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Cyclists take path of ancestors

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It took Cherokees nearly five grueling months to trudge across mountains, rivers, fields and forests to take the northern route of what is known as the Trail of Tears. Twelve members of the Cherokee Nation expect to make that route in a fraction of the time — 23 days — riding 18-speed bikes along mostly paved roads in what they call the Remember the Removal Ride. Eight riders, plus four adult leaders and chaperones will leave this morning on a drive to Rome, Ga., From there, first thing Saturday morning, they will retrace the 900-mile route, which many of their ancestors took.