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

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

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

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

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Overview

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 glimpse of overland travel in the 1970s. The author shares her love of food, cooking, local markets, and native dress. Beautifully illustrated with photos, pen and ink drawings, quick sketches, and hand-drawn route maps.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734279634
Publisher: Pacific Bookworks
Publication date: 11/23/2020
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

As a child, Kathryn (Katie) Slattery enjoyed reading, drawing, and spending long days at the beach. Then, at the age of seventeen, a trip to Europe with her family ignited her love for travel. She studied Art and English at U.C.L.A in the early 1960s. After graduation she continued her education in art and education at the University of the Americas in Mexico City. The years afterwards were filled with teaching art, English and cooking, traveling around the world, raising a family, and volunteering for the Girl Scouts of the USA. Finally, she returned to her early love of writing, first creating stories and articles for young people. Her work has been published in several highly rated magazines for the youth market. Immigrant Soldier, based on her uncle's World War II experiences, was her first novel. Her children's chapter book series starts with Tagalong Caitlin about a little girl with big ideas, determination, and a plan to reach her goal. The second book in the series, Caitlin's Buddy, is about camp experiences and friendship. Katie has been a lifelong traveller with a valid passport since the age of 16. Her 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. Katie lives in Laguna Beach, California, only steps from her childhood home. Besides writing, her main interests are travel, cooking and painting.

As a child, Kathryn (Katie) Slattery enjoyed reading, drawing, and spending long days at the beach. Then, at the age of seventeen, a trip to Europe with her family ignited her love for travel. She studied Art and English at U.C.L.A in the early 1960s. After graduation she continued her education in art and education at the University of the Americas in Mexico City. The years afterwards were filled with teaching art, English and cooking, traveling around the world, raising a family, and volunteering for the Girl Scouts of the USA. Finally, she returned to her early love of writing, first creating stories and articles for young people. Her work has been published in several highly rated magazines for the youth market. Immigrant Soldier, based on her uncle's World War II experiences, was her first novel. Her children's chapter book series starts with Tagalong Caitlin about a little girl with big ideas, determination, and a plan to reach her goal. The second book in the series, Caitlin's Buddy, is about camp experiences and friendship. Katie has been a lifelong traveller with a valid passport since the age of 16. Her 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. Katie lives in Laguna Beach, California, only steps from her childhood home. Besides writing, her main interests are travel, cooking and painting.

Table of Contents

Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Chapter 1-The Proposal. . . . . . . . . . . 5

Chapter 2-A Wedding . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Chapter 3-Home of Our Own . . . . . . . . . 31

Chapter 4-The Road to Guadalajara. . . . . . . . 45

Chapter 5-Traveling Together. . . . . . . . . 55

Chapter 6-Bypassing the Darién Gap . . . . . . . 67

Chapter 7-Transition and Family. . . . . . . . 85

Chapter 8-An Iberian Winter. . . . . . . . . 97

Chapter 9-A North African Spring . . . . . . . . 1 1 1

Chapter 10-The Crossing. . . . . . . . . . 123

Chapter 11-For Richer or Poorer. . . . . . . . 131

Chapter 12-European Grand Tour . . . . . . . . 143

Chapter 13-Experimental Family. . . . . . . . 159

Chapter 14-Four Peas in a Pod. . . . . . . . . 169

Chapter 15-Second Honeymoon . . . . . . . . 187

Chapter 16-So Far to Travel. . . . . . . . . . 199

Chapter 17-Where Others Seldom Venture. . . . . . 215

Chapter 18-Like Falling Backward in Time. . . . . . 227

Chapter 19-Another World Entirely. . . . . . . . 237

Chapter 20-Mountains and Danish Friends. . . . . 249

Chapter 21-Through Better and Worse, We Are a Couple. . 263

Chapter 22-Middle East Express . . . . . . . . 287

Chapter 23-Turkish Spring . . . . . . . . . . 297

Chapter 24-Family Summer . . . . . . . . . 305

Chapter 25-A Lifestyle Choice. . . . . . . . . 311

Epilogue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 323

Memoir Timeline. . . . . . . . . . . . . 328

Acknowledgments. . . . . . . . . . . . 331

Discussion Questions for Your Book Group. . . . . . 333

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