Mud, Sweat, and Gears: A Rowdy Family Bike Adventure Across Canada on Seven Wheels

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After seventeen years, who would road test a perfectly good marriage by putting it on a summer-long, self-contained bicycle adventure across Canada? Only the Metal Cowboy, of course. Beth Biagini Kurmaskie, the woman behind the man-child, has finally saddled up on her own volition—if only to bring a bit of parental supervision to the mix. She struggles and stumbles along the way while celebrating summer, speed, the simple pleasures of a road trip powered by one’s own muscles, and family: what it means to be part ...

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Overview

After seventeen years, who would road test a perfectly good marriage by putting it on a summer-long, self-contained bicycle adventure across Canada? Only the Metal Cowboy, of course. Beth Biagini Kurmaskie, the woman behind the man-child, has finally saddled up on her own volition—if only to bring a bit of parental supervision to the mix. She struggles and stumbles along the way while celebrating summer, speed, the simple pleasures of a road trip powered by one’s own muscles, and family: what it means to be part of one stripped of the comforts and noise of the modern world, riding sixteen feet of bicycle train. With three sons aboard—one celebrating his first birthday on the road—a nursing mother finds her inner Xena Warrior Cyclist and all the reasons why she's stayed married to a whirling dervish of a husband.

Mud, Sweat, and Gears brings together absurd and sublime moments, introduces an American family to the wilds of Canada, uncovers choice characters (man and animal), and finds all the humor and pathos a Metal Cowboy adventure is famous for. If Momentum Is Your Friend was about fathers, sons, and hometown heroes, then Mud, Sweat, and Gears is about mothers, wives, family, and the glue that holds the world together.

With an extra twist: revealing and outrageous footnotes from Beth throughout, filling in the backstories to many previous Metal Cowboy tales.

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Editorial Reviews

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"David Sedaris trapped in the body of Lance Armstrong."
Cheryl Strayed
“Mud, Sweat, and Gears is a romance and a thriller; an adventure tale, and a seriously funny book. Kurmaskie’s chronicle of his young family’s journey across Canada on bicycle is a story for all time and now; for bicyclists and for those who have never ridden beyond the end of the block. You will laugh. You will swoon. You will shake your head in wonder."
Jay Atkinson
“Nobody roams—or writes—with more manic energy or enthusiasm for ‘the hard life’ than Joe Kurmaskie. Topping that enviable accomplishment, Mud, Sweat, and Gears establishes the Kurmaskie clan as the first family of American adventure.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891369940
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 950,437
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Kurkaskie is the author of Metal Cowboy (Breakaway, 1999) and Riding Outside the Lines (Crown 2001).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Great story!

    Great, laugh out loud story! Makes you really want to get out on a bike with yor family, even if just for a few hours. Going to get another book by this author now!

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