To be fair, the eventual full opening of the Paparoa Track played like a well paced BBC drama; the tension building as deadlines were upended by natural events (the slip) then a sneak peak and then the unexpected granddaddy of all natural events, a global pandemic. Who would have thought? The butler did it!
So there are a lot of people out there who still have not had their itch scratched. They have heard from someone who knows someone who has done it, they might have even seen some of the early footage that crept onto the internet before it was crashed by endless lockdown memes.
Like a Russian disinformation strategy, there is now just enough information (and by information I mean opinion) out there to really get the juices going; “It’s too steep to ride.” “The huts are all wrong.” “It’s so far away and hard to get to.”
Well – I have ridden it. We did it on opening day on the back of a decision made a scant 24 hours earlier. The weather was going to be bang on, a friend had just arrived unexpectedly and had time, my employer was gracious (read – was not told), my bike was recently serviced and shiney (what a co-incidence). The Gods were smiling.
“Let’s cut to the chase. The Paparoa is destined to become an absolute classic,
and here is why….”