Day 3 Trail of Tears and Palo Duro Canyon Motorcycle Ride September 2006

September 18 Hot Springs to Okmulgee to Henryetta (267 miles)

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Day 3 Trail of Tears Route Ride Map

Today is the 3rd day of our Trail of Tears and Palo Duro Canyon Motorcycle Ride and the last leg of the “Trail of Tears” ride.

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Getting ready to roll in Hot Spring, AR

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View of all the riders coming off the mountain.

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Trail of Tears riders

Today was over cast with misting rain and by the time we left it was raining lightly and was in the lower 60’s. For the first 110 mile it was overcast and rained on and off from time to time. I was afraid Janet would hate riding in the rain but she said it wasn’t as bad as she had thought it would be. This was her first time to ride in the rain. The ride stopped in Heavener, Oklahoma for gas and lunch. Since we have ridden the ride before we knew to peel off from  the group and gas up at the first gas station in Heavener. The ride always gases up at one station further in town and with 250 plus bikes trying to gas up it is time-consuming and nerve-racking. After gassing up we rode to a roadside park just across from the station where everyone else gassed up. We got a bite to eat and waited for the rest of the riders to get gassed up and eat. The rest of the ride was clear blue skies and pleasantly cool. It was a really nice ride. We got to Okmulgee, OK around 4:00.

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The “Trail of Tears” riders gassing up in Heavener

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This year the ceremony was held on the town square of Okmulgee. Each year there is a ceremony commemorating the original “Trail of Tears” and the charity work done by the “Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride”.  The ride raises funds from the proceeds of merchandise sales, donations and sponsors, and vendor fees.  The funds are used mainly for Native American scholarships, donated to colleges and other organizations to further educate and bring awareness of the Trail of Tears history. Over the years the “Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride” has installed historical markers in the states through which it passes (Oklahoma, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Arkansas).

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Larry & Shirley at lunch in Heavener, OK

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Creek Indians Victory Dance Trail of Tears

After the ceremony we rode to the church camp (like last year) and had a “Creek Indian” meal. It was good but I liked the meal last year better. We were entertained by the Native Hymn Singers who sang native Christian hymns in various tribal languages. It was pretty cool and several of the singers gave their testimonies. Afterward we left the “Trail of Tears” and went on our separate way. We (our friends and us) rode to Henryetta, OK and spent the night. We had stayed there on a previous ride at a different motel. It was not the best and we found a scorpion in the room. There was another motel just down the road from there and we decided to give it a try since we ate breakfast at the restaurant the year before and liked the food and service. The motel was not the best there either. It looked as though it hadn’t been redecorated since the ‘50s. Shirley called Janet and said we needed to come checkout their room. The TV was sitting on an old console TV (Probably from the ‘50s). Well you had to have been there… We survived the night but we won’t stay there again.

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