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Day 3 – Harrison, AR Motorcycle Ride: Holdenville – Okmulgee – Muskogee – Tahlequah – Harrison (263 miles)

Day 3 route

Harrison, AR Motorcycle Ride

We were up early (6:00)… For Alfred anything before noon is early but we don’t like arriving to our destination in the dark. So we were up early. McDonald’s was across the street so we ate breakfast there. It was fast and cheap and they have good coffee. We have to have good coffee. We were on the road around 8:00 with nothing but blue skies and sunshine all day. It was a great day to be riding.

Morning Shadows…

Our route today would be taking us through several of the former trail end of the “Trail of Tears” Remembrance Motorcycle Ride of years past. They are Okmulgee, Muskogee and Tahlequah. I don’t remember what years that was. They tend to run together.

Fort Gibson Barracks

Like I said before (Day 1 of our ride) we like old forts so we had to stop and tour one of the forts that played a prominent part in the resettlement of the tribes that traveled the “Trail of Tears”. Fort Gibson was active from 1824 to 1890. The tribes who traveled the “Trail of Tears” by water often disembarked at Fort Gibson. During the second half of the 1830’s and into the 1840’s, Creek, Cherokee and Seminole stopped here on the last leg of their journey to the new lands.

Fort Gibson Bakery

Bakery

We arrived at the fort before lunch. It was another good example of an old frontier fort that has been partially restored with future restoration to be done soon. There were many buildings to tour. We enjoyed walking and exploring the grounds.

After touring the fort we rode back through the town of Fort Gibson and ate lunch at the Classic Kitchen Diner.  The food was very good and the desert was even better… The coconut cream pie was almost as good as Janet’s, her mom’s and Janet’s Aunt Imogene’s. They make the best…

Classic Kitchen Diner in town of Fort Gibson

From Fort Gibson we rode to Harrison enjoying the many curvy and scenic highways.

Larry C. at light in Springdale

We arrived at the Super 8 around 5:00… Our home for the next 4 days. After checking in and resting a bit, we walked next door to the Italian Restaurant. We walked because we had done enough riding for the day… The food and service was great, making for the perfect ending to a day of riding with good friends.

Below are the other days of our ride if you want to follow along…

Ride introduction…
Day 1 – Georgetown, TX to Bowie, TX via scenic FM 4. (250 miles)
Day 2 – Bowie, TX to Wewoka, OK to Holden, OK  (193 miles)
Day 4 – Ride 1 out of Harrison, AR
Day 5 – Ride 2 out of Harrison, AR  (120 miles)
Day 6 – Ride 3 out of Harrison, AR  (207 Miles)
Day 7 – Harrison, AR to Jessieville, AR (149 miles)
Day 8, 9 & 10 – Jessieville, AR to Scroggins, TX to home

Trail of Tears and Palo Duro Canyon Motorcycle Ride 7 Days 1691 Miles September 2006

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Our Ride Route Map

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Trail of Tears riders

My riding buddies Larry C. and Larry T. ride the Trail of Tears motorcycle ride every September and I try to join them on the second night of the ride in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I have ridden to meet my riding buddies in Hot Springs several times before but this was the first time Janet rode with me. Before this trip was over it would be many firsts for Janet.

  1. The first time to ride in a large group (250+ bikes)
  2. The first time riding in rain
  3. The first time riding in strong wind
  4. The first time to ride the last leg of the Trail of Tears Motorcycle ride
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Route 66 National Museum Elk City OK Sept’06

This year Larry C. was having back problems and wasn’t able to make the ride… Bummer… Larry wanted to chance it but all involved convinced him to sit this one out. The up side is that Larry T.’s wife Shirley rode with Larry. Shirley is always fun to ride with…

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Lighthouse Formation in the Palo Duro Canyon

The Trail of Tears motorcycle ride starts in Chattanooga, Tennessee and goes to the trail’s end. The second leg of the ride ends in Hot Springs. The last leg continues the next day and ends somewhere in Oklahoma. This year it was ending in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. We will ride the last leg and from there we  will continue on to the Palo Duro Canyon in Texas.

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Palo Duro Canyon

Come follow along and enjoy as we ride our 7 day, 1691 mile ride.  Checkout the other days of our ride by clicking on the links below.

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Ride safe and I hope we see you down the road somewhere…