guess part of the appeal of wreck hunting is in the finding. I�ve been fortunate
in that most of the ones I�ve seen have been reasonably accessible though a lot
of clearance is usually required to have a good look. And invariably there are
mosquitos about so I ended up with malaria three times.
But aerodrome one was a classic... I had driven out from Wewak on a day I should
have been working and we found a lot of engines and aircraft bits to look at.
Then our vehicle got a puncture and by the time we were ready to go some angry
locals had turned up waving bush knives (machetes) at us. They thought we were
stealing bits and pieces which was not the case, but an angry Sepik man takes
my work mate Jimmy stepped in. Jimmy knows everyone - even the local police commissioner
who had provided us with a police escort the previous day. And it transpired one
of Jimmy�s sisters (read villagers) had married a local guy. So next moment we
are all the best of friends. It is a good example of how to get on with locals-
there is a fine line between very best of friends and deadly enemies.
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