2009 Alaska travel blog

Kiva AoK RV Park - Site 6

Second Largest Cross in the Western Hemosphere

Clouds clearing as we entered New Mexico

Formation along highway as we entered Tucumcari


We made the trip across the panhandle of Texas without incident today. It was raining as we started but started to clear a bit as we entered New Mexico

. A campground here is not much

but serves the purpose of letting us stay the night without disconnecting the Jeep, much as last night's stop did.

Near Groom, TX we passed the Second Largest Cross in the Western Hemisphere. When it was built in 1995, it was the largest at 190 feet but one a little less than 200 feet has since been built at Effingham, Illinois. It was purposely built to beat the one in Texas but remain less than 200 feet so that a light would not be required on top.

We have also started encountering earth formations that are common in the West. I am sure we will see much more dramatic ones as we continue. We had climbed about 1,000 feet from 1,200 to 2,200 on Saturday's trip from Purcell to Texola. Today we added another 1,800 feet as we continued to 4,000 feet here at Tucumcari. Tomorrow we head for Albuquerque where we will stay one or two nights.

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