Cross Island Trail

Trip Start Aug 01, 2005
Trip End Dec 15, 2005

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Flag of Cook Islands  , Southern Cook Islands,
Tuesday, December 6, 2005

This morning, my companion and I set out early, ready to tackle the cross-island trail. I had read that the trail was best hiked from north to south, but my companion suggested we hike it northward and end up in town for lunch. Despite the bus driver's warning when he dropped us off, we pressed on. The trail is definitely not kept up by anyone. Much of it you're plowing straight through 2 meter high bushes. About halfway up, we came to the main stream and couldn't find any way to go further. We walked up and down the stream with no luck in finding a path. Eventually, the local trail guide man (there's only one on the island) happened by with a couple he was leading so we followed him back down the way we came. Although we didn't reach the peak or reach the town, it was still a pretty cool jungle hike. It was the closest thing to blazing your own trail and without the worry of anything poisonous. That said, there were more giant mosquitoes on the trail than I've seen on the entire rest of the trip combined!

In the evening, we hitched a ride to town, grabbed some food, and walked around the main road to the northwest corner of the island. At this spot, the road curves right around the end of the airport's runway on the end that the planes generally land on. After about an hour alone waiting for an unknown flight, about 20 people showed up at once, and the plane came in right over our heads and touched down. On the way back, it occurred to me that we could just walk to the terminal and grab our guest house's shuttle bus that would be picking up airport arrivals, and so we did. Oh, and Orlando Bloom was at the airport as well, yippee.
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