Trek 517 - Kokoda Challenge Kokoda Kids - Trek Completed
Posted 19 September 2008 - 11:47 PM
Johllene Wright; Glen Wallwork; Peter Ibbott; Alex Rutledge; Jason Snuggs; Mavis Burns; Samantha Aldridge; Tom Wybrew; Blake Dwyer; Chelsea Kokshorn; Keiren McLaren; Samara Baunach; Nicholas Smits; Dean Timbs; Jacob Langguth; Will Desmond; Ryan Thornton; Billie-jo Thompson; Joe Hallam; Daniel Harbulot; Daniel Fraser-Jorgenson; Jake Taylor; Steven Mitchell; Sophie Phelan; Jamie Crighton; Jessica Grogan; Andrew Grimmond and Lisa Ridgley
After meeting up with Doug and the group heading over to Kokoda by air, I returned to the airport terminal area only to find they had already left and were on their way out of town.
We had to leave two vehicles behind to play catch up as their guide and other porters were still to arrive in Port Moresby on the flight that Doug's group flew out on.
When I arrived at McDonald's Corner I was again informed that they had not long left and so we played catch up again. The road was very slippery but we got them safely to Owers' Corner.
Not long after I arrived back at my home I received a sat phone call from Clive Jinga their guide saying they were in trouble. I asked what kind of trouble thinking only the worst...he replied they have no tents. Please get someone to run up 14 tents!
Well folks we are not talking about five minutes down the road! We are talking a winding road up to Sogeri which is commonly called 'snake road'. When we hit the Sogeri Monument area, it was four wheel driving today.
I heard around 10pm Russell and some boys had met up and handed over the much needed tents as it was already raining so hopefully they will sleep soundly tonight.
Posted 20 September 2008 - 07:37 PM
Hope you're flight was good and you are into the walk and enjoying the experience.
Watching the weather daily and thinking of you all.
Lynne & Tony (Grimmo's Mum & Dad)
Posted 20 September 2008 - 08:07 PM
We will be checking on the site to see where you are.
Enjoy your adventure :
All our Love
Mum Dad and boys. XXXXX
Posted 20 September 2008 - 08:17 PM
Hope you all enjoyed the first nights adventure on the track , and are having a great time.
Emily , Mum and Dad.
Posted 20 September 2008 - 08:17 PM
We hope you have had a great journey so far, pity about the rain, hehe. glad the plane didn't fall, so you must be feeling a little better. We will keep track of what you are up too....
post you soon,
Mum, Troy, Nat, Libby and piper...
Oh: Kurt and Rie say hi as well..let's not forget about your Dad by himself at home, sure he isn't having fun...without you around, NOT!
Posted 21 September 2008 - 09:10 AM
At the present moment they are on the move heading towards Ofi Creek for morning tea.
Pic 1: crossing over Goldie River
Pic 2: resting at Imita Ridge where a plaque has been put there by the Kokoda Memorial Foundation
Posted 21 September 2008 - 09:52 AM
hi DANIEL HARBULOT and everyone
took a while to figure the system out to message you. anyway hope all is well and you got some sleep last night. dont forget your tablets. sammy got to sydney okay and at olympic park. its so quiet here without you 2. take care and make the most of your experiences
love mum,dad, becky, pete (and sam)XXXXXXXX
Kokoda Kids Trekkers in Fox Holes
Posted 21 September 2008 - 10:03 AM
Hope you are great and enjoying. Dunno if you get this....you know how usless i'm on a comp. Anyway, hope you weren't late this morning....!!!!!!!!!!!!! HEHE.
Give love to all.
Miss u a tiny bit....
me and yr bro's
Pic 1: Our KTL minstrels keeping trekkers entertained with their uke'ule's
Posted 21 September 2008 - 10:04 AM
Trekkers at Nauro Village
Posted 21 September 2008 - 12:12 PM
Not sure if my pevious message has been sent! Hope you are having a great time! Happy 16 Birthhday for Tuesday!! Love you Ninya
Posted 21 September 2008 - 12:20 PM
We hope you and the rest of the gang had a great flight over and are all having a good time in PNG.
It has been a tough 6 months and you guys have all overcome many obstacles in your quest to get to PNG.
We are all very proud of you and the rest of the Kokoda Kids.
You have all shown the Kokoda Spirit during the past 6 months and we know that this will be continued in PNG and into the future.
All our love Melissa
Mum and Dad.
Posted 21 September 2008 - 12:42 PM
Posted 21 September 2008 - 02:53 PM
sam i am so proud of you, just keep trucking on and always remember why you are there.
i had a big chat to your mum, n u packed a heavy bag didnt u miss?!
well i noe you will be having a ball!
say hi to brendan for me and give him a hug!
and can you make sure luke gave him his llil prezzie!
i have been telling everyone in work that ur over there n the whole mountain is cheering for you!
i am so damn proud of you!
hi to everyone else walking stay strong, enjoy and remember the kokoda spirit and the sacred ground to which you walk!
I LOVE YOU SAMMY!
Posted 21 September 2008 - 04:50 PM
Sorry I didn't get a chance to call you before you left - have fun and enjoy the journey! You are awesome!!! See you when you get back!
Love Pauline & Gary
(We don't forget to post kisses like your mum lol....)
Posted 21 September 2008 - 04:59 PM
hi again DANIEL H and friends
well we are about to get a severe thunderstorm in qld. just checking in again to hopefully see more updates, hope you are all on time with your walk. mark & sonya wish you the best and Uncle garry will look at tracking you as well.
love MUM and Family
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