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 30, 2009

Day 23 Edinburgh to Newtongrange

Last night coming back on the bus from my day in Edinburgh I saw, I thought I saw a building in the Firth of Forth that wasn’t there in the morning. It was one of those enormous cruise ships, moored near the Forth Rail Bridge! I also did my washing. Put 3 pounds in the machine – nothing happened, tried again with another 3 pounds – nothing happened Had to bite the bullet and disturb the staff. This is a common fault. You have to slam the lid to get it going!

It rained during the night but was in the morning. I left about 8.15 in bright sunshine so I had no excuse when I managed to set off in the wrong direction! I realised my mistake after one kilometre. It didn’t matter however, as I finished up on cycle route 1km into Edinburgh which took me southwest on a very quiet disused railway track. I turned off towards Haymarket Railway station then crossed another park area where I sat on a park bench to air my feet. It was a good route if you want to bypass Edinburgh but doesn’t give you an idea of the character of the city.

As I went south the area gradually became more rural. I took what I thought was a short cut on another old railway track approaching the campsite at Lothianbridge, across farmland. It was a bit boggy and meandered somewhat. I think it would have better to have taken the main road via Tescos.

Lothianbridge campsite is situated under the old viaduct. I camped under one of the arches in case it rained (it didn’t) and in the morning noticed a sign saying ‘Danger. Falling Masonary’.

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