2013 The 20th
Photos by Ron Hudson
Volunteers that assist with the ride
Remember the Trail of Tears Ride has left, on
from Chattanooga, TN for the past 19 years, no other Trail of
Tears ride has done this ! There has been no split-up of the ride.
This web site is about the Trail of Tears Remembrance Association's Ride that begins in Chattanooga, TN and ends in Florence, AL, and the extended ride that ends in Oklahoma. Here you'll learn about the history of the Trail of Tears, see the trails firsthand, and feel the brotherhood shared by those who ride it and the spirit of those that walked the Trail of Tears. Join us on these web pages to see the largest annual motorcycle ride in America, and use the information to help you plan to be a part of it. Accommodations, ride schedule, and event information is all here at your fingertips. So explore the site and discover for yourself why so many bikers agree to:
Enjoy the ride, the brotherhood,
and enjoy the experience...
This ride is not about which trail we ride, or the remembrance of one particular group of people that traveled the Trail of Tears. It is about the remembrance of the plight of the Native American people ripped from their homes, their lands and forced to endure the terrible hardship placed upon them when forced to a new land, forced to a land full of uncertainty, unknowing, and a feeling that their aggressors may again change their mind and force another removal, or worse annihilation.
In the past riders have purchased items on the Trail of Tears Remembrance Association's Ride thinking these items were authentic. Official Merchandise bears our registered copyright logo and is only available through our online store or authorized vendors. Always look for the "Official Merchandise" signs over the "Official Merchandise" tent at the end of the ride
in McFarland Park. Trail of Tears Remembrance Association's Ride projects are based upon the sale of trademarked merchandise. Sales from these items support scholarships, signage along the Trail, and historical markers. Purchasing official Trail of Tears Remembrance Association's Ride merchandise will help keep these projects funded.
The Annual Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride began in 1994 by Bill Cason to mark one of the trails used during the 1838 removal of Native Americans from their homelands in the Southeast to Oklahoma. The ride started at Rossís Landing in Chattanooga, TN with eight riders and ended with 100 riders in
at ride's end. TOTRAI's ride has now grown to over 150,000 riders, making it the largest organized motorcycle ride in the world.
Mr. Cason, originator and leader of the Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride for the past 19 years, has chosen the Trail of Tears Remembrance Association, Inc. (TOTRAI) to assist in the management of the event beginning in 2007. The TOTRAI Board of Directors is made up of volunteers from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, who have worked diligently over the years to make this ride a success. TOTRAI now proposes to assist the Five Civilized Tribes in the Southeast and Oklahoma through Native American scholarships and educating the public about the Trail of Tears Removal Act of 1838.
Native American scholarships, other educational activities, and expenses connected with the ride, are funded from the proceeds of merchandise acquisitions, donations from sponsors, and vendor fees from the powwow held at the end of the main ride from Chattanooga to McFarland Park in Florence, AL.
TOTRAI may install historical markers in the states through which it passes (Oklahoma, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Arkansas). Money may also be donated to colleges in these states for Native American scholarships. TOTRAI may also help other organizations to further educate and bring awareness of the Trail of Tears history.
Over a four day period this ride covers not just one trail, but
several. The ride touches upon the Drane/Hood Route, The Bell Route, The
Benge Route and The Northern Route and crosses eight states. No other ride
does this, or creates a remembrance of so many different tribes of Native