AT nearly 60 Tony Garrood of Scholes has just completed the Peru Bike Challenge.
It meant covering the 600kms (that's almost 400 miles) from Lake Titicaca - the world's highest fresh water lake - to the world heritage site at Machu Picchu.
To get things into perspective you have to realise that all the journey took place at over 4,000 metres, or approximately the height of Mont Blanc.
Like mountaineers Tony and the rest of the party of 64 had to acclimatise for three days before they could set off. And, when they did, the weather threw everything at them - strong headwinds, sleet, snow and hail.
Tony, a retired Huddersfield University lecturer, trained for six months and reached the point where he went up Holme Moss four times in two days. Yet the Peru test was to take place nearly 10 times higher than Holme Moss.
Now with the mission completed, the Scholes parish councillor and former Kirklees councillor and West Yorkshire county councillor says: "It is something that I have wanted to do for 40 years. Now I have done it."
Would he go again? Yes.
Tony says the challenge was well-managed and with two doctors along. The age of the party ranged from 20 to 60 with most of them in the 30 to 50 age range, and about 60% men to 40% women.
But it was hard work, he said, and one day after a puncture he thought it was particularly tough going until he discovered he had cycled 25km with the brake on!
What impressed him as much as the organisation was the people of Peru.
"They were great. We think we have hard times here but we would pass a family walking, carrying firewood, or about 10km to 20km from the nearest village."
And when they passed through villages, he said, young children would come tumbling out of the buildings to watch them.
At Lake Titicaca they saw people living along the reed beds, at the lost Inca city of Machu Pichu he was impressed that it had managed to stay so tranquil despite being in the top ten of world tourist sites.
The object, of course, was to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Each person on the trip had to raise £3,000 before they set off. In Tony's case that now stands at £5,500 - and he hasn't finished yet.
He says: "A lot of people have had personal experience of the Macmillan nurses individually or within the family." And that, he says carefully, made raising the money "much less difficult".
There is a fundraising dance at Hepworth village hall on Saturday (at 7.30pm) and the Travelling Bilberries band have volunteered their services.