Not for wimps
From easy to average and ending with expert level. Sounds logical we thought. The Motu trails have a neat structure in difficulty level, but, as always, the sting is in de tail! We doubted for a long time if we also wanted to cycle the Pakihi Track: a mountain bike trail for the advanced mountain biker. One thing was for sure: that didn’t relate to us! Long distances; okay! Hills, gravel roads, harsh winds and rain? No problem! But experienced mountain bikers? Heck, no. Still, reading the route description, it seemed doable. Was it really that difficult?
To ease our minds we naturally did our research and asked knowledgeable Kiwis about the trail. And if Kiwis are good at one thing, than it’s in pep-talking. “Of course you guys can do that!, I did it myself, and do I look fit to you? You have good bikes, don’t you? No worries! My 65 year old sister just did it last Sunday.” To name just a few of the ease-of-minds we’ve got.
Out of your comfort-zone
Lit by the never ending enthusiasm, we decided on ‘just’ doing the Pakihi Track. We would just see. No worries, hey? After our first fantastic day over the Dunes and the Motu Road Trail, time inevitably arrived to head onto the feared track. A few well-meant instructions from our lodging address in the back of our minds we sat off. “Step out of your comfort-zone and make sure to keep up the speed.” With that in mind, we started the adventure. And an adventure it definitely was!