Sometimes I stop for a photograph, move on ten feet, see a better angle and hit the brakes to shoot again. Although ride friends always assure me, “that’s fine,” when I warn them of my frequent stops, I feel more relaxed shooting on my own, not holding others up.
Guilt-free photos aren’t the aim of most rides, though. I usually enjoy sharing the experience with friends and family. Jim Eldredge is one such person I rode with a few times.¹ Cancer took him this week. He was fifty. Others knew him much better but I can say, in the moments we shared, he conveyed an unwavering, quiet joy. He joins the prospectors and ancient indigenous people now whose lives are forever part of this land.
¹ Photos of Jim: www.trailimage.com/photo-tag/jimeldredge