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Bill Anderson conquers Kokoda
WAIKERIE man Bill
Anderson has recovered from
his ambitious adventure of
hiking the Kokoda Track, Papua
New Guinea, earlier this year.
Mr Anderson left Australia on
June 30, completed the track in nine
days, spent about three days on the
northern beaches, continued to
Popondetta then Port Moresby and
returned to Australia on July 13.
He said the experience on the
Kokoda Track was memorable, but
he also enjoyed staying with the
Papua New Guinea (PNG) people on
the northern beaches afterwards.
However, Mr Anderson did not
forget the family significance of
his trip, visiting where his uncle
was killed during one of the battles
fought in Buna in December 1942.
He also visited historic sites in-
cluding the Bomana War Cemetery,
where his uncle was eventually
Mr Anderson said he knew the
Kokoda Track would be challenging,
but was unable to imagine how hard
it would be until a few days into the
"One of the young people who
was with us got sick and had to be
helicoptered out -- that cost us four
hours one day and four hours an-
other day waiting for the helicopter
to get there," he said.
"Then day five and day six we
had to make up time, which meant
we did about 12-hour days of hiking
through some of the worst parts
"It rained solidly those two days
when we were trying to make up
"It was pretty awesome just how
challenging it was, and actually at
thought, 'Oh I just don't know how
I'm going to go tomorrow'."
Mr Anderson said when he was
experiencing fatigue he persevered
by reminding himself of the train-
ing he started in February to pre-
pare for the hike.
"Also the PNG porters were
pretty strong and resilient people,
and they were carrying a pack that
was twice as heavy as the one that I
was carrying," he said.
Mr Anderson said the PNG por-
ters were carrying 24kg packs while
playing guitars and singing, and
this spurred him on to complete the
"They're pretty awesome people,"
"Our group leader had done 80
Kokodas and my porter Michael had
done 38 Kokodas, so they're pretty
Mr Anderson said the trip was
inspiring, and he enjoyed staying
with the PNG people after the trek.
"It was a real pleasure to actual-
ly finish the Kokoda trip off and sit
and have some restful times on the
beaches there with them," he said.
"They sang, played musical
instruments, danced for us, big
welcoming ceremonies --- big hot
pot, big everything --- it was just
wonderful," Mr Anderson added.
By the time he had finished the
Kokoda Track, Mr Anderson had
lost about 20kg in body weight and
was much fitter.
Mr Anderson had been plan-
ning to do Kokoda 11 years ago, and
said he could finally cross it off his
hiking 'to do' list.
He said now that he had accom-
plished the Kokoda Track, he might
try different journeys in two years
"I think I might set my sights
on, for the next one, either Mount
Kilimanjaro or it may be even walk-
ing through Peru to Machu Picchu
perhaps," Mr Anderson added.
MR Anderson on the Kokoda Track with porter Michael.
recent trip to
The River News would like to wish
this week's Little Nipper, Klancie West,
a very happy birthday.
Klancie turned eight yesterday.
Other Little Nippers celebrating a
birthdays this week are Sienna Rust
and Macee-Lea Biggs.
Next week's Little Nipper is Benja-
Benjamin is turning seven on
Other Little Nippers celebrating
birthdays that week are Jack Coombe
and Elizabeth Kate White.
once in each
To solve a sudoku puzzle, ﬁll the
empty cells with the numbers 1 to 9
Solution No. 331
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FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY
December 2014 --- Week 4
The season is here.
Let the festivities
recipe gets a family
gathering off on the
right foot. A work
request takes you by
heats up at the
office. Join in if you
A curt discussion
with a friend leads
nowhere fast. Look
to another to inspire
Time to act, Pisces.
A shop-ping trip
uncovers a treasure.
Cherish it for a while
and then pass it on.
A phone call offers
Doubts continue to
nag at you. Explore
your feelings, Aries.
measures are put
into place at work.
Take advantage of
Disaster strikes, but
as always, you rise to
the occasion. Bravo,
will come in a most
unusual way. Travel
plans take shape.
You're a giver,
Gemini, and much
will be asked of
you this week. Be
careful that you do
not overdo it. A letter
makes an objective
all well and good,
Cancer, but if you
want to make any
going to have to
situation for yourself.
Some risks are
worth taking, and
this is one of them,
Leo. Cast aside
and take your friend
up on their offer.
A cancellation is a
Veer left, veer right.
Oh, Virgo. Your
about to get the
best of you. Be firm.
Voice your opinion,
make a decision and
stick to it.
Help is always
needed, but it isn't
always wanted. Put
your efforts where
they will be the most
appreciated, Libra. A
crush is exposed.
The time has come
for you to make
your move. Be
is watching. The
debate at home
ends with the arrival
all kinds keep you
busy all week long.
Enjoy the revelry,
Sagittarius. You will
soon have more
serious matters to
Solution to No. 627
10. Group of bees
11. Desert havens
13. Mixer drinks
16. Prayer beads
18. Marx brother
20. Pack in
21. ... lang syne
23. Small spot
31. Office worker
33. Court case
36. Ships' workers
3. Rushing sound
4. Puts on
5. Deep-voiced singer
6. Camel's kin
7. Breed of dog
12. Grind down
14. Over, poetically
19. Map inside a map
26. Nutmeg e.g.
29. Parasitic insect
30. Comfy couches
32. Company officer,
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