Art without engineering is dreaming;
Engineering without art is calculating.

Steven K. Roberts, N4RVE

High Tech Nomad chapters

Junkyards and Tollbridges

by Steven K. Roberts Reston, Virginia — 13,962 miles October 2, 1987 Yes, we’re still alive. Through the frenzy of the last three weeks, I have opened a half-dozen mini-files, each an aborted attempt at writing this update. Since the Easton story I have lived a year’s worth of adventure and change, with the notion of…

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Notes from the East

by Steven K. Roberts Easton, Pennsylvania — 13,505 miles September 3, 1987 Somewhere in the Delaware River Valley of northern New Jersey, in the back yard of a hostel that’s supposed to be open, I drown in a sea of white noise. The tent around me roars with rain—the sound pouring into my head, saturating…

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The Other Woman

©1987 by Steven K. Roberts Ithaca, NY (13,231 miles) August 21, 1987 The road, once begun, never stops. Tonight in Ithaca, over a fine dinner of linguine and wine, coffee and sorbet, we spoke of travel. Hitchhiking marathons of 17 years ago were revived in candlelight; freight-hopping adventures came to life with all the gritty…

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Notes from Ohio

by Steven K. Roberts Pymatuning Lake, Ohio side — 12,819 miles August 1, 1987 The most effective way to make it rain is to pitch camp. For eight riding days, the sun has baked our hot flesh into sweat-glistened tan, streaked with the stark white of belly wrinkles and tinged daily with a hint of…

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Snapshots of Absurdity

by Steven K. Roberts July 22, 1987 Columbus, Ohio — 12,497 miles I can’t believe I used to live here. I pass my old Dublin house with a twinge of embarrassment; I shake my head sadly at the “growth” that frantically replaces cool greenery with hot traffic jams; I watch with horror as old friends deteriorate.…

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Hiking Heaven, Hiking Hell

by Steven K. Roberts June 29, 1987 Calf Creek (Garfield County), Utah This is hard-core wilderness.  The Escalante River area is a violent, convoluted land, a twisted marriage of desert and mountain with much infidelity on both sides.  Madness happens here; the land kills the unwary without remorse, yet delights the eye with so many…

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Solstice on Clouds Rest

by Steven K. Roberts Yosemite National Park, California — June 21, 1987 12,368 miles This is wild, wild country. I’m sitting naked with the computer sweaty on my lap, leaning in the sun against a massive boulder that somehow, millennia ago, rolled to a stop like a forgotten marble on this convex plain of glacier-polished slickrock.…

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Kinetic Madness 1987

by Steven K. Roberts Eureka, California — May 25, 1987 12,257 miles Eureka? Again? Is this a time-warp? If you’ve been following these tales for any time at all, you know we spent five weeks here over the winter… and you also know that we couldn’t have possibly pedaled back up the coast as fast as…

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Escape from the City

by Steven K. Roberts Pigeon Point, California — May 15, 1987 12,140 miles F I N A L L Y ! ! ! I’m on the beach at Half Moon Bay, the evening calm almost disquieting after the unrelenting noise of the City. It feels good, damn good… Maggie and I grin at each other every…

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Roughing it in Palo Alto

Photo: Sailing with Norm Goldblatt on San Francisco Bay.  Texting while Driving in 1987 This posting to my Computing Across America column on GEnie came near the end of the Silicon Valley layover between the Winnebiko II trek down the Pacific Coast and the jump to Ohio to resume through the Northeast and down the coast…

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