Day 24 Tues 22nd March: Apologies if I sound obsessed with food, but based on my first 36hrs up here, the Scots’ reputation for uninteresting food is totally unfair. I’ve already alluded to last night’s great choices of local fayre at The Nith. Breakfast did not disappoint. A large bowl of porage (or porridge if you prefer) followed by the biggest ever plate of kippers increased my fully laden weight on the bike today. Maybe that’s why my average speed dropped. Or was it the extra 10 miles and the many hills? Sorry to repeat the reference to today’s kippers, but that’s just what they did to me all the way to Kippford. Repeat. Many thanks to Andy (DLA) at Kippford Lifeboat Station for signing my chart at the first of many Scottish Lifeboat Stations. A beautiful setting on the tranquil but often treacherous Urr Water estuary. Sad to hear that the likes of Amazon is killing off yet another local business. Who’d have thought that not even a harbourside boatyard/chandlers like Andy’s is safe? Next, the Solway Coast trail to Kirkcudbright via some stunning vistas. Great time here in Kbt with perfect hosts. Can’t thank Rab Tomson enough. More to follow, with Days 23&24 photos, soon. Tired. Big day tomorrow, early start.