MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The 19th Annual Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride is this Saturday.
The Commemorative Ride starts in Bridgeport and continues on Highway 72 through Jackson County, then into Madison County, Limestone County and Lauderdale County, ending in Waterloo.
The ride will enter Madison County on Highway 72 east at Gurley between 9:20 and 9:40 a.m. Motorcyclists will continue west into Huntsville between 9:45 and 10:15 a.m.
The ride will travel onto I-565 and continue westbound until it exits I-565 at Exit 13 and travels west on Madison Boulevard. The Trail of Tears should begin arriving at the Old Time Pottery shopping center on Madison Boulevard between 10:20 and 10:30 AM, where it will stop for approximately an hour.
Motorcyclists will leave the shopping center at 11:30 AM and travel west on Madison Boulevard, turn right to travel north on County Line Road and then turn left to travel west on Highway 72 West to Athens and on to Florence and Waterloo.
If you plan to use I-565 on Saturday, please plan extra travel time because once the motorcyclists arrive, westbound on-ramps up to Exit 13 will be closed for the safety of the riders until they all pass through Huntsville and Madison.
Persons traveling either east or west on Highway 72 West can expect a lengthy delay between 11:45 AM and 12:30 PM as the ride makes the left turn to travel west onto Highway 72 toward Athens. Alternate routes to avoid this congestion will be I-565 or Highway 72 West, south on County Line Road and east on Madison Boulevard. The Trail of Tears is a cooperative effort between the Alabama State Troopers and all law enforcement agencies, fire departments and ambulance services along the route to ensure a successful and safe event.