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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.



Battle Over

Posted by OldBones-Larry Aug 1, 2018

We have been in battle with these guys for many days now.
After I last wrote you, they decided to try breaking out. We have kept them enclosed with only one direction they could travel without meeting our men.
Slowly we began forcing them towards the ruins. They resisted for many days, but finally they began losing ground.
We pushed them back towards the ruins in a running skirmish. I can't really call it a battle since they never tried attacking.
When we reached the ruins, everything changed though.
When the vipers claimed their first victim, the Nico-baddies began fighting to break free of our trap.
We kept the circle intact and held them in. Slowly we kept pushing them into the ruins.
We then stopped and just kept them trapped in the ruins. Our men encircled the entire ruins and held firm.
We discovered this morning that the vipers had killed every one of our adversaries.
We left them for the desert to claim and are moving towards the nearest oasis. We need rest and refreshment after holding the seige for this long.
Some figs, dates, and cool water will be very welcome. We will stay at the oasis and rest for several days.
Travel safely friends and keep a sharp lookout for traps.
One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.
Larry the Caravan Master



Posted by OldBones-Larry Jul 9, 2018

Why do I post the Caravan Blogs?
Because I like to spin tales or tell a story?
I suppose that could be one of the reasons, but not even close to the real reason.
Because I can attribute the passing of my brother, mother, and my father to smoking?
Just that fact is a really great reason to post as I do.
This is probably the biggest reason that I post the Caravan though.
I have aluded to many reasons before.
The things I saw while working in the ER and the hospital itself.
The autopsies that I assisted at on victims of smoking.
The damage I saw at those was horrible to witness.
Lungs black with tar. Hearts swollen three times there size. Tumors filling tissue. Blood vessels choked closed with plaques.
Those are good reasons as well as just wanting to help others over the rough spots of giving up those death sticks.
I have never told anyone the main reason though.
I have been keeping a secret for close to five years now. I feel I can finally talk about it now, so here it is.
As many of you know, I underwent bypass surgery in 2013. October 22 to be exact.
Things went very well for 11 hours.
They opened my chest and at about the one hour mark I went onto the machine. My body now survived with a machine breathing for it and keeping the blood flowing.
No breathing or pulse for me as they needed no movements in my chest while they worked.
I guess you could call it a pseudo-death.
Now comes the reason I work so hard on helping others on this journey....
The time came to take me off the machine. They re-warmed my body and watched for a return of activity to my heart.
Nothing happened!!!!
My heart just lay there with absolutely no movements at all.
My heart would not start again. They tried many things and worked for some time, but things were not looking good.
I seemed to be gone for good and they stopped their efforts.
Just as they were going to give up, Creator Above decided that I was still needed here on Earth Mother.
My heart began beating on it's own.
I was sedated in ICU for several days, then moved to the floor.
I recovered and was sent home to continue healing.
I also made my quit journey and crossed NML. I did it one step at a time, the same as my recovery from surgery.
The Caravan was born during that journey.
Was it easy? No!! With the help I found here I made it across that desert though.
I vowed during that journey that I would do my best to help so nobody would be in the position I had been in that day.
I can only offer help when I can now. I hope Creator will not regret his decision that day.
As you cross that desert, know that I am watching to offer help if I can.
That is the secret I have kept for all these years, and the main reason I post the Caravan.
Travel safe my friends.
One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.
Larry the Caravan Master


