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Old 10-18-2012, 08:58 PM   #1
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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta? Be Forewarned

Just got back from balloon fiesta and the event was great; however, the "goats heads" we're a real bummer. Anyone going there needs to be aware to protect their pets (dog had bloody paws, had to be carried to go "potty" and also had to stay inside the whole time) and protect your bike tires (4 flat tires on two bikes before we knew what hit us). It would have been nice if we knew of this before, instead of learning the hard/painful way...and that's why I'm posting this message (for anyone that's doing their homework for their trip to Albuquerque. We loved ABF if it wasn't for those horribly nasty goat's head.
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What the heck is a goat's head?
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:25 PM   #3
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What the heck is a goat's head?
Imagine a rock hard nugget with spikes arranged so one is always pointed straight up. Nasty little seed head that is common in the South West.
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Howdy and welcome to the forum. Thanks for the warning, but like knugent, I have no idea what a goat's head is. (Except for actual goats, of course!!)
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Imagine a rock hard nugget with spikes arranged so one is always pointed straight up. Nasty little seed head that is common in the South West.
OK, thanks for the info.
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Googled it, it's like a burdock only a thousand times worse.
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I've had them go right through the bottom of my flip flop. They're terrible.

Thanks for posting the warning and welcome to the forum.

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Glad you enjoyed the Abq. International Balloon Fiesta! Sorry about the Goat Heads. But welcome to the southwest. Hey, at least it didn't snow! Its as been known to to that dureing the fiesta
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And I call them "sticker burrs."
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I show dogs-westies- and always appreciate such info - thanks!
How about posting that info on the traveling with pets section too. I'm sure it would be much appreciated.
Thanks again, Darlene
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These horrible little burrs will break off the pointy part, and work their way up through your crocs or flip flops. I have had to throw them out when I couldn't find them, and remove the point from tormenting my feet. I suggest Round Up. Won't help today but if everyone sprayed them, they would thin out and go away.
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Some of the veteran attendees with dogs had boots on them so they could walk around outside. I thought it was strange...until I was pulling those #$@! things from his paws. My dog ended up with really sore feet; it took him several days to stop limping. I suggested to the Fiesta Staff that they warn registrants. A simple sign, or note in the registration material would probably work. I hope they consider my advice.

I got my bikes back today. The shop won't guarantee that they got all the spikes out. It's not like we rode for miles in this stuff; we simply crossed the street and rode through a median stripe of about 15 feet...and poof! four flat tires. There were dozens of those little !*#!ing things in my tires.

I am posting my sad sack story for the next poor souls that do their research before they make their trip (like we did and found nothing of this hazard).

Otherwise, we had a great trip at the Balloon Fiesta and perhaps will go again sometime, after we make those boots for our poor dog.
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