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.


Outta Here

To the cornfield via Kansas and Missouri to hang out along the good old Mississippi where there is some old and very interesting architecture and history.

Although the drive is questionable right now this is all new in respect to after 32 years of making trips like this - this time is different because all those times before there was a very limited time frame because you always had to come back. Not this time and that's what I find interesting. Too bad you gotta be old in most cases to be able to do so.

I hope to do some of the following -

eat fish
catch some fish to eat
Ride my bike around these old river towns.
Quincy will be one where the old big houses are.
Warsaw and Keokuk in more depth.
Eat fish
Nauvoo even though I've been around the restored Mormon areas a number of times it's still a blast and the sunken garden dedicated to women is really cool. Everywhere picture opportunity's. Never explored Nauvoo and hope to. I know don't sign the book. Can someone call ahead and get me into the Temple?
I want to hunt and find what looks to be fairly straightforward to do - Keokuk geodes.

From there the further most SE reaches of the state to damn near the very opposite part of Iowa stopping at the real corn field on the way. There's two questions that will be answered quite a few times. "When did you get in and how long ya here for?? While there I hope to -

Eat a little bit more fish anyway
Give as many as I can a ration of shit first before they give it to me
I'd like to see what could be caught in the rivers with just a worm and sinker.
May go visit this fellow who lives in Colorado but will be visiting his folks who are about a hundred and forty or so some 80 miles away. We have golfed together.  Hope to get fed.

Sometime anyway hope to spend a bit of time at Okoboji and Spirit Lake and while there hope to -

Eat a few more 
Catch some maybe
See what a worm will get you off the dock and it could be damn near anything.
Ride around the lake where possible boat and bike. These lakes are very cool.

Stuff like that.

The internets will be sparse. I am sparse these days.  Thanks for stopping by. I swear I link to some of the best and for instance if you have never listened to Blue Gal and driftglass's Friday pod cast you're really missing something.

I'll be bok!!

Give'm hell and don't take any shit!


  1. Sounds like quite an adventure. Be careful and eat lots of fish!

  2. Hey, stop at the grotto and say high to Father Doberstien for me. catch a big one(s)

  3. Have a great trip. Eat lots of fish.

  4. HAVE FUN!!!!


  5. Have a great trip...walleye and crappie!!! yes!!!

  6. Eating fish will keep you in good health (Omega 3 = good stuff), and Health is the most important thing in life.