On August 20, ten Taiwanese senior riders from the original documentary, Go Grandriders, gathered in front of the Santa Clara County Government Center to begin their ride from San Jose to Los Angeles. Gathered to celebrate the occasion were a wide group of volunteers, fans and curious onlookers who stopped to see what all the cheering was about.
The ceremonies started soon after 10 am with a welcome offered by Janice Sung, chair of the Ad Hoc Taiwanese-American organization working together to give the grandriders a grand send off. Among the attendees were local politicians with proclamations and certificates of recognition to present to the group. In the photos below, are Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith and TECO Director-General Bruce Fuh greeting one of the riders from the BMW Club of Northern California.
Since the grandriders did not have California licenses to drive, generous volunteers from the BMW Club of Northern California kindly offered to give them a lift down to Southern California. Each grandrider was paired with an American motorcyclist for the three-day trip down Highway 1. The trip was completed on September 23, with the grandriders now back in Taiwan enjoying a much more sedate schedule.
To learn more about the kickoff, you can also read CBS’s article and news story by linking to their site at, http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/08/20/seniors-on-motorcycles-begin-tour-of-california-coast/.