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  • Writer's pictureAlana

39. Amarillo to Groom, TX

May 22, 2024

I knew it was going to be a different kind of night when the guy on the phone said, "Yeah, you can pitch your tent between the maintenance shed and The Empty Tomb."

I had been grinding into a migraine-inducing headwind all day when I decided to throw in the towel at around 50 miles. My ACA route said the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ministries allowed camping on their property, which, as it turns out, is famous for its 19-story cross.

Everything is bigger in Texas.

Arriving at my lodging, I also saw bronze renderings of the Stations of the Cross, Michael wrasslin' Satan, and, yes, the Empty Tomb. The proprietor, Jason, explained that a Texas oil-and-gas millionaire used his earnings to create the site.

Jason could not have been nicer, and I was all set to bunk next to the tomb. But on the other side of town was an Indian restaurant with an adjacent motel. After eating too much mattar paneer and roti (which, I might add, were stellar), I decided just to put my full belly to bed in the motel.

Diatance: 51.10 miles

Climbing: .42 K feet

Totals: 1,824 miles, 63.31 K feet

Song: "Chain Gang" by The Pretenders

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