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Wednesday, June 6, 2001
Hagåtña, Guam to PATS, Pohnpei, Micronesia
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PATS, Pohnpei, Micronesia:
Latitude: 6° 50' 37" North
Longitude: 158° 18' 32" East
Altitude: 126 feet
From Seattle: 5833 miles
Lodging: Friend / Family - Stacy (PATS)

Today's Travel:
Countries: United States, Micronesia
Regions: Guam, Pohnpei
Route: Continental Airlines flight 956: Guam - Chuuk - Pohnpei
Start: Hagåtña, Guam
Stop 1. Pohnpei Airport
End:PATS, Pohnpei, Micronesia
Linear:1054 miles
Weather: Mostly Sunny / Overcast / Rain

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1518
Linear Dist: 284014
Countries Visited: 78
Regions Visited: 293
More stats...
Hotels: 640
Friends / Family: 339
Camping: 133
Hostels: 262
Transit: 100
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4663

Journal Entry:
Morning came way to soon after less than three hours of sleep. I dropped the car off at the rental agency and as promised there was a ride waiting to take me to the airport. After checking in I sat in the coffee shop trying to stay awake then headed for the gate. At the gate I found the worst set up I've ever seen on a western airline - there were thirty more people with confirmed tickets than seats. I was starting to get quite worried as I hadn't had a seat assigned and was one of the last people to be allowed on to the plane. The mess caused the plane to be late leaving the gate, then they discovered that an instrument needed to be replaced so that stalled us another half hour. The flight was less than an hour and a half and the approach into Chuuk was amazing - everything you'd imagine the south pacific to be - coral atolls, mountainous island rings, turquoise waters and little wisps of sand with only a coconut palm or two. Idealic.

The plane only stopped for about half an hour and then we were back on schedule. The flight to Pohnpei was less than an hour. The approach to Pohnpei was a little different - very cloudy and the island is a dark, lush, green with dramatic Tahiti like spires of rock and densely forested mountains (well, maybe steep hills) - pretty much perfect, except no beach the shore looks pretty much like solid mangroves (not a surprise - Stacy had repetitively warned me about that). At the airport I breezed through immigration but I had to pay twenty-five percent duty on the bottle of wine I brought in - I could have brought a liter and a half of spirits duty free. Stacy was waiting for me and we went to meet some of her coworkers and other "menwhas" (white people) at a restaurant. We caught a ride back to her school / lab complex (PATS - Pohnpei Agricultural and Technical School) and I dumped my gear in the guest room I'm using at the school. Stacy and I hung out with Corinne, another friend of Stacy's who's visiting, and got a tour of the lab. Before sunset we sat up on Stacy's porch (great view of the water, but unfortunately can't see the sunset) and drank VB(!) and listened to music. After diner we watched ConAir on video with a lot of the volunteers here then I headed for bed when they put another video in.

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