Hey this is TA calling in from Day 21. From an elevation of 4000 m, in a little Karka. A little yak pasture beside the Ding samba khola. We gained about 800m today, to position ourselves to move to our high camp tomorrow in preparation for going over our next path the lamba samba. We had a great day. I had 20 244 steps and 315 floors on this find your fit Friday. 13.38 km. Marian had 19 732, 305 floors and 13.69 km and Camolina had 20 747 for 13.73 km. We started our day, walking behind a bunch of young calves that were being herded out of town to go and graze so I practiced my herding. And then a little while later Marian and I found ourselves walking behind a yak for quite a while, until finally it turned and noticed us and went off the path which is good because you don’t actually want to get too close to the yak. They are a little skittish and they have very big horns.
But walking behind such animals gave me an opportunity to think about gobar and gobar is the Nepali word for dung, or animal poop or the stuff that comes out of the wrong end of the critters. And here in Nepal you see a lot of gobar. What’s interesting is that gobar has a lot of use besides for just sitting on the ground. Some folks here raise livestock so that they can actually have the products from the animal. Milk or meat. Some raise the livestock for fertilizer so they use that gobar to fertilize their garden, so that they have a source of keeping their soil working for growing things. And in Olungchungola what we saw is that they were using gobar for fuel to both cook and heat their homes. On some of the rock walls, you would see gobar plastered into little patties, drying on the sides of the houses and once they are dried they are stacked up like cord wood. And these kerosene get them started in the stoves and they can use them for cooking or heating. It has a distinctive sweet smell and so it is not just poop. It is actually very useful here. Very useful and as a trekker and gobar we actually have to be kind of mindful. The stuff that has been on the ground for awhile is not too bad but you definitely want to avoid an encounter with fresh gobar because if it fills your treads its not a pretty thing.
Hope you are finding your fit here on this find your fit Friday. We are celebrating the fact that we in the project have each gained about 400,000 steps, so that is pretty exciting. We are 4 tenths of the way to our goal of a million steps. We’ve also broken the 200 km mark and today was the second highest number of floors that we’ve climbed on the trip so far. And if anyone who has a spare moment could go to the fit bit website and look at what the definition of floor is, we’d be thrilled and can text that into us because we’re just (inaudible) ten feet when we think about floors but who knows maybe they use 13 or 15 feet, I am not exactly sure. Finding your fit is always a great way to be physically active. Some of us, as always do it through walking like we’re doing here and we hoping you will join us in walking. Others find it through skipping, through ice hockey, soccer or maybe a martial art so hopefully you can find something that is fun and that fits your lifestyle here on this find your fit friday.
Brianne thanks for letting me know that the spot locations are going through. That is great news. Karen thanks for the texts, check your office voicemail for a reply and to everyone else, a big hello to the grade 4’s at Bishop fields elementary school. Hope you’re having fun being explorers in your neighborhood and in your schoolyard and Happy Spring. We’re not sure if it is spring today or spring tomorrow since we definitely have 4 seasons here today. We’re having snow at the moment. Seems we wake up to sunny blue skies and by about 2 o’clock we’re tucked in and it’s snowing and ideally like we were today, tucked in and out of the snow before it hits. So that is it for find your fit Friday here on the great big walk. Thanks for tuning in and we’ll catch you from tomorrow. Bye!
Total Steps for TA: 20 244 steps, 315 floors
Total Steps for Marian: 19 732, 305 floors
Total Distance for TA: 13.38 km
Total Distance for Marian: 13.69 km
Great Big Walk acknowledges the support of the Memorial University of Newfoundland Quick Start Fund for Public Engagement in making these updates from the field possible.