On the 26th of February I started the TA, a 3000+km journey through New Zealand aboard my Surly Karate Monkey. I was 105kg and would say not very fit. Fitness and strength grew with time in the saddle. Following the set TA route was the name of the game, we had detours for one reason or another, not my fault, except when I got off course. Distances varied from 35km to 165+km’s, but I ended up with an average of 110km per day, with a day off in Te Aroha. The tour took me 28 days and by the time I had finished I had lost 9kg and could ride whatever I wanted to do. The mind has a way of achieving over the bodies inability to go on, just push that last few km’s and it will be alright.