Friday, September 2, 2011

Ride Number 2

This weekend is Eid (the end of Ramadan) and so a lot of the people in Dhaka go out to their villages and celebrate with family. It has a similar feel to Christmas in that there is an overwhelming sense of happiness and family love. All the stores close, people are dressed up in their finest and the streets are quiet. Really. All construction has stopped and traffic is down to about an 1/8th of what it was. So I, being the heathen that I am, think nothing of religion during religious holidays and decide that this will be a perfect day to ride my bike! I found a route on and spent all day yesterday trying to figure out how to get the course on my GPS unit... Wasted time. I got it on there but it turned out to be useless as far as giving directions so I had to go off memory of the map. Surprisingly I did not get lost! Here is a map of the ride from my GPS:

This was a great day in the saddle. Amazing scenery. I was on this one lane road that weaves through the river delta areas and all these small villages. People all taking it easy because of the Eid holiday. The random English greetings were thrown my way included "Hi" "Hello" "Howareyou" and my favorite, "Thank You" People would just shout thank you as I road by. I like to think that they were just thanking me for being so inspirational... nothing to do with the fact that they have no idea what thank you means. Here are a few pics of the day:

The local way of running pipelines

The barge that pumps the water:

Finally a decent picture of the local fishing nets:

These saw mills are all over. Pretty cool.

Boats docked right next to the road:

The colorful boats:


  1. I know! so many uses and look at that fishing net dipping thingy. What a simple elegant design! I don't think you could make it any simpler, easier to make, better for the environment (unless you are a fish) or easy to return to the earth.