That’s a Lot of Concrete!

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Credit: Wikipedia

Interstate 10 (I-10) is the major east–west Interstate Highway in the Southern United States. It stretches from the Pacific Ocean at California State Route 1 in Santa Monica, California, to I-95 in Jacksonville, Florida. The only longer Interstate Highways are I-80, which runs 2,906 miles from San Francisco to Teaneck, and I-90, which runs 3,085 miles from Seattle to Boston.

In Texas, I-10 runs east from Anthony, a small town near the New Mexico border, through El Paso, San Antonio, and Houston, all the way to the border with Louisiana in Orange, Tex.

At just under 880 miles, the Texas segment of I-10, maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation, is the longest continuous non-tolled freeway in North America that is operated by a single authority. In recent years toll lanes have been added on portions of the highway west of Houston, yet it is still possible to travel the entire length of I-10 with no toll.

I-10 is also the longest stretch of highway with a single designation within a single state. Mile marker 880 and its corresponding exit number in Orange, Texas, are the highest numbered mile marker and exit on any freeway in North America.

After widening was completed in 2008, a portion of the highway west of Houston is now also believed to be the widest in the world, at 26 lanes. There is a wider section in China on the G4 Beijing–Hong Kong–Macau Expressway, but that section is a toll plaza approach.

More than one-third of I-10’s entire length is located in Texas alone. El Paso, near the Texas–New Mexico state line, is 785 miles from the western terminus of I-10 in Santa Monica, California. That makes El Paso closer to Los Angeles than it is to Orange, Tex., 857 miles away at the Texas–Louisiana state line. Likewise, Orange is only 789 miles from the eastern terminus of I-10 in Jacksonville, Florida.

That’s a lot of concrete!

Travel on the Interstate Highway system, notwithstanding the frequent bottlenecks and pileups those of us who live in major cities along that system regularly experience, allows those who drive it to travel long distances in relatively short periods of time.

Compare that reality with the time and effort it took biblical characters like Abraham to travel from his point of origination, Ur of the Chaldees (present day Iraq), to God’s chosen destination of Shechem in Canaan, known today as the Holy Land. Only several hundred miles as the crow flies but more than 1,000 miles along the route taken to avoid the Sahara Desert. Not much concrete on that journey. Only lots of faith in the God who was leading him.

Reformation Trip with Wendish Territory Option

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“In the Footsteps of Martin Luther and the Reformation 2017″— May 9-17, 2017
“Wendish Territory” Pre-Tour Option — May 5-9, 2017

Next year is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a most appropriate time for a trip to Germany to visit the places of importance in the life and ministry of Martin Luther. With great joy I announce the tour noted above! Terry and I are pleased to be your on-site hosts for both the basic tour and the pre-tour option described below.

The tour is hosted by Lutheran Foundation of Texas (LFOT), with travel, lodging and local tour arrangements by Educational Opportunities Tours (EO).

  • LFOT is a Lutheran Christian organization devoted to helping Christian people create a legacy for family and faith based endeavors with assets the Lord has entrusted to their care.
  • EO is a Christian tour company with whom Terry and I have traveled a number of times. They do an excellent job of handling the many details associated with a trip of this nature.

Historic towns on the basic Reformation tour itinerary include Berlin, Wittenberg, Halle, Eisleben, Erfurt, Eisenach, Worms, Heidelberg, and Mainz, returning home from Frankfurt. The basic tour price of $3,448 includes international airfare from New York, with other U.S. cities of departure also available. Early registration discounts are noted in the brochure.

The Pre-Tour option is a four day visit to the ancestral land of those from Wendish heritage. Towns on this itinerary include Dresden, Bautzen, Klitten, Weigersdorf, Hoyerswerda, Schleife, Spreewitz, Raddusch, Cottbus and Lubbenau. Those who choose this $1,098 option will depart the U.S. on May 5 and connect on May 10 with the Reformation tour in Berlin.

An electronic brochure can be viewed at this link:  http://www.eo.travelwithus.com/tours/in-the-footsteps-of-martin-luther-the-reformation-2017-with-dr-mrs-jerry-kieschnick#eotours

If you prefer a printed brochure, please feel free to request one and I’ll be happy to send it to you. Send your request, including your name and physical mailing address, via email to GBJK@LFOT.org or via snail mail to:

Dr. Jerry Kieschnick
Lutheran Foundation of Texas
7900 East Highway 290
Austin, TX 78724-2499

If you have questions best answered over the phone, feel free to call me at 512.578.6035. Terry and I hope you’ll be able to join us on what promises to be a trip of a lifetime!