Cowboy & Family 2007
Trans-Canada Bicycle Adventure
In 2005 best selling author Joe "Metal Cowboy" Kurmaskie took sons Quinn and Enzo (then age
7 & 5) on a 2 month, 4000+ mile long bicycle adventure across
America from Portland, OR to Washington DC. The trip was featured as a
cover story for Bicycling magazine. Joe rode on a standard touring
bicycle with a trail-a-bike attached to his rear rack and a trailer
attached to the trail-a-bike, the rig was over 14' long and weighed
over 400 lbs!
This time around the Metal Cowboy and sons Quinn and Enzo (now 9
& 7) will be joined by wife and mom Beth and toddler Mateo (who
turned one during the first week of the trip) on their latest epic
Family Cycling Adventure. Again, It’s all part of an upcoming
Bicycle Magazine feature Article called "Off of the couch and into the
They will be riding up Vancouver Island, catching a ferry through the
Inner Passage, hopping off at Prince Rupert, pedaling their way across
BC to Calgary, taking a train to avoid the heat and black flies of the
prairies, then putting rubber to the road again all the way to Nova
Scotia. There will be no back up or support vehicle of any kind, they
will be fully self supported carrying everything they need on the bike.
for such a trip? The Metal Cowboy believes that kids spend
way to much time indoors and in front of a TV or computer, "We are on this quest to show
all parents that you can have a great outdoor family vacation regardless of
age or ability. You don't have to ride across Canada like we are but
you can absolutely enjoy a weekend of riding and camping, even
if it's only 10 miles a day. And on such a trip your family
will grow closer and stronger. And you get to know your kids again!"
Joe "Metal Cowboy" Kurmaskie
The Metal Cowboy is determined to find a cure for what he calls X-Box
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and is starting a summer camp for kids called
Camp Creative, an Arts and Expedition (primarily bicycle expeditions)
Summer Camp based in the Columbia Gorge Area of Oregon. As well Joe and
partner Gary Hancq are offering Rolling Roads Bicycle Tours as a way
for adults and families to go on their own similar Grand Adventure.
are intimidated by the idea of going on a solo grand adventure by
bicycle, it does take a considerable amount of planning and a certain
amount of know-how. At Rolling Roads we take care of the equipment,
planning and preparation for these types of adventures so our guests
can simply enjoy the ride, the scenery and the outdoors."
Gary Hancq - President, Rolling Roads
*All proceeds from Rolling Roads tours benefit and support Camp
They Family originally started out on a 3 seat tandem bicycle (see
below left) pulling a trial-a-bike with a trailer attached behind that!
However they soon decided that they needed to downsize the 3 seat
tandem (see below right) for safety reasons.
Have a look at the
monstrosity they will be pedaling Across Canada!
Click on a picture for a larger image
Triple Tandem with Trail-a-bike and trailer
Trail-a-bike and Trailer.
(Note the panniers)
information, images, video, book excerpts and up to date blog entries
are among the various media resources available on this web site for
media use. If you need any additional information please use the
Cowboy General Pages Bio
- Joe's Biography Excerpts
- Excerpts and samples from Joe's Books and Articles Blog
- Metal Cowboy Mayhem Blog Contest
Page - Trans-Canada Contest (Sponsored by
Bicycling Magazine and Rolling Roads Bicycle Vacations) Camp
Creative - Camp Creative
Rolling Roads Metal Cowboy Signature Vacations
Trans-Canada Family Bicycle Adventure pages Video
- NBC Video interview from KGW TV
Portland, OR Blog
- Metal Cowboy Mayhem Blog (in depth coverage of the
- Where are they now page Photos
- Trans-Canadian Photo Gallery (Metal Cowboy
Photos - Trans-Canadian Photo Contest Gallery
(fan contest photos)
the press and others say about the Metal Cowboy
Comments "Give Huck Finn a bicycle, give
Armstrong a sense of humor and Kerouac a good editor and you have Joe
Kurmaskie's latest road trip."
-Tom Lang, author of Coffee and Mrs. Claus
infectious celebration of life."
"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
Live Performances "As good as it
in the author presentation business."
Chandler, Third Place Books, Seattle
"Brought the room to its feet."
Books Etc. -
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
Tom Gerald -
University of Oregon events
"Inspired and funny is something we
rarely have come together in one presenter."
"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
Cheryl Nagoni, Organizer, Cycle Oregon (weeklong cross state ride/tour)
"The most entertaining & inspiring live theatrical show in
The Metal Cowboy makes our bestseller list on the strength of his