Mirissa to Colombo – We’ve Come Full Circle
Or I guess more of a half circle, but we did cycle our way around the entire south of the island. After seven cycling days in a row (which may not seem like much to the serious cyclists, but I certainly felt it by the end), we are back at our cozy hotel in south Colombo, enjoying fast internet, air-conditioning, and relatively mosquito-free nights.
Our last three days of riding were fairly short – only around 50 km (30 miles) each: Mirissa –> Hikkaduwa –> Bentota –> Colombo. After the exhaustion and hills of the prior riding days, we enjoyed reaching our hotels early and spending afternoons on the beach.
Hikkaduwa in particular was a lovely surprise – we visited it briefly during our first few days in the country and I was not favorably impressed, but on stop-off this time it was my favorite beach town that we visited. It felt very much like a real town, without cramping all the tourist spots into a small area like they are in Mirissa.
Our list of to-dos for Colombo has been fairly modest – finish the Indian visa process, re-stock on a few big city toiletries, and eat more crab curry. All of the crab curry.
Any calories that I have burned riding have certainly been compensated for by the two giant crab curry lunches we had at Yarl Hotel – an amazing hole in the wall in the Wellawatte neighborhood of Colombo. It is, hands down, the best food we’ve had in Sri Lanka. I am trying to figure out if we can sneak in one more stop before we head to the airport tomorrow…