armed conflict in the Solomons threatened to thwart a plan for April
to fly in and replace Chris as Jason's co-pedaler for the remaining
1,450-miles across the Coral Sea to the Queensland coast. But by
chance the fighting around the airport outside Honiara subsided
long enough for one Air Niugini flight to make it in and out. April
was on the inbound flight. Chris made it on the outbound one.
Coral Sea has a reputation for being one of the worst pieces of
water in the world to navigate. For the Moksha crew, attempting
a crossing so late in the season (July-August) brought it's own
set of challenges: near constant 20-25 knot southeasterlies threatened
intially to blow them onto the reef system east of the Papua New
Guinea, and later in the voyage onto the Great Barrier Reef. April
had never been on a boat before, let alone to sea, and for the duration
of the 32-day voyage she suffered terribly from sea sickness.
day 30 April's inability to hold down food had weakened her considerably
and, in addition, they were looking increasing less likely to make
their intended destination of Cairns. Predicting a possible catastrophe
at the hands of the Barrier Reef they called on the services of
Kenny Brown, the expedition cameraman, to commandeer a local vessel
and intercept Moksha prior to the impending collision.
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