Word On the Street….

“You’ll laugh, you’ll swoon, you’ll shake your head in wonder. You won’t be able to put this beautiful book down.” Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild



“Nobody roams – or writes- with more manic energy or enthusiasm for ‘the hard life’, than Joe Kurmaskie. The first family of American adventure.”  Jay Atkinson, author of Ice Time




“Give Huck Finn a bicycle, give Armstrong a sense of humor and Kerouac a good editor and you have Joe Kurmaskie’s inspired road trips.” Tom Lang, author of Coffee and Mrs. Claus


“An infectious celebration of life.” The Boston Globe

“Kurmaskie rolls with a keen sense of comedy and a big heart.”
-Christopher Moore, author of Lamb and A Dirty Job

“David Sedaris trapped in the body of Lance Armstrong.”  The Arizona Star

“A Modern Day Mark Twain On Two Wheels.” USA Today



Like the travel books of Bill Bryson. Travelogues are a dime a dozen , but the ones that find something fresh and unusual to say are fairly rare. A thoroughly delightful excursion.” Booklist


Live Performances
“As good as it gets in the author presentation business.”
Judith Chandler, Third Place Books, Seattle

“Brought the room to its feet.”
Books Etc. – Portland, Maine

“Hands down the best performance of the year. Lively, thoughtful. People laughed to the point of tears. I’d like to have the cowboy back as soon as possible.”
Tom Gerald – University of Oregon events

“Inspired and funny is something we rarely have come together in one presenter.”
Jefferson High School

“The Cowboy rides high above your typical pack of performers.”
Dave Shaw – Seattle Bike Expo director


“We need to have the cowboy saddle up and speak on our main stage every year.”
Cheryl Nagoni, Organizer, Cycle Oregon (weeklong cross state ride/tour)

“The most entertaining & inspiring live theatrical show in ages. The Metal Cowboy makes our bestseller list on the strength of his performance alone.”
Powells Books


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