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Success !!!!

Posted by OldBones-Larry Dec 4, 2018

Late yesterday I received a report that a band of thugs was working on a trap for travelers through NML.
I gathered a party and rushed to the area. We found them working away and they had no idea that we had arrived.
The Sheik and I studied the terrain and determined the best plan to follow.
We rushed in and began trying to capture them. They fought back with a vengeance after they realized they were under attack.
The battle went back and forth for quite a while with injuries on both sides.
The Sheik led a party around to fall on the rear of their party. When he attacked, he discovered that their leader was there. After a fierce fight, they captured this guy.
We finally forced them to surrender.
Though they begged me to take them with me, I left them to the tender mercies of the Sheik and his Bedoins. I am very sure that these guys will enjoy their stay in his camp.
The trap they had been setting was dismantled and the parts destroyed and broken up.
I arrived back at the mountain this morning. I will drop into Carp's Cave and see what's for breakfast.
I must then finish loading the caravan that is returning to the trailhead with supplies. We will also stop and resupply each oasis along the trail.
Travel safely and watch closely for any trap that might be laid along the trail.
One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be,
Larry the Carvan Master


Sleep Study

Posted by OldBones-Larry Dec 3, 2018

Last Friday I visited my neurologist. I was there to check on the results of my latest sleep study.

I finally slept long enough to get a great reading. Five hours of data later, I am diagnosed as having Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 

I had plenty of episodes of apnea and Oxygen desaturation to warrant a PAP machine. At one point I dropped to 74% saturation. 

The RLS has been treated very well with medication and was non-existant on this study.

I will be going back to the center this Sunday night to titrate a PAP machine. I should have mine here at home by the end of the month.

To those traveling NML, remain strong and be wary of the traps Nic and his bunch have set out there. Trust your camel as she will know the path across the desert.

To those just beginning your quit journey, trust in yourself and the support of those that have gone before you. We are all ready to give aid as needed. 

Wishing all safe travels.....

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

For those that are in need of it today, I am re-posting this ....

A Prayer To Wise-One Above 

May it help you ....

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.



This Day

Posted by OldBones-Larry Nov 22, 2018

On this day I send voice to Creator with one wish....

I ask that He hold each and every one of you in his protection and keep you safe.

May He send happiness your way.


I am thankful that each person here came into my life 5 years ago and supported my journey away from the addiction of nicotine.


May you have a very Happy Thanksgiving my friends......


Be well and keep taking those steps.



5 Years

Posted by OldBones-Larry Oct 21, 2018

I am counting down the hours till 11PM tonight. 

5 years ago today at that time, I finished my last sickorette. 

It was touch and go for a while, but I made it through. My many friends and supporters here made a big difference in doing so. When I needed help, they were there to help me over the rough spots.

I won't say it was easy, because it wasn't. I went through h#ll for a time. As time passed, it did get easier. The time between cravings got longer and longer.

Do I wish I had quit earlier? I have to truthfully say that I really do wish I had. I caused some permanent damage that will be with me always.

Anyway!! I am now free of those death sticks and will never touch another. Just one could cause severe health problems.

Travel safely friends, and know that you also can quit forever.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.



Laid Up

Posted by OldBones-Larry Oct 18, 2018

I hope this message gets through to people.

As I was crossing through some ruins, I was attacked from behind by several goons. 

They took me down and began stomping on me. I think there were six of them, but my memories of the event are very hazy.

I am having difficulty breathing as a result of this beating. I can only hope that this is just a result of bruising of the muscles and ribs.

I was told by the Bedoin that was with me that I was out for several days. I have been laying low trying to recover.

I was informed that the other Bedoins with me have been watching the trails to keep everyone safe.

I am sending this message in the hopes that he can get help to take me back to the mountain to go into the Healing Cave.

I will heal eventually and continue the trips across NML. 

Travel carefully friends. Nic could have set traps anywhere along the trail. His bunch could be hiding anywhere out there.

Take your journey one second, one minute, one hour, one day, or one week at a time.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master.


Quick Update

Posted by OldBones-Larry Sep 30, 2018

Just wanted to update everyone on things.

I am still on the Oxygen at 2LPM. I thing overall I am sleeping a bit better. I am still getting used to sleeping with the cannula on. 

I feel that the that RLS is better since I got to the full dosage that was prescribed of the medication for that.


On another front, I am so glad to see the people that are going strong in their quit journey. 

To those having difficulties, don't lose heart. I have seen many people that had to start their journey more than once. They made it, so can you.

