In the early years of the automotive era, daring journeys of what were then unimaginable distances, over roads that would hardly qualify by today’s standards, helped establish the reliability of the new technology. Men like Erwin G. Baker, known as Cannonball, became legends on these coast-to-coast odysseys, setting records with each attempt. Now four 20-somethings are on their way from Seattle to Boston on a pair of Segway Human Transporters, the motorized, self-balancing scooters whose inventor has predicted that they will open a revolutionary era in personal transportation.
Archive for October, 2004
Imagine slowing life down so much you actually take time to get to know strangers every day. Now imagine that the strangers are worth getting to know. That’s been the life for three men and a woman, all in their 20s, who are doing what many people only dream of: quitting their office jobs and driving across the country.
Like many people, Hunter Weeks and Josh Caldwell, both 27, got disgusted with sitting in a cubicle, working the standard 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. shift. But unlike those who kept with the status quo, Weeks and Caldwell decided to chuck it all and wander across America.
Last week, Tech Talk introduced you to four Principia College graduates and their two companions traveling across the country using a Segway, the two-wheeled scooter being promoted as the urban commuter tool of the future.
TOPEKA, Kan. - Inside a coffee house in southwest Topeka, a documentary film crew interviewed Topekans last week for a sense of the modern-day American dream.