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 26, 2009

Day 19, Sat 29 July, Perth to Kinross

Left the camp site about 7.30am and got MacDonalds by 8am. Had a cooked breakfast followed by pancakes!

The walk was mainly on the road and the weather warm and sunny. There was a private track across a farm (Mains Condi), where I had my only conversation of the ‘walking’ part of the day. (I filled up with water and was allowed to use the track.). The route goes down into Pathstruie and then up into a forest -- Hard work.

I got the campsite at about 4.15 pm and collapsed into the chair in the office!

I had about a 20 minute walk to find somewhere for my evening meal and arrived at ‘The Green’ at about 8pm. ‘Oh, you’re a bit late’ was the response but seeing that there was only one they fitted me in! Late? At 8 pm on a Saturday night? However, I did have a very nice meal (chicken wrapped in parma ham with a mustard sauce followed by a cheese board).

I went looking for somewhere for breakfast for the next morning and somehow got the wrong route back to the campsite which put a further 20 mins on to my day. Feel quite exhausted so may change my route tomorrow to avoid my having to wild camp and find a B&B.

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