6. Transcontinental trip in the U.S.
In 1992, Goro embarked on a journey across the American continent.
A friend of his, who at the time was the founder and editor-in-chief of a Harley-Davidson magazine, "HOTBIKE Japan," was planning the trip.
The trip would take him from Los Angeles to Milwaukee by motorcycle to attend Harley-Davidson's 90th anniversary party. After the party, he would head to New York City. It would be a two-week transcontinental trip.
Two days before the departure, when the friend shared the details of the trip to Goro, he immediately responded, "I want to go too! Take me with you!"
The friend was perplexed, but the next morning he arranged the airline tickets. He said he still remembers the way Goro dressed when he picked him up on the day of departure. His faded Levis, worn out engineer boots, crumpled flannel shirt, and homemade silver accessories hung everywhere that made noises as he walked. His jacket was a tailcoat he had made for his son's wedding, and he wore a number of pin badges on his lapel and a bowler hat that is worn by the Royal Family.
"It's Harley's 90th birthday, so I dressed up too!"
He was sure it was going to be a great trip. And so they began their journey from Los Angeles.
On the third day of their trip, Goro’s friend realized that he left the Metal Pendant, which Goro had made with his name engraving, at the resting area in the Grand Canyon. It was too far to return.
The next morning, he gathered his courage and told Goro that he had lost his pendant at the Grand Canyon.
Then Goro said,
“It's fantastic! It's the Grand Canyon. There's something I made there. If someone picks it up, they will definitely wear it. If no one finds it, it will return to the soil after thousands of years. My creation will become the soil of the Grand Canyon. It's wonderful!”
He had confidence in what he had created. The feeling that it will return to the soil over thousands of years. What a rich sense of value. Goro Takahashi's philosophy is a great asset to people.
On the fifth day, they reached the city of Milwaukee. It was filled with hundreds and thousands of bikers. There were Harleys on every street, lots of live music and events, and a huge parade of tens of thousands of cars. It was truly the world's biggest birthday party.
I went to a press conference and Willie G. Davidson was there. Harley-Davidson was founded in 1903 by the brothers of William Sylvester Harley and Davidson. Willie G. is a direct grandson of the Davidson family and a Harley-Davidson iconic figure.
After shaking hands with Willie G., Goro said,
“My name is Goro. I'm here from Japan to celebrate Harley's birthday. I’m riding an Indian, but it is okay, right?"
Willie G. replied.
"Of course. Welcome to join us."
Goro took a small feather brooch from his chest that looked like a bouquet and handed it to him. Willie G attached it to his beret hat and gave Goro a big hug.
Upon leaving Milwaukee after a crazy party that lasted three full days, they arrived in New York City after three days of driving. Total distance traveled is 3400 miles = 5500 km. A journey across the continent by motorcycle. The destination of this trip was where Goro's journey to become an American Indian and Yellow Eagle has began.