Almost too intrepid: Cycling Gulimaras

When your first encounter of the day is a leather clad man who casually throws out that he’s killed a man, it makes you wonder whether you should really be taking a trip to a remote island to cycle on your own. Yes, that and the fact I’d watched a nasty documentary that morning on […]

Operation Cycle Lanka: Days 10 – 14 – A Lucky Star and Bianca’s final journey…

We’ve all heard the phrase killing with kindness. Well, on awaking in Ella at my-o-so cute guesthouse the appropriate term was killing with breakfast. My hosts, a lovely family running fledgling Lucky Star really had gone all out preparing enough food to feed me for the whole day. Unfortunately I’ve never been one to leave […]

Operation Cycle Lanka: Days 4-6 – Buddhas, drop snakes and the most indecent thing I’ve ever seen…

Habanara – Giritale 38km Mean Dog Count: 1 Docile Dog Count: 57 Following on from ‘Dog Gate’ I was a little apprehensive on leaving Habanara for the 38km to Giritale, just outside of Polonnaruwa. Setting off at 8am (and not before) to avoid the wild elephants which I had been warned were “Very fast! Very […]

Operation Cycle Lanka – Day 1-3: Downpours, Respectable Pants and Woeful Map Reading

I set off on Monday morning all excited with my Disney panniers in tow. I’ve never been one for packing light so having all my worldly belongings for a few weeks in two small children’s satchels was in itself a small victory. The train ride to Anuradhapura was a pleasant one and I hung out […]

Girls Gone East

Following on from a lonely couple of days in Jodhpur where I befriended a man selling ribbon for interaction that went beyond; ‘which country, what is your good name and are you married’ I was very much looking forward to my friend Karens arrival; for a two whole weeks! Patois I had started to develop […]