Supposed to be a
5am revaly but I was up, dressed & packed by 4.30am. I wasn’t wearing a watch & had turned off
my phone as no service since Monday! Plumbing Boy & the porters were awake & I’d heard the hot water pot go on, so decided it
must have been time to get up. It had
stopped raining thankfully. K’s cold
had come back & was feeling worse for wear with a horrid cough & nose blowing required. Dad was still suffering gurgly guts &
wasn’t feeling great.
More of the same
trekking as yesterday til morning tea around 11am where we’d clambered up a
cool steep hill & then onto Guadagasal for lunch @ around 2.30pm.
Guadagasal was a
well kept village of maybe 10 huts, the lawn looked manicured although they did
not have a lawn mower! The sun was out so we tried to dry off what we could before moving on.
Back down the mount
to the river which we crossed 6 or 7 times to reach Mubo. Lots of fun, but very wet boots!
the way to the river I saw 2 big pigs in the bush before the river.I’d gone on ahead with some of the porters
while the others were filling their water containers @ a water point.The boy’s I was with had the hot water pot
& the pigs apparently thought we’d come with scraps (the pigs belonged to the village).They called out to the piggies “I am not your
mother!!! I am not your father!!! I have no food for you!!!!” followed by much
laughter & a few stones thrown to shoo them away from us!One was a big boy & I was only slightly
worried he was going to chase us!I was
in good hands however!
Mubo was the largest village we’d seen & we set up camp in the grade 5 room. English is taught as well as the native language in schools across PNG.
We all slept together on the floor of the classroom, again early dinner, by now & last night included no-one (except PB & I!) could be bothered getting “matching” ration packs. Reg & Dave reckoned they all tasted the
same & to just grab whatever. We
were now mixing roast lamb & veg, with Chicken a la King, with Chicken
Tikka Marsala, with Teriyaki Beef. I can
tell you, it only took 1 Teriyaki beef to make the lot taste like Teriyaki!!!