Trail of Tears bike tour reaches Lebanon Friday

Remember the Removal

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Remember the Removal bike riders cycle on the Trail of Tears during last year’s event. Each year a group of Cherokee bike halfway across the country to commemorate the trials of their ancestors.


Twelve cyclists participating in the 2017 Remember the Removal Bike Ride, a three-week, 950-mile trek retracing the northern route of the Trail of Tears, are expected to arrive in Lebanon Friday.

According to the cyclists’ travel schedule, they planned to travel from Cuba to St. Robert on Thursday and, after an overnight stay, travel from St. Robert to Lebanon. They expect to arrive in Lebanon sometime around 5 p.m., according to Julie Hubbard of Cherokee Nation Communications. The time could change depending on how the day’s travel goes, she said. The group is expected to come via Spring Road, which connects to Route 66 just west of Hazelgreen.

The Cherokee Nation cyclists are joined by eight cyclists from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, North Carolina and began their ride in New Echota, Georgia, on June 4. The ride spans seven states and will conclude in Tahlequah, Okla. on June 22.

The ride commemorates the 1838 removal in which Cherokees were rounded up and forced from their homes in Georgia, Tennessee and other southeastern states to the Cherokee Nation’s current capital in Tahlequah.

Of approximately 16,000 Cherokees who were forced to make the trek to Indian Territory, it is estimated that 4,000 died from exposure, disease and starvation.

Cyclists will also help promote national parks along their journey in honor of a $25,000 grant awarded to the program by the National Park Foundation.

The Remember the Removal Bike Ride journey can be followed online at or by searching for the hashtags #RememberTheRemoval and #RTR2017 on Twitter.


The Lebanon Daily Record

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