Woke up this morning to clear blue skies but a bit of wind. In fact we pretty much bucked a head wind all the way to Amarillo.
Most of the trip was boring. Flat land all around, laced with cotton fields. Everything is so brown. It appears there has been a major drought going on. And as the day progressed it got hotter, 83 degrees. Not many days ago we were hoping for it to reach 50! And then we saw such a beautiful sight!
Located between Interstate 40 and old Route 66 going west out of Groom, Texas, stands the 190 foot tall free standing Groom Cross, reported as being the biggest cross in the northern hemisphere. We could see it from twenty miles away.
Of course we had to stop! We learned that the Cross is fast becoming a roadside pilgrimage site and millions of people have come from all over the world to view the bronze sculptures of Jesus' journey to the Cross. In fact, over ten million people pass by every year. One thousand stop each day. And, recent additions to the area around the Cross include a memorial in memory of the victims of abortion and a replica of Calvary, with steps leading to the crosses, and a replica of Christ's tomb. The 14 Stations of the Cross were just completed and feature life-sized sculptures of the events leading to Christ's crucifixion. They are so beautifully done.
The Cross was built by Steve Thomas of Pampa, Texas in 1995. Mr. Thomas, disgusted with the huge billboards advertising XXX pornography locations along I-40 wanted to make a public profession of faith along the Interstate. Originally he wanted to put up his own billboard with Bible verses but could never find the appropriate verse.
Construction of the Cross frame was done in two shops in Pampa, Texas by more than 100 welders. It took eight months to complete. Every piece had to fit together when the frame was transported & assembled at the construction site forty miles away. When completed the cross weighed 1,250 tons (or 2 1/2 million pounds!)
We lost nearly an hour of travel time today, but it was worth every minute we spent there. What a peaceful beautiful place. I so hope you are traveling down I-40 & have the opportunity to see this wonderful spot for yourself.
We arrived in Santa Rosa, NM about 5:30pm mountain time. We gained an hour as we started out on central time this morning. So for us it seemed like 6:30pm. I will be glad when we arrive in Vegas & put down roots for a month or so. This is way too much traveling in such a short time. Of course it will be wonderful to see all of our family & friends again. I have really been missing my parents. And, Larry got his Dr appt set up today, finally, for Wednesday the 28th. After a lumbar MRI we will know a lot more. Thank you all for your kind messages & words of encouragement.
We will try to make it to Flagstaff, AZ by tomorrow night. See you there....