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The Virtues Of Suffering

The Virtues Of Suffering

By Joe Kurmaskie aka the Metal Cowboy — Let’s talk about slipping into something a little more uncomfortable; a no holds barred bike ride. Don’t…

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By Joe Kurmaskie aka the Metal Cowboy — Let’s talk about slipping into something a little more uncomfortable; a no holds barred bike ride. Don’t look at the forecast or your schedule, just roll that rig out the door and go.

I’ll make the case for ending more of your days tired, sweaty, hungry, wet, grease covered, maybe bloodied in a few places, parched, legs like two bags of wet cement, but a grin so wide and lasting it’ll take weeks to wipe it off your face. Joe Kurmaskie on a recovery ride. Photo by Matteo Kurmaskie Why would I want to help you find this redemption through sweet suffering? Because, as a travel adventure writer seeing the world from atop a bike saddle, that’s my calling. But more so since a life threatening genetic disorder rode shotgun in my life the past few years, steering me right up to the brink of death. But it couldn’t close me out. This has made me appreciate every sore muscle, headwind, hill, sideways rain and the baptismal cleanse of a 100 percent humidity ride.

Funny that the first words in my first book were:

Oh to be young… and go very, very fast.
Today I’m thrilled with my new mantra:
Oh to be anywhere, and get to go at all.

The genetic disorder? Hereditary Hemochromatosis, the world’s most common deadly genetic disorder – that few have ever heard of but 1-200 are walking around with undetected. It causes the body to […]

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