I declared Sri Lanka a rider’s paradise with a wide variety of riding conditions and roads.
“There are billiard-table smooth asphalt roads that wind through the hills, dramatically tight hairpin turns that drop down a step at the apex, bumpy and gnarly mountain goat tracks and everything in between,” my report said.
Another side of the country
However, we then moved from the south-eastern beaches and mountains to the jungle plains and beaches of the west where the roads are flatter and straighter.
But we still faced many challenging surfaces while scanning the roadsides for jungle animals.
Of course, we also faced and conquered the intense challenges of dealing with hectic traffic in the popular centres.
These sections were actually very exciting, dicing with maverick bus drivers who didn’t seem to want to stop for any traffic.
Horns blaring constantly and rapid overtaking certainly get the blood pumping.
We also passed through three amazing national parks in search of elephants but didn’t see any. Instead, we saw a lot of other wildlife and birdlife.
The only elephants we saw were unexpectedly roadside and somehow that’s even more exciting than seeing them where you expect to see them.
Like the first part of the trip, the food was delicious, the people overtly friendly and the accommodation top quality.
Extreme Bike Tours runs a professional set-up, they own and maintain all the bikes rather than hiring them and the three owners live in the country.
Two are British expats and the third is Sri Lankan, so they are experienced local guides who know the best and most interesting routes, sights, restaurants and hotels.