South America

Freezing in Quito (Drive Day 133: November 9th, 2003)

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Photo by Gary Geboy

After almost a month in tropical Panama, Quito’s altitude and temperatures are a shock. The socks I wear under my sandals (most of our clothes are in the camper) freeze to my feet after a soaking rain. This kid wants to shine Gary’s shoes, “Limpio, limpio!” but they’re sneakers. So he settles for the same price to pose for a photo.

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Still, at least we don’t have to get carted off by ambulance to the hospital like another hostel guest on his first night. Turns out the beer is a little stronger here and drinking anything alcoholic at altitude tricks your heart into thinking it should curl into a little ball and stop pumping.

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.

Heavy loads (Drive Day 132: November 8th, 2003)

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1108.jpgMy first images of South America as a child and now, fix it as a place of brute strength and hard work. The first photo is of my father’s overweight camper being off-loaded in Colombia. What it doesn’t show is the longshoreman whose finger was ripped from his hand securing the straps and cables.  My mother held her hands over my ears and told me to think about Pantera instead: our little half-blind rescue cat was cowering in the camper’s hidden storage compartment.

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photo by Gary Geboy

The second photo is one Gary snaps of a woman crossing a street in Quito, where we’ve rented a room in a youth hostel while we wait for the camper to catch up with us.

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.