The night before…

Tonight is the night before we actually get on our bikes and head for Indian territory. We have spend the last two days going through the homelands in the east. We have seen Cherokee and the mother town where the Kituwah mound still stands. We have spent time in Georgia and are camping at New Echota. This was at one time the Capitol of the great Cherokee nation. In the day time much history can be learn but a new experience is to be had when the moon rises. As I journeyed into the field I was surround by the flashing of lightning bugs, the sound of crickets, and the light shinning down from a beautiful moon. The feeling here is a new one. I have enjoyed the past three days getting to know the fellow riders an touring our homelands. But now it is time to saddle up and ride. We were lucky to have Jack Baker here to give us his invaluable insight on Cherokee history and our own individual genealogy. It made my heart smile to see my ancestors names and I was surprised to see how many people I am related to on the ride. I am related to five of my fellow riders. It’s good to know family will be riding with me on my journey. One of my favorite quotes is by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Today I was thinking about it and I’m going to leave you with my thoughts… Good night world…

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “what lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny compared to what lies with us. Almost two hundred years ago the cherokee people were caught in the balance. Their homelands in the east were behind them as they they were forced to move west. Their new lands in Indian territory and the Old Settlers lay before them as the destination of their long and hard Journey. In that moment they had to decide the importance of what lied within them. I know that invaluable parts of our heritage and culture were lost when we left the lands in the east that can never be recovered. I also know that this did not hinder us from reassembling as a people and proving to the US and the world that we are a strong proud people. Through devastating circumstances and moments of hardship we persevered. The US government could take our lands and relocate us but we would not allow our spirit within to die or be forgotten. What lies within the hearts and souls of every Cherokee person will continue on through time because we as Cherokees will NEVER FORGET!

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2 thoughts on “The night before…

  1. Absolutely beautiful post.
    I will be thinking about you and sending you positive thoughts tonight. Your gonna do great. Don’t be nervous. You’ve got this.
    Don’t forget……sunscreen. 🙂

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