It was a mad, dangerous rush to cross Utah in sub-freezing weather while sick… breaking a fundamental rule of bicycle touring that mirrors the one well-known in the nautical world: “A sailor with no schedule always has fair winds.” After a brutal week of pushing much too hard, I arrived in Las Vegas.  I found…

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©1984 Steven K. Roberts Arches National Park, Utah November 3, 1984 “You don’t need big words; you need big eyes.”  — Judith Judith and I walked amid sandstone formations that appeared as the whimsical carvings of some inspired god.  The rock, wind-sculpted for eons, was around us a museum of creative erosion — a place…

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The Computing Across America adventure was an eye-opener on many levels, and one of the most lingering was the discovery of Telluride… still dreamy and remote in 1984. This vignette took place on the anniversary of my departure, 7370 miles and a lifetime before in Columbus. I didn’t even mind getting snowed in for a…

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This is a short excerpt from a chapter in Computing Across America called “A Nomad on Sabbatical.” My Louisiana trek had brought me to Hammond, and I immediately met some interesting folks and settled in for a while… a much-needed layover to rest, write, and frolic with friends. New Orleans was just down the road,…

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