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By N. Parameshwaran


A 60 year old man from Deniyaya in the Matara district has ridden a bicycle all the way to Jaffna on a sight seeing tour and is to return to his home town today on the same bicycle.

Malawarachige Ratnapala, speaking to Daily Mirror online, said that he arrived in Jaffna last week after cycling from Matara for eight days and making overnight stopovers at police stations and army camps on the way.

“During the war I never got to see Jaffna so with peace finally here I had to see the area and I felt the best way to do that would be to ride my push-cycle all the way to Jaffna. The police and army camps on the way gave me accommodation and I'm so grateful to that,” Ratnapala told Daily Mirror online.

Ratnapala said that his family opposed the idea of him heading to Jaffna on a bicycle but nevertheless he went ahead with his trip and is now a happy man. (Daily Mirror online)


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  • lanka007 Sunday, 29 August 2010 04:44 AM

    I salute you . For your courage and brevity. At 25 I cannot do it.

    Podi Guru Sunday, 29 August 2010 04:45 AM

    Thank God there is a positive, cheerful news report to comment on! I hope there will be a follow-up article on the gentleman's experiences.

    citizen1 Sunday, 29 August 2010 05:29 AM

    Surprising he got out of the police stations without a scratch!!!!!!!!!!

    Malkhan Sunday, 29 August 2010 05:29 AM

    Congrats! Great guy at 60, to a ride a bike to Jaffna & back to Deniyaya. I hope I can to it my age.

    Tharaka Chanaka Sunday, 29 August 2010 05:47 AM

    Its nice to see some of our ministers doing that once in a while...

    koneswaransaro Sunday, 29 August 2010 05:53 AM

    Well done. I salute you 60years old youth.

    Nadarajah Sethurupan Sunday, 29 August 2010 06:03 AM

    Thanks for MR.

    KD Sunday, 29 August 2010 06:56 AM

    Why? Will it effect positively on economy, other than minister losing few kilos which will reduce the fuel consumption of his official vehicle?

    damiya Sunday, 29 August 2010 07:03 AM

    Then what did the forces do?

    Jehan Sunday, 29 August 2010 07:24 AM

    Bravo.............I bet a young guy will not do this

    Zarookkandy Sunday, 29 August 2010 07:36 AM

    great man

    sanath TENNAKOON Sunday, 29 August 2010 07:46 AM

    Well done,your are example to those who have not traveled out of A'pura.

    Sethukavalar Sunday, 29 August 2010 08:02 AM

    Inspiring story. Best of luck.

    dane Sunday, 29 August 2010 08:26 AM

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    CMB Sunday, 29 August 2010 08:36 AM

    This is a good indication to arrange a Jaffna - Galle cycling Endurance

    Sri Lion Sunday, 29 August 2010 08:51 AM

    Best of luck. it's great job. would like hear more about the trip in details.

    Aruna Attanayuaka Sunday, 29 August 2010 09:07 AM

    Great achievement at the age of 60 ! Should salute for the courageous act !

    Shivanka David Sunday, 29 August 2010 10:16 AM

    Great to hear Tour de Sri Lanka is back hope this will make headlines in other countries as well.


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