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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

BN ID: 2940163014385
Publisher: Pacific Bookworks
Publication date: 07/26/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 20 MB
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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.
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