5 1/2 Months on the "EMERALD ISLAND"..!

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  1. ClockMogul

    ClockMogul Registered User

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    After 5 1/2 months on the "EMERALD ISLAND" of Sri Lanka, back to the doom and gloom of NW Ohio..! Anyone else do the 1/2 year snow bird deal..? I did a charity ride of 450 KM across the Island with 30 other cyclist and was the oldest of the entire group.

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  2. Omexa

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    Good on you, I used to ride a Bike similar to this, Scott Atacama 22” Alloy 7005 frame, 24 speed, 700c Wheels everywhere a few years ago; well actually about 10 years ago; times flies. I got it for AU 1.00 in pieces from Red Cross when I worked there; an Australian Army guy dropped it off. The Bike in the photo is similar, I think it is a later model. Not sure on the size of Bike. Regards Ray

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  3. shutterbug

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    Would you recommend that as a good fixed income retirement place?
     
  4. ClockMogul

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    Not sure I would be willing to ride a bike like that 450KM as it looks to be extremely heavy ..! I use to and still continue to ride a bike about 6000 miles per year and not a spring chicken anymore..

    This picture was several years ago cycling in the Arabian Desert , DUBAI UAE

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  5. Omexa

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    Nah, it was not very heavy at all, the one that I had, was used by the Army person in racing over very rough terrain; My one did not have all the extras like the Bike in the photo. You could lift it up on one finger. Not as light as Carbon Fiber but very light. It was more like this one. Regards Ray
     
  6. Omexa

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    It was more like this one. Regards Ray

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  7. ClockMogul

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    Since I have been going to Sri Lanka for over 43 years, I am quite sure my opinion would be biased. Yes it is quite affordable and all depends on how budget friendly you are wanting to live. We just built a brand new 2000 SQFT Condo right on the indian ocean and finally we able to move in and occupy it in Mid December. Weather is awesome 365 days a year with tons of sunshine and heat. The fruits of the island are second to none nowhere. To me it is the ultimate snowbird abode. There is also the incredible SEAFOOD to include MEGA JUMBO TIGER PRAWN that are 4-5 to a KILO and yes bigger then most lobsters you will see. We will be back on the Island in July for 3 weeks with several of the grand children for them to visit..

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  8. ClockMogul

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    I am into strictly light weight carbon fiber bikes that are extremely aerodynamic ..This is a 5.6 Kilo bike that would include weight of pedals..

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  9. MartyR

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    Is that a regularly used name for Sri Lanka? I know that they are (or were) famous for their emeralds, but on this side of the pond the title "The Emerald Isle" is given to Ireland - not for its gemstone mining activity, but because its high annual rainfall ensures that it is a very green land ;)
     
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    Jerry,

    Haven't there been tensions between the various ethnic groups living in Sri Lanka?

    Has that adversely effected you?

    The prawns are mouth watering!

    Regards.
     
  11. ClockMogul

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    Several of the radio stations we listen to refer to Sri Lanka as the emerald island but do not think there is no official such name for it. Yes they are well known for the Saphires as well as Emeralds. I also here it called "The PEARL ISLAND" too.. I know one thing, it is one awesome place to be and already missing it..
     
  12. ClockMogul

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    This all was pretty much all settled about 12 years ago and now is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world and is #1 for SE ASIA..! Been coming here since 1975 when I was a marine at the american embassy in Colombo and have seen many changes over the years.

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  13. Omexa

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    Hi, I hope you are safe taking into account the unexpected problems in Sri Lanka at the moment; or are you back in Ohio? Regards Ray
     
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    I second Ray's sentiments.

    I hope all is well wherever you are at this time!

    Regards.
     
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  15. ClockMogul

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    All good here and plan on being back on the island in July with the grandsons and wife for a quick 3 week stay...
     
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