November 18, 2002


My intentions with this trip revolve around three key things: self-discovery, tea and technology. Obviously there is also a good dose of wanting to see the world and itís inhabitants in the astonishing diversity that exists.

I believe that Steven Roberts came up with the term Technomad to describe his wandering life at the controls of a net connected bicycle. In January of '97, I heard Steven talk about his Winnebiko and the beginnings of the Microship project at an annual sales meeting for Aspect Telecommunications.

My fantasy about traveling around the world started way before that. Early on I was going to do the whole trip on a motorcycle. Now, just the thought of that much time on a bike makes my butt hurt! Lugging 20lbs of electronics (in addition to all the other necessities that made it into my pack) around with me seems to pail in comparison to trying to figure out how to get a motorcycle out of China and into Japan for example... And yet I still feel some trepidation about lugging that much gear (Laptop, PDA, GPS, Digital Camera) all the way around the world.

I was looking through an old friendís website when I came across a technomad reference and realized that I had rediscovered a cultural paradigm that begins to describe this crazy obsession with lugging around gear.

As I read through Stevenís site I noticed one really interesting quote:

The thing I'd like most to leave with you is [Ö] a sense of passion... the wide-eyed delight that first sparked your interest in whatever still triggers sensations of childlike glee. I see it slipping away all around me, as incredible technology becomes taken for granted and relegated to the dusty corners of a busy life. Embrace it. Take it to extremes. Imagine the wildest application possible for your gadgets of choice and then make it happen! It's astonishing what you can accomplish if you just start dreaming and building... one small step at a time...
-- Steven Roberts from 73 Magazine

So there you have it. Iím heading off on a technomad trip. I wonder if Iíll pack up all my gear and ship it back home or if I will be able to sustain my sense of gleeÖ

Posted by binduwavell at November 18, 2002 07:30 PM


Posted by: wade on November 19, 2002 07:32 PM


Posted by: wade on November 19, 2002 07:32 PM

Thanks Wade!

Posted by: Bindu Wavell on November 19, 2002 11:42 PM

I am Steve Robert's girlfriend. Steve and I are sitting around the fire this chilly eve and ran across your website. It sounds like you are having the time of your life. We just want to extend an invite to you if you are ever in our neck of the woods - Camano Island, Washington.

Posted by: Jeannie Ryan on January 11, 2004 11:24 PM
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