This is Bistek al la Mexicana a common dish found many places. There are several places I get this some better than others but all real decent! Kind of a tomato based sauce with generally pretty tender pieces of beef and a fair amount of it. The rice is pretty generic but the frijoles can be something else. This also includes as many fresh made in front of you tortillas you want and brought to you with a smile. Something like this costs around 50-60 pesos or $3. The squeezed as you watch orange juice is 20 and brings the price up a bit but worth it. Nothing in the States I've ever had compares to this not even close plus it'll cost 7-10 smacks. I don't know what I'm going to eat when I return. It will be an adjustment as I do this so much that is go into Puerto Vallarta on the south side and have me a excellent lunch with "real" Mexican food not the slop I get back there. I do not plan on eating out much at all only at maybe three select places. Pricey yes but worth it because it's so good. I threw away so much money last summer eating way overpriced shitty food. Several times the food got thrown away as well. The whole of Mexico is an eating machine I tell you. I'm gonna miss this.

I feel good and and think the higher temps and humidity contributes to that. It's the same every time. After a month or two you realize and say " Hey I feel pretty damn good!"

Just as important I believe the food made fresh with wholesome fresh ingredients as well contributes to that. Get off the bus in town the food smells everywhere make me hungry just like that.


Short Trip Report

So it's about 7PM PST. I ended up driving the whole way yesterday. Came in at 1000 miles 16 hours and cost about $65 in gas. The grand finale after 940 miles and good weather was the trek over Carson Pass on CA 88. It was nasty and actually dangerous. I hate this road and it seems to go on forever. Even though it was dangerous and snowing and blowing like a sonofabitch the scaredy's go so slow you can blow right past them generally without slowing down.

So this morning and we are at 4000ft there was about 5" of snow and it did it most of the day. The electricity went off at 7AM and came back on just a bit ago at 6PM or else this would have been up before.

No to what I really want to get at. There is never any traffic when you drive west on 40 to Salt Lake that's just the way it is. Driving west on I80 from the capitol of the Mormony's there just weren't many vehicles on the road. It was like it was empty. I passed only a few vehicles and only a couple passed me in something like 400 miles. In the stores along the interstate the parking lots were also empty for the most part-at least that's what it looked like to me. The 90 mile stretch from I80 south to highway 50 I met maybe a half dozen cars is all. Took a few pictures but never saw much in all that way that caught my interest. The one one the top was in Colorado just before the sun came up. Going somewhere tomorrow but don't know where.

When is it going to be nice enough so I can get my shorts on? Leaving Wednesdy morning for Santa Barbara driving along the coast highway.


  1. Drive careful and be safe, pal.
    Have fun and enjoy the sun and warmth once you get to Santa Barbara.

  2. I dont care about going to heaven.

    I got to live 4 years in Santa Barbara, between 1980 and 1984, and had the incomparable thrill of tossing the finger from the ground at Raygun's commuting choppers, and wishing it were a rocket-launcher...

    Do you remember La Jicora, in IV? Best chorizo-and-egg burrito on the whole central coast...

  3. How have I been missing these? Hope you have been enjoying this! Were you out there over the grand canyon? I would love to see that. That would be breathtaking!

  4. So you're not stopping in Flagstaff? Just wondering, and safe travels.