It was quite damp in the morning when I got up at 8 am, but that was no problem because I wanted to do some shopping
before leaving Gretna, and that left enough time for the tent to dry. When I came back from town I talked a while to the
man who had his tent next to mine. He was german as well and on the road with the motorbike. He was heading back to
Germany and still had to drive all the way through England.
When I left Gretna at 10.30 it was sunny and pretty warm. And compared to the last days, there nearly was no wind so it
was very good weather for cycling. I first followed the B721, B724 and B725 along the Solway Firth to Dumfries. As I had
still enough time left before turning towards Glasgow I then headed south along the A710.
When I reached the small village of New Abbey, I was surprised to find the church there in a pretty good shape
compared to the big abbeys in the Border area. And I have to admit, I never saw a lawn this green like the one in the
church. I hope the picture can give you an impression of that.
After checking my map I first decided to head west until I reached Newton Stewart and then follow the B7027 to Barrhill
because there was a camping site marked on my map. But after cycling for a while and checking my map again I saw that
there was another camping site in Parton at Loch Ken. As I was quite tired I decided to go there. And I have to say it
was a good decision, because the place in Parton was really beautiful.
After putting up the tent and cooking dinner I first wrote my last three postcards and then went for a walk along Loch
Ken. It was a beautiful sight with the sinking sun and I really enjoyed the quiet end of the day.