We — by which I mean Rob and Misha — decided to take the scenic Maungatapu “road” from Nelson to Pelorus Bridge. Of this plan Nathan said, “Don’t be stupid. You might be able to do some of those climbs in the granny gear on a mountain bike. But you’re pretty fat. On those bikes you’ll be miserable.” I’m used to making poor selections of equipment for rides, partly for the levity and dare of it. Here I was substantially exceeded by R&M. Substantially. I think it took us 7 hours to cover 30k.
Of course it was an excellent and satisfying outing.