When he first glimpsed the Rio Grande in 1973 in El Paso, TX Keith Bowden mistook it for a sewer drain. Years later, at a crossroads in his life, the teacher, writer and adventurer decided to become the first person to travel the entire length of the Rio as it forms the border between the United States and Mexico. The Tecate Journals, his first book, is Bowden's fascinating account of that journey by bike, canoe, and raft. Equal parts gritty, elegant, and timely, his story touches on environmental issues, adrenalin-spiked action, and his ambivalance with his own cultural identity. Keith Bowden is fluent in Spanish and a former player in the Mexican baseball league of Texas. He has traveled extensively throughout North, Central, and South America. He lives in Laredo, Texas where he teachers writing at Laredo Community College and writes for the Laredo Morning Times.
"With more than a passing resemblance to Edward Abbey, Bowden explores the hidden corners of a mysterious river and a misunderstood line between countries and cultures. This personal quest to explore the Rio Grande's lenghth delivers a joy ride through white-water alongside a meditation on the value of nature, the cost of categorizing humanity, and our collective failure to recognize either."—Joe Kurmaski, author of Metal Cowboy and Momentum is Your Friend (booksense)