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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 5th, 2009

We all have a reason.

I was driving to training last week thinking about what really has motivated me to take on this challenge of walking Kokoda. It got me thinking, I wonder what has motivated members of our training team to go, so I decided to ask.

 

Below let me introduce you to some of the team Tanya and I have been training with and who will share the Anzac Day Kokoda experience with us.

 

I asked them the question - why are you doing Kokoda?

 

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1. Robert Steinhardt - It’s a pilgrimage I needed to make. I want to test myself physically and mentally.

 

2. David Wainwright - I always wanted to do the trek, especially for Anzac Day. Also I wanted to test myself physically and mentally. Really looking forward to it.

 

3. Graeme Hopgood - I wanted to see it before it disappears and I wanted to get fit again. I enjoyed the camaraderie of the first attempt last year.

 

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4. Kent James - I had alway been interested in PNG and doing the trek. Carmichael Builders invited me so I jumped at the opportunity.

 

5. Tanya Heading - She just wanted to be with me! (real reason: I needed a challenge that would test me mentally and phyically, this was something that has been on my list of things to do for a while now, and I feel it is something that I want to do for myself.)

 

6. Steven John Barton Grant - John Chad and I have been dating for some months and doing Kokoda was a way we could spend more time together!  (real reason coming soon!)

 

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7. Graeme Newton - I wanted to take on any future mid-life crisis head-on! Also, I am too old for the Contiki version.

 

8. John Selfridge - I was feeling very uncomfortable with the way John / Steve’s relationship was developing and had to be present to see if for myself!  (real reason - Some things are just so much more important than material possessions we always seek!)

 

9. Madeline Kennedy - Cos I just can’t get enough… a test of will, courage and intestinal fortitude - and on the off chance that Priscilla Queen of Kokoda makes an appearance.

 
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10. Justin Ribot - I want to be like Chuck!  (real reason coming soon)

 

11. John Chad - EE trainer and our tour leader - (I asked John the question - Why do you enjoy what you are doing with EE?) I love working in the outdoors and having the chance to train up clients so they can achieve their goals. It is rewarding to see my clients improve not only physically but mentally. 

 

12. Dave Clarke - Because Muzza (Murray Smith) said he wouldn’t go fishing!

 

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13. George Sofronoff - Dad asked me to.

 

14. Walter Sofronoff - To lose fat in mind and body.

 

15. Peter Pferri - A father son adventure.

 

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16. Jye Pferri - The more you walk the more snakes you can eat.

 

17. Joe Ashcroft - Something I’ve always wanted to do. A reason to get fit.

 

18. Brad Davies - A very good excuse to get fit and get away with a group of friends.

 

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19. Murray Smith - I am going for the physical and mental challenge and the chance to do something with a good mate.

 

20. Belinda Vesey-Brown - A few years ago I wrote out my 100 dreams list and put it up on my wall in my office. Walking Kokoda is number 40 and I put it on there as the Australian history around it strikes a cord with me due to my Grandfather being involved in the war (he was captured in Singapore).  I think the challenge of walking the track is going to inspire me and I know I am going to treasure the memories that it will create.  I can’t wait. Thanks Tanya for wanting to be my buddy.

 

21. Glen Carmichael - Something that I always wanted to do. Test myself physically and mentally.

 

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22. Jeff Goward - (Jeff is our piper on the trip). I have done Kokoda a few times now and each time the reason has been different. The first time it was for the memory of my father and step father who both had a military background. The second time it was really experiential, there are so many moments that were really special for me, you don’t get that from any other experience. 

 

23. Michael Alexander - Treking Kokoda to escape boredom of daily life as a barrister. Raising money for charity - www.vitae.org.au

 

24. Levente Jurdh - Sounded like a good idea.

 

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25. Robin Slade Jones - I’ve been a guest in Australia for 7 years. I enjoy the lifestyle and I thought going to PNG to see the price the diggers paid for my lifestyle was worthwhile.

 

26. Bart Turner - Challenge and to experience what the war was like and what they have done for our country.

 

27. Kerry Carmicheal - was forced to do it.

 

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28. John Carmicheal - to experience what our young troops went through and the challenge.

I was driving to training last week thinking about what really has motivated me to take on this challenge of walking Kokoda. It got me thinking, I wonder what has motivated members of our training team to go, so I decided to ask.
 
Below let me introduce you to some of the team Tanya and I [...]

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I had the golden shovel again! but I handed it over to a deserving recipient with a bit of a poem. Murray all the best with your strategy on not being the man who has received the shovel the most.

 

Murray the proud new owner of the golden shovel

Murray the proud new owner of the golden shovel

 

The rain did fall but only a bit…. but gee the humidity was a killer. I think we all ended the training session in a ball of sweat.

 

Tanya and Belinda.

Tanya and Belinda.

 

Boys in the mist.

Boys and girl in the mist.

 

Belinda.

Belinda.

 

Ahhh, almost finished!

Ahhh, almost finished!

 

 

Dave - the man in the mist!

Dave - the man in the mist!

 

  why doesn't it look as steep in photos?

why doesn't it look as steep in photos?

 

Working our butts off at training

Working our butts off at training

 

Who are these handsome men?

Who are these handsome men?

I had the golden shovel again! but I handed it over to a deserving recipient with a bit of a poem. Murray all the best with your strategy on not being the man who has received the shovel the most.
 
