But until today, it had been ages since we'd shared a shred.
Like me, Ben's a school teacher in real life. But he lives and works overseas, along with his family, so we see very little of them these days, except now-and-then on Google Chat. However, they're all in Flagstaff for a couple weeks at the moment, house-sitting for some mutual friends.
the bike shop. Back in The Day. So we've been on lots of rides together over the years. Ben's always been a really great bike rider: fast, agile, stoked to ride. Almost everyone who knows him knows that.
Fewer folk know that Ben's also a truly gifted photographer. Always has been, long as I've know him. A dozen years ago or so he took a few pictures of my wife and I when we were all in Vegas for Interbike. A couple of them have become a part of the permanent collection on display in our living room.
Over the years he's also taken a few pictures of me riding.