From the Library: Metal Cowboy...


This is the second of cyclist / author Kurmaskie's to be found on the shelves of the library, though the first I read. This, like Riding Outside the Lines, is a collection of adventures and explorations during the travels of a touring cyclist. There are a couple familiar quotes at the head of this book which, I think, sum up a goodly portion of the rationale behind bike touring, and an equal measure of the spirit of this book: "Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything" which is followed up with "It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best." Sometimes it is not what you see, but what you don't miss, that makes the journey interesting.

Kurmaskie, Joe   Metal Cowboy: Tales from the Road Less Pedaled   New York: Three Rivers Press, 2002

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