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Drove down several motorways from Stirling to Dumfries. Then to Caerlaverock Castle.
What a contrast from Stirling yesterday!
Caerlaverock is the ancient seat of the MAXWELL family and now no more than a splendid ruin in an idyllic settling. Fiona and Rowan had been there in 2006. Situated almost on the sea, south of Dumfries, surrounded by a moat, it was fantastic to wander through the ruin and imagine John's distant ancestors living there! Built in ...
... through Kielder towards Galashiels. This is brilliant driving country, fast and open with only a few towns and villages to impose speed limits. I am mostly familiar with the A1 route, which hugs the (admittedly fantastic) coast, but I would also definitely like to return here and explore this area more fully. It's probably a good thing that it is fast though, because it's over 100 miles to Edinburgh and we have a date with a former colleague of Stu's at the University.
... the next cairn in the distance. As it leveled out I thought I had reached the summit, wrong. I had read that this was the case, you kept thinking you had reached the top as you crest a number of false summits, but until you reach the trig point and topping stone you need to keep going. By now the wind stronger than I had ever been in for a sustained period. The loneliness and desolation gave me a strange feeling of euphoria and the cloud cover only helped make this ...
Friends, Romans, Countrymen . . . (Couldn't help myself.) It's hard to get away from the presence and impact of Rome when visiting Europe. It’s everywhere. Although its star faded to insignificance fifteen hundred years ago, for the eleven hundred years preceding that, Rome was the king of the hill. In round numbers, from 750 BC to 400 AD, no other place or empire on the planet in all of history has come remotely close to the size, power, longevity and influence ...
I just did my first 6km and having a thermos coffee at Mithraeum which was a Roman temple...and a Peroni sausage of course - only 2 left!
Walk until here was basically all uphill, so hoping Newtonian laws apply in the borderlands - everything that goes up must come down.
Plenty of people walking as expected but in same direction so I feel they must have travelled here direct (especially the Swiss couple who were prepared for winter storms ...