About Me

First of all, I'd like to thank you for visiting my site. I'm a highway enthusiast and have been since I was about seven or eight.  Two years after I discovered the internet I also discovered highway enthusiast pages and couldn't get enough of them. I wasn't alone in wanting to learn and see more about highways and roads. It didn't matter if they were pages about roads I was familiar with, or about roads I'll probably never have a chance to see. So many unanswered questions I had were answered finally.  What is the route number of the proposed route (Route 64) that meets I5 at 170 in the San Fernando Valley?  And I discovered facts I never imagined. US50, Highway 4 in Contra Costa County, US101 south of San Francisco, and Route 58 were all submitted to become part of the Interstate Highway system, but they were not accepted. I think the trip that most hooked me on highways was from Corpus Christi to Phoenix in 1976 on Interstate 10. It was the most about places like Sonora, Texas, Sheffield, Texas, Willcox, Arizona, and Benson, Arizona. That Texas Canyon on I10 near Benson, Arizona is a big part of getting into highways also.

I noticed I had quite a pile of about 90 rolls of highway pictures I had taken since I was a freshman in high school. After college I started building this site in September 1998. Since then I have taken quite a bit of road trips and put a lot of them up here. All in all, I'd guess I've had 9,000,000 hits since September 1998, with my Interstate 80 galleries being the most popular. Some teenage highway enthusiast visitors to my site want to know which photos are from my high school era. I still have photos online here of 87 and 85 from when I was in high school. This site does keep me busy and I try to work at it at least a little at a time.
My hobbies aside from this site include: running, walking, weight lifting, genealogy, gardening, listening to shortwave radio, astronomy, scanner listening, and martial arts (Russian, judo, black tiger kung fu, wing chun kung fu, Shaolin kung fu, praying mantis kung fu, karate, taekwondo, and krav maga.) I have a Pro 2006 scanner from 1994. I can bench 300 and I can run a mile and a half in eight and half minutes. I have a BA in Spanish from SJSU from 1995. I was at San Jose State University from 1989 to 1996. My name was Eric King when I was in college. I took a few classes at Gavilan College. When I am on road trips I listen to music by: Heart, The Human League, Los Redondos (Patricio Rey y Sus Redonditos de Ricota), The Doors, Steve Miller, Steve Winwood, and Motley Crue. I have read The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid over 170 times each. I have read them in Spanish, in English, and in Swedish. I am learning Swedish and Italian also. I have found learning Swedish and Latvian so addicting that I could not give them up for any reason. I always wanted to learn them and that started when I read a bunch of books about World War II years ago. I can read about the war now in those languages.
I do not use social networking so I will write down some of the things I am do.
I am learning C, C, C#, java, assembly, perl, and python. I have become a computer programmer recently. I am mainly learning BSD programming and device programming. Do not ask me about windows. I eat spicy food. I watch Estrella TV and I watch football games. Other than working on my web site I am not online long for personal time. I have about 92,000 names in my genealogy program. I use Roots Magic. I have done medieval genealogy also.
I listen to shortwave on a Tecsun Pl-600, a Tecsun Pl-660 SLV, and a Sangean ATS-909. I have used a Realistic Pro 2006 scanner since 1994. I bought a used Sony ICF SW7600G shortwave radio. I bought a Tecsun PL-880 recently also. I do not have a cell phone and I am not going to get one.


1998  - 2017  | Contact info for Eric Buchanan