Next stop Sri Lanka

Trip Start Jun 25, 2013
Trip End Dec 25, 2013

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Flag of India  , Tamil Nadu,
Friday, October 11, 2013

Well it would be if I had a boat!

I was initially thinking that on the way down I could maybe try and pop over to Sri Lanka whilst I'm down this way but the practicalities made that little 'plan' fail before my second beer. My visa might possibly have been a problem as might trying to take my bike there. Maybe that's one for the future and having spoken with Vanessa about it I really think that could well be a future riding destination. As I won't be making it though I thought I'd see how close I could get.

Lou Reed's perfect day was being sung inside my helmet today - what a top ride on some smooth and fairly quiet coastal roads.

Having overslept yesterday I decided to give myself a day off (not that I deserved it) and goofed around, drank some of the best roadside chai I've ever had and generally watched the world go by.

One of my biggest pleasures is to sit down and watch people - that might appear nosy but sometimes we absorb so much more if we just stop and take things in. Somebody asked me recently what travelling meant to me and was surprised by my answer. Time to file my nails, I replied. This is a 100% true - when home or busy it's a clip clip then ping with the cutters but on the road I sit down and file. No distractions just filing my nails for as long as it takes. Having time is such a special thing and I truly am grateful for the way I am able to live my life.

My alarm went off at 7 and after a disgraceful amount of snoozing I made it down for breakfast at about 8 ish. A pure veg restaurant affair but toast butter jam - and marmite obviously -washed down by some nice coffee and all good. My plan was to leave at 9 but I got talking to two Australian ladies and so it didn't happen. I hope they managed to catch their train ok and our paths may again cross in Kerala. Nice people and hopefully more followers to this blog. 

I used an app on this tablet thingy and from the comfort of the hotel had a route of such in my mind. Wow! What a toptastic days riding I've had. Smooth coastal tarmac and a cooling sea breeze for most of the day. Out in the Bay of Bengal there's a huge cyclone building called Phailin and it should hit land tomorrow. From the looks of it it should be more of an issue in the north east but the weather has clearly changed. There were some stormy looking clouds today and a few spots of rain but nothing major to report. I am quite glad I've managed to get down here as this would be my 3rd memorable storm and that might not be lucky. Hurricane icke in 2008 and one in Kagoshima Japan last year.

The impulse has been ticking along nicely and given the smooth tarmac I opened the throttle a bit more than usual today. Now it's clearly not the fastest bike in the world but even so will make a 100kmph. This target was achieved today and by pure coincidence I noticed the trip meter reading 66.6 almost at the same time. That's unlucky I laughed to myself before looking up and seeing the policeman walk out into the road. Bugger!

Their patrol car was parked under the shade of a tree and I guess I was just too easy a target. Bloody police - the same the world over   ;-)

So I got stopped and as usual the policeman spoke good English (this always happens to me) so I conversed in my schoolboy German (not for the first time) before I was dismissed with a lot of finger pointing.

Chegwyn's traveller tip - play dumb (easier for some than others) and try and blag it. My get out of jail free card  worked perfectly and I rode off briskly having -in the Queens English - thanked them and wished them a pleasant afternoon. One day this will bite me but it does make me smile.

I managed to crack on quite well today and was surprised at how far I had travelled. The route down the East Coast Bay of Bengal has followed the Coramandel Coastline when able but is not like the Pacific Coast Highway.  It's been tough going but now I'm at the Gulf of Mannar I'm starting to realise how much closer I am to Kanniyakumari.

I would think - weather dependent - that I'll reach there on Sunday evening or Monday if all remains good.

Whilst I'm excited about this I'm also a little sad - in my mind I'll then be heading back towards Delhi but there's still quite a long way to go and a few more adventures I'm sure.

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Kim on

Too bad you are not going to Sri Lanka. The best part is the elephant orphanage. Next time.

Good luck avoiding the cyclone!

nicholas john smith on

keep it up all the best on the way up!!!!!!!!

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