Well, a bit of a change from vineyard work!

With my daughter, viagra Emma, more about I walked the Kokoda Trail, following the path of the 39th Militia Battalion in their retreat from Kokoda, fighting every inch of the way a force six times their strength and better trained.

Why the mullahs of the day chose the militia, rather than properly trained regular AIF soldiers to complete this task is beyond me.

Nevertheless, the 39th was crowned in glory through their courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice.  These words are recorded for all time on the monument at Isurava and in the words of an  observer when they were relieved at Menari:

“Those ragged bloody heroes”

Apart from the obvious – spending a fortnight with Emma, who left home 18 years ago, the experience was indeed life-changing,, embracing history, culture, emotion and a big physical challenge for this 63 year old grape farmer.

Anyone contemplating this venture should consider a six-month training program, unless you are an accomplished athlete already.  I have a list of things that are a must to take in future.

About Rusty Cook

Born Bushey Herts UK in 1945. Migrated to Australia 1949. Schooled in Launceston Tas. Served in the RAAF 1963-1986 initially as an instrument mechanic, graduating from 64 pilots course in 1968. Service in Vietnam 1971. Graduate: Navy Staff College in 1984. Retired as Wing Commander 1986. Graduate: Charles Sturt University 1987 with BAppSc (Wine Science). A decade of wine politics 1987 - 2007 including state president (Tas) and national vice-president of the Winemakers Federation of Australia. State services member: Veterans Review Board 1991 - 2015 and chairman of Life Education Tasmania Inc 2007 - 2013. Passionate about wine; keen trekker in PNG; military history.
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