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#1 Boss Meri

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 06:33 AM

Hi everyone, its so nice to be able to post something as my computer has not been able to log on to the internet for days and luckily my son Shane arrived in off the track yesterday and being a computer programmer managed to get me back online!  

Trekkers from this group were collected in Port Moresby from various locations such as the Gateway Hotel and airport and driven up to Sogeri Lodge via the Bomana War Cemetery.  Everyone looked excited and ready for the challenge that lay ahead.  Trekkers in this group include:
  • Ian Dall
  • Steven Wilson
  • John Stroud
  • David Russell
  • Melissa Hawkins
  • Annette Hawkins
  • Jurgen van Herk
  • Stuart Bowditch
  • Brett Mills
  • Arjun Iyer
  • Ben Howes
  • Adam Wood
The photographs below were taken shortly before they boarded the bus that would drive them to Owers' Corner and of course inside the bus once they were all seated....now do they look like a HAPPY bunch of TREKKERS, or WHAT ? ? ?

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 06:40 AM

Another group photograph was taken at McDonald's Corner on the way out to Owers' Corner.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 06:44 AM

At Owers' Corner trekkers got to meet their personal porters who would share their journey walking the Kokoda Track:

Ian Dall is seen here with our clown Hobert Keke who somehow has a way of making us all laugh and nothing was any different this trek as taking group photographs was each as Hobert had they all laughing so no need to say SMILE  rolleyes.gif

Ian handed me a business card shortly before heading off to the track and its seems they are walking with a purpose so why not LOG ONTO the following WEBSITE:  www.StepUp4Autism.com

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 06:51 AM

more introductions followed when Steven Wilson, John Stroud and David Russell met their porters.  The other photograph is under the archway at Owers' Corner shortly before they commenced their walk:

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 06:59 AM

It was soon time for our mother/daughter combination of Annette and Melissa Hawkins to meet with their personal porters:

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:01 AM

The trek 'Hero', trek 'Champion' Brendan Buka stepped forward to meet his trekker - will Brendan win this year's Kokoda Challenge - well not too long to find out as it commences from Owers' Corner on the 27th August:

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:04 AM

Another competitor Jessie Aire me his trekker who came all the way from England to walk the track.  Jessie came 3rd in our last race in close on 20 hours!  When this group reaches Kokoda they will no just how hard it would be to do this time - will Jessie or his brother Cyprian win this year's race, well its another wait and see as both brothers are hungry for the win.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:07 AM

Three mates decided to hire a porter Chris Suma to help with their load.  He can be seen here with Arjun Iyer, Ben Howes and Adam Wood.  Kokoda must be an attraction for doctors as there are two in this group along with a computer IT guru.

The other photographs were taken under the archway shortly before they commenced their walk.

Another photograph was taken shortly before they walked off from Owers' Corner:

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:10 AM

Trekkers then lined up under the archway to have their photographs taken:

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:20 AM

It was time for group photographs to be taken under the archway so we got all the group together for a shot along with their team of porters:

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:25 AM

With Sione on the track the group sang both National Anthems accompanied by his guitar:

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:41 AM

It was soon time to say goodbye to Trek 727:

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:41 AM

It was soon time to say goodbye to Trek 727:

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:45 AM

More trekkers followed as they prepared to move off down the first descent towards Goldie River:

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 07:47 AM

It was soon time for us to bid farewell to Trek 727:

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