Will of iron, or steel/aluminum in my case (Drive Day 1 minus 14 years, 38 days)

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 Most people bequeath their kids the family home, heirloom jewels, maybe an antique gun collection. But I don’t have kids, jewels or guns and I’m trading in my Capitol Hill home for a vintage aluminum truck camper. So that’s what I’m leaving to my sister and step-son if I don’t make it through this impending road trip through 13 Latin American countries.

Washington DC, photo courtesy Gary Geboy

It’s not so far-fetched, I tell the lawyer who stares at me like I’ve got three eyes. My family barely survived the same trip in 1973. Coups, revolutions, stints in jail, earthquakes and 61 separate roadside breakdowns ended in scrapping the camper for cash in Bolivia. Dad doesn’t even remember exactly where. I’m just covering my bases.

“Vehicles aren’t normally considered permanent assets,” the lawyer says. “It’s not just a vehicle,” I tell him. “It’s a brand new Ford F350 with four-wheel drive.”

Follow this bonus-material blog and ride along on a one-year road trip that inspired the memoir The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan American Highway. On sale June 13th. Pre order through the buy-the-book links at the bottom of the landing page on my teresabrucebooks.com website or here or here. Like The Drive’s Facebook page and tweet back at me @writerteresa.

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