Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mud, Sweat, and Gears Book Review

A neighbor gave me the book, having zero interest in bike
 adventures—or bikes, period. Lucky me!
I'd heard of the Metal Cowboy (Joe Kurmaskie), but never read any of his books. I enjoyed his humor, his fun-loving boys, and the guts it took to endure family 24-7—all while on a bike. Joe is an animal when it comes to pumping a bike train, toting two boys and a third in a trailer. But just as gutsy is his wife, Beth. What's truly a delight is her transformation into bike-loving touring mom. Beth adds her own quips in the form of footnotes, which tickles and teases Joe's presumptuous male perspective.

The tag line "A Rowdy Family Bike Adventure Across Canada on Seven Wheels" led me to believe I'd hear something about each Provence. In reality, most of the book takes place in British Columbia with a brief mention of the end in Nova Scotia. A simple map would be a good addition too. Aside from that, and a diversion into Joe's and Beth's relationship, it's chock full of rollicking bike touring adventure. Give it a whirl.

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