Yesterday I caught the 6.40AM bus from Ayr to Stranraer via Girvan to collect the teacher and Spike en route and another bus to Portpatrick where the Southern Upland Way commences. Starting off at 9.30AM this was to be a test of fitness and stamina with Spike setting the pace,well those of you that know him this was just short of running. We had a good laugh in the windy sunshine and completed the 10 mile walk in just a little over 3 hours with only brief stops to either admire views or take on water. I must make comment on the state of the S.U.W. path which was atrocious in places after the last time I was on it. The recent dry spell has improved it in places but some duckboards for the winter months still need to placed on the stretch beside Knockquhassen Reservoir.