It’s nearing the three-month mark and Pat Sherwood and Ian Wittenber are in Bolivia, making preparations to head to Argentina as part of their 12,000-mile motorcycle trip from the U.S. to Chile. There’s just one problem: no gasoline.
“Bolivia, if you’ve got plates from a different country, the overwhelming majority of gas stations will not allow you to purchase gasoline,” Sherwood explains. “Our bikes are on fumes here at the hotel.”
Thankfully Marcelo Torrico of CrossFit Redención comes to the rescue with two containers filled with gasoline. It turns out Torrico is all about helping others: at his affiliate, he offers scholarship spots for those who can’t afford membership.
“I have that desire to serve my community and help those who need it,” he says.
In addition to CrossFit Redención, the Sherwood and Wittenber also visit CrossFit Muf, where they meet modeling sisters Maria Jesus Suarez and Maria Teresa Suarez. Both women tell modeling agencies about CrossFit.
Sherwood says: “They try to link everything together and change the face of what the perception of what beauty is.”
Overall, Sherwood is impressed by the geographic diversity of the country named for Simón Bolívar.
“You’ve got jungle, you’ve got high desert, you’ve got the Andes you’ve got everything that you want,” Sherwood says of the country. “It is amazing.”
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Additional reading: Banishing the Boogeyman by Pat Sherwood, published Nov. 11, 2013.