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It’s 37 States in 90 Days for India Bikers

August 13, 1990

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ An adventure-loving traveler from India thinks the United States is a fascinating place, and can’t understand why Americans themselves don’t see more of it.

Satish Ganapathy and two coworkers from India plan to ride 90,000 miles through 37 states in 90 days on two old, Indian-made motorcycles.

″We cannot see any place else like this on Earth,″ Ganapathy said. ″This is a fun-filled country. There are so many things to see.

″We have heard that many people in the United States have not seen their own country, which is very saddening. We’ve seen every nook and cranny of India. Here, people do not know their own country.

″If I lived in Harrisburg I would have seen the rest of the United States before I was 35.″

The chance that their two motorcycles could break down adds to the thrill.

″We believe in adventure,″ Ganapathy, 40, told The Patriot-News in Harrisburg while visiting last week. ″We may find that we may fail physically, or the motorcycles may fail. We do not know.″

Ganapathy, Stanley Rose, 28, and Arun Khadse, 32, workers at an Indian power plant, set out from New York City on July 28.

They’ll cross the hot Texas flatlands and challenge California’s jammed freeways. They’ll visit Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, the nation’s Capitol and Disneyland.

The trip, which their employer helped sponsor, already has thrilled them. They’ve toured Independence Hall and marveled at the size of the enormous chocolate factory in nearby Hersey.

And the chandeliers in Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, N.J., were magnificent, even though the building hardly looks like its wondrous namesake in India, they said.

″You could spend 10 days in that casino,″ Ganapathy said.

The best thing has been the way strangers have treated them, they said.

While staying two days at the home of a friend’s cousin in Lower Paxton Township, the three men went for a walk and an American couple said ″Hello.″

That rarely happens in their home town of Bombay.

″Even if they don’t know you they say ‘Hello’ to you,″ Rose said. ″Back home, if I don’t know you I don’t say anything to you. People are very warm here.″

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