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.



Years ago if you spent a two year stint in the Peace Corps one of the few things given to you when you returned was what was called a "Readjustment Allowance". That was a check for $2,000 which wasn't much but a lot more than what it is now. I say and mean it totally although a bit in jest is that you never readjust no matter how many years go by.

After this 2200 mile jaunt of not paying any attention to media of any kind it becomes a mini adjustment for me. I glanced at the "news" this morning and of course it's the same old tired ass nonsense where we're not going anywhere close to today for sure and don't know when I will. There is snow on the ground here but not much and it's not that cold. It's good to be home and spring can't get here soon enough.

There are some pictures with the one today at the top from South Dakota. Drove mostly two lane and turned around - let's just say a lot. I'm real good at that. There are still a number of icons along Highway 30 across Nebraska from before I80 which will make an fun post I hope. So a few quick observations.

Wyoming doesn't change much.

Those damn hostiles.

Enjoyed the ride across southern South Dakota. What a place this must have been growing in times past for Native Americans. So much wildlife and in this case bird life. Turkeys all over the place and pheasants as well in some places. Some type of grouse too. Bunches of them

Like here.

Road kill the whole way. Skunks,coons and deer mostly. There are these small snow birds this time of year that  like to congregate on or near the road who take off into the wind. I wasn't the only one hitting them and even driving slower you still get them.

Iowa literally stunk. To be fair this time of year is when manure is spread and there is plenty of that. It also fair to say Iowa does stink year round and I did not see one hog. The poop business is huge. At times the stench can make you nauseous and that's a fact.

The farmers weren't bitching which is even bigger than huge. Life is good with $5.50 corn and $12.40 beans and help from the government makes it even better.

I got done what I wanted but after the end of the second day it became a job and I started back on the middle of the third. The ride back was not as good as the one out.

I didn't have time to go in and chat night before last in Grand Island. I was in a hurry to get that room in a real shit hole down the road a few. That was scary I tell you!



  1. Love your photos and commentary One Fly. You are a wonderful human being and I do adore you and your efforts to make this shithole we call earth a better place for those less fortunate than us. Bless you sweet man. ;)

  2. I gotta readjust my hat size. That was so kind Dusty-thank you!! Seldom do I receive compliments for anything except for here.

  3. Anyone that gives their time and personal life to do work in a third world country is a saint by my standards. ;)