Sandinista country here we come: maybe (Drive Day 63 minus 14 years)

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Nicaragua is just on the other side of this dusty crossing, but we may never get in. You can read about the misadventures of borders in this free chapter from The Drive on Goodreads (scroll down a tad), but the gist is that officials think our DC license plates are fake. And that’s before paranoid me hands over a photocopy of the truck’s title instead of the original. Now we’re suspicious travelers from a country Nicaragua has a right to hold at arm’s length.

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Five hours later and we straggle in to a trucker’s hotel on the outskirts of Leon to escape the heat of the camper. A quick peek at mom’s journal and I see how my parents handled border hassles: showing a $500 traveler’s check as proof of not being able to make change for bribes. Brilliant.

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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 teresabrucebooks.com website or here or here. Planning a road trip? Buy the audiobook here. Like The Drive’s Facebook page and tweet back at me @writerteresa.

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