This year's ride - the 29th Annual

2021 28th annual trail of tears commemorative ride recap - click here
we always ride rain or shine

the official ride - 3rd saturday in september

The 28th annual ride is history! click on the link here to visit the ride recap page and get connected to photos from the ride and a summary of how this past year's ride went! Every year the experience is unique!

This Year's special design

This year's special design, printed on all official 29th Annual Trail of Tears commemorative motorcycle ride merchandise is of Tsi'yu-gunsini, also known as
'Dragging Canoe', a Chickamauga Chief. this special design was produced by our own artist, arissa wheeler. to learn more about the design click here.

this year's ride info

Thursday 9/15/2022
For information about riding to Cherokee, NC with other riders contact Ike Moore or Michael Hutton.

FRIDAY 9/16/2022
Ride from Cherokee, NC
An unescorted ride will be held from Cherokee, NC
Depart at 10:00 AM EDT From the Cherokee indian fairgrounds to Ross’ Landing, 160 riverfront pkwy, Chattanooga, TN.
Leaving from Chattanooga at 3:00 PM EDT and continuing on to Bridgeport. arrive at bridgeport at 3pm cdt.
For more info click here.

Friday evening September 16
Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride® Kick Off Party Downtown Bridgeport, AL.

Kids Bounce House, Food Trucks, Vendors, Concert, Fireworks, $500 Cash giveaways Best Bike award people’s choice 3rd place $50, 2ndplace $100 & 1st $200

at 3PM − Bikes arrive from Cherokee Indian Reservation NC.
5PM − Opening Ceremonies.
6:00PM − Concert starts with Southern Flite Band.
7:30 PM – John Stone Band, from Kid Rock Bar in Nashville
9:00PM – Fireworks Show & 3 best bike giveaways
● Food and other Vendors on Alabama Street
● Door Prize drawings throughout the evening (must be present to win)
For More Info on the Bridgeport Celebration click here.

Southern Flight Band

Bio from John Stone's website

John Stone’s performances do not fail to please, with Vulture Magazine describing John and his performances succinctly, “Completely EPIC!!…This man has got the gift. Edgy, energetic and he completely tore it up onstage from start to finish”.

During a career spanning over a decade in America’s country music capital, Nashville, Stone can recall countless highlights, including entertaining world leaders at the White House Christmas party – and performing6 times for the President of the United States. Stone is also a resident of Kid Rock’s Chillin’ the Most Cruise, where he has performed to a cruise-ship full of music-loving fans for seven years running. When he’s not touring, Stone can be found performing his long-running gig at the renowned Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville. In Nashville, he is known as “The King of Lower Broadway” as he is well-known for being one of the best Honky Tonk performers around.

After making his Gympie Muster debut in 2013, the demand for John and the Trailer Park All-Stars to perform in Australia has been overwhelming. Fans were amazed not only by what was seen on stage but also the entire band’s engagement with festival goers in and around the campsites and festival grounds. Stone returned the following year, by popular demand, performing sold out shows at Tamworth Country Music Festival, and throughout South East Queensland. John and the Trailer Park All-Stars also played the Gympie Music Muster that same year where they closed the festival, performing to an overflowing venue. Stone decided to record the music video for his single ‘Please Please’ at this performance which made the Top 20 Country Airplay Charts at the time. Australian fans just can’t seem to get enough, with Stone headlining the 2015 Plantation Music Festival and performing at the 35thanniversary of the Gympie Music Muster in 2016.

Prior to realizing his childhood dream of becoming a singer/songwriter, Stone spent eight years in the United States Army as a gunner on an M-1 Tank. He served in Iraq during Shield and Desert Storm, an experience he says has given him the resilience and determination needed to forge a successful career in the music industry. Having picked up the guitar at the age of six, the multi-talented and self-taught singer/songwriter also plays the bass, drums, harmonica and piano. At any live performance, Stone draws upon all of his musical talent to deliver what he is best known for – energetic, crowd-pleasing performances that leave his audiences wanting more.

Bridgeport stage

Saturday September 17
Downtown Bridgeport – Bridgeport, AL
Leave 8:00 AM CDT - Riders will start lining up in downtown Bridgeport on Alabama Street at 7 AM CDT and will leave at 8 AM CDT. The City of Bridgeport will close off the downtown streets to line up the motorcycles.

