It’s amazing sometimes how quickly plans can change. A month ago I was planning to attend graduate school next fall after taking 7-8 months to drive around North America with our trailer. I was excited to graduate this December, and thankful to have a period of flexibility before starting my MFA program.
But, thanks to university bureaucracy, I found out recently that I will not be graduating in December, and will instead be tethered to New Mexico until May. Needless to say, this discovery was more than a little irritating. In fact, it gave rise to a full-blown Hate Train, which then gave rise again to The Conundrum (see previous post). This, in turn, inspired our new and more awesome plan.
And we couldn’t be more excited about this unexpected change.
In 2004, when he and I were friends and not partners, Ben spent 4 months in Argentina and Chile, climbing in Patagonia, ascending Mt. Aconcagua and generally enjoying himself. The next year, I backpacked through Peru, Bolivia, and Chile, exploring Machu Picchu, the Altiplano and the Atacama Desert. We both fell in love with the region, and we have vowed for many years to return someday.
We have decided now is the time.
So we will not apply to graduate schools for next fall. Instead, we will take a year to drive the Pan American Highway from Mexico to Tierra del Fuego with our dogs.
Our intended route (not sure yet if we will start driving in Mexico or Colombia):
We are in the early planning stages now, obviously. We have a while until we depart. But we will be (sadly) looking to replace our little trailer with a tiny 4×4 RV (think Sportsmobile van), and we will also slowly liquidate our belongings. We’re doing tons of research, saving up money, and getting our proverbial ducks in a row before leaving next year.
I’ll update our progress here (preparations, plans, our van conversion project), as well as continue with musings and tales of our domestic trailer travels until then. After our departure, Ramey on the Road will have no shortage of blog fodder!