Micronesia 17 May: Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands - Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia

Island hopping

Today we bid farewell to the Marshall Islands. Looking back on the days we spent here it is incredible to realise all the experiences that the Peace Run team had in this heartfelt country. We take with us the goodness and kindness of this wonderful country and will keep them in our hearts until we return to their shores.

Cheryl and Rose kindly picked the team up to take us to the airport as the heavens rained their blessing on us.

As we arrived at the airport, Jibli raced out to help us with our bags. She had come out to farewell us and had brought her beautiful mother Melvina as well.

It truly felt like we were farewelling our dear friends.

Majuro Atoll receding into the distance ...

... yet forever in our hearts.

There followed another little island-hopping air jaunt, first to Kwajalein Atoll ...

... then to Kosrae – a small easternmost island of the Caroline Islands ...

... before eventually arriving in Pohnpei.

The Federated States of Micronesia is made up of 607 islands that encompasses nearly one million square miles. Pohnpei is the largest and tallest island in Micronesia. There is one main road around the island that is 80kms and we hope to run the Peace Torch the whole way around.

We walked out of Immigration to be warmly greeted by Suannrita Ladore and Serpina Jimmy from the Governor’s Office.

Dana Lee Ling also made it out to greet us. He had heard about us coming to Pohnpei and wanted in whatever way to be a part of the Peace Run.

There is internet here!

We are staying in a place we can cook food so soon after arriving some of us went down to the local market to buy food for dinner, and a lovely lady showed us around and let us know were all the local fruit and vegetables were.

A wonderful start to the Peace Run here in Pohnpei!