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- 28/09/2008 at 6:58 am #101326
This morning we said goodbye to 38 trekkers who boarded their Tropic Air charters to Kokoda in five separate aircraft in groups of 9. Trekkers include :
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- Mitchell Barclay
- David Bonnor
- Simone Bryant
- Taylor Ford
- Karen Bulbert
- Jade Claessen
- Thea Ingold
- Andrew Coleman
- Brianna Herron
- Stephen Comans
- John Curtis
- Melanie Dillonsmith
- Steven Diven
- Anthony Duncan
- Christopher Duncan
- Thomas Ewin
- Kylie Hide
- Nathan Irvine
- Lisa Loveday
- Nathan Mason
- Kristian Mitchell
- Danielle Moore
- Natalie Moore
- Felix Nelson
- David Palmer
- Kylie Pennell
- Dean Pennell
- Brittany Preston
- Cathy Pryor
- Kimberley Salafia
- Ailsa Schofield
- Amy Smith
- George Sutton
- Michael Temby
- Benjamin Temby
- Brett Thomson
- Andrew Walker
- Natalie Witenden
Three youngs guys ended up on the 5th flight with some of our KTL staff. They got the last laugh as they informed us they were hungry and that their ration pack had already gone to Kokoda on an earlier flight.
The end result was they were taken to get some BIG ROOSTER which is the equivalent in PNG of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
They planned to skite plenty about this when they reached Kokoda……
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At the present moment we have heard that they have all turned in for the night. Tomorrow morning they will begin their walk on the Kokoda Track under the overall leadership of Rod Ori our main guide along with their carers.28/09/2008 at 3:45 pm #101336
Earlier today they landed at the Kokoda Airport, refer pic below:
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Hi to all watching your progress, your all doing the Shoalhaven proud . You are all doing really well just keep putting one foot in front of the other. looking foward to your stories when you come home.From Comans Family.
p.s we missed seeing your photo at the airport stephen.01/10/2008 at 9:47 am #101354
Update 01October: Heard from the Kokoda Gap today from our Guide Rod Ori that everything was going along as per schedule. It was raining as we were talking but the Trekkers were doing fine except a couple of them who were struggling but the Guides were confident that they would make it to 1900 where they will overnight.
Tomorrow they head for Efogi which is the half way point.
Photographs:02/10/2008 at 3:45 am #101360ExplorersMember
Hi Shoalhaven group especially Kylie & Dean Pennell. Hope you are trekking well. Today we believe you are nearly half way. It must be a fantastic experience for you all. We know that you will come out of it with lifelong memories, all good of course. Keep smiling and look foreward to hearing from you soon. Lots of love Joan & Ron presently at Port Elliot SA.02/10/2008 at 3:10 pm #101363
Update 2nd October: Trekkers are now in Efogi where they are spending the night.
Earlier today I received a two way radio message from Naduri Lookout and one of their guides Andrew Yauga said it had been continually raining and was muddy.
Trekkers continue to do well however and congratulations to them for reaching the half way point of Efogi.
Pic 1: River crossing in this area
Pic 2: Naduri Village
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Update 3rd October: With the exception of Felix who remains in Menari with our trek hero Tom Hango (winner of last year's race from Owers' Cnr to Kokoda), all other trekkers have reached Agulogo campsite area where they will spend the night.
Felix was feeling sick today and fell behind the group. The plan is to let him rest and then commence walking at 5am in the morning to catch up with the rest of the group.
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