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

Monday, August 16, 2010

Day 5 Llanthony to Hay on Wye

We left the Half Moon at 9:15am, and made our way back up onto the Hatterrall ridge. There was low cloud, so it was nice and cool, and we didn't overheat on the climb. We stopped at regular intervals to take in the marvellous atmospheric view back down to the priory, the view gradually improving as we ascended. We reached the ridge in low cloud, and visibility was limited so we used the gps to sort out which path to take when a choice of two became available.

We had a great walk along the ridge and the weather gradually improved as the day wore on. There were quite a few day walkers out again. We left the Offa's Dyke path to take in Hay Bluff and the views were really worth the extra effort. We met up again with the South African walker, Peter, who we had chatted to over dinner at the Half Moon the previous evening. He just arrived as we were leaving.

There were lots of people climbing Hay Bluff from the car park and the paths are pretty badly eroded. There were even a few people making multiple ascents and then paragliding down.

We didn't pay enough attention when we joined the road, and missed our turn off but we were able to regain it by walking around the edge of Tack Wood. Then followed a pleasant, at times steep, descent into Hay on Wye through woodland and fields. On the way to our B&B, 'Rest for the Tired', we passed a laundrette which we will visit tomorrow as we are taking the day off to see the sights.

We popped down to the Wye in the evening and the view from the bridge was pure enchantment. A fast flowing river, with swans and cygnets on a small island in the middle and two men flyfishing in the distance. A perfect image of rural England but for the fact that we are in Wales!

No comments:

Post a Comment