4/5/15

Twenty-one years ago today my brother, Eric Jon Harris, died in a paragliding accident.  Twenty-one years have passed and this is still a very hard day.  When I’m with my old and dear friends we still tell EJ stories and laugh. I think about him everyday.  I wonder what he would be doing twenty-one years later.  How many kids would he have had?  Would he still be living in Mammoth?  Would he be here in Hurricane with us enjoying the friendships, mountain biking, endorphins, food and beer?  His spirit is definitely with us.

Nothing makes you laugh like a basset hound. This is Buford. Every evening he walks through the rv park and gives us love.

Nothing makes you laugh like a basset hound. This is Buford. Every evening he walks through the rv park and gives us love.

Forest, Amelia and Roger having FUN!

Forest, Amelia and Roger having FUN on Gooseberry Mesa.

Another Classic Goose shot with Amelia and Forest.

Another classic Goose shot with Roger and Forest.

The riding really is surreal. Forest in the lead, Amelia behind him.

The riding really is surreal. Roger in the lead, then Forest and Amelia.

Bad ass singlespeeding cousins.

Bad ass singlespeeding cousins.

Sara the catdog.

Sara the catdog.

Roger playing a didgeridoo.

Roger playing a didgeridoo.

Roger on the Guacamole Trail.

Roger on the Guacamole Trail.

The lucky Mrs. Harris at Red Cliffs.

The lucky Mrs. Harris at Red Cliffs.

Forest is the real deal. He's just humoring us when he rides with us.

Forest is the real deal. He’s just humoring us when he rides with us.

Amelia on the Guacamole Trail with Zion in the background.

Amelia on the Guacamole Trail with Zion in the background.

It’s our half way point of the trip. Forest left this morning at 5am to go back to San Diego.  Shelli and Osborne are on their way to Hurricane.  No doubt they will pass each other somewhere on the 15.  After six days of riding, it is time for an off day to rest the body and let some of the abrasions and bruises heal.

Happy Easter everyone!

19 thoughts on “4/5/15

  1. Thank God for memories of EJ, huh! I did not know EJ but maybe he’s watching and smiling on the way you carry on! Glad I can call you—my brother-friend! Nice flow on the blog wrapping lots of rides and stories together. The Didgeridoo shot “tickled my belly.” Now, let’s get back on the trail and make some new blogs blogs blogs!

  2. Greg –

    Is this the same brother that bought the Krystal Villa East condo? You said he had died but I didn’t know it was in a paragliding accident. So sorry for your loss….I lost my dad to a drunk driver 33 years ago and it is still difficult for me to talk about.

    All the best…safe travels and Happy Easter!

    Sonja

  3. greg & amelia… i love following your adventures but was not prepared to walk down memory lane with thoughts of eric… all good memories but sad that he’s not here to comment on your crazy life! he was a good brother and would love this life you are leading 🙂
    oh, and, greg – when are we meeting again at the LV airport? haha!!
    hugs, julie

    • Thanks for the comment Jules! Like I always do, I was thinking of you as we drove through Barstow! I’m still tripping about running into you at the Vegas Airport. It was the quickest flight back to SD ever.

  4. I have a strong feeling that EJ is bouncing on clouds and watching all of your adventures…while having a few of his own! 🙂
    Happy Spring, y’all!
    Love,
    Mama Jean

  5. Can’t believe it has been 21 years.Thanks for sharing the great pictures and your thoughts. I get excited when I see a new blog in my inbox.Talked to Brian Johnston yesterday and we talked about getting together with you later this week, that would be awesome.
    Safe Travels to you!

  6. Hey there. A big thanks for the post. Glad to see you’re having fun, miss being at the Goose. Not so sure I’m capable right now. I’ll go by the house later today and bring in the mail and check the plants, been cool of late. Getting ready for the big rodeo at Farr on the 8 th. Birch

    • Thanks Uncle Butch, your comments are much appreciated. Amy and I are just tickled that you and Jean follow our blog.

  7. Awesome photographs!  Love to vicariously enjoy what you’re doing.  Heard something great today:”I opened two gifts this morning . . . my eyes.” Best to you,Helen Nolte in Reno

  8. Again!  enjoyed your pictures and sharing vicariously in your vacation. So nice to see you enjoying grand nature wonderful to see your faces. miss you and wishing you many more fab rides.

  9. Boy you guys sure do know how to take advantage of every break. I am jealous! All I got was a kidney stone. That was my adventure. Greg I can sense the sadness in your words when you write about your brother. I too lost a brother when he was 9. There are days when I too wonder what he would be doing today. We were very close and I know that he would be looking out for me and giving me a hard time. I often feel as though he is my guardian angel as I believe your brother is for you.

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