Day 3 cycling: PUTTALAM to ANURADHAPURA
Ride details (from Garmin):
Distance: 66.45km; ODOMETER: 169.3km; Moving Time: 3:26; Elapsed Time: 4:16; Avg Speed: 15.6km/hr; Avg Moving Speed: 19.3km/hr; Max Speed: 42.7km.hr; Total Ascent: 343m; Total Descent: 247m; Max Elevation: 116m; Calories: 2,413 C; Avg Temperature: 36.1 °C; Max Temperature: 41.0 °C
The road today was undulating, often around 2 - 3% but in one spot hit 8%. Road surface was excellent with a shoulder delineated by a white line all the way, and there was relatively little traffic (?Sunday). Because of this, I was happy to stick to the A12, in defiance of my Garmin which kept on trying to reroute me along a secondary highway. It was hot - in the mid 30's - which was a struggle to adjust to after the Melbourne winter. I reckon I must have drunk about a gallon of various fluids - water, Fanta, Sprite, etc - and felt buggered by the time I arrived here in the early afternoon. I elected to stay at the Milano Tourist Rest, as recommended in the guide book. Not especially cheap at 3500 a night but with AC and hot water, I'm pretty happy (and I really couldn't be fagged - can I use that word? - looking elsewhere). The place seems completely devoid of other guests - it certainly isn't tourist season at present - although they've assured me that they're booked out! I find this hard to believe. It was just great to have a drink & some food - I had the impulse to order a vanilla milkshake and it was the iciest, most divine milkshake I can ever recall having. I followed this with a so-called Sri Lanka omelette (as opposed to cheese, Spanish...etc) which was very tasty. I'm resting on my bed at present - part of me is thinking I ought to go for a walk and be a tourist & another part is thinking "rest". It has been a long, hot day. I also have a bit of washing to do, and after a major bit of negotiating at the front desk, managed to get hold of a bucket (perhaps they're an uncommon item here but it took a lot of discussion before they quite understood what I wanted).