Synopses & Reviews
Joe Kurmaskie, dubbed the “Metal Cowboy” by a blind rancher he encountered one icy morning in Idaho, has been addicted to the intoxicating freedom and power of the bicycle ever since he “borrowed” his big sister’s banana-seat bike at the age of five. As he careened down the neighborhood hill, much to his parents’ dismay, Joe set in motion what has become a lifelong love affair with the road and the wheel. In Metal Cowboy
, Joe offers up an infectious and big-hearted collection of true adventures and misadventures, chronicling his time touring America on his bicycle.
Whether he is climbing a tree to avoid the insistent pecking of a flock of geese in New Hampshire, tooling around a motel parking lot in Utah with a touring group of Elvis impersonators, or filling in as a last-minute scarecrow in a North Carolina Halloween parade, Joe revels in the charm of small town America and the unforgettable characters who dot our landscape. Full of energy, wit, and wisdom, Metal Cowboy is both an inspiration and a call to the road, full of the simple joy of a path well pedaled and a life less ordinary.
"Kurmaskie readily and refreshingly admits his foibles and occasional loss of common sense, and he holds back not a whit when waxing poetic about his wife, whom he met while cycling. Unlike so many purveyors of irony and sarcasm, Kurmaskie uncovers what is sweet and good among people. Truth is, while my eyes sometimes rolled at the cornball passages, they'd also fill up with tears." Boston Globe
"Begging comparisons to Dave Barry and Charles Kuralt, Kurmaskie's tales of biking across America, Australia and New Zealand sometimes sound too good to be true....But the events, places and people he describes are so charming that this book just might make you want to saddle up a metal steed and go." Kevin Granfield
This heartwarming collection of true stories reveals the thrill and the freedom of traveling America's back roads on a bicycle, and the joy of discovering unforgettable characters along the way.
From the moment he "borrowed" his big sister's banana-seat bike and careened down the neighborhood hill at the age of five, Joe Kurmaskie has known the intoxicating freedom and power of the bicycle. In this big-hearted collection of stories, Joe -- dubbed the "Metal Cowboy" by a blind rancher he encountered one icy morning in Idaho -- tells of his whimsical, wild adventures through the American landscape.
About the Author
Joe Kurmaskie is a regular columnist for Bicycling, where his “Ask the Metal Cowboy” column appears. He has written for Details, the Arizona Star, Oregon Cycling, Midwest Bike, and AOL/Time Warner and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two sons.