Our early morning
transport was a 40ft speed boat! Very
Departure was scheduled for 6.30am
which of course meant 7am by the time we cast off. 1 hour later & we were back in Lae &
met by the blue mini van to transit us back to our hotel. A final farewell to our porters with a group
photo & a bit of an award ceremony to them.
Originally we’d decided to leave everything with Kerry to distribute to
the boys fairly however Kerry had not proven himself to be as honorable as
we’d originally thought, spending the other boys dinner money on Saturday night
on 2 cases of beer & taking off to his brother in laws with it, not even
sharing with the boys among other things.
Plumbing Boy gave a bit of a
thank you speech while I handed out our gifts.
Dave had already given his boots to Ray who was wearing them & Ray
had handed his old boots on to one of the other boys!
The rest went as follows:
#A pair of socks for every man who wanted a
pair with at least one pair of my thick purple socks for Ray.
#PB's shirt also went to Ray.
#Dad left his day pack & stainless steel
bowl & cutlery to John (remedying my quandary of how to thank him!).
#We left our mugs & headlamps (K’s to
Paul 1), Dad’s to Roger (who ended up carrying his bag the most), mine to
Shadow (PB’s choice) & PB's to Sowi (I think!).
#I also decided to leave behind my trekking
shirt which was from the fun run I’d done in Warrnambool in January. Unsure if any of the boy’s would actually
want a girls shirt, I didn't leave it to anyone in particular, just if anyone
wanted it, & if not, to give it to someone in their village who needed a
shirt. PB impressed upon them the
importance of the shirt being that it was from the hometown of Dad & myself which
was why we wanted to leave it. One of
the guys grabbed it put it on straight away.
I was so surprised that I cannot tell you who it was (Sowi according to PB!). Back to the hotel
for a lazy day of chilling out by the pool swimming, eating & having a few
well earned bevvies. We met 2 x newbies
who were off in 2 days with Reg to trek the shaggy ridge. They weren't that new though, having done
(& met at) Kokoda last year with our tour company & we dinner with them that night at the hotel before a day of sight seeing around Lae to follow the next day.