Ask for help when you feel that you must light one of those Death Sticks. We will help all that we can. We really want you to succeed in your effort to quit.

I personally want you to succeed before you have the problems that I and others here developed from smoking.

Heart disease, vascular disease, COPD. So many illnesses from those Death Sticks.

You make the journey one step at a time, one minute, one hour, one day.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


Nearing the Trailhead

Posted by OldBones-Larry Sep 28, 2018

I am nearing the trailhead once again. 

I have seen many travelers on my journey across NML as we restocked the supplies at the Oasis. 

Each traveler I have met in the last few days seems like they are not sure they will be able to finish their journey. I can assure them that they can.

You might ask how I know this....

I smoked for over 42 years. I made my journey through NML and away from the land of Sickorettes without any aids. 

Did I leave that land unscathed?

No! I didn't. I damaged my heart and lungs in those 42+ years. I developed other vascular problems from those death sticks. My Gastro Intestinal system is also damaged. 

I am sure there are other problems, but, I can't remember them all.

Others here can also tell you of the damage smoking can do.

Read our blogs and you can find out a lot about that subject.

Were our journeys easy?

I can tell you that mine had many ups and downs. I got help from so many here, and you can also.

That is why so many of us are still here. We want everyone to succeed in their quit journey. All you need to do is ask for help when you need it.

I want to assure each traveler that help is just a blog post away. There is always someone that will answer your call for help.

I can't tell you that your journey will be easy. It can be done though. 

On the other side of this NML desert is the land of non-smoking. 

How to get there? 

One step at a time.

Your camel will keep you on the path if you will trust it. 

Watch out for the traps Nic has set for you out there.

Watch for the sneak attacks his minions might attempt.

I continue my mission now.

Travel safely my fellow travelers.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


News From the Trailhead

Posted by OldBones-Larry Sep 25, 2018

The Bedoin I sent ahead when we left the mountain has returned from the trailhead.

He informed me that there were many travelers on the trail. He did say that there were some that were traveling off-trail, but they seemed to be doing just fine.

He told me he had briefly spoken to two travelers named BostonGirl and SoosannahK.

They had just begun her journey across the desert.

He told me that he had made sure their camels were fully supplied for the journey. Also, he reminded rhem to stop and rest at each Oasis and restock from the supplies there as needed.

I want to remind each traveler on the trail of NML of the same thing. Rest at each Oasis and stock up your supplies for the trip. The desert is no place to run out of supplies.

Watch for traps that Nic and his bunch have set on the trails.

Keep a sharp eye out for ambushes by those that want you to fail on this journey.

Be especially careful at Desolation Point. If you fall over the edge, Relapse Rocks are at the bottom. They are sharp and do very serious damage. I have rescued many from there.

Travel at your own pace. Your safety is all that matters on this journey. I want you to complete the crossing unhurt.

TheOldGoat-Joan-10-21-1994 is surely watching out for all on the trail. If you listen closely, I am sure you can here her message to you. "Keep them away from your face. You can't smoke them that way."

Travel safely and be well my fellow travelers. I will see you somewhere on the trail.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


Moving Along

Posted by OldBones-Larry Sep 20, 2018

I am taking a break to rest and wished to send a message to everyone.

I passed Desolation Point in the Relapse Rocks this morning.

I was glad to not see anyone laying on the rocks below.

We repaired some minor damage to the trail and re-marked the dropoff to make it more visible and safer.

I am at an oasis just past there now.

We found extensive damage to one of the storage cairns. I couldn't determine if there were any supplies missing though. 

We are rebuilding it now and also building several others. I have a lot of supplies to offload here and at all the oasis.

We will clean the waterhole of vegetation that has fallen in and deepen it a little if possible. I wish there to be plenty of water for thirsty travelers at all times.

More Bedoins have gone out to scout the trail for danger.

I have received no reports of Nic and his gang for several days. I hope this will last for a long time, but, Nic can strike at any time.

I have heard that many new travelers are heading out on the trail. To them I send this message. 

Keep a sharp watch for any traps or pitfalls laid for you. They can be anywhere on the trail. Nic and his bunch have many traps they can lay for you.

I must continue my work here now.

My predecessor, The Old Goat, left me with these words which I pass on to you, " Keep them away from your face. You can't smoke them that way."

Travel safe my friends, and remember this....

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


Riding Along

Posted by OldBones-Larry Sep 18, 2018

It has been an uneventful trip so far. 

We have restocked several supply caches at the oasis. I found out that the amount of supplies I wanted to leave was more than the caches would hold, so we had to build more of them to hold it all.

