We recently watch the TV series Band of Brothers & it rekindled my interest in the Kokoda Track.
Kokoda is something I've wanted to do for a while now & I finally started looking at tours this week. I'd settled on a particular company & then started to ponder where it was my Grandpa fought in relation to Kokoda. I started searching place names & Kokoda based on the information I had & found The Black Cat Track. This is where my Grandpa was. He references many of the points in the series of posts I did 2010 about his life. I've linked the first post, there were 2 more if you can be bothered going back to read them.
I'm so excited! I can't believe the track he fought on is called the Black Cat. My nickname is Cat, I have a black cat, I love black cats, I barrack for the Cats.........it was meant to be!!!! I've emailed Dad & my Aunt & Uncle (Grandpa's 3 kids) to see if they are interested. Dad has expressed interest, as has Mum although she's not sure either of them will be fit enough to do it. Plumbing Boy is in. Did I tell you how excited I am? :0) I'd love to do it with my Dad; or either of his siblings. My aunt & I sat with Grandpa in hospital the day he passed away & have shared a special bond since then. My uncle is tops as well; although he has a heart condition, so may not be good candidate.
I've emailed my expression of interest for the 2013 trip; just waiting to hear back. I was almost in tears just reading the itinerary alongside the documentation I have on Grandpa. I imagine it will be a very emotional time for me, but that's OK. I cant wait to stand where he stood. I can't quite describe how I feel about the affect/effect War had on not just him, but all involved. It fills me with such sadness at the awful things they encountered. I am also very proud of the Man he was. I'd better change subjects before I need to wipe my eyes again.
I've updated my running page & have almost finished week 3 of a 10 week training program for the 10km fun run I've signed up for; 1 run left to go this week. I did my first 6.5km in a long time yesterday morning (it was 3 degrees & bloody cold let me tell you!) & my calves are feeling it still! I'll post the program soon so you can give me heaps if I slack off. I need to knuckle down next week & get some weight & cross training happening. I've got the ANZAC spirit with me now, so I'd better HTFU & do it!
Hope you all have a marvelous weekend. I hope the catters will be using hawk feathers for toothpicks later tonight.....................