FOR Nathan Beckingham, preparing for a 1700km bike ride was as simple as getting his butt into gear five months before the journey.
Since the 30-year-old Beerwah resident started riding on training wheels as a toddler, bikes have been a part of his life almost every day.
But for all the times Nathan has sat down and pedalled, his most recent journey to his home town in Shepparton, Victoria, was one of the longest rides the bike lover has endured.
The Mooloolaba Cycle Zone employee recently battled the emotional, physical and mental challenge to raise money for Legacy, a charity providing services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent during or after their defence force service.
Having been in the army, Legacy was a charity close to Nathan's heart, making him all the more determined to complete his 14-day journey.
"Each night was the hardest part towards the end mentally, because I felt pretty lonely," Nathan said.
"I raised $3000 in the end, and it was such a great cause to give to."
Nathan hit the road from the Coast entirely on his own, without a support crew or vehicles, and carrying everything he needed with him.
His sponsorship by Golden Chain Motel Group left him with free accommodation for 12 of the 14 nights on his journey.
Upon his arrival in Shepparton, Nathan said entering his home town was overwhelming.
"When I arrived at the Legacy house in Shepparton, it was just the most awesome feeling," he said.
"I had my five minutes of fame with all the little local camera crews and newspapers.
"Towards the end it was a mental game, so it was great to see some familiar faces."
For more on Legacy and other Every Day Heroes like Nathan, visit everydayhero.com.au.