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    Cool-blue Rhythm The Goblin VS. The Alien - Get Your Airborne Porne here!

    It was a great weekend! The perfect time to head out to my favorite trail and give the Goblin a go-around the Alien Run.This trail is just under 9 miles around an old UFO crash site. Supposedly there are higher levels of radiation around this trail than any other area surrounding it - perhaps that is what make it so much fun - gives the skin a nice glow!



    Looks to be a great morning to hit the trail. Slightly overcast to start with, sun peaking out later.



    At the trailhead itself, a nice welcome sign to us MTB'ers.



    Here is where we start - along the slick rock, in and out of Pinion and Juniper trees up the canyon rim. It's all uphill from here, all the way to the Alien monument.





    The slickrock is a blast to ride, getting a bit technical in the bowls and walls.



    The trail has several spurs off the main leg if you feel like you need to work on your technical skills. I have tried the Black Hole once - once. I will try it again here soon when I get a bit more comfortable on the Goblin.



    The trail winds back inward from the ridge to some slightly technical rock outcroppings and more uphill fun.







    I still have yet to fully clear this section as this spot is a dead left hand turn between two boulders that is almost impossible to turn unless you hop the back tire to the right.





    Once you get to the far eastern side of the loop, you come out onto a clearing where you will find the Alien monument. By looking at the overhead satellite map, you can almost make out the alien face that was made with river rock.







    After this point is the Outer Limits, a 4.5 mile out and back trail - something I have yet to try, but I hear it is more uphill. Not sure about you, but I am ready to cruise back and try my hand at some fast downhill.



    But first, more technical downward climbs. If you look close to where the shade is over the trail, there is an actual rut in the rock itself, about 4 inches deep. Getting steep!!



    Once you clear the rocks, it's all about speed and agility. The Saiz brothers did an outstanding job on this trail as not one tree was cut down to make it - which means there are trees waiting to take your head off if you don't duck in time. You really have to be on your toes on the way back as it is fast as it is tight.



    The whole trip including picture taking was 1:01, which is a personal best. Without stopping, I think I can finally break the one hour mark.

    The bike was outstanding with only minor complaints. The biggest complaint was chain-slap and lots of it. No worries, nothing a Lizard Skin won't fix. The second was some squealing rear brakes about 3/4 the way through the trail. Again, only minor as I am sure I can rid that problem with a bit of brake maintenance.

    A big thumbs up to Airborne, and the Goblin - I had a great time on the bike and look forward to another round this coming weekend.

    Directions: Just North of Aztec, NM Highway 550, turn right at MM164. Stay to the left on CR2770, and turn left on CR2575 - at this intersection you will see a lot of natural gas wells/compressors. At the top of the hill, cross the cattle guard and make an immediate right, this is the entrance to the trailhead.
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    Nice write-up and ride! Love the new Goblins.

    Alien Run is great set up, and some of that slick rock can be quite fun. Was a favorite place to take my Guardian when I lived up there.




    That narrow climb section is very tricky, and it's dynamic - changes every time I go. Used to be able to get by without scraping your bar on the super narrow part after the left turn - not sure that's the case anymore. And that little climb at the end often adds insult to injury Its possible, though I miss it a lot more than I clean it, lol.

    Keep the content coming, such great riding out there!
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    Thanks jhazzard, I am hoping to pick up a G-Pro eventually to make a good video of the course. Glad to hear I wasn't the only Airborne out there to enjoy such a great course!
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    Thanks for the write up. I hadn't heard of this trail but I'll have to head up there for a ride some time soon.

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    swildnm,

    If you're up that way - you are relatively close to Phil's world too - which is actually a more extensive trail system. It is worth staying/camping somewhere in the area and hitting both on a weekend trip. They're both unique and very fun.
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    We are blessed as far as trails, especially in Durango, and Cortez (Phil's World).

    swildnm - Let me know if you are ever up this way, I would be happy to show you the Alien Run.
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    Thanks for the recommendations. I'll have to check out both Alien and Phils World. So many things to do in four corners area: Mountain bike, 4 wheeling, flyfishing the San Juan. I gotta stop wasting my time with work....

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post

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    The interesting tie-in to Airborne here is that we are located next door to Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB).

    The "Wright" in WPAFB is the Wright Brothers who invented flight, who happened to be a couple of bike guys.

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    Yep, I thought that interesting myself!

    Going with the guys this weekend to hit Telegraph Trail in Durango - will have lots more pictures come next week.
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    That place looks awesome nice pics.

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    Have fun in Durango! Miss some of the trails there (used to live about a 3 minute ride from the Horse Gulch trail head). If you get a chance, check out the Twin Buttes trails (also "in town"), they're new and have some unique views of the Durango Area and great flow.
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    Great post, OP! I'd love to get out to the SW and do some riding. Thanks for sharing!
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    Thanks guys! I appreciate the feedback.

    As far as the Durango trails, this will be my very first ride on any of them, and looking forward to it! I think it will be a nice change of pace being up in the pine trees vs. the pinion. Hopefully the younger guys I ride with won't party too hard and we can actually get out the door at a decent time. Sometimes I dread the weekend rides as a "soft 9:30" usually means we won't leave town until 11:30 - drives me crazy!

    I checked out the trail system for Twin Buttes, looks to be quite the trail system around Lightner Creek - my hope is I have the lungs for it!

    Thanks for the tip jhazard! Now if only I can find a cheap Go-Pro....
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    If its your first time, you can't go wrong with any of those trails, be sure to at least post some pics when you get back
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    Now I want to do this trail. Maybe when things cool off a bit.
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    If you care for some company, give me a shout. I try to hit that trail every saturday and sunday morning while it is still cool. If you are there about 8 or so, it really isn't that bad as far as temps.
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    Very cool, i had no idea that trail was up there. I'll have to make a trip for a ride one of these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    If you care for some company, give me a shout. I try to hit that trail every saturday and sunday morning while it is still cool. If you are there about 8 or so, it really isn't that bad as far as temps.
    Sounds good. I'll drop a message before I head down there. Dont know when that will be. Hopefully soon.

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    No worries, I know I am not moving anywhere anytime soon...
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