From 1983 to 1991, high-tech nomad Steven K. Roberts pedaled 17,000 miles around the United States on a computerized and networked recumbent bicycle, the BEHEMOTH (Big Electronic Human-Energized Machine, Only Too Heavy). Now, Roberts has retired the .2 million BEHEMOTH to build a pair of canoe-based amphibian pedal/solar/sail trimarans known as Microships. This fall, the bike goes on permanent loan to Computer History Museum; in early 2001, Roberts and his partner, Natasha, will launch a multi-year expedition throughout the United States aboard their tiny Linux-powered boatlets.
Prior to Steve's life as a technomad, he owned a consulting engineering business in the Midwest and published three books on microprocessors and industrial control system design. Steve's once-radical notion of "nomadic connectivity" has become a trend as computer and communication tools become ever smaller and more powerful.