Under a wide, brilliant sky (Drive Day 207: Jan 22, 2004)

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It is impossible to over-describe the colors of this landscape. The mountains are somehow more resplendent than the altiplano of Bolivia, speckled with cheery yellow wildflowers. The light that shines through banks of fog is iridescent celadon. The roads are almost as miserable as Bolivia’s at times, but truckers here honk before every hairpin turn to warn approaching drivers. In one day we dodge foxes, mountain goats, wild llamas and domesticated sheep. Between cities the campgrounds are DIY—and we heat day-old empanadas on the engine block.

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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. Like travel anthologies? I’m in a brand new one called Alone Together: Tales of Sisterhood and Solitude in Latin America which you can get here.

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