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Saturday, July 6, 2002
Ou, Pohnpei, Micronesia to Koror, Palau
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Koror, Palau:
Latitude: 7° 20' 40" North
Longitude: 134° 29' 4" East
Altitude: 149 feet
From Seattle: 7071 miles
Lodging: Friend / Family - Jesuit Residence

Today's Travel:
Countries: Micronesia, United States, Palau
Regions: Pohnpei, Chuuk, Guam, Babeldaob, Koror
Route: Continental Micronesia Flight 957: Pohnpei - Chuuk - Guam; Flight 953: Guam - Koror
Start: Ou, Pohnpei, Micronesia
Stop 1. Chuuk, Micronesia
Stop 2. Guam
End:Koror, Palau
Linear:1955 miles
Weather: Partial Sun / Rain / Overcast

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 24
Linear Dist: 8074
Countries Visited: 3
Regions Visited: 7
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Hotels: 7
Friends / Family: 13
Camping: 1
Hospital: 2
Beers: 49

Journal Entry:
We all got up early to get everything done. The plan was to have everything done and head down to the airport early (by ten thirty) so that we could check in before the crowds and then have a leisurely lunch with everyone. But after a "leisurely" breakfast, finishing packing, and loading the car it was nearly noon by the time we got to the airport. Check in went pretty smoothly - all baggage was checked by hand which seemed kind of slow, but was in fact much faster than getting our boarding passes. While Stacy went to pick up Eileen I tried a couple bank machines, before finding one that worked - I was down to my last $20. We had lunch with the four of us (Sue, Matang, Stacy, and I), plus Eileen, Steve and Tomo (who we'd picked up on the road on our way back from the airport). We had a nice lunch, but it ended up being a rush to the airport. It was sad to say goodbye - Stacy and Sue had it especially rough.

The flight to Guam was very bumpy. Guam was kind of surreal - so modern, and so many airplanes. Everything at the airport was closed for some reason, but I realized we were back in the US so we had access to cheap calls home - but then I realized it was three in the morning there. In Palau Todd and Kyle (volunteers from Chuuk that Sue knew) picked us up and drove us to the Jesuit Residence. Very nice accommodations - my own small room, a fan, and even hot water - plus cable TV (I don't even have that at home!) We hung out for awhile then went with Kyle, Todd, and Bill to a locals bar down on the water to listen to some live music. The band was great - a mix of local Palauan, reggae, and other islands (Pohnpei, Chuuk, etc) music. Apparently the six members of the band are all solo artists in Hawaii and had gotten together to do a benefit jam to help fund the Palauan wrestling teams trip to the Micronesian games this year. The people at the bar were all very friendly - it wasn't at all uncomfortable being one of only a half dozen white people. One odd observation was that almost everyone chews betel nut - more than in Pohnpei or even India. By the time we got back from the bar it was well after one - making for a very long day with the two hour time change!

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