I asked about Fluppy and if they saw her. Wayne immediately answered that they crossed paths around Agulogo/Menari. She was at the back of the group but doing ok. I am sure at the time she must have wondered who is this white guy with no backpack/sleeping bag etc. Wayne said village people were asking pretty much the same thing as they were trying to travel as light as possible.
According to both of them Fluppy appeared happy, talkative and seemed to be doing ok.
I do not normally post about trekkers walking with another company but in this instance with 'Fluppy' posting so much over these past few years, I thought she deserved a mention on our website.
As they spent last night at Ioribaiwa Village, it would have been the day before when they passed her. So by now she should be at the half way point! Not too sure who the person was at the rear but someone was about 10 minutes back from her and the others in the group were ahead. No doubt she will fill us all in on her return.
Go Fluppy GO!
I now know how anxious parents and family feel back home as I have been worried sick since Shane left Kokoda.
- 8 days is ok
- 7 days is a little tougher but plenty have done it.
- 6 days is for the really fit
- 5 days is a tough ask - which Shane completed yesterday. He stated he is looking forward to going back to 8 again!!!
- 24 hours or less - Wayne, he must be crazy in a non stop 18 hours 34 minutes marathon
On the night before the walk Wayne turned up at Orohaven to deliver one pig for Russell to be handed over to the widow of his brother Kingsley as is part of their mourning cultural tradition. He had no idea Shane was going to ask him to walk with him as it was a last minute decision. So with no boots, thongs will do and off he went.
Looking at Wayne when he arrived here yesterday it was no big deal. Shane on the other hand lost quite a bit of weight and is now down to 83kg the lightest he has been in years and he looked like he had just done the biggest challenge of his life.
At dinner tonight I asked Wayne how he manages the race. He said its all in the mind and the fitness. He went on to say when you focus your mind and body it all combines to work as one. You do not think about falling only focus on winning! In his opinion its all about setting a goal and then mentally preparing for what lies ahead.