 
The rain did fall but only a bit…. but gee the humidity was a killer. I [...]

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April 1st, 2009

Not long now!

Well it is getting close now, only 18 sleeps to go (shorter for others). It’s getting very exciting. This morning we trained in the rain, only a sprinkle compared to what we are in for I’m sure. Sure good to have a hot shower afterwards… savour the moment!!!

 

Well, enjoy the next installment of photos…

 

 

John, Tanya, Belinda, Graeme and John.

John, Tanya, Belinda, Graeme and John.

 

 

Robin and John.

Robin and John.

 

John and Robin... march on boys!!!

John and Robin... march on boys!!!

 

Training group.

Training group.

 

We are getting great feedback on the blog, and encourage everyone at training to send in their photos to either tanya@red-idesign.com or belinda@red-idesign.com so we can included them.

Well it is getting close now, only 18 sleeps to go (shorter for others). It’s getting very exciting. This morning we trained in the rain, only a sprinkle compared to what we are in for I’m sure. Sure good to have a hot shower afterwards… savour the moment!!!
 
Well, enjoy the next installment of photos…
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We are [...]

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March 19th, 2009

Fit or unfit?

Training has stepped up big time this week. Intensity is insane. Although I know we are getting fitter—the training has a way of playing tricks with your mind and makes you feel as unfit as when you started! We had another couple groups start their first week with us also, they can now see that training doesn’t get any easier.


On a different subject: We heard this week that our trainer, John may not be the one going with us on our trek—devastating—will keep you up-to-date.


Mental note: May need to bribe with lamingtons!

 

Belinda and Tanya.

Belinda and Tanya (note the golden shovel in Belinda's pack!)

Richard and Belinda at Mount Coot-tha.

Richard and Belinda at Mount Coot-tha.

Training group at Mount Coot-tha.

Training group at Mount Coot-tha.

Shuttles... what joy!

Shuttles... what joy!

Jye and Peter... only 200 more to go guys... you can do it!

Jye and Peter... only 200 more to go guys... you can do it!

Madeline and Belinda

Madeline and Belinda

Madeline, Dave and Tanya

Madeline, Dave and Tanya

Rob and Belinda

Rob and Belinda

Training has stepped up big time this week. Intensity is insane. Although I know we are getting fitter—the training has a way of playing tricks with your mind and makes you feel as unfit as when you started! We had another couple groups start their first week with us also, they can now see that [...]

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March 11th, 2009

We now look the part

Last night we received our trek shirts and hats.

Belinda and Tanya showing off their new gear.

Belinda and Tanya showing off their new gear.

Last night we received our trek shirts and hats.

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February 27th, 2009

There’s a ME in Team.

Training is going great. I have started to get to know my fellow team members and we have really pulled together as a team. Its great hearing their stories and having new friends that help push you beyond your limits. I’m really enjoying this experience, I just hope Tanya gets cleared to come with us. I feel for her and still have my fingers crossed. Good luck Tanya.

 

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Dave on his 100th squatt and Madeline taking a well earned sip of water. (or is that Endura?)

Training is going great. I have started to get to know my fellow team members and we have really pulled together as a team. Its great hearing their stories and having new friends that help push you beyond your limits. I’m really enjoying this experience, I just hope Tanya gets cleared to come with us. [...]

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February 19th, 2009

Man down (maybe)

Tanya found out today that she might not be able to go ahead with the trek. She still has another test to do so fingers crossed.

Tanya found out today that she might not be able to go ahead with the trek. She still has another test to do so fingers crossed.

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February 12th, 2009

It’s really happening

Got my immunisation needles today (really hurt). The reality that this is really going to happen is starting to sink in. Got the talk the other day on what we are to expect. We are going there at the end of the the wet season, so it will be raining 80-90 percent of the time. We will be carrying our sleeping bags and tents with us the whole time (go Tanya with the rice) and we will be eating hydrated food for the duration of the trip (I’ve already started planning what meal I will have when I get back). So not the best week in regards to motivation, but I’m still standing.

Got my immunisation needles today (really hurt). The reality that this is really going to happen is starting to sink in. Got the talk the other day on what we are to expect. We are going there at the end of the the wet season, so it will be raining 80-90 percent of the time. [...]

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January 26th, 2009

Australia Day

Happy Australia Day everyone. Tanya and I went to Girraween National Park today to keep up our training routine as well as enjoy the great out doors. We walked Mt Norman (14.4km), and I have to say it was great. A Beautiful sunny day spent surrounded by the wonderful marvels of nature. Supervised training starts in just over a week. I felt good today but still have no idea how prepared I am for the real deal. Time will tell. 

 

 

Pavla, Tanya and Belinda before the 6 hour walk

Pavla, Tanya and Belinda before the 6 hour walk

 

 

The Pyramids

The Pyramids

 

 

The Pyramids

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November 15th, 2008

How the ball got rolling

In my office is a dreams list of 100 things I want to do. My friend and work colleague Tanya noticed that the Kokoda Track was on the list. Tanya has had Kokoda at the back of her mind for a while now, and after a few hours of Google searches we decided, “Lets do it”!

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In my office is a dreams list of 100 things I want to do. My friend and work colleague Tanya noticed that the Kokoda Track was on the list. Tanya has had Kokoda at the back of her mind for a while now, and after a few hours of Google searches we decided, “Lets do it”!

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