My name is Martin, I am original from Belfast, Ireland. I moved to the United States in the early 1980’s with my family when my dad was offered employment in the Chicago area. I got into running in my early 30’s and I was able to complete numerous marathons and Ultra marathon, until my knee finally had enough. So with this, I migrated to cycling and touring.
Tracy and I have done some 300 – 400 mile trips, completed the Ragbrai in 2015, but now we are hoping to cross the country from San Diego, CA to St. Augustine, FL for around 3142 miles. With the goal of raising funds for Veterans. This will be a big challenge for us personally and physically and hopefully it can also benefit the veteran’s.
Thank you for your support!
I'm no longer in uniform however, I still want to express my support for my fellow veterans and military today. This is my way of giving back. I like many of us feel the same way "once you are in uniform you are always in uniform, you take that oath for life". I would do it all over again if I had too with no hesitation.
I grew up in a small town called New Lenox, IL and went to Providence High School, after school I joined the US Navy that took me to Boot camp in Orlando, FL and on to my first duty station in Yokosuka, Japan aboard the USS Kittanning YTB787 & the Degaussing Unit and on to Coronado, CA.
I have two grown sons, Clem (Joliet, IL) and William (Phoenix, AZ) which are my inspiration. Later in life, I went to Harper College (AA) 2011 and in 2013 graduated from Northeastern Illinois University and BA with a 4.0 GPA. Now my next chapter will be cycling across the United States. Martin and I started biking a few years back, in which we will be making this journey together and will face many challenges while riding across from San Diego CA, to St Augustine, FL. Mostly that big mountain range getting out of CA.
I am sure that this cycling journey will be an unforgettable experience for me and filled with challenges however, not close to some of the challenges that our today’s vets have every day of their lives. But even more than that, I'm hoping it will serve as a unique way to honor my fellow Veterans. I am also hoping that some of you who are following the journey will be inspired to cycle along with us...even if only in spirit, prayer and thoughts.
Thank you for your support, your prayers and donations!
Cross Country Cycle 4 Vets