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18 July 2016

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Good day Bill. In 2007 I was flown into Purossa by Governor Kela Smith in one of his helicopters. An attempt at making a fixed wing airstrip having failed.

Ex Kiap Craig McConaghy's Coffee Connections was showing two Hollywood Coffee buyers where their organic, freetrade coffee was grown. I was a possible recruit to his operation there.

At Purossa we were greeted with small welcome singsing and then, after a look around, overnighted there.

The next day I was awoken by 'bush mechanic' making a wooden spring for one of the Hilux vehicles. Amazingly it lasted all the way over 'the road to hell' as one writer has described the Purossa – Okapa road.

Craig has a video still online of that trip on the website Coffeeconnections.biz and the link is the 'Vournas Coffee visits PNG 2007' and there is a similar earlier trip too.

A memorable trip but nothing like your post of the 1950s patrols.

Really enjoy your tales and the history you have reordered for PNG. Always look forward to next.

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