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 12, 2009

Day 6, Sun 12 July, Allt Fearna to Crask Inn

Day 6. Allt Fearna to Crask Inn
Date: Sun 12th July
Distance: 26.9 Km (16.7 Miles)
Total distance covered: 158.0 Km (98.2 Miles)
Distance to go: 1470.3 Km (913.6 Miles)

Today. Richard is being sponsored by Natalie and Sandy from the United States of America. The photo is of Natalie and Sandy, Sandy loves to go for walks. Natalie and Sandy wish Richard all the best for his walk.

Day 6 Report
Today I walked to Allt Fearna, where I had originally decided to camp. The site was good - one of those old round huts, with the roof long gone. However I decided to go for another 2 kilometres where I came upon a small bovy with short grass behind it, where I pitched my tent to allow it to dry and to reduce the weight. I cooked in the bovy, but slept in the tent. It was dry but very windy. I had to get up at 1 a.m. to put out a couple of extra guys.

Left the site 7.45am and picked up water at the Lodge at the east end of Loch Choire and set off round the loch. It was very windy, just like Wellington (NZ). The good part about the wind is that it grounded the midge airways, so no further takeoffs and landings on my lower limbs!

I thought the hardest part of the walk would be the climb to the saddle separating the loch from the Crask Inn. It started to rain again, but the wind eased. I lost the path at the top of the pass and had to climb up to see the path below. It was a hard walk to the Crask Inn over very boggy country, the path being indistinct at times. For those that have walked the Penine Way, it was a cross between the Cheviots and the Brown Rigg Head areas without the benefit of flagstones.

I was pleased to reach the Crask Inn. It is a beautiful spot with a very pleasant couple running the inn. No power, no TV, apart from a generator.

My legs are giving me gyp - each little bite is inflamed and itch like mad. I will not be wearing shorts again while camping in Scotland.

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