As seconds slowly pass

June 21.
Whenever you are on a bike you find yourself equipped with mass amounts of time. For me this time is spent going through my thoughts and analyzing my feelings. As the trip comes to an end many things are on my mind. However one question is at the forefront: Why am I doing this?
And this is why:

I do this because 175 years ago a family was driven from their home…

I do this because 175 years ago one man decided that another man’s well being was not as important as his own…

I do this because history is written by the victors…

I do this because some people still refer to my people as primitive…

I do this because 175 years ago a little girl lost her mother and had to carry on anyway

I do this because 175 years ago a man had to continue in his journey as his wife passed on and started a new journey

I do this because my people faced great hardship due to misunderstanding, mistrust, and greed…

I do this because unmarked and forgotten graves line a path from the east to Oklahoma…

I do this because no life is worthless…

I do this because a river dried up and a different route needed to be taken…

I do this because in Illinois a blizzard stopped people in their tracks…

I do this because we arrived in Indian territory…

I do this because we rebuilt and emerged through hardship…

I do this because no amount of time or distance can separate the ᎠᏂᏯᏫᏴ from uniting…

I do this because I want people to remember…

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