Thank God I don’t live on Pohnpei

Tell me why I don’t like Mondays, not as much as Fridays I might add but sometimes Monday is such a drag… Until about 2pm that is, when I can see a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel and start to look forward to the night’s pool match. I thought I would do some fact finding based on Saturday’s big bike ride and I came up with the following.

To set the scene I climbed 791 m or 2595 ft on Saturday. A quick “google” came up with the following #ahem# interesting facts:

Dolohmwar is the highest point of the Federated States of Micronesia, with an altitude of 791 metres (2,595 ft). See it is fascinating AND a coicidence!

Dolohmwar is located on the island and state of Pohnpei.

Pohnpei is the name of an island of the Senyavin Islands which are part of the larger Caroline Islands group. It belongs to Pohnpei State, one of the four states in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Palikir, the FSM’s capital, is located on Pohnpei Island. Pohnpei Island is the largest, highest, most populous, and most developed single island in the FSM. The islanders of Pohnpei have a reputation as being the most welcoming of outsiders among residents of the island group. I am not sure what that means exactly – do they still eat people in this part of the world? (No offence!)

Are you fascinated by my interesting facts yet?

Pohnpei also contains a wealth of biodiversity and is one of the wettest places on earth with annual recorded rainfall exceeding 300 inches (7,600 mm) each year in certain mountainous locations. This is a fact I can appreciate especially as a mountain biker… 300 inches of rain – that’s 2 cm every day of the year!

That is why I’m glad I don’t live there, no other reason…

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is an independent sovereign island nation consisting of four states – from west to east, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae – that are spread across the Western Pacific Ocean. Together, the states comprise around 607 islands (a combined land area of approximately 702 km2 (271 sq mi)) that cover a longitudinal distance of almost 2,700 km (1,678 mi) just north of the equator. They lie northeast of New Guinea, south of Guam and the Marianas, west of Nauru and the Marshall Islands, east of Palau and the Philippines, about 2,900 km (1,802 mi) north of eastern Australia and some 4,000 km (2,485 mi) southwest of the main islands of Hawaii.


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