KUALA LUMPUR: After embarking on a cycling expedition from the National Mosque here more than a year ago, husband and wife, Ahmad Mohd Isa and Noradilah Mohd Sapie have finally arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
They are now on their way to Makkah to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri at the Grand Mosque and to perform their umrah, which will then mark the end of their Kembara Memburu Hikmah (KMH) expedition which began in April 8 last year.
Ahmad said performing umrah together with their respective parents, Mohd Isa Maarof, 52, Nuridah Mohd Isa, 50, Mohd Shafie Abdul Hanan, 70, and Saadiah Shamsudin, 63, as well as KMH crew, will be the highlight of the whole expedition.
“Our parents are scheduled to arrive in Makkah on June 22. God willing they will be accompanied by the KMH family who have stood by us from the beginning to the end,” he told Bernama when contacted via WhatsApp.
Ahmad, 29, said he and his wife have covered a total distance of 12,000km, traversing across Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Pakistan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iran and the United Arab Emirates.
“Due to the different geographical features of each country, at times we had to cycle through narrow passages, as well as rocky, muddy, hilly, rough and winding terrain while staying cautious on the road, especially in crowded cities.
“In certain areas when we were not allowed to ride our bicycles for safety reasons. We had to travel either by bus, truck or car,” he said.
Meanwhile, Noradilah, 30, shared the tormenting moments during their ride towards Deosai plateau in Pakistan where they lost communication with the outside world for a week as there was no Internet signal.
“It was at one of the mountains there that I experienced vomiting, dizziness and diarrhoea for several days. The nights were much longer stretching for 14 hours while temperature was then 17 degrees Celsius.
“With the help of villagers, I was rushed to a nearby hospital and admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU) for three days as I was severely dehydrated,” she said.
Apart from carrying out humanitarian missions in every country which they explored, the couple also took note of the countries’ history, culture and Muslim communities.
During the KMH expedition, the couple was accompanied by Mohd Nur Aiman Mohd Zaid, 28, and Amirul Ariff Abd Wahab, 29, who acted as the documentary crew.
To follow the couple’s adventures, visit KMH Facebook page at https://www.fb.com/kembaramemburuhikmah.