- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Breakaway Books; First Edition edition (September 15, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1891369105
- ISBN-13: 978-1891369100
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,553,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Metal Cowboy: Tales from the Road Less Pedaled Hardcover – September 15, 1999
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While cycling through Idaho, Kurmaskie met up with a blind man who, after tapping his cane over Joe and his bike, dubbed him a "metal cowboy." If these 40 essays are any indication, that's a perfect description. Like the cowboys of Old West legend, Kurmaskie drifted around the country (and the world), meeting up with interesting and eccentric people, bunking wherever he found a dry patch of ground, eating whatever he could carry or scrounge. Like the travel books of Bill Bryson, Kurmaskie's collection of essays focuses on the unexpected and the little known. Travelogues are a dime a dozen, but the ones that find something fresh and unusual to talk about are fairly rare. Here readers will meet Elvis impersonators and other eccentrics; live through a goose attack mounted with military precision; and see the countryside the way they've never imagined it. A thoroughly delightful excursion. David Pitt
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Fleet lessons, experiences, and absurdities, gathered from the saddle of a bicycle and mined for every identifiable nugget of humor or worthy apologue, from newcomer Kurmaskie. ``I'm just a Metal Cowboy piecing together the puzzle of life in my own time and way.'' What that means for Kurmaskie is tooling about on his bicycle, far and wide, keeping his eye skinned for the everyday encounters that, cobbled together, amount to a worldview. Occasionally these tales are tips for cyclers, such as what to do when teenagers target you for sport, or when dogs do the same, or weather, or geese. But most of the material demonstrates that the pace of a bicycle allows you to tap the fortuities of chance (e.g., joining up with someone willing to share knowledge of secret pictographs) and the pleasures to be had by throwing caution to the wind and volunteering to be the scarecrow on a bike in a small town parade, and why sometimes its the oblique vision of the eccentrics out there that puts things into meaningful perspective. Each of the 40 chapters is a self-contained unit, and they are best read in controlled doses, for while the episodes have a sort of Andy of Mayberry charm, a piece of homespun with common decency at its center and framed in drollery, the tone can cloy. Kurmaskie is also overly fond of trotting out a little hackneyed something for the reader's moral edification (``You give and take in this life, and you don't ask for anything back''). Worse still are the ones that sound like fortune cookies: ``Each day starts with the promise of what all of us might become in the time which remains.'' The metal cowboy is on a slow bike to nowhere in particular, and when hes not dispensing homilies, he knows how to enjoy the simple, immediate pleasures of two-wheeled freedom. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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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, but "Momentum" sucked me in more because it followed one story from beginning to end (riding across America from west to east pulling his two kids). It was a bit more compelling.
It was still a good book, and due to the format, it was actually a little easier to put down from time to time rather than staying up two hours longer than I wanted to because I couldn't put it down!
This book did not disappoint me, I'm totally amazed at so many funny, heart felt, and amazing stories as recollected by Joe. It is truly a book that you cannot put down once you begin one of his historical accounts of his travels.