Weather: Sunny Place: Port Moresby (Owers Corner) to Goodwater Camp - 2 hours 10 minutes
06.07.2011 - 06.07.2011 28 °C
We woke at 6am and packed some last things. Had a buffet breakfast of eggs, bacon, snags and toast. Met our group again. We were taken in a minibus to Bomana War Cemetery. There were 3800 graves. It was very sad to see all the graves. Youngest person's grave we found was 19 and the oldest 48. It was stinking hot. We had a small service at the memorial and I read a prayer. We got back in the bus and drove to Owers Corner (735m). It took 1 hour and the road got very steep and narrow - I loved the bus strip. We stopped at Macdonalds Corner which is where the soldiers started their trek from. Found lots of rubber trees. Finally arrived at Owers Corner.
Stood under the Kokoda Arch!!! Met our porters, most of the other trekkers had personal porters. The porters had just walked the track from Kokoda village - it took them only 3 days!!! 28 porters are in our group. Had lunch - bread rolls with spam, lettuce, tomatoes and oranges. Both John's gave us another little briefing. Finally started walking at 12.30pm.
Very steep downhill. Crossed 5 small creeks and had to wade through the Goldie River (420m). I slipped and fell in. I was drenched but put back on my boots and kept walking. Saw an eagle and a dead cane toad. The track was very muddy. After 2 hours arrived at our campsite, Goodwater (490m) where we pasted another group heading to Owers Corner. Pitched tents and went for a swim/ wash.
Carved my walking stick (which Bardi had cut for us at Dump 66). Made friends with a dog which I named Coco. Paul, Andrew and I had an argument about the name; Paul wanted Rufus. Spent the afternoon resting and getting to know each other. Had dinner - chicken legs, peas, carrots, mashed sweet taters with gravy. Fed bones to Coco. Played cards with Tom. He beat me 2 to 1. Toasted marshmallows which we were carrying. Talked till bed time.
- On the north bank of the Goldie River we could see the metal structure of a 'flying fox' which ran from Owers Corner.
- During the first night Paul had a very bad dream and yelled out a number of times. This got 'the boys' up franticaly with bush knives at the ready. They thought he was being attacked. I woke with similar ideas. In the morning Paul had little recollection of the nights events and put it down to a side-effect of the anti-malaria drugs he was taking. Suffice to say we all had a good laugh!