Specialist historic vehicle tours
Route Barrée - 5th March 2014
Many thanks for your deposits for this year's tours. Almost every expression of interest has been followed by a cheque or bank transfer of a deposit to secure a room.
There are spaces available still on all of the tours. The July German tour to Daun has only a couple of rooms and the September tour 'Up North' has five. Each of these hotels will then be full and I am unable to get any more rooms.
I have placed adverts in the VMCC Journal for April and May and in the British Two Stroke Club magazine for the year. I hope to attract a few more riders for the French tour in May, where I would like to fill three more rooms. I am really looking forward to going back to the Pays de Bray, with its rolling hills and gentle valleys. I like the fact that it is abroad but not too far away. I also enjoy the way the Frenchmen get excited in the Saturday market in Neufchatel when I show an interest in the live birds on sale in the market. I like the idea of turning up at Calais, on a motorcycle, with a live quail or a goose in my rucksack as I attempt to get through the border controls.
The tours in prospect - repeated from last month
I am still waiting for the days to lengthen and the temperatures to rise a little before setting out to plan new routes. I shall use some from previous years but aim always to offer you something new.
Lost in France - Neufchatel en Bray
Lost in the Lap of Luxury (Lost in the Cotswolds)
Lost in Germany - Daun in the Vulkaan Eifel Region
'Lost Up North' (Northumberland).
My treatment so far.
Thank you to everyone who has called me up, emailed or come to visit during the last few months. Your support has been really important to my recovery and to us all as a family. I completed the course of 6 chemo-therapy sessions five weeks ago. The specialist has been very pleased with the progress that I made and, in light of the stories that I have heard of the suffering of others, I am very happy to have suffered no onerous side effects. Following each dose of the chemo drugs (usually on a Wednesday) I feel OK on the Thursday and Friday and then decline a little over the weekend. By Monday or Tuesday I have bounced back and life goes on. During these period of 'decline' I do not exactly feel ill. I just feel very 'flat' and cannot be bothered to do very much. I stay indoors in the warm and, generally, sleep quite a lot. Then I wake up on the Monday or Tuesday feeling clear as a bell and I know I'm OK. During those four or five 'flat days' the texture of the lining of my mouth changes and goes 'wrinkly'. My taste buds are affected and most foods taste unpleasant so I tend to have small portions. Other than that, I'm pretty good and thankful to be so. I go to bed in the evening, usually just after 8pm so appreciate it if phone calls come before that sort of time. I'm usually sculling about at home during the day as I still do not venture out very far or very often.
My cake therapy built my weight up to what it had been before I became ill. I have now called a temporary halt for fear that I may not be able to control my weight beyond that. It was explained to me that the effects of the steroids and other drugs that I am on might lead to a tendency to add weight. For those that are interested in such things I take three tables each morning - Petyme (400mg Tamsulosin Hydrochloride) to relax the prostate gland to enable unrestricted urinary flow. Zomorph (30mg morphing sulphate) for pain control. Prednisolone (5mg). This is an anti-inflammatory steroid. I take the Zomorph and Prednisolone in the evening too. Immediately prior to chemo treatment I take Dexamethasone (12 hours, 3 hours and 1 hour prior to treatment 8mg each time). This is also a steroid and is administered to control feelings of sickness due to the chemo drugs. For three days following chemo I take Metoclopramide Hydrochloride tablets(10mg three times daily). This controls feeling of nausea and vomiting caused by the chemo drugs. I can them continue to take them 'as required' after the three days, but have never felt the need to.
Following the success of the 6 treatments, the specialist at the hospital has suggested we undertake a further four sessions. He was off the opinion that, since the treatment was working well for me we should carry on. What happens beyond the extra four I do not know.
So there you are. You know as much about my treatment as I do. I'm sure some of you have no interest in this but, just maybe, some gentlemen of a certain age might be wondering what is involved and might, of course, be in a similar position (or know a friend who is) and might be interested to be able to make comparisons. In general I feel that information shared is safer than speculation and other forms of guesswork. It is often difficult to know how or whether to broach the subject - especially when something like cancer is involved. I'm happy to talk.
There you go...I'm OK and grateful to all of you who check up on me. It is sincerely appreciated.
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