Battle is Joined

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jul 8, 2018

Early this morning I heard sounds ahead as we traveled. The Nico-Baddies we were trailing had set an ambush.
The scouts had discovered this and worked their way around to set up their own ambush.
They sprang the trap when they saw that we were close enough to close the escape from our direction.
The fight has been give and take for several hours now. They have a good position, but we have them surrounded. They can't escape us now.
The Sheik and myself have been discussing how to handle this.
We could rush them and just overpower them. That could result in the loss of many of our men though.
We could just settle in and starve them out as we have the men to keep them entrapped. This is much safer, but keeps up tied up here for an extended period.
As we have been talking, I have been trying to figure out why this area feels so familiar. I feel I have been here before for some reason.
Just a minute ago one of the Bedoins came in and told us that a fragment of pottery had been turned up during the battle.
Now I remember why this place feel so familiar.
There are some buried ruins close to here. We battled the relatives of this bunch very close to here.
In fact, they are entombed right over there if I remember correctly.
I relayed these thoughts to the Sheik, and he agrees that this is the area I feel that it is.
Our plan now is to try and push this bunch to the ruins. We know that there are vipers nesting in some of them.
Once we get them there, we will hold them from escaping. We have supplies and manpower enough to hold here for several days.
The presence of these people will stir up the nest of vipers and they will most likely become victims of the nest.
I will keep you informed of occurences as they evolve.
These guys will not be bothering you.

Travel safe my friends.
One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.
Larry the Caravan Master


Hunting Nico-Baddies

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jul 7, 2018

I received word yesterday from the Sheik that a trail had been found. A party of riders had headed West from the Oasis that had been ransacked. The trail had been lost, but riders picked it up again.
Reports from a bedoin say that relatives of the Sema twins and the Butt brothers are the culprits.
I left immediately and am riding fast for the trail. I will join up with the Sheik and we will track these guys down.
I will ask the Sheik and his men to deal with them after they are questioned. The Bedoins have their own sense of justice, and I for one will not deny them their traditions.
The supplies I sent have arrived at the oasis and it is getting close to being repaired.
The caches have been rebuilt and the pool of water cleaned of the disgusting things that had been thrown in it.
Supplies of leather and rope have been replaces as well as the grasses for the camels.
I have been told the Ima Deer and Who Gnu have been spotted checking trails for damage also.
I appreciate their dedication to keeping the trails safe and open.
I must get back on the trail now.
Travel safe my friends.
Keep a sharp eye for traps.
One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.
Larry the Caravan Master


Back At Base Camp

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jun 27, 2018

I arrived this morning back at the mountain base camp.
The Sheik sent some supplies with me for Carp's Cave. They had been running low on scorpions and needed some more. He also sent some nice lizards. Maybe they can create a dish with them. I will be looking forward to whatever dish they can make from them.
The Sheik requested that I get him some casks of that fine beverage that Carp's is famous for. I place an order for some and asked that they send the casks that they distill very strong since the Sheik likes his drink that way.
I also asked that they include some of that fine cheese they make, along with anything else they think the Sheik and his men might like.
After concluding my business there, I came on up the mountain to pay my respects to the caretakers of the Cave of Rememberance. I delivered the things that they had requested for their duties there.
I then went to the Cave of Slumber, where The Old Goat and those that went before her rest. I honored each of them and thanked them for the many years of leadership and service each had given.
I will rest for a few hours then return to Carp's Cave for a nice bowl of Viper Stew and a few Scorpion Skewers. They did say that they were working on a new dish that they would have a sample of for me when I came in to eat. I am wondering what dish they have created. I am sure it will be as good as all the rest.
I was informed that a message had arrived for me from the desert. One of the Oasis has been ransacked and the supplies destroyed. I dispatched a rider to request the Sheik meet me there with some riders. I will load some more supplies to replace what was destroyed and pack them along with what I am taking for the Sheik.
I will try to track down whoever destroyed the rest stop at the Oasis.
I will leave at daybreak with the supply caravan.
Trave strong and safely my fellow travelers. Watch for the traps that Ol' Nic and his crew might have laid for you.
One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.
Larry the Caravan Master


A Needed Re-Post

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jun 16, 2018

I felt that someone was in need today, and needs to read this.

A Prayer To Wise-One Above 

I have prayed this every morning since I can remember. It helps me to deal with all of life's stumbling blocks.

Be well.

Travel strong.

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