Posted by: fringe62 | February 5, 2013

Maiden Voyage – August 4th

Wednesday, August 4th – AM
Finally went to bed last night about 12:45am. Heather said she was going to drive for awhile, maybe to Oklahoma City. I never did wake up when she stopped at perhaps 2:00am. We were 60 miles from OK City at Kendrick.

This a.m. I woke up about 4:30 or 5:00 and had to use the pee bottle (per my rest area rules / 5am would be 4am Oklahoma time… way before it gets light out.) Went back to sleep until 8:00 then got up and read until Heather woke up about 9:00. We ate breakfast and drive through Oklahoma City to Weatherford about 40 miles west of OK City. We fueled up (80 gallons) needed for a free shower… my first at a truck stop. A new place and very nice/clean. Showered and changed clothes and had a cup of coffee until Heather was out. Felt like a new person. Heather did her log and we were soon on the way about 1:00pm

This a.m. saw real red Oklahoma soil at a new construction site that was being leveled out near OK City. It was orange-red. Saw other spots similar in Colorado and Oregon.  Lots of grain fields – wheat already cut – being prepared for fall planting. Never knew there was grain in western Oklahoma! Also lots of cattle and oil wells. Her log is complete and we are on our way west again. Next stop, Amarillo for a fuel stop.

It’s amazing as you look at state maps, how many town names are the same around the country. Vadalia I know is in Georgia, also Ohio and Missouri.

According to Heather’s log we have now traveled 1466 miles since Monday evening. Monday evening, Tuesday and Wednesday am.

Hometown boy – Garth Brooks – Yukon, OK

At about 5:00pm we had a real hard rain. As one driver said on the CB – “where did the road go?” Kind of scary.

We fueled up in Amarillo (Flying J truckstop) $160.00 I had coffee and finished my blackberry pudding for supper. Heather had a chicken sandwich while completing her logbook. Fuel mileage is 5.75 miles per gallon and we move out at 6:20pm.

We stopped at a place near Groom, TX that Heather wanted me to see. A very unique place. A giant cross (190 feet high – 110 feet arm). The largest in the western hemisphere. It is white metal. In a large circle around the base are the 13 stations of the cross – depicted by life-size, bronze figures of Jesus and others involved at each station… soldiers etc… Each station had a plaque quoting scripture – ending with the last on a hill with Jesus on the cross with the two thieves. Very well done. Also (in a small building that housed a museum) there was a replica of the Shroud of Turin. All built by private donations.  (SEE PICTURES BELOW)

Heather says we might make Flagstaff, Arizona when we stop tonight.

Groom, TX cross at dusk.

Groom, TX cross at dusk.

Jesus carrying the cross.

Life-size Jesus trying to lift the cross.

Life-size Roman soldier nails Jesus to the cross.

Life-size Roman soldier nails Jesus to the cross.

Jesus with the two thieves on the cross.

Life-size Jesus with the two thieves on the cross.

The Cross in Groom, TX as the lights come on.

The Cross in Groom, TX as the lights come on.

The cross in Groom, TX at night.  It can be seen for miles.

The cross in Groom, TX at night. It can be seen for miles.

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