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What did you discover about yourself and your family during this trip?


How to answer this without sounding preachy… As a family, we needed this time without careers or agendas to learn about ourselves—how to communicate better with each other, how to respect each other, and how to have fun. Terry and I learned to be better parents and partners, as well as learning to listen to Jack instead of always talking to him. I can’t even try to convey how much Jack matured over the months. He decided early on to take over the border crossings as he knew the language and as he had the process down pat. And, we let him. I especially had to learn to let go and not try to always be “right.” I know, I know, it was time for me to learn that lesson. It was these intimate, personal journeys that kept us sane over the course of the trip.


What advice would you offer anyone else considering an adventure of this magnitude?


Include every member of the family in


every decision you make! Learn to commu- nicate without anger. Listen to your kiddos, no matter how young. Their opinion mat- ters just as much as yours. You must have respect for everyone in your tribe, includ- ing yourself, if you expect to make it out alive. The last bit of advice? Slow down, enjoy your family, try new foods, take chances, turn off the news, learn to speak another language…I think you get the idea.


Will we hear from you again?


You’re not getting rid of me just yet! Funny thing is that with every BMW dealer we visited along our ride from Florida to California, I met at least one person who stopped and asked, “Aren’t you the one who writes that family col- umn in the Owners News?” Needless to say, now that I’m back home, I need to get to writing. I have too many stories NOT to share with the ON readers. Like that time when a friend hid Jack in the bathroom at the nightclub in Bolivia that was being raided by the police…


What lies ahead for the Bordens?


Besides figuring out our next chapter in life? Currently, we’re settling back into somewhat of a routine, though it does NOT include a 90-hour workweek and running from commitment to commit- ment. Jack will get his motorcycle permit next year, meaning a whole new chapter in our travel adventures. It will be bitter- sweet to see him swing a leg over his own ride, though it will be a bit of salvation that he gets to carry his share of the load, being a man-child and all. Many ask where the road will take us next. While Terry is vying for Africa and I for a tour through Europe, we may just stay close to home and travel the states for a sum- mer. After seeing so much natural beauty abroad, we realized just how much natu- ral beauty we have in the states. Hon- estly, how many of us would drop what we’re doing right now to ride to Utah for a weekend of camping in Zion National Park? I know I would.


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