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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby Digger » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:08 pm

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The entire east coast of Sri Lanka (and parts of its south and west coast) were affected by the Tsunami of 2004. This monument is in memory of those who died around ‘Dutch Bar’ in Batticaloa.


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The remaining three sides of the monument had the names of those who perished, many from the same family. Mostly the young and the aged. Most everything is written in three languages in Sri Lanka....Shianese, Tamal and English.


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This monument had a photo of a mother and her two children who perished with their home in the background.
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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby Digger » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:30 pm

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Two nights before I left there was a local street procession celebrating Christianity with lots of chanting, blessings and praying. Not sure if it was a ‘village thing’ or some other notable date on the calendar. This was Saturday 10th Feb.


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The main beach at Batticaloa, Kallidy Beach. It was clean and reasonably well presented but nobody swims there because of the dangerous rips and currents. Even the local Kids would play on the streets rather then be at the beach.


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I didn’t allow enough time to cross the country again without putting myself under pressure so decided to catch the night train to Colombo. Not all trains will allow the bike so my options were limited. No sleeper cabs or first class available so I had to settle for second class. Train departed Batticaloa at 5.20pm and arrives at Colombo at 4.00am. Horrible journey...simply horrible.


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The train arrived on time and the Station cleared quickly of passengers. I was able to collect my bike straight away (one employee said I would have to wait until 7am when the Parcel Office opened) and I was clear of the station within 10 minutes. Rode for an hour to clear the city (no traffic, bonus) and had my breakfast (muesli) while waiting for the sun to rise before continuing on.

I am now inching my way northward to be closer to the airport and will fly out on Saturday 17th Feb. that will give me a couple of weeks in Perth before departing for GS Safari held in Australian High Country. Have I ever mentioned there is ‘so much to do, so little time’.

Distance cycled to date - 1,562km.

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Re: New Year's Resolution

Postby theape » Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:56 pm

Digger, big THANKS for all the time you take to post up your journeys including this mighty effort.
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