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2017 Ride Sept. 16th

It's more than just a ride, it's an experience....

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** The 24th Annual Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride® will be held on Sept 16, 2017 **

- Always the Third Saturday of September




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10 TIPS FOR A SAFE & ENJOYABLE RIDE FOR EVERYONE:

1. INTENDED FOR EXPERIENCED RIDERS ONLY WITH SAFE MOTORCYCLES
Yep it sure is easy riding on your new 650 at 50 MPH on a straight road. But riding a 1,000 pound touring bike with several hundred pounds of riders at 15 MPH in a tight group formation takes good, current, riding and balance skills. If you are a new rider or have not ridden in groups for a while, take a riders course, get some miles, and join us for the ride next year. Drive your cage one more year and meet us this year in Bridgeport, Huntsville, or Waterloo.

2. COME EARLY - BELLY FULL - BLADDER EMPTY - GAS TANK FULL
If you must leave the ride, you will need to join us at the next stop. Please do not attempt to catch up and get back into the formation. Go easy on the coffee :-o. Not only does it demand pit stops, but the caffeine dehydrates you as well. The best 2 words of advice are: BE PREPARED!

3. JOIN THE RIDE ONLY AT DESIGNATED STOPS
Sorry, but we can no longer invite you to join the main ride anywhere along the route. In the past riders have tried to join by pulling out from the side of the road and forcing their way into the formation. On several occasion this has caused riders to go down. We are very lucky that someone was not injured. For the safety of everyone (and to prevent being ticketed), please join the main ride only at designated stops.

4. TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT ESCORTS
We are very fortunate to have Alabama State Troopers, County Sheriff Departments, and City Police Departments to escort us all the way from Bridgeport to Waterloo. You MUST be in the main formation between the leading State Trooper vehicle and the trailing vehicle to be protected from other traffic and ride through stop lights and signs. Law Enforcement will be at all MAJOR intersections, but may not be at lesser intersections. If another vehicle pulls into the formation, do not attempt to stop them. They will be pulled out of the formation at the next major intersection. The Friday ride from Chattanooga to Bridgeport on Friday is NOT escorted and all traffic laws must be obeyed.

5. STAGGERED FORMATION
We strongly recommend riding a staggered formation. Riding side-by-side where the least little slip, dodge, or panic stop can cause someone to crash or go down should be avoided. Be alert, and do not leave gaps or cars may pull in between motorcycles. The bottom line is use good common sense.

6. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED
Please wear your helmet at all times on the ride. They are required by state law in Tennessee and Alabama and being a participant in the escorted ride does not exempt you from the helmet law. Fair warning, you can be ticketed. Write you congress man/ woman if you disagree but wear your helmet.

7. NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL
This is a non-alcohol ride, please do not bring alcohol with you. Please do not ride if you are impaired in any way.

8. MADISON STOP CHANGED TO Rocket Harley
The ride this year will stop at Rocket Harley-Davidson. Same rules as before, if a car pulls into the formation as departing bikes leave gaps, let them. They will be removed at the next control point. There are 2 Gas Stations with a lot of pumps, South of the Greenbriar exit. There will be food vendors at Rocket Harley. Feel free to gas or stop for lunch anywhere along Madison Blvd, Bob Wallace or any of the other side roads. Please be aware that traffic control is only to Rocket Harley. And that motorist will be rubbernecking at all the motorcycles. Be aware and alert. Wipe the bugs from your teeth & windshield. Gas the HOG, WING, KAWA, Indian, Nija or whatever you ride. You still have 100 miles to go. Refresh yourself with food and drink. It will be hot. You have plenty of rest time but pull your scooter back into formation at 11:00 CDT. We leave promptly at 11:30 CDT.

9. AVOID CONTACT WITH SPECTATORS
We strongly suggest that you avoid water handouts, high fives, and let your passenger do the waving. Failure to do so is simply asking for trouble. There are TOO MANY bikes on this ride close together. A small wreck could spell major troubles and injuries. Be safe and keep both hands on the grips and watch the bikes in front and behind you.

10. HAVE FUN
Remember the reason for the ride is to honor the Native American Indians that were forced from their homes and were marched across the country with many losing their families and friends and their own lives. We ride to remember. Enjoy the feel of thousands of motorcycles, the entertainment along the way, the food, and the many vendors. Your support and participation is strongly appreciated and the ATTOTCAI BOARD simply like to say "THANKS".

Ride At Your Own Risk

2017 Ride September 16th - always the 3rd Saturday of September

Brought to you by the AL-TN Trail of Tears Corridor Association, Inc.

If you have questions or need more information, Call our Hotline # (678) RIDE-TOT or (678) 743-3868

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