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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.
Ā©2011 Sam H.N. Manicom (P)2017 Sam H.N. Manicom
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By Tanya on 05-04-17


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

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By Rodney M Wooten on 01-08-18

Pretty well done

I enjoyed the story but the appendix dropped my rating to 2 stars 4 without.

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By J. Selin on 07-04-17

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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By Roger Spackman on 06-17-17

A ride worth taking.

This is not a motorcycle book.... the motorcycle is simply the vehicle (metaphorical and literal) for the story.

Sam Manicom is a brilliant story teller and therefore it is only appropriate he narated his own stories. These are in my opinion show how wonderful the world is and how the vast majority of people are both friendly and generous when given a chance.

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By Travis on 10-19-17


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! šŸ˜„

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By Zaak on 10-02-17

The Final Leg

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

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