Travelsonabike2 Bangladesh This Day 29th-December-2011

This week’s Travelsonabike2 cycle touring on this day post comes from Bangladesh on the 29th-December-2011. I’m on my world tour and looking forward to meeting some familiar faces from home.

Thursday 29th December 2011 Jessore to Faridpur. 61 miles.

I’ve decided that I’m going to take my time getting to Dhaka. I want to explore more on route to Dhaka rather than wait around in Dhaka. I’m not meeting Dave, Helen and the girls until Saturday night. And even if I do my usual daily mileage, I’ll still arrive Friday night. It’s a shame I’m not a day earlier. I need to apply for my Chinese visa. Although there might be another fly in the ointment. When’s the Chinese New Year?

I’ve had plenty of tea stops today and drawn a big crowd each time. So I’ve started to carry my world map in my bar bag. It’s now a lot easier to explain what I’m doing. I just point at the map. Then, when I get to a piece of water that I need to cross, or like when I flew from Turkey to India, I impersonate an aeroplane. It’s so much easier. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier.

A group of men standing outside a store
Drinking tea with the locals

Before I came to Bangladesh, I was told that getting a beer might be a problem. Touch wood. It’s been okay so far. All I do is ask the room boy, and off he goes, returning half an hour later with a brown paper parcel. Inside, there’s beer. The local beer is called Hunters, which looks remarkably like Fosters. On my walk tonight, I found a shop that sells beer.

My hotel tonight is one of those good ones that let me take my bike into the room. Although it was hard going getting the bike to my room. I’m on the fourth floor. And there’s no lift! But I’d take struggling up a few flights of stairs any day. It’s much better than leaving it outside, in front of the hotel. I know they have security guards, but they just sleep.

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