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.


Dodged A Bullet

It was a good time and I saw things not seen before in some of the same places. It is spring but there was only three Paint Brush wild flowers blooming in all the miles I hiked and they were at the base of a ruin in partial shade.

On the way home four miles below the west summit of Wolf Creek Pass the 'ol Chevy man's Chevy actually shit the bed and quit - yup! I could just see the $100 bills blowing away in the breeze. We won't go into the why here because that is still a bit of the unknown except it was fuel related. What to do - what to do. 20+ back into Pagosa Springs and all downhill.

The vehicle did start but would die after a bit. Rolled backwards and swung around and headed back west driving all the way to a gas station without incident in Pagosa. Took 20 of the possible 27 @ $3.89 btw.

There was a towing/repair shop on the east side of town that looked clean and active. I took note of that because I felt there was a distinct possibility it might be needed. Went to a parts house to get a fuel filter and inquire about that business.

Did not want to ask in public at the counter and and put someone on the spot or what have you. It's a small town. There was a man working in the back in the area of the rest rooms and I asked him about this towing and repair business.

He says for the most part - "Not to worry my friend that's my business. You call this number pointing to his business card and if the boys don't pick up it comes directly to me. You need help we'll take care of you. Not to worry!"

It may not be much in the big scheme of things but I sure get a kick outta shit like this.

Let's finish by saying there was pottery all over the place. Much of it in the road. 

I did nothing to this vehicle and drove the 150 home and it ran better than ever.


  1. Dodging a bullet is definitely preferrable to taking a hit. Hope the repairs didn't cost too much.

  2. It's what I love about that area, no matter how many times you are there, there's always something new to see.

    I can understand how good it feels to have those reassurances, like the one from the guy at the parts store, when things start to go haywire. I hope the problem gets resolved quickly and inexpensively.

    Pottery sherds in the road....some kinda fun.

  3. 17 smacks for a fuel filter worth 7 is the bill Andy fortunately.

  4. Hi Teresa - this was at least a mile away maybe more from this pretty cool set of ruins a local told me about. I will probably revisit this and look on the road past the ruin and see what's there just to see how much there really is. It was everywhere!

  5. When we moved to California, Jim's 1990 Olds lost the water pump and some sort of belt.

    We were in Tucumcari, NM. A call to AAA and a tow to a local shot of old boys and $250 later, we were on our way.

    An extra day and night in Tucumcari was relaxing. The women who managed the motel we stayed at were local lesbians who turned us onto some of the finest Mexican food ever. They even did our laundry free-of-charge. We tipped 'em $20 for their kindness.

    On out way back to New York last month, we stopped and stayed at the same motel and they remembered us and our dog.

    Like the song says, "Life is a highway, I'm gonna' drive it all night long."

  6. I enjoy the shit outta good stories like that and that is a good one. Thanks for that Christopher.

  7. I've been over Wolf Creek Pass and that is one heck of step pass, so for getting back down into town is VERY good. Glad it was just a fuel filter and you were on your way again.

    Love the photos!