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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.
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????

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4 Responses to “Ahhh the GOLDEN SHOVEL”

  1. Johnny Chad

    Lucky we didn’t have the “Shit Off”…. i would’ve got the “please explain” from the boss and the police..
    Reward you say Belle? … that will be handed out on the track :)

  2. Graeme

    In the first pic, Justin looks like he’s using “The Force” to determine the next recipient

  3. Murray Smith

    brownies, gifts of thanks and the chuckster is still trying to suggest he will hand out punishment rather than reward for the golden shit shovel. C’mon JC we all know under that rugged chuckster exterior lies the beating heart of a marshmellow easter bunny. Belle and I just can’t wait for the rewards to start coming our way!

  4. Madeline

    LOL - perhaps Muzz and belle should be turning to Justin to use ‘the force’ to get their rewards! i wonder how JC would match up to ‘the force’ … I’m taking bets ;)

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