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

Steven K. Roberts, N4RVE

Media – Winnebiko

Southwest Spirit - Winnebiko

Computing Across America – Southwest Airlines Spirit

This was one of my rare forays into the in-flight magazines, published in the interlude between the Winnebiko and the Winnebiko II. The photo was taken during my book-writing layover in San Clemente, California. This version of the bike was lean and well-tuned, fresh from 10,000 miles on the road. That fabric enclosure in the…

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Cross-country biker to motor this time

This was a glimpse of a mercifully brief period, just after the first 10,000 miles, when I thought I’d be taking off around the US in a motorhome. I was still working on the Computing Across America book (with editorial musical chairs causing a publishing-industry horror story), and had plans to go mobile with my…

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Bicycle (UK) cover June 1985

High-Tech Low-Life… Bicycle Magazine (UK)

This entertaining article in a British bicycling magazine was written during my layover at the end of the first 10,000 miles, when I was holed up in San Clemente writing Computing Across America. My parents were somewhat distressed by the title, but I reassured them that “low life” has a different connotation across the pond.…

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Parole from the Ordinary – Personal Computing

Personal computer users, who were a sort of breed apart back then (despite that phrase sounding a little strange today) were fascinated by the implications of this newfound technology. In 1984, it was still somewhat radical to think of working “at home” instead of “at the office,” so working on the road was curious and…

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Portable Computer Keeps Traveling Writer in Business

This cover piece with short descriptive text came my way through the Computer History Museum, which received this as a donation in 2015. The photo itself is by Jeffrey Aaronson, with whom I spent a most interesting day in a shoot around Aspen, Colorado. Those stunning mountains are the Maroon Bells, and elsewhere in these…

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Biker Computes Across US – Scholastic News

Occasionally I rubbed elbows with the education community, and this little story triggered a few inquiries from teachers. Finding it now in my collection, I’m saddened by the front-page article about NASA’s quest for a teacher to fly on the Shuttle. Christa McAuliffe became that person, and was killed in the Challenger disaster on January…

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With the Winnebiko in northern New Mexico

Taking It on the Road – Time

The timing of my Computing Across America adventure was no accident; it was the convergence of portable computing, networks, solar power, and recumbent bicycles that made it possible. The technology was very much in the news, given how much it was radically impacting the lives of journalists… this article focuses on that angle, with my…

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Bedouin on a Bicycle Bivouacs in the Butte

In the collection of around 200 newspaper articles from my years of technomadic cycling, this one has always held the crown for the most delightfully alliterative title. I spent a week or so in Crested Butte, Colorado (leading to a passionate book chapter), and every day was filled with something wonderful, intense, or beautiful. On…

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Space-age nomad – Christian Science Monitor

I am looking for a hardcopy of this to scan; in the meantime, I’m taking the liberty of copying the text from the CSM archives. The article¬†really catches the tech details (and feel) of this phase of the adventure, approximately 1 year along.¬† Space-age nomad: he hitched up a computer and took to the road…

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California Bicyclist Sept 84 cover

High-Tech Nomad Heads for Northern California – California Bicyclist

This came out while I was still in Colorado, pressing my luck with the looming onset of winter (the aspens were turning while I was relaxing in Telluride, and I got snowed-in for a few days). California seemed impossibly far away, but this article gave me a sense of welcome as invitations started trickling in…

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