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Bike ride honors Cherokee Nation
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Remember the Removal, a bike ride to remember the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from its homelands during the winter of 1838-39, made its way through Warren County.“I’m doing this because I wanted to reconnect with my ancestors,” said rider Clay Rudolph. “I grew up not knowing the culture of the Cherokees. When I got interested in it, this gave me a chance to reconnect.”Group members are making a 950-mike trek over a three-week period as they retrace the northern route of the Trail of Tears through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.During the journey, riders will develop a personal connection to their Cherokee ancestry by studying their genealogies and making notes of their family connections.