From France to China
My motorcycle adventure to China dates back to 2005. The path of my life leads me today (2020 already!) to go beyond literary borders to extend its diffusion. The text of my story remains the same. I have refrained from modifying my personal feelings that I delivered to you in their raw state, even if it is certain that to this day the experience of the travels that followed and my life experience have given me a wider understanding of the world we live in.
To keep the original text is to bring my testimony of the countries I traveled through with a China in full mutation and to remain faithful to the person I was fifteen years ago.
This reprint is the first volume of my motorcycle trips around the world. It will be easy for me to write the following ones; I have so many roads to tell because if I was not born on a motorcycle, we found each other when I was a pre-teenager and we never left each other.
So it was without realizing it that when I was twenty years old I had traveled many kilometers - seminal elements in the realization of the adventure - and passed through a door that could not close: that other side recorded in small notebooks, anecdotes taken from life, places, encounters, good and bad, where I spoke of road and freedom, free will and destiny, years of transformation where as a young teenager I became an experienced motorcyclist. This is the story, in part, of a metamorphosis that was introduced by the writing of my story in China.
I am not saying that traveling and motorcycling are essential for personal fulfillment, everyone seeks his balance in his own way. I have no other ambition than to state how I found mine.
Note to readers: a short grammatical clarification for those who may have questions about my use of the term "on a motorcycle". The prepositions to and from are both derived from the Latin in, which means in and on. The expression "on a motorcycle" (which I prefer, because "I am one with my motorcycle"!) is therefore correct and confirmed by usage (Le Robert).