As adventure-loving-parents, you must become familiar with Portland’s very own Joe “Metal Cowboy” Kurmaskie. I can’t believe I just read my first book by Kurmaskie (Mud, Sweat, and Gears). Where have I been? I rarely do this on the site, but I want to encourage you all to order his book as soon as possible! If you PayPal him directly at: email@example.com, he’ll give you free shipping and the book for only $20! That’s an incredible deal!
This book will inspire you to get up, get out, and have even MORE fun with your family. His wife’s footnotes add to the outrageous, (at times) self-deprecating, bust-out-loud-laughing-humor. I couldn’t put the book down, and I still can barely believe that any family has enough guts (or whatever you want to call it) to do what they did. How did I finally stumble into the Kurmaskie circle?
There I was at a Portland biking event (Expo Center) with my two kids. I was telling one of the event’s sponsors about my Portland Family Adventure website. I went off on how the site has propelled me into travel writing, and how I’ve been able to have so many exciting adventures with my family. The sponsor listened politely. When I finished, he said, “That sounds great, but you gotta go check-out that dude over there – calls himself the Metal Cowboy.”
I quickly answered back, “Oh yeah, what’s so great about the Metal Cowboy.” Actually, I didn’t really say that, but I was thinking it. I was also thinking, “Metal Cowboy?”
The sponsor said, and I could barely believe what I was hearing, “That guy pedaled 4000 miles across Canada with his wife and 3 kids!” What? I made him repeat it to me again. Yep…same thing I thought I heard the first time. Wow…I had to go meet this guy. Mud, Sweat, and Gears chronicles this amazing journey. While bikes certainly make the story impressive, it’s really about how adventure can pull a family together.
So, I did finally make my way over to meet Joe Kurmaskie. He is an engaging guy, which clearly stands out in his writing. In a short conversation, I learned that he has written several books, biked across African nations, the Australian Outback, and across the USA with his sons and his father’s ashes. I stood there in disbelief. Really? I had about a million questions I wanted to ask him, but he seemed more interested in my own kids, and listening to a story I told about my son Rhys riding Pedalpalooza when he was 3 1/2. What a day…
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