I’ve been put up for a couple of days by fellow travel bloggers Esther & Warren, who cycled around the world for three years finishing up their odyssey back in Scotland. Like me, they experienced nothing but kindness in all their time of being strangers on the open road.
Next morning their neighbour, Matt a retired ambulance driver, offers to drive me back to the coast along beautiful winding roads, his wife sitting in the back, reminds him to slow down at regular intervals! It’s a special kind of Scottish sun today that delivers absolutely no heat.
I’m thrilled to be onto the first cliffs of the Scottish coast at Sandyhills bay. I find it an exhilarating sense of freedom, almost like flying, to walk on rolling fields by the edge of a sea cliff. The sunlight today is very vivid, like Velvia transparency film and there is barely any wind.
The Solway is very shallow here with a texture between mercury and silk through which a complex pattern of intersecting waves gently pulsates. I marvel that, even after two and a half years of spending a significant amount of time staring at the sea that it can surprise me anew like this.
I chat with a man walking his dog. It turns out this is an unusual event for him as he usually’s running. “I must do it more often, you see a lot more walking”. He tells me about his remarkable career as an ultra-marathon runner, which includes being the first Brit to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days, “That was hard, all eating and sleeping were in airports”.
Read about Esther & Warrens’s four-year epic cycling around the world at their blog The Sportswool Diaries