Tortillas to Totems : Every Day an Adventure

  • by Sam Manicom, Birgit Schunemann
  • Narrated by Sam Manicom
  • Series: Every Day an Adventure
  • 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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

Master Storyteller

Sam’s authentic storytelling style leads the reader on a rich expertly woven adventure journey. Sam has a unique way of helping the reader relate to foreign worlds through his words, an admirable gift. Through Sam’s courageous and curious approach to his travels, I have learnt to see the positive in the most challenging of circumstances. This master story teller has shared his adventures in a way that is real, sincere and most definitely makes you feel as if you are riding alongside him on the open road. I can almost smell the two-stroke oil as I immerse myself in Sam’s stories.

It was a treat to listen to the audio book read by Sam himself. His calm and quirky voice, showcased his sharp wit and excellent sense of humour.

As a motorcycle enthusiast and lover of adventure and travel, I have enjoyed each of Sam’s books immensely. I highly recommend that readers should start with Sam’s first book, Into Africa. I guarantee that you will not be able to resist reading all four of the legs and stories back to back.

In this, Sam’s latest book, I was particularly touched by the impassioned plea for all people to become organ donors. I have laughed, cried, smiled, shaken my head and been entertained through many long nights while insomnia kept me awake.

I know it will take a long time before I find another favourite author. To Sam I say Merci, Gracias, Dankie, Gratzie, Nkosi kakhulu and Thank you for sharing your stories with me and the world. Bravo my friend, bravo.
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- Christopher

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-24-2017
  • Publisher: Open Book Audio