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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.

©2011 Sam H.N. Manicom (P)2017 Sam H.N. Manicom

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The much anticipated end to an exceptional journey

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Do yourself a favor, if you haven't listened to the first 3 of Sam's books - what are you doing with your life! Once again, listening to Sam's own telling of his round the world journey is just amazing. The people, the places and Sam's unique insights into the world of adventure travel is such a pleasure. I so often re-listen to Sams travel when i need some reassurance that the world is not all about the 9 to 5 and that not all people are just in it for themselves. This last installment is another testament to what adventure travel is about and the only disappointing part is that it's the final chapter of such an inspirational journey.

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inspirational, massive, provoking, endearing.


Appreciated every word, every turn of the wheel. Thank you for 8 years!

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Epic!

What a fantastic story, and what wonderful people. I'm going to miss these two, they've been my companion in the car for the last few weeks and the way he writes has really made me feel connected with them and their journey. Do yourself a favor, buy this audio book! 😄

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The Final Leg

The 4th and final for Sam's 8 year adventure. Really well written amd read!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-07-2020

Now I want to buy a motorcycle and go on a trip.

Now I want to buy a motorcycle and go on a trip. l think I will go Alaska to Chili first

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  • usererrr
  • 20-08-2019

Long bits of meta narrative make it a bit tedious

Loved the first 3 books. #4 is a bit tedious in spots. They could have been made easier and more impactful through keeping to the observations-through-travel format of the other books. Instead :30 minute long monologues dot this fourth tome again and again. I am absolutely certain I share much of the same concerns on the fate of mankind and if ever so lucky to swap perspectives over cognac, there would be vast overlap between us. However, integrating the monologues into travelogue format in a revised edition would improve the engagement of this member of the series.

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  • Tanya
  • 04-05-2017

Brilliant!

Absolutely brilliant! I only wish there was another book after this one! I would recommend this to anyone!

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  • Kelley Huse
  • 26-08-2021

A fascinating book, read by the one who lived it!

Absolutely wonderful!
I love how Sam has the ability to paint pictures in your head so vivid that you feel as if you are right there with him on the journey!
His fantastic narrative has the listener feeling the exact emotion of the situation and has your senses on high throughout the entire book!
very well done, Sam!
Cheers, Mate!

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  • Brook Dain
  • 18-08-2021

Real and unpretentious

Sam creates a road map for living life to the fullest while staying within budget. Thank you for this real and unpretentious adventure.

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  • 05-10-2020

Amazing end to a great adventure!

Having just finished the final book in Sams collection I’m slightly saddened that the adventure is over. Sam truly paints a vivid picture for the reader/listeners imagination to vision! He is well spoken and his performance is 10/10. Would recommend these books to any and everyone wanting to get bit by the big of adventure or to live vicariously through his adventure if you aren’t able to make your own happen.

Thanks Sam and Birgit!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-08-2020

More please!

If Sam wrote a book about a bowl of fruit and narrated the book himself I would gladly listen! Sam paints a picture with his words like no other! Looking forward to more books Sam! Please!!

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  • 05-01-2020

Excellent fourth book of Sam and Birgit's travels

Read by the author, this fourth book covers the next chapter in Sam and Birgit's travels and was just as fantastic as the other three. Their coverage of my area of Northern California was a joy to listen to and from the bike rally at Lakeport, to the border of Oregon, I was enthralled and happy to hear their take on roads I've traveled as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-2019

Genuine and well written!!

Sam richly describes what he sees and even more what he feels. Reading this book will leave you a better person in more than one aspect.

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  • Theodore John
  • 05-08-2018

Yet another fantastic part to his series

I've loved every book Sam has release and this one is no exception. It pleases me greatly when an author narrates their own book because they bring to you their actual emotions when they tell their story. Sam does it here again.

Bravo Sam. Such a pleasure to experience this book with you. Come back to the USA and really see the country, just avoid the cities and experience real America.

I defy you to get this book and NOT enjoy it. Well worth the money and time.

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  • mike
  • 06-02-2018

Remarkable

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Once under it's spell why would you not go and buy a bike and travel the world. Well, yes I'm sure there are lots of reasons, but this book is the next best thing. Sam's delivery is spot on. His observations of who he meets and where he goes are so well described extending well beyond the obvious. I think I have read all Sam's books now and have considerable disappointment there are no more to come. Many thanks Sam!

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  • Jocke Selin
  • 04-07-2017

Another brilliant book by Sam

I've read two of Sam's books and listened to two of them. They are all brilliant. When narrating his audiobooks he's like that diverting story teller around the camp fire. If you like travel books (motorcycle or not), Sam's books are a must. Tortillas to Totems is no exception!

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  • A. Waters
  • 22-07-2021

A realistic view on world travel

Tortillas to Totems makes it all sound possible and exciting. I'm sure it has inspired many to travel, particularly in Mexico, USA and Canada. Further South sounds more challenging but Sam makes it sound doable.

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  • John O'Reilly
  • 22-07-2021

A reluctant listener (to start with)

Buy this book, I have listened to Sam’s adventures and have traveled a lot too especially in Asia , mainly south east Asia. So why would I bother with a book about North America? What interest would I have? Well, I’ll tell you. This book is the perfect wind down from his more exotic adventures. It’s pure class. You will enjoy it very much. Does it make me want to head off down the road in the USA ? No, but I did enjoy it from start to finish. At the end we have a twist , I’ll not say what. But after listening to all Sam’s books, I feel he’s my friend. So I’m glad I listened. Enjoy.

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  • Wayne bates
  • 13-04-2021

Just the Best

Brought and listened to all four of Sam’s Books on the Trot
I cannot recommend these Books highly enough
A realist who knows not everyone can just up and go around the world like so many tell us to do
His descriptions of people and places put you there with him like no other I have read or listened to
So much detail on every aspect on such a wonderful trip
I feel as though I know him through his telling of his trips especially as he narrates them himself
These books are not just for Bikers , Anyone who enjoys learning about the world around them and the largely good people that inhabit its many parts would enjoy them
I think I’m out on the edge camping around Spain with my Bike - well I used too until I read Sam’s Stuff !
Outstanding trip written and narrated equally well
I’m glad you did it and even more glad someone convinced you to share it Sam




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  • 12-04-2021

A Great Honest Listen

loved it as a motorcyclist and enjoy touring on bikes, I loved it, throughly immersing you in the journey, food and feeling of each event.
the kindness of people around the world and perceived prejudices, which are quickly dispelled.

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  • milea boborodea
  • 28-09-2020

amazing !

Loved it. went through all 4 books with a thirst for adventure . Thank you both for letting me be there with you ( while delivering letters) .Well done Sam and Birgit! all the best,Denver

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  • callum wilson
  • 25-04-2019

utterly epic, I need more

the best audio books I have listened to. the only negative thing i can say is that now i have listened to all 4 back to back what am i supposed to listen to now!!! I'd love to meet the author and I'd love to know if they still have the bikes

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  • Michal
  • 18-12-2018

Sam and Birgit

As always your story didn't disappoint me...Just absolutely amazing!! Now I'm hooked and I want more 😁..Where is next book coming out Sam and Birgit? 🤔

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  • Peter Jones
  • 05-06-2018

A good listen.

I have listened to all Sams books and enjoyed them all. This book was a struggle at first and I nearly stopped listening. My decission to continue was correct I finished it having enjoyed it. The ending was a shock though.

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