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

Steven K. Roberts, N4RVE

Media – Winnebiko

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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Freedom Road – Family Computing

The author of this story, Carole Gerber, also wrote the first article about my adventures… breaking the story in an Online Today piece called “Computing Across America.” A few thousand miles down the road, she got in touch again via CompuServe. Family Computing evolved over the years from this platform-agnostic publication featuring games and learning,…

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Winnebiko on CBS Morning News – Wanderlust

This was the first national TV coverage of my Computing Across America adventure, and it is still the one, after all these years and hundreds of shows, that most takes me back to the real feel of the road. CBS Morning News production standards were flawless, and they only used audio from the scene (nothing…

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Popular Science cover - July 1984

Online and On the Road – Popular Science

I have fond memories of this article, which was written very early in the adventure… about 3000 miles along, relaxing on a Key West beach in early January, 1984. The system was simple and elegant back then… and I was concerned only with article deadlines, cash flow, and how to make it back to the…

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Words on Wheels, Writer's Digest

Words on Wheels – Writers Digest

As a budding freelancer, Writer’s Digest had been one of my most-studied magazines for years, teaching me the craft and providing monthly doses of motivation. The photo was taken on the Indianapolis 500 Speedway, and that map was my standard postcard that I sent to folks during my travels… updated with a route of the…

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Lunch Break in Huntsville

This article dovetails with the CBS Morning News piece… I pedaled into Huntsville on May 24, 1984 with a film crew in tow. Sadly, I am missing the continuation of the text, but the photos by Jimmie Morris are excellent. (I especially love the one above, with that enigmatic figure in the background. Very evocative…)…

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He Cycles Along the High-Tech Lane – USA Today

This article by John Hillkirk (now editor of USA TODAY) was hugely pivotal in my early media coverage… and it set the stage for a series that I wrote for them over the next few months. The idea of staying connected with a portable computer while traveling was just starting to filter in to public…

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Cyclist, computer team up – Hammond

This 1984 article was in one of my unexpectedly favorite towns. All I knew about Hammond before arriving was a song by the Roches, but before long I had met a fellow cyclist who remains a friend to this day, over 3 decades later. I stayed for two or three weeks, relaxed, getting to know…

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Solar Bicyclist Suns in Franklin

Photo by Louise Allen Franklin County News — March 29, 1984 Steve Roberts, of ” Columbus, Ohio is a really “laid-back” person. Even the bicycle he rides on his round the States tour is totally laid-back, and he rides it in a reclining position with feet forward, steering with handlebars under his seat. He, and his…

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Biking in Style – Wakulla News

by Keith Blackmar Wakulla News — March 29, 1984 There are many people in the world today that seem to be tired of the grind of a nine to five job. The number of people who actually do something about their complaint are small. One individual who has done something about his situation, came pedaling through…

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