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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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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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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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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I found Santa Fe fascinating and stayed about three weeks before heading north to Colorado. Caption of the photo above: Steve Roberts of Columbus, Ohio, finishes a lap around the Plaza after arriving in Santa Fe on his custom-made, 18-speed bike outfitted with solar panels and a computer. Roberts plans to stay in Santa Fe…

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Hi-tech nomad interfaces job and journey Early in the adventure, it was a delight to have the story picked up by this magazine much-loved in the community of touring cyclists. Doors were opening all over, and this was particularly helpful since a huge part of this kind of travel is hospitality. I remember getting invitations…

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Popular Science cover - July 1984

I have fond memories of this widely read article, written on a Key West beach in January, 1984. I remember that day… thinking about deadlines, cash flow, and how to get back to the mainland without retracing my path up Highway 1. In other words, I had gotten into the groove, and was using new…

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This article by John Schwartz in the Austin American-Statesman stands apart from the rest of the newspaper stories written during the first 10,000 miles… it reads as a feature piece, and was published about a month after I pedaled out of town into west Texas. Local media coverage usually had a sort of ephemeral “geeky guy…

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I have always been amused by this photo in my media binder from the first trip… it looks like I lost a leg! Given that I was occasionally asked if the bike is “something medical,” it fits right in. More seriously, it reminds me of the vigor of my youth, being a human engine day…

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