Ashton hones his useless (thankfully)skillsDon't let the picture depress you. Martyn is walking around again, after breaking his back. He is also riding his bike a bit, although Hawzie refuses to allow him to ride a set of steps. The stupidest thing he's done is gone out and bought himself a 1300cc Yamaha road bike, which weighs several tons and is not that easy to manhandle with all your vertebrae intact, which his aren't.
This episode has proved one thing to Martyn, he is not built for sitting around indoors. No sooner could he get out in his wheelchair than he started to hop it up on stuff. And here he is doing his least impressive trick since he passed potty training.
The week before last he was leaping around the rocks on Porthcawl beach, setting sections for other riders and generally hanging out. He became noticeably white with pain sometimes, but complains most about his upper body weakness after the long layoff.
Despite all that he's a very cheerful bloke. He knows how lucky he is to be sitting in that wheelchair simply for the fun of it.