I enjoyed a wonderful bon voyage party last night with my San Diego and LA friends. I still need to do some provisioning and scrape the mucus off my brain, so I'll be setting sail tomorrow. I expect the passage to Hiva Oa to take about a month. I will be incommunicado until I arrive and find an internet cafe. From what I've read and been told, the stretch of ocean between here and there is a relatively benign one (I'll probably regret writing that at some point). If anyone wants to snail mail me (poste restante), I will check the post office in Papeete (Tahiti) when I get there. I think letters should be addressed something like this:
Lars H. Thoresen
Agence OPT de Papeete Centre des Messageries Postales
French Polynesia (Polynesie Francaise)
Apparently they will only hold items for 15 days, so you should probably wait a while before mailing anything. I anticipate being in Tahiti by mid June.