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

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Day 16, Wed 22 July, Allt Sheicheachan to Pitlochry

Day 16
Allt Sheicheachan to Pitlochry
Date: Wed 22 July
Distance: 25.2 km (15.7 Miles)
Distance covered: 394.3 Km (245.0 Miles)
Distance to go: 1234.0 Km (766.8 Miles)

Day 16 Report
Left the bothy at 8.30, met another mountain biker called Dave. Just before Blair Castle I was told of a short cut to Blair, by Edward and Edward.

Blair Castle was impressive. A pity that I felt I needed to get along the way, rather than stop for a bit of sight seeing. It started to rain as I left, but I was on a sheltered avenue – with magnificent trees leading from the castle. I met someone walking his dogs. He pointed me in the right direction (I was a little disorientated by visiting the castle), passed an old corn mill, where I had lunch, crossed the river on a foot bridge and set off to Killiecrankie. It was raining heavily there so I popped into the Killiecrankie Hotel for afternoon tea. The receptionist was on the net, so I mentioned my blog and when the waiter brought me my tea it was ‘on the house’. Many thanks Henrietta (proprietress). I will put the money towards the charity. Very nice cream tea!

Between Killiecrankie and Pitlochry I lost my map. Luckily I met a young father with his daughter on his back, his young son by his side (T and CO – hope your Dad has time to talk to you now C!). He guided me to Pitlochry, where I pitched my tent in a very nice campsite and had my first shower in three days and did all my washing.

I found a pub for my the evening meal and met 3 fellows from Duham, who had just returned from JoG using small motor cycles, retracing a trip one of them had done more than 40 years (I think) ago.

They gave 15 pounds for the charities. Many thanks.

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