Finally, at the 3 o'clock shipping report, we heard that the Bikoi was expected in Marulaon around 6 p.m., so we had some time to relax and visit with our neighbors.
Our neighbors are always so sweet to help us load the canoes and take us out to load the Bikoi. The evening was beautiful, and the seas were calm! We enjoyed an amazing sunset from the top of the Bikoi.
We settled in on the top of an almost empty Bikoi and spread our mats to get comfy for the seven hour ride. After a couple of hours, the beautiful stars began to disappear, and rain drops began to fall, driving us down to a lower deck. The lights were on downstairs, and our spots were on top of the engine room, but some of us managed to rest before we pulled into Honiara a little after 2 a.m. The faces of our sweet SITAG friends encouraged us so much! They helped us get everything off the deck of the Bikoi. We had to walk through another ship to get to the dock, and the captain wouldn't allow anything out of the hold. So we all drove back to SITAG with plans to come back to the Bikoi in the daylight to retrieve our boxes.
We are so thankful for the smooth trip on the Bikoi, and we know it's because of the many prayers offered up on our behalf.