Memories in excess (Drive day 109 minus 14 years)

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I could stay on the Azuero for weeks, but we have to head further into Panama to start looking for passage to South America. Hooper and Betsy send us off with the greatest gift imaginable. They know the owners of Panama’s only RV park near the beach town of Santa Clara.

That it’s attached to a sports bar and called XS memories is incentive enough. But then Hooper drops the clincher. It’s owned by another expat who used to live in South Carolina — who happened to be on the same rugby team as about half of my male friends who still live there.

We pull in and park under a sky seven degrees of separation spectacular and meet unforgettable characters: Dennis and Sheila.

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You’ll meet them to, if you 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. Planning a road trip? Buy the audiobook here. Like The Drive’s Facebook page and tweet back at me @writerteresa.

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