May 23rd ~ Texas to Oklahoma
Up and on the road at a decent time for a change. The reason??? We did not have any internet last night so:
- I could not write yesterdays blog
- We could not surf the Internet
- We went to bed at a decent time and slept well
It is amazing what unplugging from our electronics can do for you…
Our weather today has cooperated with us, at least until late this afternoon and we sailed on down Highway 40 with little to no wind.
There were few things on my itinerary today, but I’ll share a couple of things we did get to see.
This was really a fly by, as it can easily be seen from the highway. It is the largest cross in the western hemisphere, standing 190 feet tall (19 stories).
The arm span is 110 feet and it weighs 2.5 million pounds.
It was built in 1995 by Steve Thomas as a gratitude to God for all he had done for him.
Continuing on Highway 40 and Route 66
Billed as the largest collection of barbed wire and fencing tools in the world. Who knew that there were so many kinds of barbed wire that an entire museum could be devoted to it?
Located in McLean, TX which is right on Route 66, it made for a great place for a break and to stretch our legs.
Although barbed wire was a big part of the museum, it also had an exhibit about the dust bowl with some fabulous pictures.
In case you are not familiar with the cause and effect of the dust bowl, you can click here for more information and a good history lesson.
The main part of the museum had a variety of exhibits including brands, different types of barbed wire, other uses and more.
And with barbed wire, came scratches so medicine or salves were needed. Two entire cases were lined with different old time remedies.
Another section was devoted to Route 66.
Restored Phillips 66 station
Before leaving town, we drove a few blocks to check out the old filling station.
That pretty much summed up our day, at least until we got close to Oklahoma City. The winds once again picked up and Tim found it a struggle to keep us going straight down the road.
We arrived in Oklahoma City late in the afternoon to a tornado watch at our RV park on the edge of town. Tornados had been seen on the ground a few miles north of us. We were also given instructions to where the storm shelter was at the end of the building.
The man that checked us in told Tim that it was not a matter of if they would have tornadoes this time of the year, it was just a question of how many.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: I’m strangely calm at the moment and have been watching TV where weather reporters periodically break into the local program with updates. I am thankful that we are done traveling for the day and have a plan in effect if needed. The lady parked next to us is traveling in her trailer by herself. We said we would pound on her door if we got an alert to go to the shelter and she said she would do the same for us. By-the-way, we are parked just one more down from a $1.6 million dollar RV towing a cadillac. Makes our Ellie Mae and Jethro look pretty tiny and insignificant in comparison. Oh well, would not trade them for anything as we have gotten quite fond of each other, LOL.