Day 3 September 20 Hot Springs to Tahlequah, OK 215 miles
Today is the third day of our Million Dollar Highway Motorcycle Ride. It will be hot again today and since the Trail of Tears ride wasn’t going to leave until 9:00 we decide to leave at 8:00 and ride ahead. We stopped at Heavener, OK, were the group stops for gas and lunch, ate lunch, visited with some of the people who were joining the ride there and waited for the group to catch up. When the group arrived we headed to Tahlequah. When we got to Tahlequah we checked into the motel and waited for the group to catch up again. When the group arrived we fell in behind and followed them to the Cherokee Nation Museum. We walked around the grounds, toured the museum, and toured the buildings moved here because of their historical value. A replica of a Cherokee village was there with Cherokee tribesmen narrating what each area was and telling about the history.
We ran into several other people who from the Iron Horse Ministries. They invited us to tour the ministry’s museum in the trailer.
Later got to the good part, the meal. We were starving by now. We were served an Indian meal of fried pork tips, fry bread, beans, corn and watermelon. Good grub, that’s my kind of food.
Tahlequah is the capital of both the Cherokee Nation and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians.
There are several markers of Cherokee and Native American heritage found across town: street signs and business signs appear in the Cherokee language along with English, mostly in the syllabary alphabet created by Sequoyah, a Cherokee scholar of the 1820s.
The Cherokee Supreme Court Building, in downtown Tahlequah, was constructed in 1844 and is the oldest public building in Oklahoma
If anyone would like to know more about the “Trail of Tears” ride you can check it out at this link. http://www.trailoftears-remembrance.org
After enjoying the hospitality of the Cherokee Nation and feeling very full from the great meal they provided, we headed back to the motel to rest up and get ready for the long ride tomorrow.
Tomorrow we ride on to Amarillo, TX on our way to the Million Dollar Highway. Come follow a long as we continue our journey to enjoy the ride, adventure, sites and scenery.
Below are the posts from each day of our ride. Come follow along as we ride to enjoy the fun and beautiful scenery…
Million Dollar Highway Motorcycle Ride introduction
Day 1 & 2 Million Dollar Highway Motorcycle Ride 2010
Day 4 Million Dollar Highway Motorcycle Ride 2010
Day 5 Million Dollar Highway Motorcycle Ride 2010
Day 6 Million Dollar Highway Motorcycle Ride 2010
Day 7 Million Dollar Highway Motorcycle Ride 2010
Day 8 Million Dollar Highway Motorcycle Ride 2010
Day 9 Million Dollar Highway Motorcycle Ride 2010
Day 10 Million Dollar Highway Motorcycle Ride 2010
Ride safe and I hope we see you down the road somewhere…