Metal Cowboy: Tales from the Road Less Pedaled
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Metal Cowboy: Tales from the Road Less Pedaled

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  193 ratings  ·  27 reviews
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 powe...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 23rd 2002 by Three Rivers Press (first published 1999)
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Jul 21, 2011 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure seekers, travellers,
Recommended to Mike by: read about it online
I have a soft spot for travel books, especially travel my high school years I discovered Peter Jenkins and his Walk Across later years I read Bill Bryson's adventures whether in England or in the I've come across Joe Kurmaskie's original writing, "Metal Cowboy" about his adventures on his bicycle around the world.

This book is a very good read if you are into travel and adventure. This was Joe's original book that he updated (the last chapter is catchup if you...more
i love all things bike, and the idea of freedom, of setting out on self-reliant two wheeled adventures. ssooooo.... i really wanted to like this book. bbuuuuutt i didn't.
joe is a bit of a dork, and really not the best writer. he seems to be trying too hard, searching for meaning in all of his experiences. of course his lessons learned, characters met along the way, gorgeous scenery and life ponderings hold volumes of meaning to him, but for the reader, maybe not so much.
i suppose many of the s...more
Spring has (technically) sprung, which means I'm looking forward to getting my bike out and hitting the toad. While waiting for the snow to stop falling, I read Metal Cowboy: Ten Years Further Down the Road Less Pedaled a collection of vignettes taken from the author's life cycling around the world. The stories are taken from the journals he kept along the way, and though he encounters a lot of uphill climbs on a fully loaded touring bike, he finds a lot of kindness (and a little cruelty) along...more
Marc Baldwin
I like Kurmaskie's writing style, his take on life in general, and I'm admittedly a little bit jealous of the biking adventures that he has been able to enjoy.

This book wasn't quite as good as "Momentum is Your Friend", one of his later books, simply because of the format. "Metal Cowboy" doesn't follow one particular adventure chronologically, but is more like a collection of essays about different events that occurred on several different trips throughout his life. The essays are enjoyable, bu...more
It's always great to read about other people's experience cycling across the North American continent.

I've cycled across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax once in 2005 and across the United States from Seattle to New York once in 2008. I have many fond memories and unique experiences from these two trips of a lifetime.

Joe Kurmaskie has a great sense of humor and amusing way of sharing his experiences. I would recommend this book to anyone. I enjoyed an earlier book of his even more: "Metal Cowboy...more
Velimir Randic
A great collection of short stories about traveling the world on the back of a bicycle. A great variety of characters and villains encountered on the way. For both the two wheel inclined and a great general read. Now, on to "Blood, Sweat, and Gears."
I've only read about half of this. It is a collection of short articles about his many rides across parts of the world. I liked them, but I need to return it to the library tomorrow and I don't care enough to finish it and get a fine.
This book is very well written and by turns funny, sentimental and enlightening. It created in me a desire to ride my bike across the country as well. Then I realized I'm more of the off-road mountain bike type.

Still a very fun read.
Incredible. The author's writing style and take on life was fantastic. Great collection of short stories that were so much fun to read. This book made me happy. And now I need to go for a ride.
This collection of essays about Kurmaskie's travels by bicycle reads like a series of blog posts, but hey, I'm a blogger, and I'd like to tour the world on two wheels, so I liked it.
Jim Brookhyser
It's not exactly my genre, but it was full of interesting stories. Riding around the country on a bike seems strangely appealing now.
Very entertaining stories of Joe's bicycle riding adventures and the people he meets along the way. Great fun!
Tony Valente
When you read a book about cycling it should make you want to ride NOW! This one did this time and time again.
A must read for any cycling enthusiast. You will want to hit the road after reading this book!
PJ Souders
I wanted to like this book more than three stars but it's hard to read about riding.
I love travel writing. I really love travel writing when the traveling is done by bike.
One of the best cycling travelogues I've read. Great stories and insight to match!
I really enjoy the authors adventure and drive. The stories were very good.
It was a good break from lots of intensity. A light and fun read.
I liked this book because I love bike riding and I love adventure
Skander, you would LOVE this book if you haven't already read it!
Heather Clemons-Porter
Funny insightful and reminiscent of my bike touring days.
Fun collection of rides to add to my vicarious travels.
Love a good road story; love a good bike story.
Tiah Keever
You know, It's about bike touring...
May 16, 2007 s-b-t marked it as to-read
Recommended by Jim.
Great read!
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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 th...more
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