Cherokee youth bike Trail of Tears

Remember the Removal

LDR photo/Chris Roden

Cyclists riding to remember the removal of Cherokees in 1839 reach their 543rd mile at Dry Knob Friday. They will complete 950 miles before they arrive back in Tahlequah, Okla.

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CHRIS RODEN ◆ CHRIS@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

In 1838 the Cherokees on the Trail of Tears walked nearly 1000 miles from Georgia to Oklahoma.

The Cherokees that arrived in Lebanon Friday before leaving Saturday are cycling through the same seven states for the 2017 Remember the Removal Ride. When they stopped at Dry Knob Friday, they had finished their 543rd mile in a 950-mile journey.

“I have learned a lot more through a firsthand experience of what my ancestors went through and all the things they had to persevere through. It’s hard to really think about what they went through, and then going on this trip you get to see it firsthand. It just gives you a whole new mindset and respect for what they did,” said Macie Sullateskee, 19, an Northeastern State University student at Tahlequah, Okla.

After stopping at Dry Knob, the riders loaded their bikes in trailers and motored into Lebanon for a big meal. After spending the night in Lebanon Friday, they continued on to Springfield Saturday.

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