Tortillas to Totems: Every Day an Adventure, Book 4 (Unabridged)
by Sam Manicom & Birgit Schunemann
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Sam Manicom's dynamic fourth book is an enticing yet frequently challenging motorcycle journey across the dramatic landscapes of Mexico, the United States and Canada. Sam's partner Birgit is no longer a novice motorcyclist - riding through southern Africa and South America turned her into a rider capable of facing any challenge. But Sam was worried. As they arrived into North America they had been travelling around the world by motorcycle for six years and he was beginning to think that North America was going to be easy; too easy in fact. Were all the challenges of travel in the developing world countries going to be missing? Sam couldn't have been more wrong. Samuel Johnson wrote, "The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them how they are." After all, aren't these some of the main reasons for going travelling? To experience as many different things and ways of life as possible? To discover new and wonderful things, but also to have preconceived ideas challenged. This true-life story has more twists and turns than a Rocky Mountain Pass, and more surprises than anyone could expect. As it did them, at times it could challenge you too. Woven into this surprising story are canyons, cowboys, idyllic beaches, bears, mountains, Californian Vineyards, gun-toting policemen with grudges, glaciers, exploding volcanoes, dodgy border crossings, and some of the most stunning open roads that a traveler could ever wish to see. A gripping rollercoaster of a journey across North America. Sam and Birgit are thrown into a completely new set of challenges. These adventures bring alive the history, geography, human relationships and the pure joy of the open road.
All 4 are a must read/listen to if you love travel and other cultures!
Okay, I have all 4 of Sam Manicom books on audio! I got “Into Africa” when it was the only one on iTunes! And I have honestly listened to them all probably 10 to 15 times(I drive a lot), and they never get old. But I do feel like I have to WARN the girls and guys like me(the peeps working 5days a week), listening will cause you to start thinking about up and quieting your job to hit the road!
I got the great opportunity to meet Sam at a presentation a few years back (right when “Distant Suns” came out in audio), the pictures he shared about the part of his trip which is covered in “Into Africa” made the story that much more real and amazing! He is a wonderful person.
I highly recommend all 4 of his books(“Into Africa”, “Under Asian Skies”, “Distant Suns” and “Tortillas to Totems”) on audio!