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Nick Butter

Butter Island Hops Across the Pacific

Date: September 16, 2019
Approximate GPS Location: (7.35°N, 151.61°W)

After his short holiday in the US, Butter turned his attention to the Pacific island nations. First, he flew through Hawaii on his way to Majuro, the capital city of the Marshall Islands.

Transferring to Majuro messed with Butter's body-clock. By crossing the international dateline, Butter's day was technically only 5 hours long! He left Hawaii at 07:45 am, travelled for 4 hours and 40 minutes and then landed at 10:40 am the next day.

Butter had been warned about stray dogs on the island and as soon as he checked into the hotel he was handed a large stick to protect himself. The dogs were allegedly a major issue, deterring people from walking or exercising outdoors. As Butter set off, he quickly saw why. After a few minutes, he was surrounded by 20 aggressive dogs, barking, snapping at him and fighting amongst themselves. He attempted to drive them away with his stick but soon decided that a full marathon fighting off so many dogs would be too dangerous. Instead, he returned to the hotel car park where he could run in relative peace. It took a whopping 335 laps of the small area for Butter to finish his marathon but he was thankful to have avoided any further stand-offs with the local dogs.

His next destination would be Chuuk, one of the four federated states of Micronesia. Getting to the tiny atoll required four separate flights as Butter hopped from one remote speck of land to the next across the Pacific ocean.

Chuuk's small size made running a marathon fairly tricky, there simply weren't many areas fit to run. Butter made do by running from the hotel lobby to the beach, from the beach to the bar and the bar back to the lobby; the total distance measured less than 1km. The views from the beach were spectacular but the monotony of another short route took the shine off marathon 172.

Now, Butter is on his way to the Republic of Palau, another archipelago in the western Pacific.




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