|The most comfortable place to ride a local bus
through the Khyber Pass from Afghanistan to Pakistan in
blazing summer is the roof. You feel the hot
blast-furnace air, but at least there is a breeze. Due to
Islamic tradition, only the men rode there. Below, where
women and men mostly sat segregated, it was like a sauna.
Riding the roof has its risks -- mainly low electrical
wires and bridges, and in some areas fussy authorities.
For those hazards, passengers learned to "duck and
© 1977, 1999 Richard McGuire