Computing Across America, chapter 45 by Steven K. Roberts St. George, Utah November 10, 1984 We have to endure the discordance between imagination and fact. It is better to say, “I am suffering,” than to say, “This landscape is ugly.” Simone Weil I finally found the true meaning of desolation. Early in the journey, I…

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Computing Across America, chapter 44 by Steven K. Roberts Arches National Park, Utah November 3, 1984 You have to be the reader’s mushroom. Judith of Telluride Judith and I walked amid sandstone formations that appeared as the whimsical carvings of some inspired god.  The rock, wind-sculpted for eons, was around us a museum of creative…

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Computing Across America, chapter 43 by Steven K. Roberts Telluride, Colorado September 28, 1984 You don’t need big words; you need big eyes… Judith of Telluride It was a time of reflection and change. I stopped in Telluride as a punch-drunk quarterback might stumble to the sidelines — watching dazed from the bench as the…

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Computing Across America, chapter 42by Steven K. RobertsAspen, ColoradoSeptember 15, 1984 (photo above by Jeffrey Aaronson, Aspen, September 1984) My day was exciting too. I didn’t ride down any mountains, but I took Leah to the Beechwold Library and we got the baby carriage up to almost 5 mph on the sidewalk! Of course, there…

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Computing Across America, chapter 41 by Steven K. Roberts Crested Butte, Colorado September 5, 1984 There’s never enough time to do all the things you don’t have to do. Anita Simon It’s startling to stumble depressed into a strange town, expecting nothing, knowing no one, and find there a home. Homes are usually things that…

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Computing Across America, chapter 40 by Steven K. Roberts Crested Butte, Colorado September 3, 1984 Crested Butte is so safe that we have to find ways to put our lives in peril in order to make them worth living. Fritz in Crested Butte Gunnison, Colorado. Through one of those successions of chance encounters that characterizes…

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Computing Across America, chapter 39 by Steven K. Roberts Lake City, Colorado August 25, 1984 Slumgullion Pass… sounds like something out of The Hobbit. Kacy Branstetter There’s nothing like pedaling a 200-pound bike over mountains to give one a profound new respect for gravity. I stood at the summit of 11,361-foot Slumgullion pass and looked…

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Computing Across America, chapter 38 by Steven K. Roberts Creede, Colorado August 18, 1984 I’ve always got a home in Colorado, no matter where I am or what changes I go through. If passing time leaves me troubled, wond’ring where to go, I know I’ve got a friend in Colorado. Nancy Johnson, Mellow Lady LP…

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Computing Across America, chapter 37 by Steven K. Roberts Santa Fe, New Mexico August 10, 1984 You came saying “show me who you are”; the tourists came saying “show us what you got.” Steve Northup, Time Magazine The shape of the northern horizon kept changing, the storms and mountains sparring with lightning punches as I…

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Computing Across America, chapter 36 by Steven K. Roberts Villanueva, New Mexico July 15, 1984 Wilderness. The word itself is music. Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire We did a little dance, the three of us, a sort of farewell boogie to Texas. I had just passed the 6,000-mile mark, and Jürgen and I were getting along…

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