2007年11月13日，在弘道老人福利基金會的推動下，17位平均81歲的長者，開始了為期13天的騎摩托車環島壯 舉，他們從台中出發，一路往南行經台南、高雄、屏東、台東、花蓮、宜蘭、台北，再回到台中，總路程長達1178公里！17位長者中，有兩位曾罹患癌症，四 位需帶助聽器，五位患有高血壓，途中歷經險峻的蘇花公路，歷經團長三進三出醫院，但他們一一克服困難，用無懼的心、熱血的行動，完成了這個在外人眼中「不 可能的夢想」。
17位長者的生命歷程各不相同，他們有的來自本土台灣、有的隨國民黨軍隊來台，職業有警察、退伍軍人、牧師、書法老師、理髮師等，更有趣的是，有的外省爺 爺不會講台語，但為了要跟本省同伴溝通，互相以很重的口音講著對方的語言，畫面煞是有趣。13天的環島旅程下來，16位爺爺和1位奶奶從不相識到發展出有 如家人般的感情，更不約而同表示自己變得更年輕、更有活力！
Taiwan's Grandriders visit San Jose and ride down Highway 1, breaking aging stereotypes
The plot is straight out of Hollywood--17 seniors with an average age of 81 set off on motor scooters for a 13-day, 730-mile journey around the perimeter of their island home of Taiwan, smashing old-age stereotypes and enjoying every minute of it.
The plot may be Hollywood, but the story is true.The 2007 ride by the group calling itself the Grandriders is portrayed in Go Grandriders, a feel-good documentary released in the United States in August.
Although the story is just starting to garner attention in the U.S., when 10 of the original 17 decided to visit California, they found both a welcome and the offer of a road trip from San Jose down Highway 1 to Los Angeles.
Edward Perry, a former Santa Clara County sheriff married to a Taiwanese native, offered to organize the trip, working with Hondao Senior Citizens' Welfare Foundation in Taiwan, which sponsored the 2007 trip as well as the California one.
Perry recruited fellow members of the BMW Club of Northern California to provide rides for the Grandriders, who now have an average age of 87. The group of nine men and one woman had to ride on the back of the motorcycles as none of them have a California driver license.
Willow Glen resident Dan Carter, 48, was one of the volunteers and his passenger was Sun Xiang-cun, an 85-year-old retired soldier.
Although Carter learned a few Mandarin phrases in advance, Sun spoke no English and it took them awhile to get in sync riding.
"Within a day we had it down and he hopped on and off without assistance," says Carter, who describes their trip as "magic.
"It was awesome to see the excitement and enthusiasm from them — just feeling their energy.
"The oldest rider was 95 and it was cold and it was hot and it was a long ride.
"At every stop, they got off the bikes with smiles. A bus followed so they always had the opportunity to ride on the bus, but that pretty much never happened."
On Aug. 20 they left San Jose City Hall, stopping in Monterey the first night, before heading down Highway 1, which Carter says was "absolutely gorgeous."
They stopped to visit the Northern Elephant Seals at the Piedras Blancas rookery above Cambria; Hearst Castle and Mission San Luis Obispo.
On the third day they turned inland to visit the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum, went on to Santa Barbara and spent the night in Ventura.
On the fourth day, they stopped at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library before heading to a press reception at the UCLA Medical Center.
Along the way they made time to visit two senior centers as well.
Carter left the group on Aug. 24, riding his BMW up Highway 101 to get home in time to celebrate his teenage daughter's birthday.
"Sitting in traffic on 101 in 102 degrees" returning to San Jose was the most unpleasant part of the journey for Carter, but he says, "I would do it again in a heartbeat."
The Grandriders headed back to Taiwan from Los Angeles and Carter says he hopes to visit them there some day.
"The most amazing thing is they kept thanking us," he says. "We felt it was a privilege for us," he says.