Daytripping in the High Country

Day 7 – 02APR2014: (Daytrip) Ella -> Haputale -> Welimada -> Bandarawela -> Ella

Distance: 79 km
Time on bike: 4h 7m
Avg. speed : 19.1 km/h
Total (km) : 535
Metres up: 1.525
Metres down: 1.525
Altitude: 1.030 m

Words cannot describe the splendor of the impromptu daytrip in the high country ride around Ella. So here goes a visual rundown of the day.

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Bandarawela main drag.

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Tea plantation workers (mostly Tamil) near Haputale.

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Tea factory, Haputale.

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Lunch time snack in Haputale. Altitude is 1.431. Views from town are great.

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Great cycling on paved backroads through the tea plantations.

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Haystack Hair Woman

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See them monkeys?

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Monkeys with lipstick and mascara…

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Sri Lankan colors.

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Cricket is huge in Sri Lanka (here: Bandarawela).

A few days later, on my birthday, April 6th, the national cricket team actually won the T20 World Cup. Congrats!

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Ella downtown.

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Power failure happened again tonight in Ella. There’s something soothing about these blackouts leaving towns totally blind. Maybe it’s just because it’s different. Because it doesn’t happen at home.

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Whoa! What a day! (I did actually try to describe the splendor of the day)…

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Tune of the Day: Bill Callahan – The Breeze

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