A dream ful­filled

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33, an em­ployee of a Ja­panese com­pany in Bei­jing, who has trav­eled ex­ten­sively in the United States by mo­tor­bike.

Ihave been ad­dicted to Har­ley David­son mo­tor­cy­cles since I was young, and know­ing that mo­tor­cy­cle-re­lated cul­ture is very pop­u­lar in the US, I de­cided to take a trip. Along with my wife and a group of fel­low en­thu­si­asts, I par­tic­i­pated in a 15-day tour in Oc­to­ber last year. We had one free day, so I headed to Las Ve­gas.

Be­fore ar­riv­ing in theUS, I re­searched arange­of­ma­te­ri­alsaboutriding­amo­tor­bike there. I also found some clas­sic rec­om­mended routes on Chi­nese web­sites re­lated toHar­leyDavid­son clubs.

With the help of their sug­ges­tions, I de­visedmy own route.

In ac­cor­dance with the rules, be­fore I left China I vis­ited a no­tary of­fice, where my driv­ing li­cense­wasver­i­fied as ac­cept­able in the US and my doc­u­ments were trans­lated into English. Only then did I buymy ba­sic mo­tor­cy­cle equip­ment.

When we ar­rived at Las Ve­gas, we rented a Har­ley David­son and rode around the city. It was an ex­cit­ing, un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence, be­cause it was not only the ful­fill­ment of a dream, but I also ex­pe­ri­enced the re­gional mo­tor­cy­cle cul­ture in the US.

As we parked the bike at the road­side, some driv­ers rolled down their car win­dows and gave us the thumbs-up, and when we drove on the road, car driv­ers pulled over to let us pass. We also vis­ited a mo­tor­cy­cle-themed res­tau­rant for lunch and en­joyed the fan­tas­tic decor and de­li­cious food.

Rid­ing a mo­tor­bike helped me meet a lot of other devo­tees. They weremy big­gest find dur­ing the trip. I yearn for free­dom of ac­tion, so rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle makesmy body free as well asmy soul.

I be­lieve that trav­el­ing by mo­tor­cy­cle in the US will be­come pop­u­lar be­cause of the re­cent joint ef­forts to pro­mote Sino-US tourism, es­pe­cially af­ter the two coun­tries de­cided to name 2016 as US-China Tourism Year. This new style of trav­el­ing will at­tract more young Chi­nese tourists, and peo­ple like me, who have a pas­sion for free­dom and ad­ven­ture, will visit theUS more fre­quently.

For ex­am­ple, I am plan­ning to travel along the famous high­way called Route 66 with friends dur­ing next year’s Spring Fes­ti­val.

If travel agen­cies and gov­ern­ments can pro­mote the need for mo­tor­cy­clists to ob­tain ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion be­fore they head to the US — such as the re­quired doc­u­ments, how to rent a mo­tor­bike and lo­cal traf­fic laws—“rid­ing the range” will be­come a safe and fab­u­lous way to spend a va­ca­tion.

Zhao Yang spoke with Cao Yin.

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