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This is an account of the lead up and journey to Kokoda in PNG. This trek has been on our dreams list and I know that Tanya and I will make it to the end. Stay tuned and visit regularly to see our progress.

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April 23rd, 2009

Into the trek

Hi Everyone,

Paul, Belinda’s husband, here! Just a short post to let you all know that I have heard from Executive Excellence that Belinda and Tanya are OK and well into the trek now.

Thanks,

Paul.

Hi Everyone,
Paul, Belinda’s husband, here! Just a short post to let you all know that I have heard from Executive Excellence that Belinda and Tanya are OK and well into the trek now.
Thanks,
Paul.

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April 13th, 2009

Ahhh the GOLDEN SHOVEL

Well Murray was definately going to be a winner of the MOST golden shovel moments having it 3 times but it was then down to Tanya and me (who had both had it twice each) as the final contenders on who would draw with Murray.

 

At the beginning of our final 6 hour training session Graeme Newton handed the shovel over to his good mate Justin Ribot with a very good limerick.   Justin then had the shovel for the first 3 hours and in our break it was Justin’s chance to deliver the Golden Shovel over for the final time… and Tanya and I knew it was going to be one of us!… so in true Biggest Loser style Tanya and I both had to plead our case as to why we wanted or didn’t want the new and so much larger final ‘Golden’ shovel that Justin has so generously organised complete with chain.

 

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I went first and started my speech that was timed as I have been know to go on and on and thought I pleaded a very strong case…. then Tanya only had to say a few words before the vote was taken.  She said ‘ If you vote for me, there will be NO chocolate brownie for you!’  hmmmmmmm wonder who won???  

 

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Yes it was me…. so Justin presented me with the shovel, just a little bit heavier than the other version!  So Murray and I both had the shovel three times and when we were to get back from our final 3 hours we were to have a ‘Shit Off’ where as Justin defined, Murray and I had to use our shovels to dig a hole to specific dimensions and then do 10 squatts over the hole in the fastest time. Who ever was the fastest would be declared the winner.

Only thing was after 6 hours of training, Murray and I decided we would declare a tie and now ‘troops’ we are looking forward to our reward ! What will it be????

Well Murray was definately going to be a winner of the MOST golden shovel moments having it 3 times but it was then down to Tanya and me (who had both had it twice each) as the final contenders on who would draw with Murray.
 
At the beginning of our final 6 hour training session Graeme [...]

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April 13th, 2009

A BIG thank you John Chad

Good Friday - our last training session before our Anzac Kokoda groups head off to conquer the track. How quickly the time has gone!  So it was with much pleasure that on behalf of the group John Selfridge presented John with a trophy for a job well done in training us for the last 10 weeks. Thank you John for your professionalism and for making our training so enjoyable.

 

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Good Friday - our last training session before our Anzac Kokoda groups head off to conquer the track. How quickly the time has gone!  So it was with much pleasure that on behalf of the group John Selfridge presented John with a trophy for a job well done in training us for the last 10 [...]

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March 6th, 2009

Tanya is COMING again :)

I am so excited to announce that Tanya is able to come again to Kokoda with me. I feel so incredibly happy to have her going on the trip again as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that we can do together. What a way to end the week.

See you at training tomorrow morning Tanya. Bring the rice!

Madeline & Tanya

Madeline & Tanya

John & Mark

John (the one we must obey!) & Mark

Jai, Peter, Belinda & Tanya

Jye, Peter, Belinda & Tanya

I am so excited to announce that Tanya is able to come again to Kokoda with me. I feel so incredibly happy to have her going on the trip again as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that we can do together. What a way to end the week.
See you at training [...]

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