From Azerbaijan to Durango

Went on a great ride today with part time Durango resident Jeff.  He is an ex pat living and working as a Geo Physicist in Baku, Azerbaijan who has a cabin north of town by Purgatory. He definately sold himself short when he called to book a tour and told me his riding ability. He said he was an OK mountain biker, maybe riding once a week for the last few years, and he wanted to work on some techniques and skills. Well, we certainly  talked and went over some technical aspects of riding, not that he needed a lot of advice.  Jeff was on my back wheel practically the entire ride. We covered 25 mies and over 2,700 feet in 4 hours. Despite the recent massive rainstorm that hit last weekend and damaged several trails, we covered a lot of ground and were able to show Jeff Durango from some different vantage points. He is in town for a couple more weeks, and we hope to get in a few more rides before he heads back across the pond.

Looking over town from the Crestview Trail
Looking over town from the Crestview Trail
Top of Star Wars with Perins Peak in the background
Top of Star Wars with Perins Peak in the background
Hitting a switchback on 8 Bells
Hitting a switchback on 8 Bells
Coming down Spirit Trail
Coming down Spirit Trail
Spirit Trail in Overend Mountain Park
Spirit Trail in Overend Mountain Park
Spirit Trail
Spirit Trail
Headed Towards Ella Vita
Headed Towards Ella Vita
Tearing it up in the Test Tracks
Tearing it up in the Test Tracks
Climbing up the Nature Trail with the Iconic Durango Skyline
Climbing up the Nature Trail with the Iconic Durango Skyline
Along the Rim Trail on the Fort Lewis College Campus
Along the Rim Trail on the Fort Lewis College Campus
Factory Trails, FLC
Factory Trails, FLC
Riding out of Horse Gulch towards the Powerline Trail
Riding out of Horse Gulch towards the Powerline Trail
Ready for the Lions Den Downhill
Ready for the Lions Den Downhill

2 Replies to “From Azerbaijan to Durango”

  1. John, thanks for the great ride across multiple Durango trail systems. Still waiting on my new bike, but look forward to riding again.

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