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

Steven K. Roberts, N4RVE

Media – Winnebiko

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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Steve Roberts and Winnebiko at Maroon Bells - Jeffrey Aaronson, Aspen

Winnebiko and Hewlett-Packard Portable at Maroon Bells

This 1984 photo session was by Jeffrey Aaronson of Aspen, and yielded some gorgeous images as well as nonstop interesting conversation. He was originally hired by National Geographic to do the shoot for a book on computers, and this additional image from the same day was used in Hewlett-Packard press releases about their Model 110…

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High tech nomad rides office cross country – Carbondale

This interview took place the day after a terrifying event… losing my brakes on McClure Pass and flying down the mountain, out of control, watching my life flash before me just as they say it does…. I leaned hard into a hairpin turn, squeezing the one brake lever and sensing only the slightest deceleration. This…

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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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High-tech nomad in Gunnison

This short article in the Gunnison Times came out on the day I rode to Crested Butte with two young women, one of whom was severely injured when she was rear-ended by a truck. This cast a pall on my arrival in a magical place, and became a significant part of the book chapter about…

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Freelance writer biking around US – Alamosa

I was heading into the real mountains now, after warming up a bit with New Mexico. Other than a scary guy who harassed me on the road north, I was beginning what came to be known as the “third trimester” of the journey… slowing down to savor the warmth of humans and the rugged beauty…

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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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