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 Right Or Wrong

I'm driving north to look at this. Been all over the place on this and am back to the beginning it looks but understand I'm gonna stop at REI and look at two of their tents that might work too and they don't need petrol.


  1. 117,500 miles seems like a lot. No?

  2. Awesome...I can't believe I sold my pop up! I miss it so much. Hope this works out...

  3. Christopher, 117,500 miles is suspiciously few for a vehicle that is 22 years old. The average vehicle is driven over 8,000 miles per year. However, it's not unusual for a camper, which gets driven fewer (but longer) trips.

    Regarding reliability, 117,500 miles isn't much for this engine and transmission. In commercial service the Astro vans commonly made it to 300,000 miles, albeit usually with a transmission rebuild at 150k. The 4.3L is pretty bullet-proof (though the TBI on this particular model year can be problematic, but that's easy enough to deal with), and the transmission is the same one used behind the 305 V8 in full-size pickup trucks and way understressed behind the 4.3L.

    Turquoise, I've been looking at the idea of a popup, but nowadays the only ones are bed slide-ins on a pickup truck. That's not a very good option but better than nothing. But I need to get rid of a Jeep before I can afford one, sigh!

    - Badtux the Wrenchin' Penguin

  4. The penguin nailed it on this you guys. Thank you for that BTux. I have seen two late 70's RV vehicles on Toyota chassis's with less than 40 k. This turned out to be in real decent shape with a few minor things that were diagnosed as being a faulty relay causing charging problems with the second battery. Saying 15-17mpg but I think I'll be able to coax a couple more out of it. Will probably buy it for 55 but money won't exchange hands today. There is plenty of life left in this vehicle. Most importantly I can stand up in and be warm and comfortable when the weather turns to crap.