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Remember the Removal Bike Ride honors Cherokee Nation

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Selected riders are representing the Cherokee Nation as they retrace the northern route of the Trail of Tears. Selected riders are representing the Cherokee Nation as they retrace the northern route of the Trail of Tears.
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Be on the lookout for a group of cyclists rolling through the Heartland. They're covering nearly 1,000 miles commemorating the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from their original homeland.

The riders average about 60 miles a day and range in age from 15 to 55 years old.

The 950 mile trek is happening over a three week period.

Selected riders are representing the Cherokee Nation as they retrace the northern route of the Trail of Tears.

Many of the riders didn't grow up under Cherokee traditions, so this ride allows them to learn more about the history of their family.

Cyclist LaTasha Atcity says this experience means a lot to her.

"We are doing this so we can relate to our ancestors and allow others to understand that it is something that should never be forgotten because our Cherokee people was and still is strong," said Atcity.

"It's very humbling to know you get to ride a bike and they had to walk," said bike rider Jon Ross.  "It's been hard, lots of hills especially going through Illinois and Missouri."

Unfortunately, the ride won't get much easier.  Wednesday morning they climb back on the bikes and head toward Farmington. They have two states left of their seven state trip with their destination in Oklahoma.

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