We had been briefed from the start of the Challenge that the roads we would face would vary from nice and flat to nice and, er, ‘challenging’. We have not been disappointed: at times the struggle the riders have faced making progress even at walking pace through craters and sand and over ridiculously steep humped back bridges has actually been surpassed by the struggle passengers have faced staying on their seats!
The greatest challenge for riders, passengers and our ever popular rickshaw mechanic Babla came on the final day. After over 10km navigating punishing craters interspersed with short patches of bitumen, we turned right onto what we knew would be our fate sooner or later: a classic Bangladeshi red brick road. This one was not made of a nicely ordered bed of bricks, however. Oh no. Every brick was broken into fist size pieces. We had reached Mars but without the bouncing soft tyres and 4WD of NASA explorers.