About me

I’m a fifty-seven year old, nearly grown-up man from York, England. Married to Angela with two grown up daughters, Olivia and Sophie. We’re empty nesters so it’s time to do all those things we’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had the opportunity. What’s this “we” I hear in the back ground …

I’d call myself a recreational cyclist … my wife calls me something else … I ride my road bike most weekends. I do a few Sportives and charity rides. Occasionally I commute. I have done quite a lot of mountain biking and I’ve fallen off a hell of a lot too. I was only hospitalised once though. I’ve done a few coasts to coast rides in the UK, that’s mountain bike and road routes. I love cycling. I’m not passionate about it though because I’m never going to use that word in here. It sucks …

On our holidays I always hire a bike. In fact, since I started riding in the mid 90’s, I can’t recall a holiday when I didn’t. It’s not a question of “shall I” but one of “when and where”. So, I’ve done many days rides in the UK, Canaries, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Turkey. I’ve never toured abroad though. Thought I ought to give it a try whilst I’m still able.

Over the last few years I’ve done less mountain biking and more walking. It must be an age thing. Injuries are slower to heal and as I said, I do fall off a lot. I’ve done a few challenge walks such as the Three Yorkshire Peaks and the Lyke Wake Walk (never, ever again – I swear my right knee is still swollen) and completed Wainright’s Coast to Coast walk. I’m part way through the Pennine Way too. So, doing another long distance path in one of the best parts of the world seemed to make sense too.

The start of Great Dunn Fell, on the Pennine Way, August 2013

The start of Great Dunn Fell, on the Pennine Way, August 2013 – yes I was well done that day ….

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4 thoughts on “About me

  1. Richard Abram

    Hi Martin, great blog. Looking for a bit of advice please. I’m currently in eskisher with a very very loaded touring bike want to head to konya and hoping to see some sites in the phrygian valley on the way through. Any hints? Can’t be too bad a road due to my gear. Any accommodation to leave my stuff and go.for a walk? Thanks mate

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    1. martjenk Post author

      Rick

      Hi and thanks for your email. Head to Yazılıkaya. This is one of the main tourist areas and not too hilly (it’s not flat though!). I can recommend the Midas Han nearby at Çukurca which has more Eurpoean prices. I think there is other accommodation too but I’m just heading out and can’t check but will look later. Some of the sites are in good walking range from Midas Han. When nare you planning to leave?

      Cheers

      Martin

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