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.


For Gear Heads And Those Who Wonder How

This week I did some major manipulation of my picture files and was very diligent in making sure that nothing screwed up. Well of course it did and it appears I have not lost much except for the time it's going to take to get everything reorganized and back where they are supposed to be. Never the less things will never be quite the same. In the process of seeing what I was up against I came across this picture that always left questions in my mind.

When I came around the corner like the pickup is doing I noticed these tracks immediately. As I came closer I began questioning how the hell were these done? The grade on this road is probably 6 to 8%. I was headed to the river to fish and I knew when I came back I would try to take a half ass decent picture in an attempt to figure out just how they were made.

In a different life many dollars worth of tire rubber has been deposited on all sorts of roads because that's just the way it was. I like the smell of burning rubber not just in the morning but anytime but with all that experience I have never seen a set of tire marks like these.

After looking at this closely my conclusion is this-I do think they are from a burnout. What's important to note if you take a close look and see the grooves of the tires are not distorted where it changes direction.

These are not skid marks from locking the brakes up going down hill. This vehicle did not necessarily have posi-traction. Less weight was on the right side because of the incline and that's why the tire marks are so dark. I think the tires were spinning very fast at least on the right side initially and because again it is uphill the vehicle was moving very slow and that allowed with a very quick move of the steering wheel the vehicle to change direction in such a way that rear end of the vehicle did not begin to slide.

In support of that you can see that as the vehicle begins to change direction the weight transfers and the left tire gains traction and the marks become darker and after the transition completely both tires even out almost identical as the weight of the vehicle is centered because it is going straight.

It may not be much but I get a kick out of stuff like this. I think I may have got this correct but unclear why I couldn't figure it out before. Right or wrong.

Hugeness with a click of the picture

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