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November 04, 2013

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Day 60 doesn’t begin well.

During their motorcycle adventure from the U.S. to Chile, Pat Sherwood and Ian Wittenber miss the exit for Cali, Colombia, and Sherwood’s bike has a flat tire.

“In the middle of nowhere, bad-guy land, not a good place for two gringos to be,” Sherwood explains. “Night’s falling, it’s dark and we’re stranded.”

Eventually, the police arrive and offer a “free” tow to an area mechanic.

“The old Colombian police bribe went down,” says Sherwood, who used to live in the country.

Once the tire is repaired, the duo is back on the road for Cali, but it takes them hours to find the hotel and Sherwood almost drops his bike.

It’s a bad day. So when folks at CrossFit Altura in Quito want to work out with him, Sherwood isn’t interested.

“And then like somebody comes up and says, ‘Hey, thanks so much for working out with us. Like, it means so much. Hey, can we take a photo?’” he recounts. “I just felt like a total selfish jackass. It cleared my thinking right away. … What we’re doing is more important than whether or not I get to do what I want to do. It’s about the community.”

Video by Ian Wittenber.

10min 36sec

HD file size: 193 MB
SD mov file size: 73 MB

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Additional reading: Confessions of a Testosterone-Drunk Jackass by Pat Sherwood, published Oct. 28, 2013.

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4 Comments on “Go South, Episode 8: “Pulling My Head Out of My Ass””


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I'm very shocked that no one's posted a comment to this yet; I've been watching since Tuesday (when I saw the video). Pat, you get to do a very cool thing, and, as is the case with almost all cool things, it is not without risk. You had a bad day, you were in a bad mood, yeah, that whole "being human" thing creeps up every now and again. What impressed me was 1) you admitting you were being an asshole (on the inside; not sure any of those people knew you were all cranktastic), and 2) you saw how much it meant to people who were previously complete strangers and stepped up for them. Thanks for posting; I'm enjoying watching your adventure.


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You have had worse days my friend.
Be safe.
Love watching you guys.


wrote …

I really enjoy these documentaries. What happened to Gary and his "Killing the Fat Man" series? These crossfit atheletes from around world are an inspiration and a motivation. Victor Assaf your the man! I look forward to seeing more of these athletes who have used Crossfit to help over come adversity.

Thanks for sharing,



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Pat you realize the rest of are living vicariously through your adventure? We"re here at home wondering what it would be like to get to take off and go on our own "Big Adventure"? Some day......?

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