A dispatch from Chile (Feb 26)

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The drive down the length of the Pan-American highway is technically over; the book ends here. But we still need to return to reality and begin the trip home. Which takes us another few months and could well fill another book. So consider these next few days bonus material –reward for coming along on this virtual road trip.


We dart in and out of Chile only as long as our budget allows: in 2004 it is not in the throes of economic collapse like its neighbor Argentina and so we cannot spend the time it deserves to explore.



We pick the can’t miss highlights – Torres del Paine and the Perito Moreno Glacier – leaving the day before the natural ice bridge collapses.

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I stop making journal entries. Photographs offer an homage instead, and an enticement to support groups like the Pew Charitable Trusts working to preserve it.



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. 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.