During the past 30 years, Winchester resident Lowell Roark has logged 350,000 miles, traveling all across the United States and Canada on motorcycle.
Earlier this month, however, his travels took him a bit farther afield.
Roark read about a motorcycle group in Taiwan known as the Grandriders and started doing more research. He was eventually selected as one of 10 Americans to visit Taiwan and ride with the group.
“I enjoyed it immensely. I never dreamed I would be able to do something like that,” Roark said.
The Grandriders are a group of motorcycle enthusiasts, all at least 60 years old, who annually organize a motorcycle trip around the perimeter of the island of Taiwan. The trip is supported by the Handao Senior Citizens Welfare Foundation, which is dedicated to helping the elderly achieve their dreams.
Director Peter Starr learned about the annual trip and decided to accompany them in 2011, so he could produce a documentary about the group and the event. In 2012, Starr and the Handao Foundation arranged for the 10 Americans, also at least 60 years old, to participate.