I was with The Unsilent and The Puppeteer today at the Fort Railway station trying to load our bikes onto the next rain to Galle. Obviously this being the first time we were using the SLR cargo service so we went over to the inquiries booth. We asked him about the procedure in getting the bikes aboard the cargo train and he said that we would need our NIC’s and get this, our ‘bicycle licenses’!!. I mean WTF! Who ever heard of a license for normal foot powered cycles. So after laughing over it for a few minutes and coming to the conclusion that he’s still going by the rules from a few decades ago we went onto the cargo depot which is a separate building west of the main station. Even there after the registering the bikes on their cargo inventory, we were asked to produce our bike licenses. By this time we thought the inquiry guy was an idiot but now after we told this guy we didn’t know what a bike license was, the whole cargo depot looked at us like we were the idiots. It was just bizarre as none of us in all our years of biking have ever heard about it. Ofcourse, seeing our genuinely bewildered faces they let us load the bikes and told us to go to the municipal council next time to get a license. Apparently it costs five rupees and is mandatory for anyone who owns a bicycle. And here I thought the election was ridiculous.