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Every day, supposedly at 8:00 a.m. sharp but usually at about 10:00 or even 12:00, the car would arrive to pick me up and we would either go to a remote site or to one of the offices in Dhaka.
The road trips were always exciting with literally millions of people lining the road, walking on the road, even living on the road.
These images give a feel for the atmosphere of the place. More specific topics are included in other links.

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There were swimmers, young and old but always male, baithing in every pond or flood backwater. The water was fetted but they were not deterred.
THE national park
Bangladesh tries very hard to act like a modern nation. It struggles mightily to keep up appearances. This is The national park. It is still used by rice farmers and breadfruit growers but people still come to hike and fish. They hike everywhere anyway, and fish everywhere anyway, but they are very proud of their park anyway.
Monsoon Wind
Preceeding the monsoon, the winds became very strong. Here it blows a brama cow back across the road and stops traffic. It WAS the wind that stopped the cars.
Toll Bridg
Every day that we traveled north we crossed this toll bridge over a tributary to the Ganga (Gangies). The toll was very high, about 50 cents ($20 to a Bangla) and few could afford to cross.
Toll Guards
The toll guards stopped us twice a day until I finally made a deal with them to only stop us once a week. We paid a premium in addition to the toll and I gave them all copies of their pictures.
RCW & Friend
Here I am, making a new friend. I paid her owner 20 Taka to have our pictures taken. There was always someone walking their livestock beside the road. We stopped here because we had a flat tire.
Bridge Scene
This particular bridge always had a group of boys (and men) crouched on the parapet, often quite naked, often leaping into the water below.
Crossroad Shop
At most crossroad corners there would be a hut which served as the country store for the neighborhood. The moto was a rare thing. These guys must have been rich.
Rice Paddies
Bangladesh was struggling to become food and energy self-sufficient. They rotated three crops a year through their paddies. At first they almost had enough but production dropped drastically as the soil wore out and now they never have been self-sufficient and the soil is ruined. People often starve.
RCW by Paddy
Here I am, posing by a disused paddy. You can't see it but I'm looking at a two truck accident that ended up in the water. No one was hurt too badly.
Elephant & Mahout
We didn't see many elephants but this one had been loading logs onto the ferry we had just left. This was his (its) lunch break - banana tree trunks.
Elephant 2
This was a working elephant and none too friendly. The mahout threw rocks at people who came too close. Still, there was quite a crowd.
Loading the Bus
One day we came across two busses stopped beside the road with a large crowd of men blocking the road. We inched by...
Olympic Cop
when a large mean man in a uniform started hitting anyone on the roof he could reach with his stick. We pulled on by and I got out to take his picture. He became adgitated and confiscated my camera and made threats. I flattered him into letting me take his picture and I actually sent him copies. I've lost his name but he was very proud of being a member of the Bangla Olympic team in Madrid - weight lifting.
The Crew
He left and we hung around to see what happened. This is one of my favorite shots of the whole trip. It is of the last of the busses to finally pull out. It is illegal to ride outside a bus in Bangladesh.
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