Wherever the Road Leads: A Memoir of Love, Travel, and a Van

Wherever the Road Leads: A Memoir of Love, Travel, and a Van

by K Lang-Slattery
Wherever the Road Leads: A Memoir of Love, Travel, and a Van

Wherever the Road Leads: A Memoir of Love, Travel, and a Van

by K Lang-Slattery

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Wherever the Road Leads, a Memoir of Love, Travel, and a Van, takes you on a stunning two-year van-life honeymoon. Newlyweds Tom and Katie, an engineer and an artist, meet the rigors of travel and the ups and downs of married life in a Volkswagen microbus that continually needs repair. Surrounded by exotic backdrops from Panama to India and beset by mechanical problems, Tom and Katie drive 39,000 miles across four continents in a world before the internet or cell phones. Everything from engine trouble to personal sanitation, from running out of funds to illness, affects their goals and desires.

This beautifully written memoir describes the couple's travel experiences, as well as details of van-life chores, marketing and cooking on the road, mechanical problems, people encountered along the way, and intimate moments of love and discord. The author's memories were aided by a stash of saved letters, postcards, journal entries, and photos. Wherever the Road Leads overflows with the author's joy for travel and her devotion to and frustration with her new husband. Throughout the adventure the author reveals the intimacy of van living.

This book offers a panorama of destinations off the regular tourist track and a glimpse of overland travel in the 1970s. The author shares her interest in cooking and her love of exploring local markets, as well as her fascination with clothing and native dress. The memoir is beautifully illustrated with photos, pen and ink drawings, quick sketches, and hand-drawn route maps. Perfect for the armchair adventurer, Wherever will also inspire those who long to plan an adventure of your own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734279641
Publisher: Pacific Bookworks
Publication date: 11/20/2020
Edition description: Travel Memoir ed.
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Born during World War II and raised in 1950s Southern California, Kathryn Lang-Slattery enjoyed a childhood filled with reading, drawing, and long days at the beach. College took her to Los Angeles where she studied art and English at UCLA, graduated with a BFA, and then undertook graduate work in art and education at the University of the Americas in Mexico City. In the following years she taught art, English, and cooking, travelled around the world, raised a daughter and a son, and devoted over 20 years to the Girl Scouts as a leader and community supervisor. Finally, she returned to her early love of writing. She has had stories and articles published in several highly rated magazines for the youth market, including Spider, Ladybug, Jack and Jill, Boys' Life, and Faces. In the 1990s, Lang-Slattery became fascinated with her uncle's World War II stories and began taping his memories. Soon she knew she had found a fascinating untold story of Jewish refugees who became silent heroes. More than a decade spent researching, interviewing Ritchie Boys, and turning the true story of her uncle into fiction became an odyssey of discovery that resulted in her first adult novel, Immigrant Soldier, The Story of a Ritchie Boy. I wanted to tell this story, she says, because it was different from any other Holocaust story I had read. The Jewish hero is not a victim, but a young man who gradually grows from a frightened and frustrated teenager, looking for a place to belong, into a confident US Army intelligence officer who struggles with the conflicting emotions of hate and forgiveness. Kathryn has become an expert on the secret heroes known as The Ritchie Boys and her experiences as an indie-publisher have given her insight into this long and complicated process. Always an educator, she is happy to share what she has learned along the way. Her presentations are popular at libraries, museums, and with book groups. After two years spent promoting her novel, Lang-Slattery returned to children's literature. Her early chapter book series is based on childhood memories of summer camp where her mother was the life-guard and backpacking specialist. Written for ages five to nine, Tagalong Caitlin is about a little girl with big ideas, determination, and a plan to reach her goal. Caitlin's Buddy is about camp experiences and friendship. Kathryn's memoir, Wherever the Road Leads, recounts living and traveling in a Volkswagen van in the early 1970s with her new husband, a two-year, 39,000 mile adventure that took them across four continents. Kathryn (who prefers to be called Katie) lives in Laguna Beach, only steps from her childhood home. She finds tranquillity simply by looking out the large windows of her living room toward a view of her garden. Besides travel, Katie enjoys harvesting vegetables from her garden, cooking, painting, and reading.
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