About my blog

CLL is the acronym for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia. CLL is the most common cancer of the blood. However, unlike many other leukaemias, CLL is incurable. Innovative research is desperately needed to provide treatments which are more effective than the derivatives of chemical warfare agents currently in use. Research however costs money.

In 2009 I walked from John o'Groats in the north east of Scotland to Land's End in the south west of England. Hence the acronym JOGLE. The purpose of my walk was to make more people aware of this insidious disease and to encourage them to sponsor me by donating to the research groups I was supporting. It was a most enjoyable experience and I met some wonderful people. Together we raised over 2000 pounds for the cause. Thank you everyone!

In, 2010, the blog was being continued for those who may have be interested in following my walking holiday in Wales. This was not a charity walk.

Sadly this year, 2013, Alan Frost, a senior member of the Wednesday Loafers, our cancer support group, passed away. Many medics will tell you that CLL can be cured by a bone marrow transplant. Alan had battled with the cure for many years. More research is needed, but significant progress has been made since I started this blog.

CLL is still killing my friends. The organizations listed at the side of this blog would welcome any contributions you would like to make towards their research.

Please feel free to pass on the details of this site to anyone you think may be interested. The link is www.cancerwalker.com

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Day 12, Saturday 18th July Inverness to Tomatin

Rained all night. My legs were itching so much that I couldn't get to sleep so tried just using the liner and wrapping my shoulders in the sleeping bag. Woke at 4am, cold! However got back into the bag and slept until nearly 8am. It was still raining, but not so hard.

It took about an hour to get to the roundabout where I picked up General Wades Military Road - more like General Wades Military stream - the track is very overgrown with grasses up to my knees and shrubbery up to my shoulders. It took about 2 hours to get where the track crosses the B9154. The going was much easier then, being through a forest. The track runs parallel to the A9. Somewhere along the line I took a wrong turn and found myself on the A9. I back tracked for about 15 mins and found the correct path again only to halted by a raging torrent! Usually this is a stream, but no way I could tackle the torrent! So I back tracked again to the A9.

I reached the B&B at Tomatin, where I was able to dry out everything and had an excellent evening meal.


  1. Glad that you reached the B&B and get to spend a night inside. I hope you can find something to relieve the itching - cortisone cream or Benedryl??
    I don't know the names of things across the pond, but there must be something that would give at least some relief.

  2. Hi Pat I am taking loratadine every day until I get out of midge country. I also have antihistamine cream but I think the best approach is to try not getting bitten in the first place. It's a week later now and the bites have calmed down quite a bit just faint scars but no itch.