From Nouméa we drove to the east coast, crossing the 600km chain of mountains that runs along the length of Grand Terre. There is a magnificent view from Col de Nassirah.
At Thio, on the east coast, we had sight of the same land that Cook would have seen when he sailed south along the north side of the main island, to the Isle of Pines off its southeasternmost tip.
We saw a large river outfall, and wondered if Cook’s men had landed here to get some fresh water.
Teija and Michael Spiekien
- Cook’s Log, page 1664, vol. 22, no. 3 (1999).
Originally published in Cook's Log, page 40, volume 40, number 3 (2017).