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This web site is about the Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride®
that begins in Bridgeport, AL and ends in
Waterloo, AL. Here you'll learn about the history of the Trail of Tears,
see the Trail first hand, and feel the brotherhood shared by those who ride it.
Join us on these web pages to see the largest annual motorcycle ride in
America, and use the information to help you plan to be a part of it. Accommodations,
ride schedule, and event information is all here at your fingertips. Join us on the
ride along part of the original Trail of Tears to honor the Cherokee, Choctaw,
Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole nations.
(Blob.AL.COM is linked to our website)
48 News RAW VIDEO: Trail of Tears comes through Athens
POW WOW & DRUM video - Florence Paper
We want to thank everyone for your support, hard work and dedication in making this a GREAT 20th Annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride.
We had great events at each of our stops with excellent support from Police, Sherriff, Fire & Rescue and HEMSI at every intersection across North Alabama.
Ike led the group coming in from North Carolina and met up in Chattanooga with a group lead by Dennis coming up from Montgomery to make the ride from Chattanooga
to the Bridgeport kickoff party on Friday.
Starting at 8AM in Bridgeport, we had close to a thousand biker's line-up at 7am in the drenching rain, to start the ride with many more joining us along the way.
Huntsville Police and State Troopers did an amazing job at stopping traffic as we exited I565 for the Space & Rocket Center stop Lunch stop and again back onto
I565 to continue the ride. The support from there to Waterloo was, as always amazing, as Athens & Limestone Police/Sherriff/Fire got us back onto HWY 72, where each
municipality controlled the intersections as we passed through their area.
Our 20th annual ride was covered on the front page of both Florence and Athens newspaper with video of the Waterloo POW WOW and Drum posted on the Florence
newspapers front page coverage. Huntsville Times coverage of the event includes 2 minutes of video and over 25 pictures of our ride coning into Huntsville on I565 as
well as events at the Space and Rocket Center. Waterloo, as always, has gone above and beyond in supporting and sponsoring the POW WOW.
The 20th Anniversary of the Annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride® Official Edition Buck Knife with Logo.
Limitied Edition with Serial Numbers.(Click on the image for a close up of the Buck Knife.)
Click here to purchase Official Merchandise
Click here to purchase Official Merchandise
|Official merchandise is always available year round in our on-line store.
We have been able to restock many items. Please note that items are available in limited
sizes and quantity. The ATTOTCAI appreciates your support.
*** 20th Anniversary ***
2013 T-Shirts Now Available
Print your own brochure . Simply click on the icons for a printable copy.
Note: Please read the brochure for the reason we ride and the trail we take.
Click on image for more information
Commemoration of 175th Anniversary of the
Trail of Tears
Lake Guntersville State Park, September 28, 2013
7966 Hwy 227,
Guntersville, AL 35976
Schedule of Events
- 9:00 a.m.-Hike King's Chapel Trail- This will be an easy 1 mile hike that will last about 45 minutes and will be led by Park Naturalist Patti
Donnellan. You will get a close up look at one of the largest trail marker trees in the park. Trail marker trees were bent and shaped by Native
Americans and were used to guide others who were coming behind them. These rare trees now mark a very interesting piece of history.
- 10:30 a.m.-Blessing of the Trail by Gina Williamson from the United Cherokee Ani-Yun-Wiya Nation
- 11:00 a.m.-Symbolic Walk on the actual Trail of Tears route. We will be walking in the footsteps of Native Americans who were so wrongly forced
from their homes to embark on an 800 mile trek west.
- 12:30 p.m.-Lunch at the lodge in Pinecrest 2 with a screening of a Trail of Tears documentary "We Shall Remain".
- 2:00 p.m.-"Cherokee Plants" presented by naturalist Ila Hatter. Includes folklore of the Native American traditions. In the Dogwood room of the
- 3:30 p.m.-'Paddling the Water Route" presented by naturalist Dale Stewart who canoed the route. In the Dogwood room of the lodge.
- 5:00 p.m.-Screening of a short documentary on the Trail of Tears. DVD produced by the National Park Service in the Dogwood room of the lodge.
- 5:30 p.m.-"It's My Trail, Too" presented by author Ronald Cooper In January of 2011, Ron Cooper, a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, began
walking the Northern Route of the Cherokee Trail of Tears National Historic Trail as a personal adventure of self-reflection. He quickly became an
ambassador for education, a catalyst for further conservancy of the Trail, and a symbol of tribal unity and pride. In the Dogwood room of the lodge.
||Check out the Photos from the 2013 ride.
In the Menu under Annual Rides click on 2013 or the Photo of Brooke & Mad Max or the Photo of the check presentation to Waterloo School
||On May 15,2013, the ATTOTCAI Officers and Board of Directors were invited
to the State Capitol Building in Montgomery to meet and receive a
Proclamation from Governor Robert Bentley. The Governor was also
presented with the Official 2013 Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle
Ride T-Shirt celebrating the 20th Anniversary. The ATTOTCAI appreciates the support of Governor Bentley, the
Alabama Indian Affairs Commission, Bridgeport, Huntsville, Waterloo, and the
many participants. Click on any image for an enlarged copy.
September 20, 2013 Cherokee, NC
Meet at the Cool Waters Motel, 1133 Paint Town Road Cherokee, NC 28719 at 8:30 EDT, this is ½ mile past the casino on HWY 19.
From there we will ride to Ross' Landing in downtown Chattanooga, TN and join the group for the ride to BRIDGEPORT TRAIL OF TEARS KICK-OFF RALLY.
For more information contact
BRIDGEPORT KICK-OFF RALLY
The Bridgeport Trail of Tears Kick-Off Rally 12:00 noon, Friday,
Prayer and Unescorted Ride from Ross’ Landing in Chattanooga leaving at 1 PM
EASTERN TIME to Bridgeport on Friday. For a complete schedule of all events
and the entertainment at the Bridgeport Rally click on the billboard.
Big Money Give-A-Way at Bridgeport Trail of Tears Kickoff Rally
click on the billboard for details
Five Feathers Rally September 20th and 21st, U.S. Space & Rocket Center
The Waterloo POW WOW
September 20th, 21st, 22nd
Click here to see the Waterloo poster
Three Day POW WOW presented by the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission
All Dancers Welcome!
There will be Food and Arts & Craft Vendors
The Confederate Railroad Concert will be Saturday, September 21st, 2013 at 9:00p.m. Admission is $10
We will end the night with a Firework Show!
Billy & Pam Burns Memorial Ride
Montgomery, AL - Bridgeport Ride
Friday, September 20th
The Ride will assemble at the
Heritage Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL at 9 AM and leaving at 10:30, stopping at
Roebuck Shopping Center in Birmingham and leaving there at 12:30 PM.
Again Stopping at the Alabama Fan Club in Fort Payne and leave there at 2:30 and
arrive in Bridgeport, AL at 4 PM.
For more information contact
Dennis Johnson email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (334) 396-2306.
John Benge Trail of Tears Ride
Fort Payne, AL - Madison, AL Ride
Saturday, September 21st
A John Benge Trail of Tears Ride will leave the Alabama Fan Club in Fort Payne at
6:30 AM CST and will go to the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville to meet main ride. Call Bill Reed at (256) 996-8329
for more information.
|The Riverwalk bricks have been permanently set. Click on each image to enlarge it.
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