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  First and foremost, I want to thank everyone for their good thoughts for my health during this round of tests and hospital stays. I appreciate them greatly.
  Last night my group came upon a camp of some of Ol' Nic's helpers.
  We snuck into the camp and captured all of them.
  We took them far out into the desert.
  I found an emergency water dig that was full of brackish water. We couldn't drink any, but it was fine for the camels.
  After the camels had their fill, I had the captives thrown in for a good soaking. We kept pushing them under the surface so they would get thouroghly  saturated.
  We then took the ones that survived far into the wastes of the desert where there is no sustinance at all.
  When the sun came up, we left them there to figure out how to get out of the wastes. 
  Just to make sure they were lost, we left in the opposite direction of the trail out and rode in random patterns for several hours, crossing over our tracks many, many times.
  I think this 20 of Nic's boys are gone for good now.
  We are continuing back to the trailhead at the entrance to NML to restock supplies and deliver fresh camels.
  Safe travels out there, and keep your guard up against Nic and his "boys".
  One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.
  Larry the Caravan Master

Scope Update ......

Posted by OldBones-Larry Dec 29, 2016

I received a call earlier today from my Gastroenterologist. 

They had the results of the biopsies back. I wasn't really sure I wanted to hear them, but was glad when she passed them on.

There were no major changes in the condition. It has advanced some, but not significantly.

The nurse said they would call when it was time to do it again.

I just got back home from the hospital. It was time for another Gastroscopy.

No major changes noted in the pictures or what the doctor saw in there.

That doesn't say that there were no changes at all, just no major ones.

I should know in a week or so what all the biopsies say.

I am headed in to go back to sleep now. That stuff they give me is pretty strong and hangs on for a long time.




Posted by OldBones-Larry Dec 9, 2016

I was riding along with several of the bedoins last evening through one of the wadis out here in NML. We couldn't be seen from the trail, I guess.

Along comes a couple of Nic's cronies that looked to be trying to lay a trap  for some of the travellers. 

I waited quietly for them to come close enough, then motioned the bedoins to throw all nets. We captured every one of them.

I am ashamed to say that we treated them very roughly. I am still feeling their last attack on me, and let that influence my actions.

We took them far out into the wastelands and buried them up to their necks. They are free to return to Ol' Nic if they can get themselves unburied. 

I might not have been willing to bury them like this, except I recognized the leader. He has been in the forefront of many attacks on myself, and many of the travellers here in NML.

Many of the people that we have rescued at Desolation Point have described this guy perfectly. I always fear going to Relapse Rocks because of what I might find on the rocks below.

We have continued our search out here to find all the traps that have been set, and any of Nic's henchmen that we can find. 

We have re-stocked the caches at the oasis as we have come to them. I sent a train ahead to check and re-stock ahead of me. I will check each one as I come to it.

Travel safely friends. I will be watching for you as I travel.

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

Larry the Caravan Master

  We must choose not to smoke.
  I have gone through several severe depressions since I quit. I don't light one.
  My family here at home, and here on EX, helps me remember that I don't smoke anymore.
  Why don't I smoke?
  I will wear a large scar down the middle of my chest the rest of my life.
  I had a triple-bypass Oct. 22, 2013. I was operating on about 20% of one artery. I was that close to the next world. Never again will I put my heart and lungs in that much danger. My lungs will heal a lot in time, but I will always have the coronary scars from several "silent" heart attacks. The tradeoff isn't worth it, is it?
  This is a repost of something from earlier in my quit journey. I thought it might help someone in their quit. It speaks to just one of the dangers of nicotine addiction.
  Hugs and love from all of us that are traveling with you.
  One step at a time gets you where you are going.
  Larry the Caravan Master

Great Cuisine

Posted by OldBones-Larry Nov 30, 2016

Mongolian Beef and Non Alcoholic Oasis Cocktails.  

That is what I found being served at Carps Cave while walking today. 

I was feeling a bit better today and took the advise to take a short walk. I went down the trail and when I came to Carps Cave I could smell the aroma of great food.

I went in and found the Mongolian Beef and Oasis Cocktails. I gave them both a try and recommend them highly. 

When you pass out of NML, just climb the mountain trail to Carps and have a large order. You will be very refreshed by this great repast.

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

Larry the Caravan Master