Sat. July 2008, 19th.
Sun rised at 5.30... as did the traffic in the service area. We moved and picked up the campsite. It's horrible to have to put a wet trouser on. We take a really bad coffee in the building (we didn't find good coffee anywhere in the island, but this was the worse by much). While, we tried to heat wet clothes with the heaters of the bathroom. Rain continued, so this time we put on our waterproofs as they give hot too (over the goretex too!). We went back to Penrith and then took the road to Ullswater and the Kirkstone Pass. Did I say it? I love that roads!
We were seeing your cemeteries with fascination, as in Spain they are almost closed to public, in a mixture of respect, shyness and fear to Death. We liked yours.
We took a rest in Windermere, under a shy sun who fighted to shine. Then we rode to Keswick. We were enjoying a lot the landscapes of this Lake's District, and we could compare it to our region (Asturias, Spain), which is very similar to it, without the lakes (we have valleys and rivers instead).
In Keswick there were a lot of people shopping in the mountaineering outlets, as weather didn't allow them to walk in the wilderness (poor chickens!). We liked the strong stone constructions in both villages, Windermere and Keswick. We have very similar constructions in Leon mountains here, in the zone of Piedrafita de Babia. There must be because of the long periods of snow and cold, as stone is a good isolation.
After Keswick we rode to Bothel and Carlisle, to enter at last into Scotland. When we crossed to Scotland, the sun shined (and you was thinking in Scotland always rains!
). We turned left to Dumfries, but before reaching it, we diverted to see Caerlaverock Castle.
We rode then to the Travelodge in Dumfries, as we didn't want to sleep in the tent again. It was near 2pm, and receptionist didn't give us a room till 3pm. We told her we would come back at 3pm, and please to make a reservation. She agreed, and we went to buy something to eat. At 14.45 we went back to the hotel and she was giving rooms everybody. What the f***, damn girl, we almost didn't get one! :blast
After leaving all the things drying in the room, we made a short trip to Sweetheart Abbey.
We went back to Dumfries and made a walk through the center looking for a cibershop to connect to internet, but didn't find anything, only WIFI areas. We saw a lot of churches "Assasin's Creed"-style, ten at least.
Before dinner, we had some ale pints in a pub, where they were concentrated watching golf. How scottish! We liked that pub, and Abbot's too!
That night, we felt asleep really soon.