Author(s): Tim Bauerschmidt
"Bravo, Norma! I love you." (Paulo Coelho). Two days after her husband of sixty-seven years died, nonagenarian Miss Norma was diagnosed with cancer. When told about her treatment options - surgery, chemo and radiotherapy - she rose to her full five feet and said in the strongest voice she could muster: "I'm ninety years old. I'm hitting the road." Driving Miss Norma is the story of her inspirational road trip across the US in a thirty-six-foot motorhome with her son, Tim, his wife, Ramie and their Poodle, Ringo - showing us that it's never too late to begin an adventure, inspire hope or become a trailblazer. Based on a social media phenomenon with 500K devoted Facebook followers, it follows Miss Norma's transformative journey of finally spreading your wings and living life on your own terms. With each adventurous stop on her cross-country journey a once timid Miss Norma said YES to living in the face of death - trying oysters for the first time, experiencing a pedicure, and taking the hot air balloon ride her late husband never found time for. With each passing mile (and one hilarious visit to a cannabis dispensary), Miss Norma's health improved and conversations that had once been taboo began to unfold. Norma, Tim and Ramie bonded in ways they could never have anticipated, and their definitions of home, of family and friendship expanded as strangers became friends and showered them with kindness. Bursting with Miss Norma's generous spirit, Driving Miss Norma ignites a renewed sense of life, family, fun and self-discovery - at any age.
Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle have been professional nomads since early reitrement. They have always marched to the beat of a different drum. After both losing loved ones at young ages, Ramie and Tim became hell-bent on living a life of no regrets. They both retired by the age of fifty to live full time in their Airstream trailer. Along with their dog Ringo, they've explored every US state but Alaska and consider the Mexican Baja peninsula the closest thing to home.