This year I’m going to write a blog post for each day of my TGO Challenge crossing and base the post on one photograph from that day. The photo won’t necessarily be the most stunning scenery but will be something that triggers memories for me.
Day 11 – Tuesday 22nd May 2018
If you’ve read this far you’re probably wondering just how bad today is going to be. I mean, you’re probably picking up on the fact that I was having a pretty tough time on this year’s TGO Challenge. I admit that I wasn’t skipping along gaily but my cold had all but gone and my perseverance on the really tough days had reminded me that I CAN DO THIS, so my mood was much improved. Light drizzle all day kept me in my waterproof trousers but I was pleased to walk 30km in just over 8 hours with a break for a cheese wrap in St Margaret’s churchyard in Forgue.
The photograph shows farmland and a pile of steaming / smoking (?) cow muck. I was wondering if it had been set alight or does it generate enough heat by itself to start smoking? Over the next couple of days, I saw several tractors pulling wagons of steaming poo. Where do they take it? Were they moving it away from where they didn’t want it? Or to somewhere where there is a market for it? These are the important questions which fill my mind on a long distance walk.
Whenever I see a pile of manure it reminds me of the last camp on my second TGO Challenge in 2007 when I asked a farmer if I could pitch in the corner of his field right next to a huge pile of dung. He said yes.