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Trek 1065 - Trek Completed


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#1 Boss Meri

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 09:54 PM

This group of trekkers flew into Port Moresby on the 19th May where they were met by our staff and later taken down to the Royal Papua Yacht Club.  Later they returned to their accommodation and hit the sack as they knew they had an early start the next day for their flight to Popondetta.

The following day they booked in for their flight and a short time later found themselves in the Oro Province, the capital being Popondetta.  They were then driven into the town and shown the War Memorial area and later were driven up to Orohaven Pija Retreat where they had a relaxing afternoon swimming in the creek and resting before tucking into some pizza for their evening meal.

Apparently they were pleasantly surprised to learn the ingredients flew with them that morning so they could enjoy for their dinner.  With a couple of Italian's in this group, am assuming it was a nice surprise.  Trekkers include:
  • Todd DellaTorre
  • Vic DellaTorre
  • Wade DellaTorre
  • Chris Mumme
  • Carole Wright
Carole arrived in town not knowing any of the others but am sure she has fitted right into this family group of trekkers and will get along just fine with them for company as they make their way along the track.

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 10:01 PM

This morning they left Orohaven Pija and headed to Kokoda to commence their walk.  I received word that they walked through the archway and onto the track around 7:30am.  At 1pm they arrived at Deniki when a decision was made to stop there for the night as Vic was doing it tough according to our guide Harold Hauro he is ok but they did not want to push him further but allow him to rest.  

Tomorrow they will reach Isurava Memorial one of the major highlights of their walk where the 39th fought with courage and where a lot of lives were lost trying to defend themselves against the Japanese.  So much history around this part of the track and an emotional experience for many a trekker.

Not sure where at this stage they will pull up for the night but I am thinking Eora Creek might be there destination.  Will advise further once I hear from our guide tomorrow.

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 09:00 PM

This trek have now split in two. Chris had a problem this morning after he slipped and fell and has decided to pull out from the trek. Vic stayed back with him and the two of them will fly to Port Moresby by helicopter first light tomorrow. The remaining trekkers, Todd & Wade Dellatorre along with Carole Wright have gone ahead with our team of porters and earlier today reached the Isurava Monument area before walking onto Alola Village.

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 10:46 PM

This group have pulled up for the night at 1900 Myola Junction. Tomorrow they will reach the half way point of Efogi. All trekkers are doing just great with no problems. Earlier this morning Chris and Vic were airlifted out of Isurava Village. Following his hit on the head the hospital performed a scan and all was ok. He later had stitches and was at Qantas with Vic around 1:30pm this afternoon to organise their flight back home tomorrow.

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Posted 24 May 2017 - 08:02 PM

This trek has now reached the half way point of Efogi. It seems if you do not want to share campsites, a perfect time to walk as no other trekking companies around it seems. The remaining three trekkers continue to do well and no doubt happy knowing they are back on schedule to finish their trek on time when they walk off the track at Owers' Corner. Today the boys repacked their backpacks with food sent in by helicopter earlier this week in readiness for an early start tomorrow morning when they head up to Brigade Hill, followed by Menari and later head to Agulogo for the night. It was raining when I was talking to them on the sat phone so know they have experienced some rain along the way.

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 05:04 PM

Everything has gone according to plan today and this group have now reached Agulogo where they will spend the night before heading to Ioribaiwa tomorrow. Earlier today they walked up Brigade Hill another emotional area on the Kokoda Trail before walking through Menari Village. Everyone continues to do well.

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Posted 28 May 2017 - 09:11 AM

Trekkers overnighted at Ioribaiwa Village before making their way down to Goldie River last night being their last night on the track.

Congratulations are now in order for Carole, Todd and Wade as they are off the track early this morning and have just left Bomana War Cemetery situated on the outskirts of Port Moresby and now heading towards Port Moresby where no doubt they will prepare to clean up before they are dropped at the airport later today to catch their flight back home. Well done to trekkers and to our guide Harold and the team of porters.

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