I also made sure that there was plenty of cured grasses for the camels left at each one also. Well fed camels are less trouble and stronger for the journey.

So far, I have seen no evidence of Nic and his buddies. This only makes me keep a sharper lookout for them.

The travelers I have met tell me that they have run into some traps that were more harassment than harm. I am looking for these so they can be disarmed and destroyed.

The Bedoins have been rotating their camels with ones from the herd being taken over to the trailhead. They are young and need to be ridden to accustom them to carrying people and supplies. They should be ready by the time we reach the trailhead.

It warm this old caravan master's heart to see so many people traveling the trail. I try to encourage each one I meet.

I must continue my journey to restock the supplies now. 

Remember to keep a sharp eye for Nic and his crew.

Travel safely and beware traps and pitfalls.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master


Supply Caravan

Posted by OldBones-Larry Sep 14, 2018

I left the Cave of Meditation this morning and went down to Carp's Cave.
I had a great meal of Yak's milk, sauteed cobra, stewed dates and figs, and a couple of roasted scorpions. I was told that a new supply of scorpions had come in and they were a bit larger and will make really good skewers. They say that they are working on a new dipping sauce for them also.
I gave directions to load double the camels with supplies this time. I have been seeing more travelers along the trail and want to be sure there are adequate supplies at the oasis rest stops.
I am also taking along a new and larger supply of clubs to leave at the oasis for travelers to use on Nic and his crew.
Some of the Bedoins are once again repairing damages at Desolation Point to make it safe for travelers again. I notices the other day that Nic and his bunch had caved off a large portion of the edge at the drop-off.
I also sent messangers out to try and find ImaDeer and WhoGnu. I am asking them for any information they might have on the whereabouts of Nic's gang. I also asked them to keep an eye out for any strange happenings out in the desert.
I must go help finish loading these supplies now. I would like to be on the trail as soon as the sun sets.
Travel safely and keep watch for Nic's bunch and watch for traps.
One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.
Larry the Caravan Master


Latest Update

Posted by OldBones-Larry Sep 13, 2018

I started Oxygen Tuesday night. I am having some trouble with sleeping with the cannula on. I will eventually get used to it again, but I am tired during the day for now.

I was placed on 2L/min for now. I will do an overnight Oximeter the end of the month to see if it needs to be increased. 

The pills for the restless legs is working I think. I won't really know until the next sleep study.

I can truthfully say that I am not thrilled about this, but, I am going to do as the doctor says.

Do everything you can to stay healthy folks. I count myself very lucky that I was able to put off the Oxygen use for close to 5 years. I will work to keep it at just night time use for as long as it can be kept there.

Travel safe on your quit journey and watch for pitfalls and traps.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.



Desolation Point

Posted by OldBones-Larry Sep 12, 2018

As I approached Desolation Point this afternoon, I saw evidence of a struggle. I got down and looked closely and determined that someone had been attacked.
I followed the tracked and found that they led to the edge of the dropoff.
As I looked down I saw @princessdeborahd on the rocks below.
I worked my way down and helped her back up to the top. As I dressed her wounds, she told me that Ol' Nicodemon and his crew had jumped her and threw her over the edge. When she came to, they had fled the scene. I guess they thought they had taken her out for good.
I sent her back to the trailhead with one of my Bedoin companions where she could get medical attention. She will recover just fine and be ready for the trail again in about 30 days.
I sent word to the Sheik about what had happened. I asked him to send out parties to see if they could find the culprits and punish them.
I am returning to the mountain caves for supplies and meditation. I will enter the Cave of Meditation and ask knowledge from Those Who Have Gone Before.
Be well travelers and be safe on the trail. Be watchful of Nic and his crew and any traps he might have set.
Remember friends ......
One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.
Larry the Caravan Master


Personal Update

Posted by OldBones-Larry Aug 9, 2018

This is something I was hoping to be writing several years from now. Nothing major or unexpected, but something I was hoping to put off.

During my sleep study this last time, several things came to light.

1. I still didn't sleep long enough to get a thorough study result.

2. I have Restless Leg Syndrome. This is being treated with medication and is allowing me to sleep better.

3. My Oxygen Saturation dropped to 74% during deep sleep. There were many 5 minute periods where it was below 88% while I was asleep. This is a major problem and will be addressed with night time Oxygen as soon as they can set it up. The Neurologist believes that I might need Oxygen 24/7, and has suggested to my Pulmonologist that they test me for this.

I will be doing another sleep study once all of this is taken care of.

Just another bump to overcome in this journey....

Travel strong and stay on the trail my friends.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.