Living Legends: Ted Simon & Sam Manicom

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“What an opportunity!” Those are the words I emailed to Sam Manicom once I found out he and Ted Simon would both be at the 2019 Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, AZ. A loose plan to film a conversation between the two motorcycle travel authors was put in place.

Bret was scheduled to teach in Colorado that same week, so we packed our panniers and headed south from MOTOTREK HQ in WA state.

Camping in Moab on the way to Overland Expo

In Utah we stopped to camp and film an episode in the beautiful Moab outback, and when Bret and Christina headed east to CO, co-cameraman David and I rode further south to Overland Expo in Flagstaff, AZ.

At the Expo we connected with Ted and Sam and tried to find a time and a quiet place to film the conversation. Impossible! We made plans to reconnect in Phoenix after the event.

En route to the “Valley of the Sun” city we opted for some dirt and exited interstate 17 onto Bloody Basin Road – which turned out to be a bad idea.

David meets a side-by-side head-on without notice.

Fortunately David left the ER that same night with a clean bill, ready to film the next day!

Many thanks to Al and Julie Jesse for accommodating us at their wonderful home in Phoenix! A very special Thank You to Ted Simon who was cold and tired from an uncomfortable trip from Flagstaff to Phoenix just before we started filming, and to Sam Manicom for making the whole thing come together.

Ted and Sam with MOTOTREK producer, Tim Tyler

I hope you enjoy the video.