Crossing the Meghna


Riders Fred and Ed kicking back on the boat journey

It’s day five and we’re kicking back for a rest day while we transport our rickshaws across the several-kilometres wide Meghna River, also known as the mouth of the Ganges.

Four days of rickshaw riding has left our bodies bruised but our spirits glowing. We have done more than half the ride but the riders are going strong. There’s been some minor injury, there’s been some close calls (in the support vehicles and NOT on the rickshaws), but this glorious cross country journey is unforgettable.

For me this ride has been the physical test of a lifetime. Never have I ever pondered to subject myself to such a test. But now that I’m here, with a certainty that I will finish this ride (I wasn’t so sure when I started!!), the feeling is one of immense happiness.

Yesterday, Ayeleen (my rickshaw partner) and I were chatting about resilience. How resilience in the face of difficulty could be the most character building experience one could endure. In Bangladesh, we see resilience all around us, in the people we have met on this journey as well as our fellow riders

We’ve also seen resilience in the support team, who have endured early starts and late finishes for weeks on end and have lifted us to what is, one of the hardest physical tests of my life, yet also elevated it to one of the most rewarding experiences I could fathom.

Thank you WildTeam!! Now let us finish the challenge off in style!

About Mikey Leung

Mikey Leung is the author of Bangladesh: The Bradt Travel Guide and a passionate supporter of the WildTeam! He's also the founder of a social enterprise called Crowdsourced Travel, whose primary project, Positive Light is to promote the beauty of Bangladesh through photography.


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4 Responses to Crossing the Meghna

  1. Iqbal Hussain February 22, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

    HATS OFF to all the challengers who made it happen for TIGERS. Hope meet you all in Mongla.

  2. Rosalind Johnston February 22, 2013 at 8:56 pm #

    You write so beautifully Mikey, from a slightly further a-feild WildTeamer mightily impressed with everyone involved – especially the poor sods peddling all that way for the tiger!

    • Mikey Leung February 22, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

      Thank you Rosalind! Nice to hear some feedback 🙂

  3. Robin Davies February 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Well done Ayeleen!,, I knew it would be like a walk in the park for you.

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