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.
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Made me appreciate are reevaluate the sights out m
Absolutely. Sam is perhaps the best motorcycle adventure writer of the modern era and one of the better travel writers in general. He does a great job with narration. I am a big proponent of having the author read his/her own work and same does an impeccable job. His enthusiasm draws you in and keep you interested throughout. The recording is also of a very high quality.
I own all four of his audiobooks as well as print copies of ""Into Africa" and "Under Asian Skies". I was worried that this, his last book, would be somehow lesser because half of it takes place in familiar, highly developed, and easy to tour countries (America and Canada). Let me say that is not the case. It does have a different feel but makes a good bookend for the series. The first half takes place south of the American border, and is a wonderful adventure in the traditional sense, and will surely appease any fan. Surprising to me is that the adventures in America and Canada were compelling as well. There isnt the sense of the unknown one feels in developing countries but there are still great tales to tell. He made me appreciate many of the sights and experiences I often take for granted.
Sam's performances are excellent, surprising since he is not a professional narrator by trade. But generally I prefer an author over a narrator any day. He maintains his enthusiasm throughout and has a voice that doesn't wear on you even after a marathon listening session.
There were not standout moments in this book, as there were in his past three books. For me it was more of an overall lesson. There is adventure and something to appreciate everywhere, even in developed places. I can't always get away for months at a time, but I could do several shorter trips. I will surely take more long weekend trips because of this book.
All of his books are great. My personal favorite continues to be "Under Asian Skies" but they are all worthwhile reads/listens.
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