The "Vocal Rider" heading to ISDE Italy
Interview by Bob Harwood
I have so many stories from riding trips and good times with Eric. This past summer, in July, Eric and I went out on his boat one evening after work at the 10th street boat ramp just the two of us.
As always, Eric was his usual goofy self, we talked about riding, girls, and pretty much everything else. He shared his outlook on life and his ideas on how to live it. Everything he has told me over the years and especially that day I have made sure to try and live by daily. He looked at life differently than most people and he has inspired me to have the good outlook on life that he did.
I love and will miss Eric deeply, but he has left so many of his great ideas and values for me and many others.
I will always remember going to Eugene MX Park and helping Eric set up and take down for the races that day.
It was the last time Eric and I did anything together like that.
While it is not the most eventful story that will be shared on here ...
It will be a memory that I have forever and will never be forgotten.
I love you buddy. Miss you!!!!
I met Eric while riding at Victor Falls – he told me that was his favorite place to ride.
He was faster than me, but we always had a good time and he was always in a good spirits. Eric was never “too cool” for lesser riders as myself and helped me with my riding skills and my bike, We used to play “Mini Motos" - a game Eric made up to make up for his speed advantage – he would give me a 30 second lead and then chase me down. He would eventually catch me and usually run into my back wheel or ride through the bushes to pass me (while laughing). He witnessed some spectacular crashes as I fought to not get caught.
And then there was his famous "Turkey Enduro" competition, which mixed fast riding with silly games to even the playing field.
I’ll miss Eric and never forget him – he was a great person.