Arrive 10:30 am - Leave 12:00 PM CDT
Redstone Harley-Davidson will have food vendors on site, live music, giveaways & much more!
Waterloo, Official End of the Ride(approx. 90 mi) Arrive 2:30 PM CDT
Keep Left Lane Open for Police and EMS

for more information on the events. For Bridgeport vendor information call: Randall Gibson − 256-608-9542
see the ride rules here!

September 17-19, 2022
• Starting Friday at 8:30 AM Free 3 Day POW WOW
Vendors, great food, arts and crafts, Free Live Entertainment Friday & Saturday Night

Partial Entertainment Schedule:
North Boat Ramp
Indian Festival 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Memorial Walk at 10:00 AM from Bridge to Waterloo Landing
Bama Boys 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Second Chance 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Twisted Country 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Brother Big 8:00 PM – Midnight
Sunday Sept 19th
Indian Festival 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
For more info on the pow wow click here
or email for all the events and times!
The City of waterloo's facebook powwow event page is here.

SUNDAY 9/18/2022
Ride Escorts: Dave Nelson, David Burnett and Mark Swindle

Depart Spring Park 8:00 am CDT Spring Park Road Tuscumbia AL
 Arrive11:45 East End Grill                
Depart12:30 East End Grill              
Arrive 4:00pm Holiday Inn Heber Springs AR

09/19/2022 8:00 Depart Holiday Inn Heber Springs AR
Arrive 2:00 Hampton Inn Ft Smith AR

09/20/2022 8:00 am Depart Hampton Inn Ft Smith
Arrive 10:15 Choctaw Nation Museum Tuskahoma OK

For more info call 678-RIDE-TOT

Allen Ward Memorial Ride West

the allen ward memorial ride west is an unescorted ride and will leave Spring Park at 8:00 AM CDT for the ride to Heber Springs, arkansas where we will spend the night before continuing on to fort smith, arkansas on monday and then on Tuesday continue to the choctaw national museum in tuskahoma, arkansas, where the ride will end.

Meet Sunday Morning at 8am cdt at Sacred Tears monument at spring Park for the UNESCORTED Ride West

Hotel accommodations for Sunday night are at Holiday Inn 1350 Southridge Parkway Heber Spring, AR 72543 (501)-887-9500.

Monday september 19th 2022
(unescorted - Ride at your own risk)

Monday we will continue the ride from Heber Springs to Fort Smith, arkansas where we will stay at Hampton Inn 6201 Rogers Ave Fort Smith, AR 72903 (479)452-2000

Tuesday September 20th 2022
we will end the ride in the morning at the choctaw national museum in tuskahoma, oklahoma. visit the museum's website here.

If you haven't already made plans to continue onto Oklahoma this year you will be missing a fantastic experience! The Choctaw Nation is planning a huge welcome when we arrive in Tuskhoma. We will be greeted by Assistant Chief Jack Austin Jr and have a photo opportunity with him, we will tour the museum, and have lunch before continuing onto Durant to the Choctaw Heritage Center and spend the night in the Choctaw Casino and Resort (a five star hotel)
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Other Rides that join the Trail of Tears Ride

Billy & Pam Burns Memorial Ride - Benge Route to join 29th Annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride in Bridgeport AL

Montgomery, AL - Bridgeport Ride
Friday, September 16th 9am
assemble at 8 AM and leaving at 9:00, Harley Davidson of Montgomery 655 North Eastern Blvd Montgomery, AL 36117

11:00 AM Leaving and stopping at Roebuck Shopping Center in Birmingham and
11:30 PM - Leaving Birmingham Roebuck Shopping Center and
Stopping at DeKalb County Tourism on AL Hwy 35 in Fort Payne and
1:30 PM - Leave DeKalb County Tourism to arrive at the Bridgeport exit off HWY 72 to join the Riders from Cherokee NC at 2:45 PM & arrive in Bridgeport, AL at 3 PM.
3 PM - Bridgeport exit off HWY 72- Ride into downtown for the Kickoff Rally.

For more information contact
Dennis Johnson email or call (334) 202-4389.

louis hutton memorial Ride from san antonio TX to bridgeport al

on the monday before the trail of tears ride a group of christian fellowship riders leaves from san antonio, texas to travel across the states and arrive in bridgeport, al on the wednesday before the ride. on Thursday this group usually takes a ride up into the chattanooga lake district and then up through the smoky mountains on the way to cherokee, nc. These texas riders usually also take in the 'tail of the dragon' in north carolina. yeehaw!

to learn more about the louis hutton memorial ride click here.

if you are interested in joining this group in san antonio or anywhere along the route please contact michael hutton. or call 703 638 4724.

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