Taiwan's elderly 'Grandriders' conclude US motorcycle tour
CNALOS ANGELES--Ten elderly Taiwanese motorcyclists, dubbed the “Grandriders,” concluded a 650-km ride along the coast of the U.S. state of California Friday in a bid to fulfill their dreams.
August 25, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
At the end of their tour, the Grandriders were greeted by Shannon O'Kelley, chief operating officer of the UCLA Hospital System, as they kept waving and smiling at the cheering crowds, showing no signs of fatigue.
O'Kelley said she looked forward to meeting with the Grandriders and spending more time getting to know them.
The Grandriders, who average 87 years old, rode motorcycles from San Jose south to Los Angeles from Aug. 20 to 23, with stops in the cities of Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, the event organizers said.
As the Taiwanese bikers do not have U.S. driver's licenses, they were accompanied by 10 American motorcyclists with an average age of 55, who carried them as pillion passengers down the coastline, the organizers said.
Huang Ma-tsun, an 87-year-old member of the Grandriders, expressed delight about the four-day journey, saying that she had a good time.
Giving a high-five to Chuck Brown, who accompanied her all the way, Huang said she had great connection with him, praising such interaction as “wonderful.”
The Taiwanese Grandriders will also attend other events to promote their documentary in California. They are scheduled to return to Taiwan on Aug. 26.