November 12th, 2005: Guatemala City, Guatemala
We spent a day in Guatemala City so that we could pick up the tires for our motorcycles, and I could learn a valuable lesson in bike maintenance. We started off changing the front tire on my bike, which went rather smoothly aside from the fact that all 3 of my dad's glasses are broken so with his poor sight he put the tire on with the incorrect rotation. We promptly corrected that and changed the remaining 3 tires, which took the greater part of a day. We were all finished up and ready to pack it in for the day when much to our dismay we realized that one of the rear tires was flat. We removed the tire and checked the tube, where we found three puncture holes. We had a little bit of a burr on our tire iron which wreaked havoc on the tube. We repaired the tube and finally we were able to relax for the day. Overall damage - 6 changes (4 changed, 1 rotation changed, 1 tube patched). You can bet that after all that work we were pretty "tired" (pun intended) We had an awesome bowl of soup at the local Chinese restaurant, which had the mandatory armed guard outside. It is unbelieveable the number of armed guards you see in the city. The taxi driver that brought my dad to the tire store actually put his cd player face in his pocket, locked all the car doors, and checked the trunk of the cab before going into the store with my dad to pick up the tires. It seemed a bit extreme considering outside of the tire store there were 4 armed guards, but it was fairly common in the city. There was even an armed guard outside of the Guizno's plaza! I'm not sure if it is actually anything to be concerned about here, but the razor wire draped over everything it really doesn't put your mind at ease! Oh, and one really weird thing, you can get McDonald's delivery here! They bring it to you on a motorcycle. Same with Domino's Pizza too! I think that would be entirely too convenient for Canada or the US...driving to McDonald's is the only fresh air some people ever get!