devi tourist guesthouse in town and decided to go for a drink there, Wow very nice clean place and without doubt the best place here to stay. I forgot his name but speaks very good English both him and his wife. Also cheapest beer we had yet and great food. Wish we’d have come here 1st now lol.