Tanya and Matt were driving from Boston to Shreveport to start a new life. They had traveled 1300 miles the past two days, Tanya doing the driving as Matt doesn't drive. They were moving to Shreveport as Tanya was starting a graduate program for forestry.
The two were happy to be moving to Shreveport. For Matt, this was a return to his hometown, a Cajun from Shreveport. Tanya was happy to escape from the cold, never liking it despite growing up in Boston