It’s getting real (Drive Day 1 minus 14 years, 8 days)

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Milwaukee, WI: photo by Tom Kwas

That moment when you realize there’s no going back? I can tell Gary’s there. It’s a good thing his friend Tom Kwas is hanging out today, distracting him with jokes and cold beer. I’m getting on his nerves with all my checklists, budget fretting and what-if’s. This trip will test our new marriage in a way that shooting videos together never has. In that life I’m the organizer too, but of other people’s schedules and money. He had to sell his camera to buy this truck; his lighting kit for the camper. If we can’t make this work, we have no jobs to come back to. Or a home, at least one on solid ground.

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 now. Get yours through the buy-the-book links at the bottom of the landing page on my website or here or here. Like The Drive’s Facebook page and tweet back at me @writerteresa.

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