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

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Day 17, Thu 23 July, Pitlochry to Inver Dunkeld

I haven’t been looking at my e-mails, blog and comments etc. I’m ringing home and telling them of my days’ activities and they update the blog. When I get to Edinburgh I will try and catch up with my e-mails etc.

Bit hard starting off the next day. Had such a great time in the pub last night it felt quite lonely on my own!

I climbed above the A9 on a quiet road to start with – a beautiful pastoral scene, very green, rain clouds scudding across the sky. I was reminded of Beethoven’s 6th Symphony. After about 7 kilometres I came to a junction. Had to decide whether to head towards Ballinouig or carry on the high road above the A9. I met a chap walking his dog and he told me that there was an A9 service station in Ballinouig so headed there for brunch and then walked along cycle route 83 to Dunkeld. Made good time (it was harder going on the high road). I went to the Inver camp site which is about 1 mile to the east of Dunkeld … which means that I will 1 mile further to go to-morrow!

I had my evening meal at the Royal Dunkeld Hotel where I met Alan and Elsa. Alan was in his eighties, a survivor of bowel cancer and Elsa suffers quite badly from glaucoma and the side effects. They had such a positive outlook on life. Alan’s arm was strapped due to RSI from spending too much time on the internet. The doctor didn’t think it was too bad until Alan mentioned that it was interfering with his golf! I passed a very enjoyable with them. They have relatives in Auckland, New Zealand.

I know that I have been going on about midges, but I now have a replacement obsession to go on about – cleggs. The nuclear armed version of the midge, who not only take blood, but flesh as well!

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