Tuesday, July 15th – 14 miles to Bowness on Solway. Our last day of hiking!
My feet, knees, and hips felt achy today – was I getting sick? Kathie and I slowed down after lunch (just past Burgh on Sands where there’s a statue of Edward I).
Supposedly, he died in a battle against Robert the Bruce in 1307. Kathie thinks he died of dysentery. Ick. He must not have washed his hands after taking off his trail-muddied boots.
Earlier in the day, cows (actually, I think they were young bulls) chased us all out of their pasture. Then after lunch, several young bulls blocked our way on the path and gave us the evil eye. We just kept our heads down and hustled by to the road. What’s with these guys?
We passed a fortified house, chatted with a lady about flowers and shopping in Jenners (Edinburgh) and stopped in the Highland Laddie pub for sodas before the final stretch.
Then we followed a nice road along the tidal flats, where there were lots of birds and sheep. You can see Scotland across the River Eden!
This guy was haafnet fishing. (From the Dictionary of Ichthyology: "Haaf net = a Scottish salmon net in the form of a large bag on a frame (5 m by 1 m). It is held by hand in tidal areas until a salmon is felt entering and then lifted to catch the fish. Haaf is from the Norwegian for open sea.") The next day we learned that you can actually walk across the flats here to Scotland when the tide's out. You just have to watch out for the quicksand. Yikes!
We ended victoriously in Bowness on Solway in a little lean-to shelter.
Veni, vidi, vici!
Anybody know what this means? Hail, Maia? I thought these guys were Roman!?!!!
We stayed in another lovely B&B, a nice place called The Old Rectory. This was our bathroom. Luxury!
After dinner at the King’s Arms Pub,
...we checked out St. Michael’s cemetery.
Kathie went back out for her traditional sunset photo and met up with a hedgehog.
It’s a good thing she didn't meet up with something bigger and more ferocious. She woulda been on her own because I was sacked out when she finally got back.
Of course, Kathie had to take her traditional end-of-the-trail boots photo.
The next morning, we caught a ride back to Carlisle with the father of the King’s Arms owner. As we passed the scenery we'd walked by the afternoon before, I cried silently to myself. I'd say I was just being overly emotional because I was tired, except I've been missing England and Scotland ever since we got back. WAH!!!