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Leg 19.2 Kone NWWD to Moue NWWE

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'It'll be perfectly safe,' Beejay said outside the hotel. 'There were expecting a plane with two people on board, flown by -- no disrespect -- a pommie bastard. They  won't be looking for one Aussie in a taxi.'

'You're sure?' I asked.

'Yeah, no worries. I'll just turn on my cheeky charm. I'll be on a plane out of here before lunch time, and they'll be paying me to go!'

We fist bumped and Beejay got into the waiting taxi. I watched as the vehicle drove into the distance in a cloud of noxious smoke and a loud backfire. I shook my head and picked my way across the street to the airstrip. 

 

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The plane was still on the tiny apron and after a quick prefilight and visit from the fuel bowser, I was quickly off the ground.

 

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I hadn't bothered to file a flight plan, since it was a nice day, and anyway, who wants to leave a paper trail? I settles at a cruising altitude of 3500 ft, for what was hopefully to be a 50 minute flight along the coast. Tourists sightseeing - nothing unusual there . . .

 

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Hmm. A mysterious line of craters, giving the appearance that Putinfeld had been strafing the island from space!

 

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We're approaching the capital, Noumea. I wonder whether the cops are still waiting for us at the airport? I'm gonna stay just outside controlled airspace anyhow, no point in attracting attention.

 

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Might be my imagination, but I think I can see one or two flashing lights . . .

 

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Looks like we're in the clear!

 

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The rendezvous with JG is on the neighbouring island of Île des Pins (aka the Isle of Pines). Another reason for misdirecting any pursuers. It's a small island, and we wouldn't be hard to spot.

 

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Final. Again I'm approaching non-radio, although I've sent a blip on the company frequency. Hopefully JG is listening . . .

 

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Hmm, there's been a lot of rural development since I checked google maps back in the hotel.

 

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But the developers seem to have nicked the airport apron. Oh well, I'm not staying long - just long enough for JC to buy me a drink in the exotically named "airport bar"

 

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JG, I'm here!

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Nice story advancement, leaving a few dangling ends that could be tied into another story line. Well done "One Time" Tim as Steph has just dubbed thee in the post above ;) ...despite the two legs flown.

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