1. I see you've been on such and such
highway and you would like more
information on what it is like to travel it.
You need to see someone in the travel business if you still have
questions after seeing my site, because this is an amateur (hobby)
website and they're the professionals.
2. What kind of cameras do you use?
Before 2003, I used a Minolta XG-M with mainly a 50 mm lens. After that
I have used a HP120 Photosmart digital camera. I take a lot more photos
way and I don't have to scan them. I also now have a blue Canon ELPH 170 IS
Power Shot camera as of late 2016. To not blow a trip I will bring both
with me. I am keeping both cameras. To scan my slides and negatives I bought a Jumbl 22
megapixel all in one scanner for slides and negatives. I highly recommend
3. Can I use one of your photos in one of my works?
Please ask permission. I have yet to turn anyone down. If the photo is by
someone else I will forward your request to them. Not all my site is made
up of photos I personally took.
4. Where can I find _______ on a road map?
First, I'd recommend buying a good US and Canadian highway atlas. Look
and see if the place name is in there.
If you cannot find it, try searching Google, Google Images, or any
other search engine for it. You will probably find it there. Of course
my web site is not a substitute for AAA and similar services if that
does not work. I got too busy over the years to be a free AAA and also I do
not want to hurt anyone's travel business.
5. How do most people find your site?
Usually this is by Google images search, Google, and Yahoo. Or highway
6. According to your web statistics, what are your visitors like
Most use Windows and Firefox. They generally come from the United
States with some from Canada, and a little bit from other countries.
They're about 80% from personal internet service providers, about 18%
from private companies, and about 2% from government agencies, and that
would usually be from highway departments and highway patrols. This
domain also gets a few visits from domains of elected officials.
Sometimes I also get visits from people who work in the private sector
with highways. Half my visits are really from search engines and not
7. How much bandwidth do you get a day? How many visitors and page
views a year do you
I get 100 MB - 330 MB a day of bandwidth usually. I get about 100,000
visitors and 350,000
page views a year.
8. What are your most popular pages?
Interstate 80 and US101 are the most popular. Don't ask me why, but
virtually no one looks at my Highway 1 photos. My "boring" photos
(269 or 41 in the Central Valley) are much more popular!
Quite a few people find my Interstate 80 pages and look at all the
galleries I have. Also, 152 is pretty popular as well and I emphasize
9. What highways do people write you the most about?
Interstate 80 is the most popular by far. Virtually no one asks me
about Interstate 5, 99, or even US101, even though I have about as many
photos of them. And my US101 galleries are very popular.
10. Why did you chose the domain name "interstate80.info?"
When I got my hosting package, I didn't know what to name my domain at
first, especially since many ideas I had were already taken. Interstate
80 is the main draw to my site, and the "info" domain
for it was still open, and it is what my site has been most known for.
11. What is the focus of your site? What is its history?
My site is basically "this is what this route looks like" and "this is
what you'll see."
My site focuses on pictures taken from highways. I found there
already were a lot of sites with highway information, highway history,
and highway exit lists that were better than I could put together, so I
better stick with something visual. Also, I am not primarily a sign
oriented site, though I do have a few sign photos as well. I started
out on Tripod in September 1998 and
added a couple other banner ad sites. Then I moved all that to my then
ISP's space, then moved it all to this domain in late 2005. Also I try
to update highway photos if the highway changes a lot and if I can get
back to there easily.
12. Do you have any older photos of ________?
I have replaced hundreds of photos recently, and most of them were from
the 1980s. If I get enough serious inquiries about seeing older photos
I will probably put them up in a separate gallery. Also California
highways do not usually change as much as in other states I have been to.
In 2018 I have put online almost all highway photos I ever took.
13. Which highway sets do you recommend viewing the most?
US101 and US50
California 180 / J1, 190, 25, 88, 152, 130, and 156.
14. What is prohibited on your site?
Any site scraping, visits by spam bots, visits by off line browsers /
off line downloaders will result in a ban. You will not be let back in
15. Why do you have some old photos on your site?
Some are of places I saw long ago and really can't see again. Or I got
a photo that I probably can't duplicate now. I did put some older photos
back online due to user requests. I will keep all photos of initial
construction of a route. I will not ever be taking down older photos
of: I280, 85, 87, and 180 in the city of Fresno. If I ever get newer
photos of the super beautiful highways on my site, I will be leaving
the older photos in a separate gallery. This would include the
following: 180 and J1 in the mountains, 190, US50, etc. Also if I ever
get all new photos of Interstate 80, I will keep the older sets up in
separate galleries. Keeping these particular older photos is a part of
keeping my site's identity because I get visitors looking for them.
16. Why do you have a lot of photos of Wells, Nevada?
A lot of my trips have gone through there and I stopped there. Also I
have family out that way.
17. Why do you have a lot of photos from California of J1 / 180 and 152?
I've been on them many times over a very long time, and they are very
18. Do you use any social networking?
I am completely out of social networking 100% because I am not into it.
Also if I were using it then I would have less time to put this site
together. I have to spend a lot of time working on this site. Another way
of putting it is "SELLOUTS ARE NOT FAMILY."
19. What is swiggle?
Swiggle is a program I can use to automatically generate pages for large galleries. I only use this for my own photos and not for what people send in. This is for galleries of highways I have really covered before. I do have to hand edit a few things on the pages for them but it can save me days of time.
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