A Taste of the Trail

1.0 Kokoda - Grass & Mountains 21.1 Kokoda - Owers Corner Sign

…the Kokoda Trail, that is. To quote beloved Wikipedia (do donate…where would we be without them??!!), “The Kokoda Trail or Track is a single-file foot thoroughfare that runs 96 kilometres (60 mi) overland — 60 kilometres (37 mi) in a straight line — through the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea. The track is the most famous in Papua New Guinea and is known for being the location of the World War II battle between Japanese and Australian forces in 1942.”

Last Sunday, the POM Bushwalking group (there’s a facebook page, you know?) dipped its toe into the first chunk of the Kokoda Trail, from Owers Corner down to the Goldie River. It is very beautiful, very muddy, intensely steep in many places, and if the sun is shining then downright brutal coming back uphill. I may be playing tennis a few hours a week in the evenings here, but I still felt like my little old heart would give out on the uphill return in the hot sun. One goes through that marker directly above and then steeply downhill past what you can see in the very first pic: notice how, behind the grass, all you see is the next range of hills — well, that’s on the other side of the Goldie River, I guess…and you notice it doesn’t look all that far away, meaning one goes very steeply down, then very steeply back up. And to do the whole trail, one does this many times in the space of the above-mentioned 96km. This may give some idea why, in WWII, the front line between Allied and Japanese forces ran along the mountains here.

1.2 Kokoda - Owers Corner

2.0 Kokoda - Mushrooms & Step 2

The orang mushroom photo is the “my heart was about to over-extend itself, so I had stop and drink and rest, so to look less like a wuss I took some photos to appear purposeful”  shot.2.1 Kokoda - Creek

2.2 Kokoda - Mtns & Cloud

3.0 Kokoda - Mountains & Jungle

…this is a short post. We’re intensely busy at work, but as you know, I don’t really do work on this blog. It’s about me and what I’m seeing here. So we’ll leave it at that for now and hope this small taste of the trail is interesting for y’all. Peace, out.3.1 Kokoda - Mushrooms & Step

3.2 Kokoda - Grass & Mountains

5 responses

  1. Lovely shots.

    May 19, 2013 at 00:46

  2. Stephen Brockmann

    Hi Paul–Great pictures, as usual! And the trail looks wonderful! I’d love to do it myself, although if it was tough for you it might well be impossible for me. Anyway, I also loved the orange mushroom!

    May 20, 2013 at 22:19

  3. Diane Rachiele

    Bon courage Paul – love the bit about the mushroom – so funny, so real – so human! Cheers!

    May 20, 2013 at 23:39

  4. Bill McCuskey

    Nice walk in the woods, Paul. Great pix; you do nice work, walking and shooting and thinking. I’m jealous. Sure beat my just-completed 10day round-trip Maine to DC on superhighways………… 🙂

    May 22, 2013 at 09:22

  5. amelia

    I always wanted to walk that trail… never did get to it. Could you imagine doing it with a 50lb pack on your back? I am sure you thought about it too!
    hugs amelia

    May 29, 2013 at 05:03

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